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Thursday, 14 June 1928

Mr FOSTER (Wakefield) .- When this clause was being discussed here a few days ago, I urged the Government to hold it over until an opinion was obtained from the Chief Electoral Officer, and the divisional returning officers.

Mr Yates - But this system has already been tried out.

Mr FOSTER - It has, and it has worked rottenly. I know all about how it worked, and so does the honorable member for Adelaide. At the present time the Commonwealth rolls are the cleanest in the world. If any one values his vote he will make arrangements, before leaving his electorate, to vote by. post. If we wish to keep our rolls clean, and to avoid for all time the rotten and disgraceful conditions that used to obtain in the past, we shall follow the advice of the electoral officers. It is to be regretted that anybody should, in any circumstances, be deprived of his vote, but that is not too great a price to pay for keeping the rolls clean.

Mr Yates - But the persons to whom this clause refers are already on the roll.

Mr FOSTER - -We know all about that, and the electoral officers know about it, too.

Mr Yates - It is a matter of giving those already on the roll an opportunity to vote.

Mr FOSTER - Yes, and of voting two or three times.

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