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Friday, 14 May 1915

Sir JOHN FORREST asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Has no inquiry whatever been made in regard to the 3,405 cases of double voting^ in connexion with the general election, 5thSep- tember, . 1914, as disclosed by the returns furnished by the electoral officers ?

2.   If so, does he not think that this course will be likely to encourage wrong-doing in the future ?

3.   Has no communication or inquiry whatever been made to the 3,405 electors, so that if innocent they may defend- themselves from misrepresentation ?

4.   Would it not be easy to make inquiry in cases where a voter has voted in his subdivision, and apparently has also given an absent vote, or vice versa, and in such cases does he consider it either justifiable or politic to take no steps whatever to examine into the matter ?

5.   Does the Minister consider that the whole of the 3,405 apparent double voting is solely due to "error or misunderstanding," and none of it to intentional fraud?

6.   Will he refer this matter to the Electoral Commission now sitting for report to this House ?

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