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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator VERRAN (South Australia) . - The position is perfectly safeguarded by the act as it stands. It is a very fine piece of legislation. Some persons are always seeking concessions. The question that we have to consider is, whether they need them.

Senator Thompson - It is a good thing to improve our legislation.

Senator VERRAN - When you give people all they want, you sometimes bring about their damnation. It may be alright to mollycoddle them when you are looking for their votes. Political parties have frequently entangled themselves by altering an act to please a few people. Every adult can get a vote if he wishes to do so. We ought not to enlarge the provision already made. If Ave allowed divisional returning officers to receive postal votes up to as late as seven days after the close of the poll, Ave should be playing into the hands of unscrupulous people.

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