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Thursday, 1 July 1915

Mr FLEMING (for Mr. Gregory) asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   What was the cost of the last general elections ?

2.   What does the Chief Electoral Officer estimate will be the cost of submitting the referenda proposals to the people of Australia?

3.   How does the Chief Electoral Officer propose to give facilities to voters who, on the date arranged for the referenda, may be fighting in the trenches in Gallipoli, or patients in hospitals in various parts of Europe and Egypt or on the sea?

Mr ARCHIBALD - The answers are -

1.   £83,000.

2.   Approximately £82,000, exclusive of the cost (£14,000) of printing and issuing a pamphlet containing the arguments for and against the proposed laws.

3.   This matter is receiving the consideration of the Government.

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