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Friday, 3 November 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia.) . - My desire is that the clause shall read in such a way that there shall be no misunderstanding as to what it provides. We have provided that there " shall " be compulsory enrolment. The proposed new section commences by saying - " It shall be the duty of every person " to enroll.

Sena.tor St. Ledger. - It is an obligation.

Senator VARDON - By the clauses we have already passed we have made it obligatory for people to enroll. I therefore wish to strike out the words I have quoted. If that amendment is carried I shall propose other amendments so that the clause will read -

Every person who is entitled to be enrolled as an elector, and who is not so enrolled shall fill in and sign in accordance with Act and the regulations a form of claim for enrolment as an elector and forthwith send or deliver it to the proper officer.

Senator Findley - I would like the word " shall " to be inserted before the word " forthwith."

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Vardon) agreed to-

That the word " to ", lines 5 and 8, be left out and the word " shall " inserted in lieu thereof.

Sub-clause 2 of proposed new section consequentially amended.

Proposed new section 6ie -

In any prosecution in any Court of summary jurisdiction in respect of any contravention of any of the regulations relating to compulsory enrolment, instituted by any officer or by any person acting under the direction of an officer, the averments of the prosecutor contained in the information or complaint shall be deemed to be proved in the absence of evidence to the contrary.

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