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Thursday, 23 October 1913

Senator CLEMONS (TASMANIA) (Ministerwithout portfolio) - The answers to the questions are - 1 and2. In pursuance of the requirements of section 206ff of the Electoral Act, the Chief Electoral Officer has instituted proceedings in every case which has come under notice, where the Crown Law Authorities have advised that an offence has been committed.

Senator O'KEEFE - Arising out of that reply, I desire to ask the Honorary Minister whether he can give the Senate any information as to the number of prosecutions which are impending ?

Senator CLEMONS - I think the honorable senator will agree with me that, in cases of impending prosecutions, it is very undesirable that any statement should be made beforehand. At any rate, that is the attitude which the AttorneyGeneral takes up, and, I think, rightly so.

Senator O'KEEFE - Can the Honorary Minister inform us whether there are any prosecutions impending?

Senator CLEMONS - I can only answer in general terms. I am probably accurate when I say that the AttorneyGeneral has been requested to advise on more than one case. Beyond that I am not justified in going at the present time.

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