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Wednesday, 24 June 1914

Senator RUSSELL (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Was a notice that objection had been lodged to his name being on the electoral roll for the subdivision of Benalla North, of the division of Indi, sent by Mr. W. L. Darlinson, Divisional Returning Officer for the divisionof Indi, to one Cornelius Ellis, farmer, Bungeet?

2.   By whom was such objection lodged?

3.   If by an electoral officer, on what information ?

4.   If any such objection was lodged by other than an electoral officer, was the sum of 5s. deposited as required by the Electoral law?

5.   Did the Divisional Returning Officer notify Mr. C. Ellis, on 13th June, 1914, that the objection was not upheld?

6.   Seeing that Mr. Ellis has lived in the district for 50 years, was not the objection frivolous ?

7.   Was the 5s. forfeited as provided by the Electoral law?

Senator McCOLL - The answers are -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Com mon wealth Electoral Registrar for the subdivision of Benalla North.

3.   Upon information obtained by the police when reviewing the rolls.

4.   See answer to No. 2.

5.   Yes: on the13th June, 1914, the Divisional Returning Officer notified Mr. Ellis that the objection was not upheld, and that his name would be retained on the roll.

6.   The officer was justified in believing that the information furnished by the police was correct.

7.   There was no deposit made, Electoral Registrars not being required, under the law, to pay fees when lodging objections.

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