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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Question - That proposed new clause 206c be agreed to - put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:AYES 15 (9 majority) NOES 6 PAIRS 0

Majority ... ... 9






Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Proposed new clause 206d agreed to.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- At end of clause 51 add : -

After section two hundred and seven of the Principal Act the following section is inserted : - " 207A. Any candidate duly nominated for election as a Senator or a Member of the House of Representatives shall, subject to regulations and to the payment of the charges prescribed in the First Schedule to the Post and Telegraph Rates Act 1902, be entitled to transmit through the post one copy of an election address or manifesto relating to such candidature, to each elector whose name appears on the roll for the State or Division, as the case may be, for which the candidate is nominated."

Motion (by Senator Keating) proposed -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Senator MILLEN(New South Wales). - It does seem to me to be extremely undesirable that we should be conferring upon candidates for parliamentary honours privileges not conferred upon the general community. The purpose of this new clause is to give candidates some privileges which they have not now and to relieve them of some expense which would otherwise be thrown upon them. I ask honorable senators not to agree to this amendment, that we may show the people outside that we are not prepared to obtain in this way concessions which we cannot honestly justify.

Senator STEWART(Queensland).- I am sorry that I cannot agree with Senator Millen. In whose interest will these election manifestoes be published? Evidently in the interest of the electors ; and in the circumstances it is not asking anything unreasonable to require the Postal Department to carry these documents at newspaper rates.

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