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Tuesday, 31 October 1905

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) - I have a vivid recollection that when the original Electoral Bill was being considered both Ministers supported the contention, that a senatorial voter should be granted the same privileges as are extended to a man voting in a division of his electorate.

Senator Keating - I say that he should have more, as he has by regulation under the principal Act.

Senator DE LARGIE - The right ought to be given bv law, and not by regulation, which could be altered from time to time to suit the whim of the Minister. It is only reasonable that an elector should have the same facilities for voting ini one case as in the other. If it were' left to the will of the Minister to make the regulation, and he failed to do his duty, our good intentions would be defeated. This is an alteration which can only be properly originated io the Senate.

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