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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator McCOLL (VictoriaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I have received the following communication from the Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth-

Men of the Australian Navy qualified for enrolment who have no places of living ashore are held to be entitled to enroll for the subdivision which includes the home port of the ship in which they are serving.

Senator Guthriehas been informed, in reply to an official inquiry, that a seaman employed in the mercantile marine who is qualified for enrolment, and has no place of living ashore, is held to be entitled to regard the place at which he signs on as a member of the crew, as his home port, and the subdivision within which the home port is situated as the subdivision for which, after one month, he may claim enrolment; and that where a seaman who is enrolled signs on for another ship, and establishes another home port, he must, after one month, transfer his enrolment.

Only one ease hascome under notice in connexion with the enrolment of seamen where the name of the ship, as the place of living, has been questioned, and the Commonwealth Electoral Officer was informed that the address should be accepted.

As far as the electoral administration is aware, no seaman, qualified for enrolment, has at any time been refused enrolment on the ground that he gave the name of a ship as his place of living, excepting in the one case brought under notice by Senator Guthrie, which was questioned by theRegistrar.

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