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Thursday, 2 November 1911


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The Minister has quite overlooked the fact that it is of no use to talk of remedying anything by regulation unless the power to frame a regulation is taken in this measure. If, however, the clause is passed as it is, he will not be able to make a regulation to provide for these cases, because it is obligatory that everybody who has lived in Australia for a certain time, and in an electoral division for a certain period, has to enroll. I am not dealing with the provision from the stand-point of an injustice being done. 1 do not know that it would be a particular injustice to ask any one who had lived here for six months to enroll his name. The point I urge is that it is undesirable that we should have on our electoral rolls the names of persons who are not citizens. These rolls are supposed to represent the people in whose hands rest the political future of this country. To load them up, even with a sprinkling of visitors, seems to me to be entirely undesirable.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 8 -

After section sixty-one B of thePrincipal Act the following section is inserted : - "610- (1.) It shall be the duty of every person, who is entitled to be enrolled as an elector and who is not so enrolled, to fill in and sign, in accordance with the Act and the regulations, a form of claim for enrolment as "an elector and to forthwith send or deliver it to the proper officer.







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