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Friday, 15 December 1905

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I trust that the deposit will not be abolished. The fact that £25 has to be "deposited has never debarred from nomination any man' who had a chance of winning a seat; but, even if it did, the inconvenience to an individual is nothing as compared with the expense caused to the Commonwealth whenelections are made necessary bv the nomination of candidates who are not bond fide. Would the honorable member for Herbert agree to the proposal that the candidate who has thus- caused the time and' money of the country to be wasted should, if he failed to score one-tenth of the votes polled, be liable to imprisonment for from three to six months?Under the law, every candidate who polls 200 out of every 1,000 votes given has his money returned, and those who cannot estimate the feeling of the electors sufficiently well to know that they will be able to obtain that number of votes should not complain of being mulcted in this small sum.

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