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Wednesday, 1 October 1913

Senator FINDLEY (VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs a question, but in order that he may understand its nature, I shall first read an extract from a recent issue of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and headed " The Ballarat Contest."

It. is stated from Ballarat that Detective Burvett, of Melbourne, and other police officers have just concluded inquiries regarding the alleged wilful breaches of the electoral laws during the recent Federal campaign in Ballarat; and that no evidence whatever was obtained to justify the complaints respecting corruption, duplicate voting, and impersonation.

I wish to ask the Vice-President of. the Executive Council whether that statement is correct, whether that is the net result of the inquiries made by this officer on behalf of the Department; and, if so, will the Senate be furnished with a copy of the report as early as possible ?

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