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Tuesday, 22 July 1902

Mr HIGGINS - In such a case there would be no guarantee that the vote would not pass into strange hands. We are trusting the officer to take the vote properly, and we should be prepared to trust him to post it. I move -

That the words, " to a postmaster for posting or posting it at a post-office," be omitted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words, " at once to such postmaster, magistrate, or headmaster, or other person as aforesaid for posting."

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta). The amendment would widen the risk, because it would allow the officers, not only to witness the votes, but to take charge of them. It would be preferable to allow the voters to post their votes themselves.

Mr. REID(East Sydney). - When I made my observations, I was not aware of the provision mentioned by the honorable and learned member for Northern Melbourne, and I am very glad that he has submitted his amendment. Whilst we can-- : not provide any absolute safeguards,- the honorable and learned member's proposal is the best approach to a safeguard, and very simple and convenient.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Sir William Lyne) proposed -

That the following words be added, "For the purposes of this section the term 'postmaster' shall mean a postmaster on the permanent classified list."

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