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Friday, 17 November 1911

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - The Government accept the amendment submitted by Senator O'Keefe. We need not seriously concern ourselves about what the regulations will be." As long as the essentials required by the Electoral Act are complied with, any slight variation of form in the matter of the nomination-papers is, and will continue to be, of no account. The essentials are simple and clear.

Senator Millen - There is nothing in the clause requiring that a candidate's formal consent must be given to his nomination. That is one essential contained in the schedule to the principal Act that is not provided for in this Bill.

Senator FINDLEY - The Government cannot entertain the idea suggested by Senator Chataway that the amendment should be made applicable to by-elections, for the reason that we never know when a by-election may take place. The date of a general election is fixed some time in advance, but no one can say when the seat of a member of Parliament will become vacant. A provision that any new regulations should not be applicable to byelections would not work.

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