(per press association). HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Friday, June 11. EVENING SITTING. The House resumed at 7.30. SECOND READINGS. The Hon. John Hall replied on the debate on the second reading of the Election Petitions Bill. He maintained that in questions of this kind trial by jury would not be as safe as that by a Judgo of the Supreme Court. Before the Bill passed into law he would consult with tlm Judicial authorities as to the propriety of getting these cases tried by two Judges, instead of one. The motion for the second reading was passed. The Hon. J. Hall moved the second reading of the Corrupt Practices Prevention Bill. He read and commented upon the provisions of the Bill. Dr. Wallis blamed the Government for introducing important measures similar to the present without affording proper information as to the principles of such measures. This was not a new Bill, it was only to his mind an effort to perfect the law as it stood. Sir W. Fox said the question of conveyances was a very serious item in election costs. If an elector would not travel a mile or so to exercise his vote, then he was .not worthy of the franchise at all. If the want of a conveyance prevented a man attending, he was better away. The closing of public houses on election days was another matter to which he would direct attention. In San Francisco they found no difiiculiy in doing this. He witnessed an election in that city conducted under these circumstances, and although it contains a population of 350,000, he did not witness a single case of intoxication. It was a sad sight to see men about to exercise one of the most sacred privileges with their brains muddled with intoxicating liquor. The Bill, as it stood, was inconsistent. If one gave a man a sandwich and a glass of water, that was corruption, and would invalidate the election, whereas if they spent LSOO for cab hire, that was = perfectly legitimate. Again, it was wrong in principle to put a candidate to heavy expenses. After a long debate in which several members took part, the motion was carried, and the Bill read a second time. TUB AGENT-GENERAL. Mr. George asked, without notice, if a remor was true that Government had received a cablegram from England announcing the resignation of the Agent-general. The Hon. J. Hall said that there was no foundation for the rumor whatever. MISCELLANEOUS. The Regulation of Elections Bill was further considered in Committee. Amendments to substitute “ person ” for “ regis tered elector ” in clause 11, were negatived on a division, as was also a proposal to
strike out the words requiring the written assent* of candidates. Several verbal amendments were made. A prsposal to extend the hours of poling to 7 p.m. was lost on a division by 38 to 21. Progress was reported, and leave obtained to sit asain. The House rose at 12 4°. '
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