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Friday, 20 June 1902

Mr WATSON (Bland) - The object of the measure is to give every person who is qualified an opportunity of voting. I admit that no machinery will absolutely insure that result ; but we should strive to, as nearly as possible, attain it. Under the clause as it stands, a man might apply to have his name placed on the roll on the day before the writ is issued ; but, as no court of revision could sit after that time, his name could not be placed on the roll. It might not be wise, in view of departmental considerations, to allow a man to be registered up to the day before the election.

Mr McCay - In Victoria, those who wish to obtain certificates have to give seven days' notice ; but the courts sit right up to the day before the election.

Mr WATSON - A provision of that kind, or one to the effect that applications would be received up to the date of nomination, would meet the case to some extent.

In some cases the writ is issued at least a month before the day of election, and as a man must live in the district for a month before he sends in his application, he may be doubly qualified to vote before the election takes place.

Clause postponed.

Clauses 68 and 69 agreed to.

Clause 70 postponed.

Clause 71 agreed to.

Clause 72 postponed.

Clause 73 (Clerk of revision court).

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