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Thursday, 20 October 1904

Mr REID - The report is a correct one, but I was careful to understate, rather than to overstate, the figures furnished to me by the officers of the Electoral Department. It is only fair to say that the present state of the rolls is due to the incessant changing of residence. on the part of a large portion of the population. It has been esti mated by a competent authority that 30 per cent, of the electors on the rolls change their place of residence during the course of a year.

Mr Watson - But very often they do not move out of the division for which they are enrolled, and, therefore, would not be disfranchised.

Mr REID - That, no doubt, is true to a certain extent ; but it was impossible for me . to go into details. Of course, if a man merely moves from one part of a division to another, his right to vote is not affected, because his name remains upon the roll for that division. The statement in the Age, read by the honorable 'member for Kennedy, understates the information supplied to me.

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