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Wednesday, 3 May 1961


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Monaro) . - I move -

That the following new clause be inserted in the bill:- "11e. Section one hundred and eleven of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from paragraphs (b) and (c) the words 'eight o'clock in the evening ' (wherever occurring) and inserting in their stead the words ' six o'clock in the evening '.".

At this outrageous hour, and after such a prolonged sitting - with at least a couple of hours still to go - it may seem anomalous for me to propose an amendment to shorten the hours of voting. The amendment, which was circulated by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell), proposes that the hours of polling shall be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. instead of from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. I should think that members generally might be in a mood, after such a lengthy sitting, to consider favorablyaproposal to shorten the hours of polling. Perhaps the most effective argument which can be advanced in favour of this proposal is to quote the experience of Queensland. I understand that none of the parties in the Queensland Parliament would propose to revert to 8 o'clock closing, because 6 o'clock closing has operated successfully in Queensland in both local government and State government elections for a considerable time.


Mr Chaney - It is not very popular in South Australia.







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