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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - In the short time that has been available to me, I have endeavoured to ascertain why the method followed in the case of elections for the House of Representatives has been adopted as a model in the taking of the proposed referendum. If we are going to adopt the provisions of our Electoral law in taking that referendum, the assumption is that we should adopt those which relate to the Senate elections, at which the whole of the electors of the States vote. Of course, it may be that there is nothing of importance involved.

Senator Keating - In voting at a Senate election, the elector can cast more than one vote. Provision is made for that in section 133 of the principal Act.

Senator CLEMONS - Obviously, that section cannot apply to a referendum. Prima facie; however, we ought to adopt that method which is applicable to elections at which all the electors of the States vote.

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