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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator Millen - If the principle of the amendment is sound, they should be carried and printed for nothing.

Senator STEWART - I think they should be carried for nothing. But when we cannot have all that we would like, we must take what we can get. I hope the Committee will not reject the amendment.

Senator Lt.-Col.GOULD (New South Wales). - I point out that while under this clause a candidate is to be entitled to transmit through the post one copy of an election address or manifesto relating to his candidature to each elector whose nameappears on the roll for the State or division for which he is nominated, it means that the manifestoes will be carried through the post for1d. for 20 ozs. Where there is a letter delivery, the letter-carriers will have the duty cast upon them of distributing the manifestoes, and possibly a manifesto will have to be delivered to each of eighty electors at a cost to the candidate of1d. Ordinary persons are not to be given this concession, and we do not propose, that it should be extended to candidates for the States Parliaments. I would prefer that Parliament should be invited to pay each candidate the whole of the expenses incurred in his candidature directly,rather than that concessions to candidates should be made in this way.




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