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Issue of writs.

12. The Governor of any State may cause writs to be issued82 for elections of senators for the State. In case of the dissolution of the Senate83 the writs shall be issued within ten days from the proclamation of such dissolution.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—At the Adelaide sessions, 1897, in committee, Mr. Barton introduced a clause (11A) as follows:—

“For the purpose of holding elections of members to represent any State in the Senate, the Governor of the State may cause writs to be issued by such persons in such form and addressed to such returning officer as he thinks fit.”

Mr. Isaacs thought that the writs ought to be issued by the Governor-General, as in the case of writs for the House of Representatives. Mr. Holder moved an amendment to provide that the writs should be issued by the Governor-General in Council; but this was negatived. (Conv. Deb., Adel., pp. 1149-50.)




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At the Sydney session, a suggestion by the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to omit the clause was not adopted. (Conv., Syd., 1897, p. 989; and see id. pp. 391-4.) At the Melbourne session, drafting amendments were made before the first report and after the fourth report.

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