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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2557

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

What is the estimated additional cost to the Commonwealth when a member of the House of Representatives voluntarily resigns at a time other than at the expiry of the term for which he was elected and thereby causes a by-election to be held.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The cost of holding a by-election consequent upon the resignation of a member of the House of Representatives would range from $10,000 to $14,000. The actual cost would be governed by the number of persons enrolled for the Division, the area of the Division, the number of polling places and the number of alterations to the roll since the last print thereof.

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