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Tuesday, 12 December 1905

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - This clause makes provision for a new offence in that it prohibits canvassing near polling booths. The Bill, as introduced, provided that canvassing should not be carried on within a certain distance of the polling booth, but I move -

That after the word " prohibited," line 6, the words "at the entrance of or" be inserted.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Why not provide that canvassing shall not be carried on " within or about " the entrance of a polling booth?

Mr GROOM - There is only one entrance, as a rule, and once a person has voted he is not likely to be interfered with in any way by canvassers.

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