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Friday, 15 December 1905

Mr BROWN (Canobolas) - From the way in which the existing law operated at the last general election, I recognise the necessity for its amendment. Under the principal Act, when once a candidate has lodged his nomination, paper with the re turning officer he cannot withdraw from a contest, no matter how desirable it may be for him to do so. I disagree with that portion of the proposal of the honorable member for North Sydney which permits a candidate to withdraw his nomination not less than twenty-four hours before the hour of nomination.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That was suggested by the conference of electoral experts, but I do not see very much reason for it, and I am willing to strike out that portion of the amendment.

Mr BROWN - Then I shall be perfectly satisfied. At the same time, I think that if a candidate is allowed to withdraw, his deposit should be refunded, so long as his nomination has not involved the Commonwealth in expenditure.

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