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The Laura to Booleroo Centre Railway Act.—1907.

• Council ” shall mean The District Council of Port Germein :
“ District" shall mean the District of Port Germein as constituted

and defined under the District Councils Act:
Railway” shall mean the railway to be constructed in pursuance

of this Act: Railway District ” shall mean the Railway District constituted

by this Act: " Ratepayer” shall mean a ratepayer within the meaning of the

District Councils Act: “ The District Councils Act” shall mean “The District Councils

Act, 1887," and all Acts amending the same or substituted

therefor: "Year" shall mean a year ending on the thirtieth day of June.

Power to construct railway.

3. Subject to the conditions hereinafter contained, the Commissioner may construct and maintain a railway from Laura to Booleroo Centre via Wirrabara, together with all proper works and conveniences connected therewith, as the said railway is delineated in the plan deposited in the office of the Surveyor-General, at Adelaide, on the twenty-first day of November, one thousand nine hundred and seven, and in the plan in the Fifth Schedule hereto, or as may be delineated in any plans that may hereafter be so deposited, pursuant to any law for the time being in force as to the deposit of such plans: Provided that in case the Houses of Parliament shall not be sitting when any plans and books of reference shall be deposited in the office of the Surveyor-General under section 9 of “ The Railway Clauses Act, 1876," the Commissioner may make deviations under the said section before causing copies of the plans and books of reference to be laid before Parliament, but such copies shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament upon their next sitting

4. The Commissioner shall call for public tenders for the construction of the railway, to be sent in within such time, to such place, and under such terms, conditions, and provisions as he may deem advisable, and may accept or reject any tender.

Tenders to be called for.

Power to construct railway though no tender accepted.

5. The Commissioner may construct the railway although no tender therefor shall have been accepted.

Gauge, &c., of railway.

6. The gauge of the railway shall be three feet six inches, and the rails to be used in the construction thereof shall be of iron steel, and of the weight of not less than forty pounds to the yard. The total cost of the railway, including rolling-stock, shall not exceed Eighty-two Thousand Five Hundred Pounds.

Fares, tolls, and charges.

7. The Commissioner may demand for the use of the railway, and in respect thereof, and for the carriage of goods and passengers thereon, and for the loading and unloading of goods, such fares, tolls,

and

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and charges as may from time to time be fixed in manner prescribed by any Act or Acts under which the Commissioner may fix such fares, tolls, or charges in respect of the railways under his control.

8. Subject to the provisions of this Act, all fares, tolls, rents, dues, Appropriation of charges, and sums of money which may at any time be received and fares, tolls, &c. levied under authority hereof shall be from time to time, in such manner as the Governor may prescribe, paid to the Treasurer for the public purposes of the said State.

9. The area of land defined in the plan in the Fifth Schedule Constitution of the hereto, and comprised within the blue line shown on such plan, is Laura and Booleroo

Centre Railway hereby constituted a Railway District for the purposes of this Act, and District. shall be called “ The Laura and Booleroo Centre Railway District."

10. Within three months from the passing of this Act the question Question to be subwhether the railway shall be constructed in pursuance of this Act mitted to poll of shall be submitted by the Council to a poll of the ratepayers within the District who are assessed in respect of the land within the Railway District. A poll in pursuance of this section shall be valid although taken after the expiration of the said three months.

11. Every poll of ratepayers under this Act shall be taken by Provisions for poll. ballot: 1. The Council shall appoint a Returning Officer, who shall,

mutatis mutandis, have all the powers conferred by the
District Councils Act or “ The Ballot Act, 1862," on a
Returning Officer in case of an election, including the
power to appoint deputies, and shall preside at the taking

of the poll:
1. The Council shall appoint a polling place for such poll, and

appoint a polling-place in each ward. The taking of the
poll shall commence at eight o'clock in the forenoon, and
shall continue open until all the voters present in the
polling-booth at seven o'clock in the afternoon shall have

had an opportunity of voting, and shall then close:
NI. Two scrutineers, to be present at the voting at each polling-

place, shall be appointed by the Council:
iv. At every poll the Returning Officer, if it shall appear to him

expedient, may cause booths to be erected, or rooms to be
hired and used as booths, at the several polling-places of
the District; and the same shall be so divided and allotted
into compartments as to the Returning Officer may seem
most convenient, and the Returning Officer shall, before
the day fixed for taking the votes, cause to be furnished
for use at each polling-place a copy of the assessment-book,
so far as it relates to ratepayers entitled to vote, or of that
portion thereof which contains the names of the ratepayers

entitled

The Laura to Booleroo Centre Railway Act.—1907.

No person

entitled to vote, and assessed for property in the ward in which such polling-place is situated, and shall, under his

hand, certify such copy to be a true copy:
Each ratepayer entitled to vote may vote on a scale according

to the amount of value at which he is assessed, as
follows:- Twenty-five Pounds or under, one vote ; over
Twenty-five Pounds to Thirty-five Pounds, two votes ;
over Thirty-five Pounds to Forty-five Pounds, three votes ;
over Forty-five Pounds to Fifty-five Pounds, four votes ;
over Fifty-five Pounds to Sixty-five Pounds, five votes ;
over Sixty-five Pounds upwards, six votes.
shall have more than six votes. Both the owner and the
occupier may vote in respect of any

ratable property: vi. In case of joint tenancy, or tenancy in common, one person

only shall vote, unless the assessed value of the property shall exceed Seventy-five Pounds, and then one other joint tenant, or tenant in common, may vote for each additional Seventy-five Pounds, or for any fractional part of Seventyfive Pounds, of assessed value, on the same scale as is allowed for the first Seventy-five Pounds, or the fractional part thereof, and joint tenants, or tenants in common entitled, may vote in the order in which they shall tender their votes, until votes shall have been taken for the whole assessed value, or all the joint tenants, or tenants in

common, shall have voted: vii. Except as by this Act otherwise provided, no person shall

have more than one vote: rin. Every person entitled to vote shall present himself to the

