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Thursday, 29 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- I have taken the trouble to look up the statistics for the last general election in order to ascertain if the holding of an election in December was an actual hardship to country electors. I find that, in Corangamite, 80.27 per cent. of the electors on the roll recorded their votes.'

Mr Poynton - That is no proof that the farmers voted.

Mr TUDOR - Farmers are more numerous in the electorate of Corangamite than in any other constituency with which I am familiar.

Mr McGrath - A few weeks ago all the farmers in my electorate voted.

Mr TUDOR - Yes; and the Country party candidate lost his deposit, and polled worst in the farming districts. The election for the second Federal Parliament was held in the month of December, and so was the 1906 election. Parliament then saw the necessity for altering the Constitution, and the Constitution was amended deliberately to provide that half the Senate should retire at the end of June. The result I have quoted in the Corangamite electorate was repeated in other country constituencies. In the Grampians electorate, 78.20 per cent., and in Indi, 78 per cent. of the electors on the roll recorded their votes. Compare those figures with the percentages in metropolitan electorates. In Henty the percentage was 74, and in Melbourne, 71. I ask leave to continue my remarks on a future occasion.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

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