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Thursday, 4 June 1914

Our opponents are evidently doing their best to secure a win by their usual methods. Labour voters in the country are being objected to by the hundred; and as most of our supporters have to leave home shearing, &c., it means that the Senate vote will suffer considerably. I enclose notice of objection. The elector, Annie Elizabeth Gellon, is my housekeeper, has been with me ten years, and has not been out of Swan Hill for longer than a fortnight annually for the past ten years. This speaks for itself.

Wishing you success,

A.   Witham.

I am glad to see that Senator McColl is present, because I believe both sides desire a fair roll and a pure roll, but do not wish that electors should have their names objected to on frivolous grounds. I have a question dealing with this matter on the notice-paper, but I have thought it of so much importance that I have been prepared to speak on the adjournment at this hour to bring under the notice of the Senate the tactics that are being pursued by certain individuals in this community. I hope that the Government will take notice of my remarks, and will take care that, while the rolls shall not be inflated, no hardship will be placed on bona fide electors whose names should not be objected to. Perhaps through ignorance or apathy they do not take the necessary steps to see that their names are on the roll, and it is not right that a frivolous objection should be lodged, possibly by a paid organizer on one side or the other.

Senator Millen - The honorable senator knows who signed the notice of objection in the case he refers to.

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