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Wednesday, 25 October 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - This amendment does not involve a matter of policy. A distance of five miles has been found in practice to be far too libera] a provision to be the ground for an application for a postal vote certificate. I think that ten miles is a very fair and reasonable limit to fix, and therefore I should like to hear from Senator de Largie a further reason for raising the limit to fifteen miles. Of course) he may have in his mind particular instances in connexion with his own State, but we have to remember that there are varying conditions throughout the States.

Senator DELARGIE (Western Australia). - A distance of ten miles is so short that any one who is only that distance from a polling booth can without inconvenience vote in the ordinary way. Unless it is increased to fifteen miles it will be very easy for electors to avail themselves of this system, which at the bestis a very risky experiment. We should be very careful in allowing any persons to vote by post. I consider that fifteen miles is not too far for any person to be away from home on polling day before he is entitled to record his vote by post.

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