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Friday, 7 October 1927

The PRESIDENT - I am afraid that the honorable senator is wandering from the bill.

Senator FINDLEY - I am incidentally drawing attention to the fact that because of the means of communication at Randwick, the person who attends a race meeting there takes a much longer time to get into Sydney than does one who attends a race meeting at Flemington and wishes to get into the city of Melbourne.

The PRESIDENT - I am afraid that the honorable senator is telling us too ' much about Randwick and too little about the bill.

Senator FINDLEY - The point I wish to elaborate is that it would probably be necessary for many people to leave the Randwick race-course before the last race in order to record a vote if the poll closed at 7 p.m., as now proposed. When I was at Randwick on Saturday last, I was told that it would probably take me about two hours to get' back to Sydney. I said that I would follow the example of many, others, and leave before the last race. The average sport, however, does not leave before the last race. It would be inconvenient not only for the followers of horse racing, but also for thousands of others engaged in different kinds of sport, to have to record their votes before 7 o'clock at night. Of course, I am aware that the majority of the people finish their

Work at 1 o'clock on Saturday, and that some people think that when a manfinishes his work, he should immediately proceed to a polling booth. But when the average man leaves his place of employment at 1 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon he goes home changes into, his sporting clothes - cricket, football, tennis, or golf - has his lunch and makes haste to get to his destination. When the game is over he goes home. For him the present hours of poll ings - from 8 o'clock to 8 o'clock - are a boon. I am not concerned about the systems operating in the different States. They are not the concern of the Commonwealth. ' If honorable senators will peruse the evidence given before the joint select committee, they will see that all the Labour representatives- who gave evidence were opposed to the limitation of the hours of polling to 7 o'clock.

Senator Thompson - The honorable senator is wrong.

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