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Wednesday, 15 April 1914

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Is the VicePresident of the Executive Council serious in his reply to Senator Russell, that the duty of prosecuting people for breaches of the Electoral Act lies entirely with the officers of the Department, and not with the Minister in charge of that Department.

Senator McCOLL - So far as I am aware, it lies entirely with the officers of the Department.

Senator NEEDHAM - That is strange information. Does the honorable senator mean to say that the Minister in charge of the Electoral Branch of the Home Affairs Department is not responsible for the prosecution of people who break the electoral law?

Senator McCOLL - If the honorable senator will kindly give notice I shall get a legal opinion for him.

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