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Wednesday, 23 July 1902

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I foresee some trouble in connexion with this clause. It is provided that no electoral expense shall be incurred by a candidate for the House of Representatives in excess of £100. Clause 175 provides that "electoral expense" shall include all expenses "incurred by or on behalf or in the interests of any candidate," and in order to make this clause consistent it will be necessary to amend it by providing that no expense shall be incurred by a candidate, "or on his behalf or in his interests," in excess of £100. I am decidedly in favour of this clause, although I regard it as a triumph of hope over experience, because I do not think we shall succeed in reducing election expenses toany great extent. We should, however, make our attempt as effective as possible, and the clause in its present form would not prevent political organizations from incurring very heavy expenditure in the interest of certain candidates.

Sir William Lyne - Does not clause 175 govern this one?

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, but this clause might be made much more clear. I move -

That the words " or on behalf or in the interest" bp inserted after the word " by."

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