Returning Officer or his Deputy at the polling-place for
the District, or for the ward in respect of which such
person claims to vote, and state his Christian and surname,
abode, profession, or occupation, the nature of his
qualification, and the place where the property or qualifi-
cation is situate. The Returning Officer or Deputy shall
thereupon place a mark against the voter's name on the
copy of the assessment-book or the portion thereof in use
at the polling-place, and hand such voter a voting-paper
for every vote to which he shall be entitled, which voting-
paper shall bear the initials of the Returning Officer or
Deputy and the following sentences :-
“I approve of the Laura to Booleroo Centre railway

being constructed in pursuance of “The Laura to

Booleroo Centre Railway Act, 1907?”: “I object to the Laura to Booleroo Centre railway

being constructed in pursuance of “The Laura to

Booleroo Centre Railway Act, 1907 ?”: And shall have a square printed opposite each such sentence, and nothing else shall be inserted in, or placed on, such voting-paper:

Ix. There

The Laura to Booleroo Centre Railway Act.—1907.

18. There shall be provided one or more separate apartments or

places forming part of the polling-booth, into which the voter shall, on receiving his voting-paper or papers, immediately retire, and there alone and in private, without interruption, indicate his vote or votes by making a cross within one of the squares on his voting-paper, or on each of his voting-papers, as the case may be, opposite the sentence which expresses his wish, and shall then fold the paper or papers and immediately deliver it or them so folded to the Returning Officer or his Deputy, who shall forth with publicly, and without opening the same, deposit it or them in a box to be provided for that purpose; and no voting-paper so deposited in any box shall on any account be taken therefrom unless in the presence of the scrutineers after the close of the poll. No voting-paper shall be received unless it be so folded as to render it impossible for the Returning Officer, his Deputy, or any other person to see

which way the vote is given: x. Any voter wilfully infringing any of the provisions of this

section, or obstructing the voting by any unnecessary delay in performing any act within the said polling-booth or

room, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor: X'. Any voter may signify to the Returning Officer or his Deputy

that, by reason of blindness or defective eyesight, he is unable to vote without assistance, and thereupon such Officer or Deputy, it satisfied of such inability, shall permit any agent named by such voter to accompany him into the apartment or place for voting to mark the voting-paper on such voter's behalf, and shall receive such paper from

such agent and deposit it in the ballot-box : XII. The only persons who shall be allowed to remain in the poll

ing booth or room shall be the persons about to vote, the Returning Officer, the Deputy Returning Officer, and the scrutineers :

sili. No inquiry shall be permitted at any poll as to the right of

any person to vote, except as follows, that is to say :--The Returning Officer or his Deputy may, or if required by any scrutineer shall, put to any person applying for a voting-paper at the time of his so applying, but not afterwards, the following questions, or any of them, and no other :

(1) Are you the person whose name appears as

and as the owner (or occupier) of the property set opposite your name in the assessmentbook now in force for this District ?

(2) Have you already voted at the present poll?

(3) Ave The Laura to Booleroo Centre Railway Act.—1907.

(3) Are you the owner within the meaning of “The

District Councils Act, 1887," or other Act in force relating to District Councils (or the occu. pier) of the property for which you now claim

to vote? And no person shall be entitled to vote unless his answer to the first and third questions, or such of them as shall be put to him, shall be in the affirmative, and to the second, if put, in the negative; and any person who shall wilfully make a false answer to either of such questions shall be

guilty of a misdemeanor: SIV. Every person who shall vote a second time, or offer to vote a

second time at any poll, or who shall personate any other person for the purpose of voting at any such poll, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be

imprisoned for a term not exceeding six months : Sr. Immediately before taking the votes the Returning Officer

or Deputy Returning Officer shall exhibit the ballot-box empty; and shall, immediately upon the close of the voting, publicly close and seal the box containing the voting. papers which shall have been taken at the voting-place at which he presided, and each Deputy Returning Officer shall, with as little delay as possible, deliver, or cause his box to be delivered, to the Returning Officer; and any Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer who shall unlawfully tamper with any ballot-box or voting-paper shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and be liable to imprison

ment for a term not exceeding six months: XVI. At the close of the poll the Returning Officer shall fix a time,

as soon as conveniently may be, for examining the votes and declaring the result of the poll, and shall, in the presence of one at least of the scrutineers, and of as many more as choose to be present, open all the boxes containing voting-papers delivered in at the taking of the poll, and shall examine such voting-papers, and shall reject all such as shall contain crosses against both of the above-mentioned sentences, or shall contain anything other than such matters as are herein before prescribed for such voting-papers: And shall openly declare the general state of the votes at the close of the poll, as the same shall be made up by him from the voting-papers taken at the several voting-places: And

shall declare the result of the poll: XVII. All voting-papers shall be preserved by the Returning Officer

until three months after the declaration of the result of the

poll. 12. The result of the poll shall be embodied in a certificate under the hand of the Returning Officer in the form of the Second Schedule to this Act, or in a form to the like effect. The certificate

shall

Certificate of result of poll.

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