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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - Proposed new sub-clause 6 sets out that the person supposed ' to be an offender shall be served with a summons or notice. Is it intended to serve the notice personally, or by post? If the notices are not served personally, but by post, there is every possibility that many people, through no fault of their own, may not receive them. I suggest . to the Minister the desirableness of inserting the word "personally" after the word "served." That would insure that the defendant would be notified of any action taken by the Department.

Senator Guthrie - It might be served personally or by registered letter.

Senator LYNCH - Even a registered letter might not reach the defendant in time. In a matter of this kind, the least the Department can do is to find out the person against whom it proposes to proceed, and serve him personally with a summons. I hope that, in order to remove all doubt on the question, and to give a chance to the elector for whom so much sympathy has been expressed, the Minister willaccept my suggestion.

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