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Friday, 17 November 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - When this clause was reached last night, I asked the Minister in charge of the Bill why the schedule, which figures in the Act, and which, I believe, without exception is to be found in a similar form in the law of every State, is being departed from, and we are simply providing that the nomination form shall be as prescribed. I can see an advantage in having a set form in the Act, so that every candidate, even in remote parts, may know what it is. But if the form is to be a variable one, affected by regulation, there may be some hardship done. I cannot see any advantage in the proposed method, seeing that the information required to be given is the same in each case. It is the mere form which the Department is seeking power to vary. I should like the Minister to say why it is considered necessary to strike that schedule out of the Act and provide for one by regulation.

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