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Friday, 15 December 1905

Mr JOHNSON (Lang) - I feel disposed to support the view put forward by the honorable member for Wide Bay. A candidate should be allowed to withdraw at any time before the day of nomination without being mulcted in a penalty.

Mr Fisher - I should not object to a provision that he shall withdraw at least twenty-four "hours before the time for re'ceiving nominations expires.

Mr JOHNSON - I think that we should allow a candidate to retire up to the day of nomination, and to have the whole of his deposit returned.

Amendment of the amendment negatived.

Amendment (by Mr. Batchelor) agreed to-

That the proposed new clause be amended by leaving out the word " forfeited," with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " returned."

Amendment (by Mr. Bamford) agreed to-

That the proposed new clause be amended by adding after the word " returned " the following words : - " 105B. In the case of the death of any candidate before the hour of nomination, the deposit lodged by him shall be returned to his personal representatives."

Mr. FISHER(Wide Bay).- I think that the deposit lodged should be returned if the candidate dies at any time prior to the election. I should like to know whether the person who dies before the hour of nomination can be legally regarded as a candidate.

Mr. GROOM(Darling Downs - Minister of Home Affairs). - After the nomination, certain expense is incurred by the Department in connexion with it, and, therefore, I do not think the deposit should be returned; but I am willing to consider the matter. The clause puts it beyond doubt that the deposit of any person dying before the hour of nomination shall be returned to his personal representatives.

Amendment agreedto.

Proposed new clause, as amended, agreed to.

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