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Wednesday, 10 June 1914

Senator RAE - I ask the Minister of Defence whether his attention has been called to statements published in the Melbourne press to the effect that the Government contemplate altering the Electoral Act by means of regulation, so as to restrict the exercise of the absent vote in such a way that many thousands will be practically disfranchised? The press reports affirm that at the forthcoming election absent voters, instead of being permitted to vote at the nearest polling booth, will be obliged to make application to the Registrar prior to polling day for an absent voter's certificate. I desire to know whether any such alteration in our Electoral Act is contemplated, and, if so, what is the reason for it?

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