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Thursday, 2 November 1911

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Henderson (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - There is an amendment on clause 7 before the Chair.

Senator Gardiner - I would like to ask you, sir, whether Senator Millen is discussing the amendment or the clause?

Senator MILLEN - I am discussing the amendment.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Senator Millen has been quite in order up to the present.

Senator MILLEN - It is clear, from the fact that the Ministry have brought in proposed new section 32, which sets out specifically that there is power to compel electors to enroll, that they have the gravest doubt as to whether section 32 in the Act gives them the power they claim. I have no hesitation in saying that it is necessary to pass proposed new section 32 if it is desired to compel electors to enroll. The power to compel electors to enroll is not contained in the Act. It follows that the proclamation that has been issued will be ineffective for the purposes of this measure. Only a proclamation issued after the passing of the Bill can be effective. If the Minister likes to take up an obstinate attitude, and to jeopardize the successful launching of this proposition, I cannot help it.

Amendment agreed to.

Consequential amendment agreed to.

Senator MILLEN(New South Wales> [4.34]. - I would like to ask the Minister, in connexion with this clause, which is, of course, the operative clause dealing with, the preparation of our rolls, whether any arrangement was arrived at by which joint rolls were collected for the States and the Commonwealth? If that has been done,, how far is this new system going to upset any joint arrangement that has been operating?

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