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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - The point raised by the Minister could be met by prefacing the proposed new clause with the words "Notwithstanding anything hereinbefore contained." That method of stating an exception is frequently resorted to. I am, however, strongly in accord with the Minister's contention that it would be a very serious thing to leave a loop-hole for votes to be recorded even a short time after the close of the poll. The temptation to endeavour to bribe postal officials in the event of only a few votes separating the candidates would be very great. Postal officials have been bribed to place an incorrect mark on communications passing between bettors and bookmakers, so as to make it appear that they were lodged prior to the race. I should strongly oppose any proposal that would make it possible for corruption to be practised.

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