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Friday, 11 December 1914

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - It will be remembered that some time prior to the last election, a campaign was instituted for the purpose of striking off the rolls the names of quite a number of qualified voters. Apparently a similar campaign is to be undertaken in the near future, and I wish to bring under the notice of the Senate certain action which has been taken in New South Wales, with a view to enabling the Minister in charge of the Department to prevent a repetition of such action. I refer particularly to the conduct of the Returning Officer for Dalley,. Mr. Preston, who, acting on the advice of the Electoral Registrar for Annandale, has notified Mr. Edwin Stokes, butcher, of 1 Nelson-street, Annandale, and Amelia Stokes, of 1a Nelson-street. Annandale, that they do not now reside at the above addresses, and have not so resided for the past month. Both these people definitely assure me that they have been permanently resident at their present address for the past twenty-one months. They feel aggrieved at the action, of the District Returning Officer for Dalley in proposing to strike them off the roll, as they are fully qualified to remain on the roll as electors.. The Minister in charge of the Electoral Branch of the Home Affairs Department should take such steps as will prevent officers of his Department annoying electors in this manner. I ask him to do so.

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