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Friday, 20 June 1902

Mr DEAKIN - I am willing to postpone the consideration of the clause.

Clause postponed.

Clauses 87 and88 agreed to.

Clause 89 (Form of writs).

Mr. L.E. GROOM (Darling Downs).I wish to ask the Attorney-General if there is to be only one place for the nomination of candidates ? In Queensland, for the Commonwealth elections, a candidate can be nominated at almost any place at which there is an assistant returning officer. I ask the Attorney-General to consider this matter, especially with regard to the Senate elections.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 90 to 99, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 100 (Form of consent to act).

Mr. O'MALLEY(Tasmania). - I desire to know whether the returning officer is to bethe judge of whether a candidate possesses the necessary qualifications? I had an experience in Tasmania which I shall never forget. The returning officer desired to upset my nomination upon the ground that I had not sent in my naturalization papers, when, as a matter of fact, I was born in Canada.

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