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Wednesday, 30 May 1928

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - If the electors in general ever hear that honorable members have so many doubts about the meaning of this clause, they will be afraid to go to vote. We all agreed with the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Mann) up to a certain point. He quoted the case of an elector who transferred from Barton to Hume, but argued that unless he had been in the new electorate for three months, he would not be entitled to vote in it. But that is not the case. By the mere fact of transferring his name, an elector indicates that he intends the new division to be his real place of living. If he . intended to move somewhere else within a fortnight or a month, he would not have his name transferred.

Mr Marr - When he transfers his name to a different division, he indicates that he intends that to be his real place of living.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Surely there can be no doubt about that. I point out that the proviso contains the following words : -

In this proviso the words "real place of living " include the place of living to which a.person temporarily living elsewhere has a fixed intention of returning for the purpose of continuing to live there.

The object is to enable a man who temporarily goes to a different division to have his name retained on the roll for the division which he leaves. The honorable member for Perth has overlooked the word "include." That gives an elector the option of having his name retained on the roll for his old constituency, or of having it transferred to his new constituency. The intention of the clause could undoubtedly be expressed in much simpler language. Involved legal phraseology should not be used when the intention can be stated in simple language.

Mr Marr - I ask that the clause be postponed.

Clause postponed.

Clauses 3 to 7 agreed to.

Clause 8 -

After section 91a of the principal act the following section is inserted: - "91b. (1) Subject to sub-section 2 of this section, the following persons are authorized witnesses within the meaning of this act: -

(a)   All Commonwealth divisional returning officers..... all permanent way inspectors and roadmasters employed in the railway service of the Commonwealth. . . . all station owners, station managers, and station overseers.

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