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Monday, 11 December 1905

Mr BATCHELOR (Boothby) - The Minister does not see my point. What I propose is to be done only at the post-office. The Minister has referred to the obligation resting upon the authorized witness, but we have never yet used that term as applying to any person other than the one who witnesses the application. We have never regarded the authorized witness as the person who would take charge of the ballotpaper.

Mr Groom - Oh, yes, we have; " authorized witness " is a general term.

Mr BATCHELOR - We have not used the term "authorized witness " as applying to the person who is responsible for the posting of the ballot-paper.

Mr Groom - I could not accept the amendment.

Mr BATCHELOR - The Minister knows perfectly well that I have made representations in the same direction for some time past, and I desire to test the feeling of the Committee with regard to my proposal.

Amendment negatived.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Progress reported.

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