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Thursday, 31 May 1928

Mr MARR (Parkes) (Honorary Minister) . - We had a discussion this afternoon on the advisability of reinserting in the act a provision giving an . elector the right to an absentee vote, not only in his own State, but- in any part of the Commonwealth. The Government has considered the matter, and is favorable to the proposal, but it would like to refer it to the electoral officials before adopting it. The Government suggests, therefore, that the proposed new clause be not inserted at this stage. Inquiries will be made, and, if the electoral officers report that there are no insurmountable difficulties in the way of giving effect to it, the Government will have the proposal inserted in the bill in another place.

Mr Parkhill - Why not insert it now? If necessary it can be struck out in another place.

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Hughes. - This bill came from the Senate, and must go back \o that chamber. Would it be possible, in these circumstances, for the Senate to insert the proposed new clause?

Mr MARR - It would be competent for it to do so.

Mr FENTON (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - I think not; the better course would be to insert it now.

Mr MARR - If it is the general desire of the committee, I shall agree to its insertion at this stage.

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