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Thursday, 11 June 1914

Senator LONG (TASMANIA) - I am in receipt of several letters from Tasmania informing me that in the divisions of Franklin and Wilmot the utmost difficulty is experienced by electors in getting claim cards to insure enrolment. Will the VicePresident of the Executive Council be good enough to make inquiries through the Electoral Office, and ascertain if there is any truth in the statement conveyed to me?

Senator McCOLL - I shall be glad to make inquiries, but I cannot understand how it can be so, because an ample supply of the cards is supposed to be at every post-office, and in the hands of every registrar.

Senator O'LOGHLIN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Colonel O'LOGHLIN.- Without any desire to harass the Leader of the Senate, I think that we ought to have a statement more explicit in regard to the suggested regulation. He has told us that before anything is done in the nature of framing a regulation concerning absent voters the Senate will be informed. What I think we ought to know is whether that information will be conveyed in such a way that we can deal with the regulation, and negative it if we think proper to do so?

Senator MILLEN - Although I recognise the courtesy which marks the tone of the honorable senator, I do not know, of any words in which I can express more clearly to the Senate the assurance I have already given, that the Government will not attempt anything in the matter of a surprise, and that the Senate will be fully informed of our intentions, should it be deemed desirable to make any alteration in the existing system.

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