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Thursday, 8 July 1915

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   Yes; I have read the paragraph referred to.

2.   The provision in the Constitution is that the Bills must be submitted to the electors not earlier than two months, and not later than six months, after they are passed, and, further, that provisions in the Electoral Act require certain things to be done, such as the drawing^ up of arguments for, and objections to, the Bill, and the posting of such statements to every elector of the Commonwealth, and that ballot-papers have to be printed and forwarded to every part of the Commonwealth. It will be found that compliance with these provisions will take more than two months, the minimum allowed by the Constitution.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - I suppose that in the meantime the urgency of the war matter will be held up!

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