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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) .-- Some honorable senators seem to be of the opinion that the proposed new claus;; would do more than is necessary to meet the needs of electors. If there is one section of the community to whom special consideration should be given, it is tha: comprising the pioneers in the outback , country. Our existing electoral laws provide for postal voting; but before somé electors can get their ballot papers to the electoral officer the election has taker, place.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Would seven day. meet every case? J

Senator REID - Perhaps not every case, but it would meet most cases. Throughout Australia there are numbers 1 of cattle stations, at some of which there may be polling booths; but, in addition to the men employed on those stations, there are miners and others living many ' miles from any polling booth. They should be considered as well as the people in the ci ties. The suggestion of the committee is along right lines, although I admit that it opens the way to unscrupulous practices. If it could be properly safeguarded, I would vote for the proposed new clause.

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