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Friday, 15 December 1905

Mr MAHON (Coolgardie) - I think that the proposed new clause would rather hamper, than assist, a candidate. I take it that a candidate is morally and legally entitled to withdraw his nomination and demand his deposit back at any time prior to the actual time fixed for the nomination.

Mr Groom - It is held that at present a candidate has no power to withdraw, and this clause is intended to overcome the difficulty.

Mr MAHON - Some more simple means should be adopted. A candidate should be able to withdraw right up to the time allowed for the receipt of nominations.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not object to extend the time for withdrawal, as suggested.

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