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Tuesday, 22 July 1902

Mr GLYNN (South Australia) - Instead of allowing this clause to be amended, I would ask the Minister to insert in Part XVI. a general provision that will apply to all contraventions of the measure. The general clause could be inserted after clause 187, in which is grouped the three classes of penal offences ; and we ought to declare that certain acts or omissions to act, which are dealt with not only in the clause under consideration, but in other clauses, are contraventions of the Bill.

Sir John Quick - The question is whether these provisions are mandatory.

Mr GLYNN - It would be easy for the draftsman to ascertain which acts do not fall under Part XVI. of the Bill, which deals with electoral offences, and to declare that in respect to all other acts, non-fulfilment shall be such an offence. Certain acts may be prescribed, but it does not follow that if they are not carried outthere has been an offence for whichan information may be laid. If we place the declaration in clause 114 only, we impliedly do not intend to apply it to other similar clauses.

Sir John Quick - Would it be an offence if an elector did not sign his name on the counterfoil?

Mr GLYNN - Certainly not ; if an elector neglects to take advantage of an opportunity given to him, we ought not to call that an offence.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Would it be an offence if the officer kept the voting paper till next day ?

Mr GLYNN - I think that would be an offence ; I would punish an officer who neglected his duty.

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