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Thursday, 13 October 1927

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - I do not think there is much in the contention of Senator Millen, because even now the names of candidates are grouped on the ballot-papers.

Senator Millen - That applies only to those candidates who desire to be grouped.

Senator FINDLEY - Electors know from the grouping of names which parties the respective candidates represent. Every person who follows politics at all closely knows that the Labour group is the "official" Labour group. Similarly, Nationalist candidates are looked upon as the " official " Nationalist group.

Senator Millen - That is not always the case.

Senator FINDLEY - There is nothing in our electoral law to prevent any candidate from nominating and stating whether he is or is not a member of any particular party. Therefore I sec no harm in allowing candidates " A, B, and C " to be known as the " official " Labour group and candidates " D, E, and F " as the " official " Nationalist group.

Senator Foll - But other candidates might nominate and, whilst not being endorsed by a party, claim to be representative of it.

Senator FINDLEY - Any difficulty in that regard would be overcome if the endorsed candidates were designated " official Labour " or " official Nationalist." The voters would then know in whose interests the respective candidates were standing. The proposed amendment will give to other candidates who do not belong to a recognized party an opportunity to group themselves if they so desire.

Senator Foll - And give them an opportunity also to use the name of one of the parties.

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