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Wednesday, 24 June 1914


Senator McGREGOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

In view of the following memorandum which has been sent by the Commonwealth Electoral Registrar for the subdivision of Port Lincoln to Mr. John Biscoby, Wirrila Siding, viz. : - "I enclose card. You are already on the roll ; your name was given in by Liberal Union organizers as having left division. You will not be struck off as you still live in division. No need to make a fresh claim. (Sgd.) W. G. Brennan, 4th June, 1914-" will the Minister inform the Senate whether the Liberal organizer referred to deposited the sum of 5s. required by the Electoral Act, and, if so, has the deposit been forfeited?


Senator McCOLL - The answer is -

The Liberal organizer in question did not lodge an ob jection against the retention on the roll of the name of Mr. Biscoby.

The objection was lodged by the Registrar for the subdivision of Port Lincoln, after he had made personal inquiry, and had failed to locate Mr. Biscoby.

The notice of objection issued by the Divisional Returning Officer duly reached Mr. Biscoby at what is described as an out-of-the-way siding. Mr. Biscoby replied to it, and was informed that his name would be retained on the roll.


Senator Oakes - Another blank cartridge!


Senator McGREGOR - Arising out of the reply, is the Minister prepared to deal with the Electoral Registrar for making a false statement, because both cannot be true ?


Senator McCOLL - It does not seem to me that a wrong statement has been made by the Electoral Registrar.


Senator Pearce - The Registrar, in his own handwriting, says, "Your name was given in by Liberal Union organizers."


Senator McCOLL - The answer is -

The Liberal organizer in question did not lodge an objection against the retention on the roll of the name of Mr. Biscoby.


Senator Millen - That is an allegation that he said so in the paper in your hand.


Senator Pearce - No; it is the official letter.







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