Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 20 May 1970


Mr Keogh (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Is he able to say whether the United Kingdom House of Commons and the New Zealand House of Representatives each appointed a committee ia recent years to investigate the electoral laws of their respective Parliaments.

(2)   Did each committee report that its particular Parliament should maintain the first-pa*t the-post system, compulsory enrolment and voluntary voting.

(3)   Will he take steps to have the Commonwealth Electoral Act amended to bring it into Une with United Kingdom and New Zealand legislation.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) In May 1965 a Conference on Electoral Law (referred to as a 'Speaker's Conference') was established under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the United Kingdom House of Commons. The Conference submitted its report in February 1968.

(b)   The New Zealand Electoral Act was amended in 1956. After the Bill to amend the Act was introduced it was referred to a Select Committee appointed for the purpose of inspecting it. This is common practice in New Zealand. There have been other minor amendments since 1956, including the 1969 amendments which reduced the franchise age from 21 years to 20 years. No special committee has been appointed in recent years to investigate the New Zealand electoral laws.

(2)   (a) The method of voting in United Kingdom Parliamentary elections is 'first-past-the-post and the Speaker's Conference decided that there should be no change in the existing law in relation to the method of election. A new Register of Electors is compiled each year by Registration Officers sending notices to all householders requiring them to give a return of every person over 21 years of age resident in the household on a specified date. The Speaker's Conference agreed that there should continue to be one annual Register of Electors as at present. Voting is not compulsory in United Kingdom Parliamentary elections and the Speaker's Conference decided not to recommend any change in the existing law in this respect

(b)   In New Zealand the method of voting is first-past-the-post'. Enrolment is compulsory while voting is voluntary. There has been no move to change the electoral law in respect of these matters.

(3)   It is not proposed to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act to bring it into line with the United Kingdom or New Zealand legislation.

Northern Territory: Housing Finance (Question No. 735)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What was the (a) maximum loan, (b) minimum deposit, (c) interest rate and (d) maximum repayment term in respect of houses financed by his Department and the Housing Commission in the Northern Territory 20 years ago.

(2)   What has been the (a) date and (b) extent of subsequent changes.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Department of the Interior did not operate any home finance scheme in the Northern Territory 20 years ago. The Housing Commission, established in 1959, commenced its scheme in 1963.

(2)   See table below.

 







Suggest corrections