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Thursday, 2 November 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I wish to submit an amendment. I move -

That the following words be added to the proposed new section, " Provided that the regulations may exempt from enrolment any person who conscientiously objects to participate in elections."

I do not wish to deal with persons who merely say that they object to vote at an election, but I think the regulation should be so framed as to exempt from enrolment persons who send in applications for exemption on the ground of conscientious objections. If there are conscientious objectors - I do not care whether they are many or few - and they desire to escape the troubles which all who are compelled to enroll will have to go through, it is, I think, only fair to give t:hem the alternative, if they conscientiously object to fill in cards of application for enrolment, of filling in cards of objection to enrolment. That should be considered sufficient to exempt them from being compelled to have their names placed on a roll for elections in which they have no desire to participate in any way whatever.

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