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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) .- I was rather amused at the Minister telling the Committee that no attention could be paid to my objection. I think that if a man is out of the State, that is a very good reason why he should not be punished for his name not being on a roll. In days gone by, my name was 011 a certain roll, but, on one occasion, when I happened to be in another part of the Colony, it was struck off without my knowledge. Is a person in that 'position to be considered a kind of criminal, who must show cause why his name is not on a roll ? If he is defrauding any person, he is defrauding himself. I agree with Senator Lynch that if a man cannot be served personally, he should be left alone until he comes within a reasonable distance of a polling booth.

Surely it is absurd, in a large country like Australia, with thousands of square miles of land unoccupied, to do what the Minister advocates. I do not intend to agitate the matter longer; but I protest against innocent persons being considered guilty.

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