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Monday, 1 October 1906


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - The provision is permissive. It is intended that where thought desirable, only one ballot-box shall be used. At some polling places, so few votes will be recorded that one ballotbox would easily suffice. In Tasmania, the standard box is fairly large, but I have been told that in some parts of Queensland, inordinately small boxes have been used, and, of course, itwould be impossible for one such box to "hold all the votes recorded at many ' of the booths. If, however, we make it obligatory to provide separate ballot-boxes for the various papers, it will be impossible to comply with the provision at the forthcoming election, because of the remoteness of some of the polling places. For instance, there is in South Australia, a place so remote that I believe the rolls were sent some weeks ago, and a special convoy will be needed to take out the ballot-papers, the services of relays of linemen being utilized for the purpose-







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