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Thursday, 16 November 1911

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) - The only provision that I can find in the Bill which would meet the point that Senator Barker has mentioned is proposed new section 139, which enables electors who will beabsent on polling-day to vote beforehand. But that only deals with those electors who will be outside the Commonwealth altogether on polling-day. There is nothing in the Bill which would give Jews and other conscientious objectors the right to vote except on the day of election. Personally, I prefer to have elections on Saturdays; but at the same time I do not like to deprive a large number of people of the franchise because they have conscientious objections to voting on that day.

Senator Lynch - A number of them have no objection to buying and selling on Saturdays.

Senator SAYERS - We have readin the press of an interview with the Minis ter, and the Senate has been petitioned by two Jewish ministers. The Government might find some way to meet the case.

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