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Thursday, 19 June 1902

Mr McCAY (Corinella) - At first sight it would seem as though the honorable member for Bland had suggested one-sixth as a half-way house between one-fourth and one-eighth, but, as a matter of fact, one-fifth would be more nearty the half-way house. One-fourth is 25 per cent. one-eighth is 12½ percent., and the half -way house would be13¾ per cent., which is almost exactly one-fifth. It must be remembered that when 7,300 is said to be the difference between the highest and the lowest, adult suffrage is assumed. As a matter of fact, most of us have been accustomed to think of manhood suffrage, and thinking only of manhood suffrage, this difference would be only 3,650. I venture to think that none of us would have thought that anything but an extremely small difference. A margin of one-fifth, speaking in terms of manhood suffrage, if I may use the phrase, would mean a difference of something like 4,400 between the highest and lowest.

Amendment of the amendment,byleave, withdrawn.

Amendment of the amendment (byMr. McCay) agreed to -

That the words "one-fourth" be omitted, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words "onefifth."

Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Mr DEAKIN - I would ask honorable members to look at the next two or three clauses before we meet to-morrow. It seems to me that now that we have reduced the number of commissioners to one, the procedure that it was intended to follow under a board of three commissioners may be to a large extent dispensed with. It may be possible, therefore, to save a good deal of expense by striking out the next three clauses.

Progress reported.

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