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Friday, 15 June 1906


Mr SKENE (Grampians) . -I desire to move the adjournment of the House, to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance, viz., "The anomalous position in which the State of Victoria is placed throughthe recent enumeration of the electors, and the consequent redistribution of the electorates thereon."

Five honorable members having risen in their places,

Question proposed.


Mr SKENE - Had it not been for the hurried manner in which the new schemes of distribution were dealt with on Wednesday night, it would be unnecessary for me to take the step which I am now taking, because the whole subject would have been thrashed out during the discussion of those schemes ; but we were not given time to get together the figures and information necessary to prepare us to take that course. I could not understand then why it is that, while the Victorian quota is something like 3,000 more than the New South Wales quota, Victoria is to lose a representative, and New South Wales is to gain one. In referring to the matter oh Wednesday night, I was a little inaccurate in speaking of theNew South Wales quota as 24.000. I had been told that the New South Wales quota is 24,000 and a little over, but I have since ascertained that it is actually 24,936, or practically 25,000, while the Victorian quota is 28,019.


Mr Maloney - Is the honorable member in order in discussing a matter which was dealt with by the House only two days ago?







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