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Friday, 4 October 1918
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Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- Under this amendment of the principal Act declarations may be signed before any member of the Public Service of the Commonwealth. Previously declarations had to be made before a justice of the peace, but it is now proposed to allow them to be made before a commissioner for declarations or any member of the Public Service. It might not occur in actual practice, but it seems to me that under this amendment it would be possible to make a declaration before a telegraph messenger regarding evasions of duty.

Mr Groom - Even so, the person making it would be punishable if his declaration were false.

Mr TUDOR - I recognise that; but it seems to me that the provision that a declaration may be made before any officer of the Public Service is too wide. In the Electoral Bill no such provision is to. be found in regard to the witnessing of postal ballot-papers, and I think the extension in this case is too far-reaching.

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