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Wednesday, 23 July 1902

Mr O'MALLEY (Tasmania) - The fourth question covers the whole ground. We know how disinclined women are to admit that they are over 21. This is a serious matter.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE -I think the fourth question is comprehensive enough, because any one under 21 is disqualified from voting.

Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Does every voter know that?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I should say so. The only questionIhad thought of inserting before suggesting the new clause which I have read is - "Do you now possess the qualification upon which you obtained enrolment?" If honorable members are agreeableIwill add that question, which can do no harm and may do good. In the meantime I move -

That sub-clause (2) be omitted.

Mr. POYNTON(South Australia).The suggestionwhich has been made by the Minister for Home Affairs will not cover my objection, because the voter, even if. he were nineteen when he was placed on the roll and twenty whenhe presents himself to vote, can truthfully say he possesses the same qualification.

Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I have an amendment in an earlier part of the clause.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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