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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - I move-

That the following new clause be inserted: - " 12b. Section ninety-six of the Principal Act is amended -

(a)   By inserting after the words 'close of "the poll,' the words 'or after the close of the poll and not later than the hour of seven o'clock in the evening of the seventh day after polling day " and

(b)   By adding at the end of paragraph (b) the following proviso:-

Provided that the Divisional Returning Officer shall not accept for further scrutiny a ballot-paper contained in an envelope received by him after the close of the poll unless - (i)The envelope in which the ballot-paper is contained bears a post office date stamp bearing a date not later than polling day; and

(ii)   The envelope was received by him not later than seven o'clock in the evening of the seventh day after polling day.' "

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [9.54]. - I urge the committee to reject the proposed new clause. It has already agreed to limit the time in which apostal ballot shall be received. This might lead to the encouragement of all kinds of malpractice. It is a very good principle to insist that every ballot-paper shall be in the hands of a divisional returning officer at the close of the poll.

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