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Friday, 20 June 1902


The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member cannot do that.


Mr WILKS - Then I move-

That the Chairman do now leave the chair.

I do so for the purpose of drawing attention to a very serious innovation in regard to the electoral laws, not only of one State, but of the whole of Australia. I am satisfied that if honorable members had noted the provision which is contained in the paragraph referred to, it would have provoked a very strong discussion. That paragraph provides that -

The person nominated, or some person on his behalf, deposits with the Commonwealth electoral officer or divisional returning officer at the time of the delivery of the nomination paper, the sum of £25 inmoney or in bank notes, or in a banker's cheque.

I object to any deposit being exacted from candidates. The utmost facilities should be given to every man to become a candidate. As the matter is a most important one, I wish to know if the Attorney-General will consent to the recommittal of this clause?


Mr DEAKIN - It will be open to honorable members after the recess to challenge every clause in which they feel that a principle to which they object is involved.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Progress reported.







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