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Wednesday, 21 April 1915

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - My attention was drawn to the paragraph in question, and I have called for a report on the matter.

Senator Lt Colonel O'LOGHLIN - H - Has the attention of the Minister in control of the Electoral Branch of the Home Affairs Department been called to the statement in the press that the Canadian Government have made arrangements so that, in case of an election, members of Expeditionary Forces may be enabled to exercise their franchise, the intention being to send commissioners to the front for that purpose ? Will the Commonwealth Government consider the advisability of taking similar action so that soldiers who are fighting outside of Australia may have the opportunity to record their votes?

Senator Millen - Are you anticipating an early election!?

Senator Lt Colonel O'LOGHLIN .- It It is well to be prepared.

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