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Tuesday, 29 July 1902

Mr FOWLER (Perth) - I have just had a conversation with the honorable and learned member for Darling Downs, who admits that the Minister's proposal does not meet the case I have instanced. I do not desire to render a candidate responsible for all the actions of unauthorized persons, but I do wish to make it absolutely necessary that he shall know of every penny of expenditure incurred on his behalf. If such expenditure is incurred without the candidate's knowledge, the person who spends the money, and not the candidate, ought to be responsible. In other words, it ought to be an illegal action for any person to spend money in connexion with any election without the knowledge and consent of the candidate. Only in that way is it possible to keep election expenses within reasonable bounds, and make the law even decently effective.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the honorable member suppose that a man who is going to spend money on behalf of a candidate will ask the consent of the candidate?

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