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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - There are in the Electoral. Act certain limitations in connexion with facilities for voting which relate to Senate elections, but do not apply to elections for the House of Representatives. Part X. of the Act deals with voting by post; and there are different provisions regarding the obtaining of postal voting certificates in connexion with the-. Senate than in connexion with the House of. Representatives. In any case, the provisions, so far as voting for the House of. Representatives is concerned, are equally liberal, if not more so, than are those in. respect of voting for the Senate. If I remember rightly, when we were discussing the Amending, Electoral Bill last session, Senator Pearce complained that, in connexion with the Senate elections, we were taking away the privilege of voting by. post. But in reality we were not doing so. I admit that it may be a little easier to obtain postal voters' certificates in the case of elections for the House of Representatives than it is in the case of elections for the Senate. Part XI. of the Electoral Act relates to the polling arrangements in connexion with elections for both Houses of this Parliament, and, similarly, Part XV. relates to electoral offences.

Senator Clemons - Then where is the difference?

Senator KEATING - I admit that, in connexion with elections for the House of Representatives, greater facilities exist for obtaining absent voters' certificates than exist in connexion with elections for the Senate

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