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Thursday, 4 June 1914

Senator McCOLL - On the 14th May Senator Barnes asked several questions in regard to an electoral matter. The Chief Electoral Officer, who communicated directly with the honorable senator, has sent tome a copy of his letter, as follows : - 3rd June, 1914.

Dear Senator Barnes, -

I desire to inform you, by direction, in reply to your question as to whether the registrars for the subdivision of St. Arnaud and Shepparton are refusing to remove from the Commonwealth electoral rolls names which are objected to, that the Commonwealth Electoral Officer reports as follows : - " The Electoral Registrar, St. Arnaud, states that a Mr. Langshorn advised him that he had a list of names that he intended to object to, but on being advised that the police review was then in progress,he said he was satisfied to withhold them until the review was completed.

The Electoral Registrar, Shepparton, advises that he has no knowledge whatever of the matter."

Yours faithfully,

R.   C. Oldham,

Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth.

This answer should have been sent tome directly. I would have given the information to the honorable senator before, but I only received the letter to-day.

Sena tor BA RNES. - Arising out of the reply, I wish to ask whether the attention of the Minister has been called to a report in the Argus of the 13th May. of the evidence given before the Electoral Commission, by a gentleman named Mr. Archdale Parkhill, secretary to the Liberal Association of New South Wales?

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