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Thursday, 16 November 1911


Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - I hope that the Government will withdraw the provision under discussion. I remind honorable senators that in places where Saturday is a half-holiday a large number of persons go away from home from Friday to Monday for the sake of change of air.


Senator McDougall - That is their own fault.


Senator WALKER - Surely the object is to secure as many votes as possible?


Senator Millen - No, it is not; the object of this Government is to prevent people from voting.


Senator WALKER - My object, at any rate, is to afford people an opportunity of exercising the franchise. It might be desirable on some occasions to have the polling on Saturday ; but my own impression is that Thursday is the best day.


Senator Mcdougall - People can vote in whatever part of the Commonwealth they may happen to be.


Senator WALKER -I do not think that we ought to fix any particular day by Act of Parliament.







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