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Friday, 30 May 1902


Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister for Home Affairs) . - The Senate has agreed to the amendments made by the House of Representatives in the Franchise Bill, with the exception of the amendment in the second paragraph of clause 4. As it left this Chamber the paragraph provided that-

No aboriginal native of Asia, Africa, or the Islands of the Pacific, except the islands of New Zealand, situated in the Pacific Ocean, beyond the Commonwealth, shall be entitled to have his name placed on an electoral roll, unless so entitled under section 41 of the Constitution.

The clause will have precisely the same meaning as it had when it left this Chamber, the words in our amendment to which the Senate have disagreed merely being regarded by them as superfluous. The provision will now read -

No aboriginal native of Asia, Africa, or the Islands of the Pacific, except New Zealand, shall be entitled to have his name placed on an electoral roll, unless so entitled under section41 of the Constitution.

The surplusage has been struck out, and the clause would appear to have been very much improved.


Mr Kennedy - Will the clause as amended give a Maori the right to vote?


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - Yes; if he resides here, but not otherwise. I move -

That the committee do not insist upon the portion of the amendment disagreed to by the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report adopted.







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