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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Will the Leader of the Opposition allow me to state what has been the experience of Western Australia under the card system? It has. been in operation there for several years. What happens is this: When an application for enrolment comes in, instead of going through the cumbersome method ofsummoning the elector to make good his claim, and hearing objections to it, the Department treats the claim as if it were an original one. Then, under a provision such as this, power is taken to strike the man's name off the old roll if he is already enrolled. His name is then retained on the, roll for which he has last claimed. The elector has simply made a mistake by send-. ing in a fresh claim for enrolment instead, of asking for a transfer. The system has been in working order for a number of years in Western Australia, and it enables our rolls to be kept up to date. No harm' is done to anybody, and it is a source of convenience to electors and to the Department.

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