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Tuesday, 22 March 1904

Mr HUTCHISON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I wish to ask the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, without notice, if he is aware that at the recent 'elections, in many instances in Victoria, the number on the roll of the person voting was written upon the ballot-paper, a violation of the secrecy of the ballot and a contravention of the provisions of the Electoral Act, section 158, which enacts that -

A ballot-paper shall be informal if- i

(d)   It has upon it any mark or writing not authorized by this Act to be put upon it which in the' opinion of the Retum- ing Officer will enable any person to identify the voter. I wish to know from the Minister if he will see that at the Melbourne election, and at all future elections, the provisions of the Act are adhered to in their entirety, to prevent the country and candidates from, being put to unnecessary expense?

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