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Friday, 15 December 1905


Mr SPENCE - I think that news-' papers should be prohibited from publishing unsigned electioneering advertisements..


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That would be going too far.


Mr SPENCE - I do not think so. I fail to see why there should be any objection to the provision in the original Act that every electoral advertisement shall give the name of the person authorizing it. Whyl should a man be ashamed to put his name to such an advertisement?


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The question is not as to any one being, ashamed, but as to the cost which the system involves.


Mr SPENCE - The publication of the name of the person authorizing the advertisement does not involve much cost. At all events,, it does not in the case of a country newspaper.


Mr Robinson - The publication of the name and address of the person authorizing the advertisement often means paying for an additional half-inch.


Mr SPENCE - There is something more than the question of cost to be considered. I think that we should endeavour to secure the purity of elections, and for that reason I oppose the proposed new clause.







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