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Wednesday, 1 October 1902

Mr POYNTON (South Australia) - I desire to have some information upon the item of £35,000 for electoral expenditure. I fail to see the necessity for so large a vote for the compilation of new rolls, as in some of the States, provision is already made for the reprinting of the rolls.

Sir William Lyne - This matter was debated last night, and I gave a full explanation of it for each State.

Mr POYNTON - The honorable gentleman explained that it was going to cost £17,000 to compile the rolls for Victoria.

Sir William Lyne - In New South Wales because of women's suffrage the

Government have to prepare rolls, whereas in Victoria they have not, and we have to bear half the expense at least.

Mr POYNTON - A census has recently been taken in all the States, and surely it is not difficult to compile the rolls from the census returns. If it were intended to send out policemen and others to collect the necessary information for the compilation of the new rolls, I could understand a sum of £35,000 being spent. But this is new expenditure, and the amount chargeable to South Australia will be over £3,000, although it will not cost £100 to do the work there.

Sir William Lyne - The amount is £700 for South Australia.

Mr POYNTON - For doing that £700 worth of work, the cost to South Australia will be over £3,000. I think that the item can be reduced.

Sir William Lyne - It cannot be reduced, as I' explained last night. The original estimate was reduced by £.15,000. Perhaps I have gone too low, but I shall try to get the work done for £35,000.

Mr POYNTON - I move-

That the item, "Expenses in connexion with the introduction of the Electoral Act .... £35,000," be reduced by £10,000.

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