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Friday, 20 June 1902


Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I object to the amendment, because I cannot see any more necessity for a deposit being made by a person lodging the objection than for a deposit being made by a person applying to have his name placed on the roll.


Mr Watson - This is not a new provision so far as some of the States are concerned.


Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It depends, I suppose, upon whether the court holds that the objection is a frivolous one or otherwise. To my mind this provision introduces a new and somewhat dangerous element into our electoral laws. Instead of the amendment operating in the direction desired by the honorable member for Bland, I am inclined to think that it will work in an entirely opposite direction.


Mr Page - That is not our experience in Queensland.


Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It seems to me that what is proposed constitutes a very important departure. There is a decided objection to a man being called upon to pay even1s. for the registration of his name, and why should there not be an equal objection to his being asked to deposit 5s. in order to challenge the right of another man to have his name placed upon the roll ? I shall vote against the amendment.







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