Chapter 32 - Disputed returns

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Standing Orders

207 Petitions disputing elections

(1) Any question concerning the election, choice or appointment of a senator which cannot, under the provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act, be brought before the Court of Disputed Returns, may be brought before the Senate by petition.

(2) A petition shall be lodged with the Clerk within 40 days after the certificate of the Governor of the state for which the senator has been elected, chosen or appointed has been laid on the table.

(3) The sum of $l00 shall be paid to the Clerk at the time the petition is lodged as surety for the payment of costs by the petitioners in case the Senate decides that the petitioners shall pay costs to the respondent.

(4) If these conditions have been complied with, the Clerk shall so certify on the petition, and the President shall lay the petition on the table.

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