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Thursday, 19 May 1904

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) - On looking at this motion, I noticed two things: first of all how necessary it was, and how in accord with the feeling of the whole House, an investigation such as that proposed would be ; and, secondly, that the investigation is proposed to be carried out by practically one party in.the House. I do not think that that party would wish to gain complete control over the investigation of electoral' matters. I am quite sure that they do not wish to get the conduct of electoral matters completely into their own hands, consequently, I anticipate that they will not object to having the three parties in the House properly represented.

Mr Watson - There is no objection to that.

An Honorable Member. - And also the different States?

Mr KELLY - Yes; I looked into that question, and I found that it would be very simple to remedy that omission, and also to remove the other objection. I propose to move an amendment to the second part of the motion:

Mr Watson - The mover of the motion is looking into that matter with the honorable member for North Sydney, and I would therefore ask the honorable member to refrain from moving an amendment at the present time.

Mr KELLY - In view of the fact that the mover is looking into the question, I shall not move an amendment, but I understood that he desired that the motion should stand in its present form.

Mr Brown - No.

Mr KELLY - I am only too glad to learn that the motion is to be altered in the way desired.

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