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Friday, 12 June 1914


Senator O'KEEFE - Can the VicePresident of the Executive Council give an assurance to the Senate as to the length of time between the date when the newly-printed rolls will be exhibited in public places, and the date of the elections? Perhaps I may be allowed to explain why I ask the question. Yesterday the Leader of the Government in another place was asked whether it would be possible for these rolls to be hung up in public places for at least four weeks previous to the date of the dissolution so that persons whose names did not appear thereon could get their names put on the supplementary roll. I am not clear - and I do not think that any person can be clear - as to the meaning of the reply given to that question. Therefore, I desire to know whether the Vice-President of the Executive Council can assure the Senate that the newly-printed rolls will be exhibited in public places for three or four weeks before the last date on which names can be added to the supplementary roll ?


Senator McCOLL - We anticipate that the rolls will be printed and issued in about a month. We are not quite sure, but they may be out in one or two States earlier. As soon as any rolls are ready they will be exhibited at the usual public places where they are shown - that is, at railway stations, post-offices, and Electoral Registrars' offices. I cannot state the time which will elapse from that event to the dissolution. We do not know yet what the date of the dissolution will be, or the date of the elections. But applicants for enrolment can obtain it at any time up to the issue of the writs.


Senator Rae - That is the date we want to know, not the date of the elections.


Senator McCOLL - I am unable to give the information.


Senator Rae - I took it for granted that the date of the dissolution and the date of the issue of the writs would be the same.


Senator McCOLL - I am unable to give information regarding that matter at the present time, but I assure the honorable senator that as soon as rolls are printed they will be exhibited, and that claimants can get enrolled up to the issue of the writs.







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