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Thursday, 13 October 1927


Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) [6.19].- I move-

That paragraph (b) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following paragraphs: -

(b)   By inserting in paragraph (a) of subsection (2), after the word "election " the words " or posted or delivered to any divisional returning officer in pursuance of subsection (2) of section ninety-two of this act," and

(c)   By omitting from paragraph (b) of sub-section (2) the words "subsection (3) of section one hundred and fifteen."

This is a consequential amendment, and enables an elector to forward a postal vote to the nearest divisional returning officer.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 22-

Section one hundred and forty-two of the Prinicipal Act is amended -

(a)   By. omitting the words "absent voters'" (wherever occurring) ; and

(b)   By omitting from paragraph (b) of sub-section (2.) the words "subsection (3.) of section one hundred and fifteen."

Section proposed to be amended -

Where the divisional returning officer -

(b)   cannot complete his inquiries in to the facts set out in the declarations received by him in pursuance of the provisions of section ninety-onea, subsection (3) of section one hundred and fifteen..... without unduly delayingthe declaration of poll, and

Amendments (by Senator Sir William Glasgow) agreed to -

That the word "and," paragraph (a), be left out.

That paragraph (b ) be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following paragraphs : -

(b)   By inserting in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) after the word "election " the words " or posted or delivered to any divisional returning officer in pursuance of sub-seetion ( 2 ) of section ninety-two of this Act"; and

(c)   By omitting from paragraph (b) of sub-section (2) the words "subsection (3) of section one hundred and fifteen.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 28 - (Gifts by Senators and Members of the House of Representatives) .

SenatorNEEDHAM (Western Australia [6.22]. - I hope that the Committee will reject this clause. Members of Parliament should have the courage of their convictions, and decide for themselves whether they shall make gifts or donations. If agreed to, the clause would place members at a disadvantage compared with other men who might aspire to take their places in this Parliament. But that is not the reason for my opposition to the clause. I advocate its deletion because I believe that members of Parliament should be free to determine these matters for themselves.







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