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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) -I drawattention to the fact that these amendments open up a question which was discussed when the Bill was originally before the Committee. The effect of them is to place those charged with the administration of the Bill in a possible difficulty.. As honorable senators are aware, it is quite optional whether those who administer the Act divide the electorate into subdivisions or polling places, or leave it as one division. The amendments have been passed on the assumption that there will be subdivisions, but if there are not, there can only be one roll for a division. The provision was that where there was. a subdivision roll, an electors could have his name on that roll, or, otherwise, on the polling place roll, but that when there was no polling place or subdivision roll, then the name went on the general roll.

Senator Keating - There will be a polling place roll.

Senator MILLEN - I should like an assurance to the effect that the difficulty I have indicated is not likely to arise.

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