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Thursday, 25 June 1914


Senator FINDLEY asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Upon what date will the whole of the Victorian rolls be ready for circulation?

2.   What period will elapse between the circulation of the rolls referred to and the issue of the writs?

3.   Is it a fact that lists containing the names of persons objected to are to be published?

4.   If so, will the lists contain the names of persons objected to on the new or the old rolls?

5.   Where and when will the lists, if intended to be published, be open for inspection?

6.   What period will elapse between the publication of such lists and the issue of the writs ?


Senator McCOLL - The answers are -

1.   It is anticipated that the principal rolls will be issued not later than the 15th of July.

2.   The date has not yet been fixed for the issue of the writs. 3 and 4. Lists of persons objected to may at any time be seen at the offices of the Electoral Registrars. It is proposed to issue a list of names removed from the rolls under the ordinary processes of the law, subsequent to the despatch of copy to the printer for the purposes of the principal rolls, and up to as late a date as circumstances will permit. This list will be printed at the earliest practicable date after the issue of the supplemental rolls.

5.   The lists will be available to persons purchasing supplemental rolls, and will be exhibited at post-offices as early as possible after the date of the issue of the writs.

6.   The lists cannot be printed until after the issue of the writs.


Senator FINDLEY - Am I to understand that, in connexion with the latest rolls that will be available in Victoria, there will be prepared a list of persons to whose names objections have been lodged, and that that list will be available after the issue of the writs ? If so, what guarantee is there for any voters in Victoria that, although their names may appear on the newest printed rolls, they will he able to vote at the coming elections?


Senator McCOLL - I can only repeat the answer which I hare given to the honorable senator. I have no further information in regard to this matter.


Senator FINDLEY - Does the Minister think it is a fair thing that, after the latest rolls have been printed and circulated, the Government should be parties to the publication of a later list containing the names of persons who have been objected to up to the eleventh hour, and that that list should be available only after the issue of the writs, making it impossible for persons who have been objected to to vote at the coming elections?


Senator McCOLL - As far as I am aware, that is the ordinary proceeding which is followed out.


Senator Findley - That will not be the proceeding if I can help it.







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