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Thursday, 16 November 1911

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - It has been suggested by the Leader of the Opposition that, in the last line of this provision, the word " or " should be substituted for the word " and." There is no doubt that that alteration would satisfy what Senator Rae has suggested, and what Senator Millen has recommended. I desire to know if the Minister still objects to adopt the suggestion. If the Electoral Officer has proof that a person has ceased to be qualified for enrolment on a roll, that ought to be sufficient if it is intended to make the system complete. But the Government say that it is not sufficient for him, and that he must further be satisfied that the person has secured enrolment on another roll. How is it possible to have purity of rolls under the card system unless the Electoral Officer, if he be satisfied that a person has ceased to be qualified for enrolment on a roll, has the power to take his name off that roll? If he is satisfied on that point, is not that alone sufficient ground for striking off the name ?

Senator Long - It will not be done before the Electoral Officer has that proof.

Senator ST LEDGER - Why not say so? If it is intended to have purity of Tolls, and impartiality of investigation ought not the Electoral Officer to have the power, when he has arrived at that point, to strike off the name? Is not that what the Government really mean by this provision? But the first thing we should do is to substitute "or" for "and," and therefore I intend to move an amendment.

The CHAIRMAN - Before another amendment can be moved, it will be necessary for the amendment of Senator McColl to be withdrawn.

Senator ST LEDGER - Very well, sir, I will not move an amendment on the provision.

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