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Thursday, 13 October 1927

Senator CHAPMAN (South Australia) . - I am glad that the Government is retaining the present closing hour. Apart from meeting the religious objections of the Jewish section of the community it will be a great convenience to farmers and others engaged in rural pursuits, to be able to record their votes up to8 p.m. I have received an authoritative communication stating that the Jewish people are not allowed towrite on their Sabbath, which ends at dark on Saturday. It is obvious that many Jewish citizens would he debarred from marking their ballot-papers if the polls closed at 7 p.m. They contend that in most places in Australia they would not have the opportunity to record their votes at elections held in midsummer, as night falls much later than 7 p.m.

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