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Friday, 15 December 1905

26B. After section one hundred and five of the Principal Act the following section is in. serted : - 105A. A candidate may withdraw his con sent to his nomination not less than twenty-four hours before the hour of nomination by lodging with the Commonwealth Electoral Officer for the State in the case of a Senate election, or with the Divisional Returning Officer for the Division in the case of a House of Representatives election, a notice of withdrawal in the prescribed form, and thereupon the nomination shall be cancelled, and the deposit lodged shall be forfeited.

At present a candidate once nominated cannot withdraw before nomination day, and I think that we should permit this to be done, subject to the forfeiture of the deposit.

An Honorable Member. - Why should the deposit be forfeited?

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