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Wednesday, 8 November 1911


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - From the fact that the Minister remains silent, I take it that he sees no difficulty at all in the amendment now under review. What we desire is to insure that an elector who has been proceeded against shall have notice of the action taken against him. The Minister must surely see that his amendment does not go far enough. It is not sufficient to drop a notice into a post-office box.' It ought to be followed up, and if the Minister refuses to provide definitely for the personal service of a summons, he should provide for a service by registered post. By that means, it would be possible to obtain the receipt of the elector when the registered notice reached him.


Senator Findley - That will receive favorable consideration.


Senator MILLEN - Might I ask the honorable senator to remember that this is a House of Parliament, and not a Tivoli theatre. Such a suggestion as he has made is ludicrous. Let us put the " favorable consideration " into the clause. The object of my suggestion is to obtain a receipt for the summons from the person on whom it is served. That would put the prosecuting officer and the Court in a better position. The Court and the prosecuting officer might be diffident about proceeding with a charge unless they were satisfied that the notice of the summons had reached the defaulting citizen. In the interests of all, it would be well to make provision for the service of summonses by registered letter.







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