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Thursday, 2 November 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I want to move an amendment in siub-sections 1 and 2 of proposed section 61c. We ought not, I think, to enumerate an an Act the duty of a person. We have already passed a clause which will compel persons to enroll, and I suggest to the Minister that sub-section 1 of proposed section 61c should be so altered as to read -

Every person who is entitled to be enrolled as an elector and who is not so enrolled shall -

That alteration, if made, will improve the wording of the provision, and specify what has to be done by a person. We ought not to say that it is the duty of an elector to do this, that, or the other, but to say that he " shall " do a certain thing. The Minister might, I think, accept my suggestion to delete " It shall be the duty of," and to substitute "shall" for "to" before the word " fill."

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