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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - We have in this clause a distinct limitation of the extent to which these matters will be advertised. The Commonwealth electoral officer for each State is, under this clause, to advertise the receipt and particulars of the writ, and a copy of the proposed law in two newspapers in each State, and I suppose that means two newspapers only.

Senator Drake - In Victoria the Argus and the Age.

Senator CLEMONS - Probably that would be sufficient for Victoria, but I doubt whether a notificationin two newspapers would be sufficient in other States of the Commonwealth.

Senator Trenwith - The Herald, and the Daily Telegraph in New South Wales.

Senator CLEMONS - They do not circulate in every electorate of that State, and electors in a number of small country towns would not see these notices. Surely it is desirable to advertise these notices in more than two newspapers in each of the States?

Senator Keating - It does not seem to be enough in the case of Queensland.

Senator Drake - Newspapers published in the south of Queensland do not circulate throughout Queensland.

Senator CLEMONS - I do not wish to refer to my own State, but I am certain that publication in two newspapers in Queensland would not be sufficient, and I suppose it would not be sufficient in Western Australia either.

Senator Pearce - Newspapers published in Perth have a very limited circulation on the gold-fields.

Senator Keating - We might say two or more.

Senator CLEMONS - I am pointing out that I doubt whether the provision made in the clause would be found sufficient. I move -

That after the word" two," line 5, the words "or more" be inserted

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