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Electoral - Royal Commission on Electoral Law and Administration - Interim Report


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211

1914.

THE OF THE OF AUSTRALIA.

OF 'rHE

ROYAL COMMISSION

ON

ELECTORAL MA11TERS.

Presented by Command ; ordered to be printed , 22nd A pril, 1914:.

Colt ot {lpt give n ; 950 co pies; approximate cost of priniing and £1.llj

f'£ i P. IP.· 1 ar•n Published for the of the CoMM ONWEALTH of AUSTRALIA b y ALBERT J. MuLLrM',.

Government Printe r fo r the State of Yictoria.

N·o. 5.-F.50ll.

REP ,Q R T.

To His Excellency the Right Honorable THOMAS BARON DENMAN, a Memher of His Mafesty's Most Honorable Privy Council, Knight Grand Cros& of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Governor-General and Commdnder-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia.

MAY IT PLEASE YouR ExcELLENCY :

We, Your Commissioners, appointed by letters patent dated the 20th January, 1914, to inquire int?-(a) The official conduct of the General Election of Members of the House of Representatives and the Election of Senators held in year

1913 ;

(b) the Inethod of enrolment and the revision of the Electoral Rolls ; (c) the prevention of plural voting and personation; and

(d) the improvement of the Electoral Law and administration.

We shall be pleased t o report, as directed, more fully at a later date, but in view ·of t he fact that the Premiers from the various States will shortly meet in conference with the Prime Minister to discuss matters of interest to the several Governments, the -commission beg to respectfully suggest that the subject of a joint roll of electors

for the Commonwealth and State elections be considered. · We find on inquiry as far as we have gone that the only objection to this is the -difficulty in making the boundaries of the Federal Divisions and the State Electorates co-terminus.

We consider this may be overcome by the adoption by the Commonwealth ;Government, where practicable, of polling place registration, which would reduce the area -covered by each Subdivision Roll to such an extent that a number of them could be grouped in order to form a State Electoral District, without disturbing the quota of

such district. This, think, would give each Government absolute control over the .subdivision of their respective territories, and would result in considerable saving of ·expense in preparing and printing rolls, and would obviate the necessity for dual ·enrolment by electors. ·

We further recommend that, where there is a difierence in the qualifications -of Commonwealth and State electors, such electors be identified by a marginal prefix.

Your Commissioners have the honour to be,

Your Excellency's most obedient servants,

Hobart, 19th March, 1914.

HUGH SINCLAIR, Chairman.

W. MALONEY.

R. PATTEN.

W. H. LAIRD SMITH.

R. W. FOSTER.

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