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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - I do not know that the word " forthwith " could properly be inserted where proposed. Clause 5 provides that the Governor- General may, issue the writ,and that it must be in accordance with a certain form; and clause 6 provides that the 'Governor- General may cause to be attached to the writ a copy of the proposed law. or a copy of a statement in regard to the proposed law. Doubtless the desire is to use the word " forthwith " in reference to some time. But in clause 8 that word is used this way : ""forthwith after the receipt" of the original writ. I think that Senator Pearce's amendment will be better placed at the beginning of the clause, and might be somewhat in this form : " Forthwith after the issue of the writ."

Senator Dobson - Why not insert after the word " shall " the words " immediately after the issue of the writ " ?

Senator KEATING - That would do, but it must be related to something.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment (by Senator Pearce) agreed to-

That after the word "shall," line 3, the words " immediately after the issue of the same " be inserted.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 8-

The original writ shall be forwarded to the Chief Electoral Officer, who shall forthwith after the receipt thereof -

(a)   forward copies of it to the Commonwealth Electoral Officers for the several States; and

(b)   insert in the Gazelle a notification of the receipt and particulars of the writ, and a copy of the proposed law or of the statement (if any) attached to the writ.

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