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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade and Industry) . - by leave - I wish to make a statement concerning Senate elections at the request of the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Menzies) who, as honorable members know, is absent from the House for the time being because of illness. Honorable members will be aware that, to satisfy the provisions of the Constitution, elections for the Senate must have been conducted and completed by 30th June next, so that newly elected senators may commence their term of service on 1st July 1965. On the recommendation of the Prime Minister on behalf of the Government, His Excellency the Governor-General has proposed to the State Governors an election timetable and each State has agreed to the timetable proposed. Accordingly, I announce to the House that elections for the Senate will be held in all States on Saturday, 5th December. It is necessary that this announcement be made to the House at this time since the law of some States requires formal action in those States within the next few days in order to give effect to the timetable in mind.

The full timetable is as follows: Issue of writs, Monday, 26th October 1964; nominations close, Monday, 9th November 1964; polling, Saturday, 5th December 1964; return of writs, on or beforeSaturday, 23rd January 1965.

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