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Wednesday, 23 July 1902

Mr WATSON (Bland) - When the Bill was under discussion last month, the Attorney -General promised to frame a provision which would prevent electors who had ceased to live in one division, but who had not been livingin another divisionfor a sufficient length of time to qualify for enrolment in it, from being deprived in the interval of the right to vote. Such a man could not say that he still lived within the division for whichhe was enrolled.

Sir Edward Braddon - He could say that he did not live within the division, and explain the circumstances.

Mr WATSON -I think it will be better to postpone this clause until we can see How the Minister proposes to deal with the difficultyto which I have referred.

Mr Tudor - Some people are continually changing their residence.

Mr WATSON - Yes. In many cases electors have frequently to move from one electorate to another, because of the precarious nature of their occupation.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I propose to accept the amendment of the honorable member for North Sydney, but I shall take care that the clause as amended will not conflict with the provision which I propose to introduce, continuing to an elector his right to vote during the interval when he has left one electorate and has notqualified for another, and providing for the case of teamsters and others whose occupations compel them to be continually travelling. I promise the honorable member for Bland that the matter will nob be overlooked, and that if there is any difficulty this clause will be recommitted.

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