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Wednesday, 1 November 1911

The PRESIDENT - I did not hear the statement made, but if it is considered offensive it should be withdrawn.

Senator McCOLL - I withdraw the word if it is objected, to, but I point out that what Senator Henderson is doing is what the crayfish always does. I trust that the Governmentwill investigate this matter, because it is not only the honour of a previous Administration that is at stake, but the honour of the officers of the Commonwealth Electoral Department. Honorable senators know that polling places are fixed on the recommendation of the returning officers, after being submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer, and that these officers, and not the political head, are responsible. The political head of the Department really knows nothing whatever about it.

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