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Thursday, 21 June 1906

Mr GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Home Affairs) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes, but see section 168 of the Commonwealth Electoral Acts 1902-1005, under which the person causing the writ to be issued may provide for extending the time for its return.

2.   Under section 5 of the Constitution it is provided that after any general election the Parliament shall be summoned to meet not later than thirty days after the day appointed for the return of the writ.

3.   Not necessarily.

4.   Senators elected this year for a term of office, commencing on the 1st January next, cannot take their seats till their term of office begins.

5.   The election of a new House of Representatives and of senators elect for a new term does not affect the right of senators whose term has not yet expired, to sit for the remainder of their term.

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