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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator CARROLL (Western Australia) . - I am in sympathy with the proposed neW clause moved by Senator. Thompson. At the last election it was impossible for many doctors in the outback portions of Western Australia to get their votes' to the returning officers in time for them to be counted. At. Wyndham, for instance, many people who were unable to attend the polling booth, were disfranchised. Electors living at Geraldton had to A\-rite to Kalgoorlie via Perth for the necessary papers, and by the time they were filled in and returned the election day had /passed. In many cases the local electoral officers were unable to supply the necessary forms. That caused further delay, Avith the result that more electors were disfranchised. laws which 1 meet the needs of settled districts will not necessarily meet the needs of outback districts, where the mail services are infrequent. Yet those people outback have as much right to representation in this Parliament as have the people in our cities. The committee is to be complimented on 1 its recommendations. If this bill, which contains a number of those recommenda-. tions, is agreed to, our electoral law will be greatly improved. Although I see some danger in the proposed new clause, the benefit it will be to outback settlers is such that it has my support.

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