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Monday, 1 October 1906


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - Under this clause it will be the duty of the Chief Electoral Officer to publish a notification in the official Commonwealth Gazette, and as a matter of practice as soon as such a notification appears in the Gazette it will be noted by the various newspapers which will probably have a paragraph stating that it is notified in the last issue of the Commonwealth Gazette that a referendum is to be taken on such-and-such a question. In clause 9 we provide that the Commonwealth electoral officer for each State must give notice of the receipt and particulars of the writ in two newspapers circulating in the State. These officers will probably be better informed as to the best channels of communication through the press than is the Chief Electoral Officer. It will be their duty 'also to have copies of the proposed law or of the statement, if any, attached to the writ, exhibited at post-offices, Customs Houses, and such other places in the State, as the Chief Electoral Officer directs. In that way, I think that all the electors will get due notification of the fact that they will be asked to vote upon a proposed alteration of the Constitution. We could not very well ask the Chief Electoral Officer to advertise throughout the States, and as a matter of fact, if we did so, he would probably take the advice of the Commonwealth electoral officers for each of the States in the matter.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 9 -

The Commonwealth Electoral Officer for each State shall forthwith after the receipt of the copy of the writ -

(a)   give notice of the receipt and particulars of the writ by advertisement in two newspapers circulating in the State, which notice shall include a copy of the proposed law or a copy of the statement (if any) attached to the writ : .







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