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Thursday, 26 October 1905

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) - In my opinion, the fee ought to be specified in the clause, and, in order to test the feeling of the Committee, I move -

That the words "prescribed fee," line 8, be left out, with a view to add the words " fee of two shillings and sixpence."

Senator KEATING(Tasmania - Honorary Minister). - It is usual in Electoral Bills to leave these matters to be prescribed by regulation. It can only be from actual experience of the working of the measure that the Department can discover what, in all the circumstances of the case, is a fair fee to charge. With regard to objections and applications for voting all the States have had a considerable amount of experience, and, therefore, the amount of the fee is set out. From information I once received from a returning officer in

Tasmania, I do not think that the fee of 1s. has often, if ever, been paid. In fact, the regulation that candidates' expenses shall be filed, used to be more often honoured in the breach than in the observance. There has not been such experience in this particular case as there has been in others to warrant us in fixing the amount of the fee, and, if we did, experience might teach us afterwards that it required to be altered. In such case it would be necessary to pass a special Bill.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 47 agreed to.

Clause 48 -

After section one hundred and eighty-two of the Principal Act the following sections are inserted : - "182A. The following acts are, on polling-day, and on all days to which the polling is adjourned, prohibited within each polling booth, and within a distance of twenty-five yards from each polling booth, namely : -

(a)   Canvassing for votes; or

(b)   Soliciting the vote of any elector; or

(c)   Inducing any elector not to vote for any particular candidate ; or

(d)   Inducing any elector not to vote at the election.

Penalty : Twenty-five pounds."

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