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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - by leave - Mr. President, I make a statement to the Senate concerning Senate elections on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. McEwen). Honorable senators 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 (Sir Robert Menzies) on behalf of the Government, His Excellency the Governor-General has proposed to the State Governors an election timetable. Each State has agreed to the timetable proposed, and accordingly I announce to the House that elections for the Senate will be held in all States on Saturday, 5th December. It is necessary for this announcement to be made to the Senate 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 before Saturday, 23rd January 1965.

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