ELECTORAL REPRESENTATION POSITION OF RESIDENTS OF FEDERAL TERRITORIES PENDING PROVISION BY PARLIAMENT
CONSTITUTION, s. 122 : SEAT OF GOVERNMENT ACCEPTANCE ACT 1909 : NORTHERN TERRITORY ACCEPTANCE ACT 1910
The Minister for Home Affairs has referred the following minute by the Chief Electoral Officer to me for advice:
I desire to bring under the Minister's notice that when the Northern Territory Acceptance Act 1910 and the Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909 come into operation by proclamation the Commonwealth electors living in and enrolled for the areas comprised within the Territories surrendered to the Commonwealth will apparently cease to be entitled to exercise the franchise, until Parliament shall have seen fit to legislate under the powers conferred by section 122 of the Constitution Act.
Until provision is made for the representation in the Parliament of the Territories mentioned, persons resident in those Territories will not, in my opinion, be entitled to have their names on any electoral roll or to vote for the election of Senators or Members of the House of Representatives.
[Vol. 8, p. 170]