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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2606

Dr KLUGMAN(4.40) —I wish to very quickly respond to the point that has been made by the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall). The argument surely is that we want to spread the time over which those people can register. I have made a very rough calculation and I would say that something in the order of 30,000 people would turn 18 in the 33 days we have allowed, from the time of the announcement of an election to the actual election. If we do not allow them to register before then, in the five days that they have from the time of the announcement of the election to the time of the closing of the rolls some 30,000 young people would have to go to the Australian electoral offices and register. In this way we will get them to register over a longer period. I think a large proportion of people will still register in the last five days but at least we can spread it out and make it easier for the Electoral Office. It is intended to help the administration of the Electoral Commission.