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Thursday, 2 August 1906
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Mr WEBSTER (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask theMinister of Home Affairs what steps havebeen taken to overcome the difficulty of obtaining witnesses to the signatures of applicants for enrolment. At present, thepolice are unable to witness such signatures, and I wish to know whether any adult resident entitled to be enrolled iscapable of acting as a witness?

Mr GROOM - In reply to the honorable member, I mav say that a claim for enrolment has not to be attested at all. It is only an application for a transfer which requires to be attested, and any elector in any part of the Commonwealth can attest that, irrespective of whether heis a member of the household or not.

Mr Hughes - That fact does not seem to be clearly understood by the police.

Mr GROOM - As there seems to besome doubt about the matter, I will see that a special' instruction is issued, so as to prevent the possibility of any mistake occurring.

Mr Hughes - Do I understand the Minister to say that the person who attests the application need not be an elector?

Mr GROOM - No. He must be anelector.

Mr Hughes - Suppose that he is anadult member of a household in which thereare no electors?

Mr GROOM - I have never heard of a case of that description.

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