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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I desire to ask whether it is intended to deal with the schedule to-night?

Senator Keating - There is nothing important in it.

Senator CLEMONS - The form in which the questions are to be submitted to the electors is of very considerable importance. I know, and I expect that Senator Keating knows, that there has been considerable doubt as to whether the forms contained in the schedule are the best which can be provided. The draftsman had considerable difficulty in framing them, and it is material to the electors that the questions shall be placed before them in the best possible way. If the assumption is that the forms cannot be improved, of course, there is nothing more to be said.

Senator Keating - I did not suggest that.

Senator CLEMONS - I think that the forms call for close scrutiny. They are going to act or fail to act as an instruction or aguide to the elector as to how and on what questions he is to vote. Seeing that we have dealt with all the clauses of the Bill, I suggest that we should have more time in which to consider the schedule. I do not suppose that Senator Keating wishes to rush the Bill through all its stages to-night.

Senator Keating - No.

Senator CLEMONS - I think that pro gress should now be reported, in order that we may have time in which to consider the forms. It would involve no great delay.

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