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Thursday, 26 October 1905

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - I am not going to say that it is imperative in this case that the fee should be set out in the Bill.

Senator Guthrie - Why should a fee be charged ?

Senator MILLEN - There might be a fee charged in order to prevent vexatious inquiries, but the Minister ought to give some reason as to why the fee is not set out in this case as it is in other parts of the Bill, particularly in the portion dealing with objections to voters. Under this clause the 'prescribed fee might be either is., which would be quite nominal, or £100, which would be prohibitive. While the Minister may say that the Department will act in sweet reasonableness, still he can see that it is so largely a matter of opinion that unless there is some reason to the contrary, it would be better to indicate in the Bill what the fee is to be.

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