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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Senator RAE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understood the VicePresident of the Executive Council to say that the statement in a certain circular, relating to 75,000 names alleged to have been struck off the rolls, was a fabrication.

Senator McColl - He said that they were struck off by the police.

Senator RAE - I desire to ask the Vice-President of the Executive Council whether his attention has been called to this portion of the circular -

The Senate Labour six - Gardiner, Grant, McDougall, Rae, Smith, Watson.

Does the honorable senator consider that that part of the circular is a fabrication?

Senator McDOUGALL - Will the Vice-President of the Executive Council make inquiries into the following cases, and let me know who objected to the enrolment of the electors referred to, and whether the 5s. deposit was made in connexion with each objection. I have here the notice of objection sent to Patrick Gleeson, of Middle Head, labourer, of Mosman, " that you do not live in the division, and have not lived therein for at least one month." I have also the sworn declaration of Mr. Gleeson that he has not been out of his house for one night in the past two years. I have notices of objection also in the cases of Mr. and Mrs. White, of 34 Bullanaming-street, Redfern, who have resided in the same house for twenty-five years continuously, and have never been out of it for one night; and in the case of Mrs. Dorey and family of six, of 24 Bullanaming-street, Redfern, who have resided continuously in the same house for twenty-five years. I wish to know who lodged the objections to the names of these people, and whether the deposit was made in each case.

Senator McCOLL - I shall be very glad to make inquiry into the cases mentioned.

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