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Thursday, 4 June 1903

Mr PAGE (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister given any instructions to the commissioners on the subject?

Mr A McLEAN (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) - They are adding to the electorate of the honorable member for Maranoa a territory as large as Victoria.

Mr PAGE - They are talking of doing so.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - The only information - it is not an instruction - which I felt called upon to give to the commissioners was that they should divide the electorates in accordance with section 16 of the Act, which says -

In making any distribution of States into divisions, the commissioner shall give clue consideration to community or diversity of interest, means of communication, physical features, existing boundaries of divisions, and, subject thereto, the quota of electors shall be the basis for the distribution, and the commissioner may adopt a margin of allowance to be used wherever necessary, but in no case shall such quota be departed from to a greater extent than one-fifth more or one-fifth less.

I could not do more than that.

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