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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - I cannot follow the reasoning of the Honorary Minister (Senator Mclachlan). I submit that the provisions of the Electoral Act are compiled with if a ballot-paper bears on its fac9 the postmark of the date of polling. Other honorable senators have dealt with the objection raised by Senator Verran, so it is not necessary for me to say anything about " coddling " the electors. The committee, after a careful inquiry into this problem, came to the conclusion that its recommendation would safeguard the position entirely. In this view it was supported by many divisional returning officers throughout the Commonwealth, to whose efficiency I wish to pay a tribute. They are doing their work particularly well. In this matter we were guided by their recommendations. I ask the committee to support my amendment.

Proposed new clause negatived.

Progress reported.

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