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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator McCOLL - On the 24th June

Senator Blakey asked the following question : -

Is the Vice-President of the Executive Coun cil aware that in the Bourke-street Post Office, Melbourne, there is an official who, when electors go to find out if their names are on the roll, advises them that it would be more convenient to fro down to the rooms of the Liberal party in Collins-street, and find out there. If "that is the case, will the Minister endeavour to prevent the official from giving such advice, and, if he will not do so, will he instruct the official that rolls may also be seen at the Trades Hall, and in the rooms of the Political Labour Council.

I have received the following memorandum in reply: -

The Commonwealth Electoral Officer for Victoria reports that a set of the rolls for the whole of Victoria was forwarded to the General Post Office, Melbourne, for inspection purposes.

That no postal or other officer has any authority from the electoral administration to refer electors to any political organization, and he states further that the latest prints of the rolls can always be inspected at the Commonwealth Electoral Office, Masonic Chambers, Collins-street, Melbourne.

A little while ago Senator Senior asked a number of questions in regard to objections taken to the enrolment of several persons at Port Pirie, and I have now the following memorandum in reply: -

The names of Thos. Harris and Benjamin Margett were not objected to, and still remain on the Toll. In the ease of Marinus Scheffer and Martin Burke, the only action taken was to remove duplicated names. In regard to the other persons referred to by Senator Senior, objections were lodged by the Registrar after he had made official inquiry, and had reasonablegrounds for believing that the persons concerned had ceased to live in the division for at least one month, and that they were not temporarily absent. In each of these places the names still remain on the roll.

In reply to a question by Senator Newland in reference to an objection lodged at Bullfinch, i am informed -

The information was asked for by wire yesterday, but a reply has not yet been received. A further wire urging expedition has now been sent.

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