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Wednesday, 12 October 1927


Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - A postal vote could, in the language of the Minister, " be floating through the post," even if it were posted seven days before the day of election. Senator Findley has the idea that it must be recorded on the day of election. That is not so; it may be recorded and. posted several days previously, so long as it reaches a divisional returning officer before the close of the poll. I contend that there is a particularly good case in support of the commitee's proposal, and it will be a great pity if it is not incorporated in the bill.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [9.51]. - So long as a postal vote has to be in the hands of a divisional returning officer before the close of the poll, the legibility or otherwise of the postmark is of no consequence ; but if the vote may be received seven days after the close of the poll, it is of the greatest importance.

Proposed new clause agreed to.







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