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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) . - On the provision for. the Electoral Branch, I desire to address myself to reforms in electoral matters, and to elicit information from the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce).

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator would be quite in order in discussing any of the items in the division - salaries, allowance and extra duty pay in respect of the staff of the electoral office - but he would not be in order in proceeding with a general discussion of the electoral system.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - It seems to me that this discussion will be absolutely useless if we are not able to refer to matters that have relation to the electoral office. For instance, there is the redistribution of electoral boundaries.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator may not discuss that subject under this bill.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - In view of the facts that I have previously brought before the Senate in regard to the -grouping of names on the Senate ballot-paper, I ask the Leader of the Senate-

Senator Sir George Pearce - I would be out of order in replying to the senator

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) -The Leader of the Senate understands what I wish to bring up; apparently it is useless discussing this bill if we are not permitted to mention such matters.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The honorable senator may discuss anything which is in the bill; that is quite plain and simple, but he must not go outside of the items set down in the schedule.

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