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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) - Does not the Minister think that this amendment will lead to difficulties? It seems to me that there might, for instance, be polling places for the Melbourne electorate in the Kooyong electorate. Will they be distinguished from the Kooyong polling places?

Senator KEATING(Tasmania- Honorary Minister). - The powers under this provision will be exercised in the less densely populated localities. Persons might be upon the boundary of a division, and it would be more convenient for them to vote at a polling place outside their own division than in that division. To meet suchcases, officers are empowered to supervise the voting of electors at polling places outside their own divisions.

Senator MILLEN(New South Wales).What necessity is there for the insertion of this amendment? The words are surplusage. The original Bill provided that the Governor-General may appoint such other polling places for each division as he thinks fit. He does not say where they are to be located.

Senator Keating - The provision is not quite clear.

Senator MILLEN - I suppose that in furtherance of the policy of humiliation which it has taken upon itself, the Committee will agree to the amendment of the other House, whether advantageous or not. The Minister is always a traitor to the rights of the Senate.

Senator Keating - The same might be said by members of another place as to amendments accepted by the Minister there.

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