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Friday, 17 November 1911

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - To make the amendment submitted by Senator Rae effective, the words which he proposes to insert in paragraph a would also require to be inserted in the ballotpaper.

Senator Chataway - His proposal is permissive - that is the trouble.

Senator SAYERS - If the words in question were inserted in the ballot-paper, they would appear very peculiar. As we all know, quite a number of independent candidates contested seats at the general election which was held in Victoria yester day, though as a matter of fact there is no such party as the independent party in politics. A candidate would have to be labelled on the ballot-paper, either as an independent Liberal, or an independent Conservative, or an independent Labour candidate, or an independent Socialist.

Senator Chataway - We are getting perilously close to the use of green and yellow papers.

Senator SAYERS - If the ballot-papers are to be of different colours, the secrecy of the ballot will be destroyed.

Senator O'Keefe - But suppose that all the ballot-papers are of one colour?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Henderson - I would point out to Senator Sayers that the question before the chair has reference only to the form of the nomination-paper.

Senator SAYERS - Then I do not see that the insertion of the words proposed by Senator Rae are of any account, because nomination-papers do not leave the hands of the Returning Officers. At the first meeting which is addressed by a parliamentary candidate, it is usual for him to declare the political party which he intends to support. When he has so declared himself, the whole country knows what are his political views. I do not see that any advantage is to be derived from requiring these particulars to be supplied on the nominationpaper. I hope that the amendment will be withdrawn.

Amendment negatived.

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