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Tuesday, 15 March 1904

Sir JOHN FORREST (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home Affairs) - In reply to the honorable and learned member, I wish to say that I have issued no instructions whatever. Of course, I shall have much pleasure in inquiring into the matter. Speaking off-hand, however--

Mr McCay - Do not speak off-hand.

Sir JOHN FORREST - The honorable and learned member prefers to ventilate the matter here rather than to speak to me outside.

Mr Fisher - It is a public matter, and this is the proper place in which' to ventilate it.

Sir JOHN FORREST - The question would have received just as much attention had the honorable and learned member approached me in my office. I am of opinion that those persons who are lodging claims to vote will not be able to do so unless their claims have been approved of by the Revision Court. That is the system which operates in all the States, and if it be found that the approval of claims by. the Revision Courts is not necessary, I fail to see the use of those tribunals. However,. I will closely look into the matter at once.

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