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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I have been looking to see what public notice or advertisement is to be given to the writ as soon as it is issued to enable the electors to know what they will be asked to vote upon. I find that under this clause the whole duty of the Chief Electoral Officer is to insert a notification of the receipt and particulars of the writ in the Gazette.

Senator Keating - As soon as it appears in the Gazette it will be copied by the newspapers.

Senator CLEMONS - Not automatically?

Senator Keating - No, as a matter of news.

Senator CLEMONS - Does Senator Keating attach any value to the insertion of these notices in the Commonwealth Gazette ? I know that it is the official organ, but who reads it? I should think that not even Members of Parliament read it.

Senator Keating - Newspaper people do.

Senator CLEMONS - I do not wish to press for an amendment, if it is thought that the clause provides for sufficient notice, but I point out that these referenda will be complicated matters, and it is well that the public should have information concerning them as early as possible.

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