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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Mr MALONEY (Melbourne) - I wish to thank the Minister for having introduced the clause. I think that he has more than kept his word. I shall not, however, rest content, but shall, at the first opportunity, endeavour to take all these inquiries out of the jurisdiction of the High Court. I do not think that suitors in election disputes should be put to the expense of even£100. I think that where a justifiable difference of opinion exists as to the result of an election, the parties should be able to get justice without incurring any cost whatever. There is no reason why the Government should not appoint counsel to act for both parties. I am afraid that under the conditions spoken of by the honorable and learned member for Parkes, the costs as between lawyer and client would be just as great as at present.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - No. Mr. Blackwood had to pay his own costs, and also the costs of the honorable member for Riverina, which amounted to , £251.

Mr Chanter - The honorable member is slightly in error.

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