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Friday, 3 August 1906

Mr GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Home Affairs) - The answer to the hon orable member's question is as follows: -

When the rolls for South Australia were last required to be printed, the Government Printer, Adelaide, was unable to undertake the work, consequently it was done in Melbourne, where the type now stands. The Government of South Australia was recently afforded an opportunity of printing the rolls for that State, but for the following reasons it is not considered desirable in the public interest to accept the offer made : -

1.   The time required by the Government Printer, Adelaide, namely, three months, as compared with the two weeks required by the Government Printer, Melbourne.

2.   The cost involved, namely,£1,250, as compared with the actual cost of a re-print {not exceeding £600) quoted by the Government Printer, Melbourne..

3.   The inability of the Government Printer, Adelaide, to print the rolls in the form prescribed in the Regulations under the Commonwealth Electoral Acts 1902-1905.

Sir Langdon Bonython - Is not some latitude allowed as to form?

Mr GROOM - No. A certain form has been specified; so that in future the rolls may be used as registers, in order to save trouble and expense.

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