Title BY-ELECTIONS
Database House Hansard
Date 03-02-1994
Source House of Reps
Parl No. 37
Page 325
Context Miscellaneous
System Id chamber/hansardr/1994-02-03/0079


BY-ELECTIONS


Mr SPEAKER —On Tuesday, 1 February 1994, I informed the House of the receipt of the resignation of the Hon. James Joseph Carlton and indicated that I was aware of the intention of the Hon. Michael MacKellar to resign from the House on Friday, 18 February 1994. I indicated that consideration was being given to possible dates for the by-elections for the divisions of Mackellar and Warringah and that I was consulting the party leaders in relation to the matter. Honourable members will appreciate that these are adjoining electorates.

  Following question time on Tuesday, the Hon. John Dawkins, the honourable member for Fremantle, confirmed his intention to resign from the House on 4 February 1994. I indicated that I would consider dates for the consequent by-election and would write later that day to party leaders and the independent members in relation to the by-election. I have received advice from each of the party leaders in respect of the three by-elections.

  The Prime Minister has indicated that, on the assumption that the honourable members resign on the dates they have announced, he has no problem with the dates suggested by me. The Leader of the Opposition advised me on 1 February that the dates proposed for the by-elections in Mackellar and Warringah were acceptable. On 2 February, he advised me that he was of the view that the by-election for Fremantle should be held on the same date as those for Mackellar and Warringah and that, if this is not acceptable, each by-election should be treated separately and be held as soon as possible. The Acting Leader of the National Party has advised that his party will not be fielding candidates but that, in respect of the by-election for Fremantle, he supports any remarks of the Leader of the Opposition.

  I have considered all the comments made. I now inform the House that, subject to the receipt of Mr MacKellar's resignation on 18 February, it is my intention to issue writs for the by-elections in Mackellar and Warringah on that day. Dates in connection with the by-elections will be as follows: issue of writs, Friday, 18 February 1994; close of rolls, Friday, 25 February 1994; nominations, Tuesday, 1 March 1994; polling, Saturday, 26 March 1994; and return of writs, on or before Friday, 27 May 1994.

  I also inform the House that, subject to the receipt of Mr Dawkins's resignation on 4 February 1994, I propose to issue a writ that day for the by-election in the division of Fremantle. The dates in connection with the by-election will be as follows: issue of writ, Friday, 4 February 1994; close of rolls, Friday, 11 February 1994; nominations, Tuesday, 15 February 1994; polling, Saturday, 12 March 1994; and return of writ, on or before Friday, 13 May 1994.