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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I think that too much importance has been laid on this provision by Senator Millen and other members of the Opposition, because it will not work but as they anticipate. The provision is designed for one purpose. We have instituted compulsory enrolment. A man or a woman entitled to vote has to fill in a card and send it to the Electoral Office. That is the first step. Suppose that a name appears on the roll for the electorate of Melbourne. That roll will be printed. The elector may afterwards remove to a country constituency. But, instead of sending to the Electoral Office an application for transfer, the elector may apply for a. fresh enrolment for the country constituency. Thus his name will appear on two rolls. We want the Chief Electoral Officer to have power to remove a name when it appears twice, so as not to burden our rolls unnecessarily.

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