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Monday, 11 December 1905

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - I would ask the honorable and learned member not to press his proposal, because this class may be included under paragraph b if it be found desirable.

Mr Crouch - Every one might be included under that paragraph.

Mr GROOM -I shouldnot like to make a definite promise on the spur of the moment, because I do not know what I might be committing myself to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses29 to 31 agreed to.

Clause 32 -

After section one hundred and eighteen of the Principal Act the following sections are inserted : - "118a. The following directions for regulating voting by means of postal ballot-papers shall be substantially observed : -

(c)   If the elector's right is so impaired that he cannot vote without assistance, the authorized witness, if so requested by the elector, may mark his vote on the ballot-paper ;

(g)   The elector shall then place the ballotpaper with the counterfoil attached into the envelope addressed to the Returning Officer, and fasten the envelope, and hand it to the authorized witness for posting."

Mr. CHANTER(Riverina). - I wish the same rule to be carried out in the witnessing of a postal ballot paper for a person whose sight is impaired as is carried out in the polling booth. Therefore, I move -

That after the word "ballot-paper," line11, the words " in the presence of a witness" be inserted.

Amendment agreed to.

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