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Thursday, 2 November 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I wish to know why cards are being sent round at present. I understood from the memorandum of the Chief Electoral Officer that the idea of enforcing enrolment by means of the card system was to simplify procedure. But what is the good of sending round the cards at present unless care is taken that they are sent to every elector, and that they are filled up? Two cards were left at my residence some time ago, with an intimation that they were to be called for afterwards; but I feel certain that cards have not been left with every elector.' Either the officials of the Department are going to take it upon themselves to secure a perfect roll, or they are going to throw the responsibility on the elector of enrolling himself, imposing penalties upon him if he does not. The Government appear to be mixing up the two things.

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