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Thursday, 16 April 1914

Senator NEEDHAM asked the VicePresident of the Executive Council, upon notice -

1.   Is it the duty of the Minister in charge of the Electoral Department to order that proceedings be taken against any person who is known to have committed a breach of the Commonwealth electoral law?

2.   If it is not the duty of the Minister, will he kindly inform the Senate on whom the responsibility rests of instituting such proceedings?

Senator McCOLL - The answers are -

1.   No.

2.   The Chief Electoral Officer, acting on the advice of the Crown Law Officers under the provisions of section 206ff of the Electoral Act.

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