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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4561

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What are the preliminary totals of population from the June 1971 .Census for each State, Territory and electoral division (Hansard, 28th August 1970, page 744).

(2)   What factors, if any, would prevent a redistribution of electoral divisions being carried out by the following May, as occurred after the June 1954 Census.

(3)   What was the enrolment in each State, Territory and division in June 1971.

(4)   Is he able to say which of the States have extended the franchise to 18, 19 and 20 year old citizens and how long did it take each Stale to enrol those citizens (Hansard, 21st August 1970, page 374).

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

(1)   See Table below.

(2)   While preliminary population - figures based on the field count have been issued by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician,' the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth and the several States as at the Census taken on 30th June 1971 are not yet available from' Commonwealth Statistician. Until the Chief Electoral Officer has ascertained the numbers of the people in accordance with the Representation Act, he cannot determine the number of members of the House of Representatives to be chosen in the several States.

The 1965 amendments of the Commonwealth Electoral Act specified additional, steps which must be taken by the Distribution. Commissioners and provides for an additional 30 days period for the lodgment of suggestions and an additional 14 days period for the lodgment of comments relating to the suggestions.

The appointment of Distribution Commissioners, the carrying out of the Commissioners functions, the preparation of the reports relating to a proposed distribution of a State and the passage of resolutions by Parliament are factors which could prevent a redistribution being effected before May 1972. Following a redistribution, the electoral rolls must be reprinted in respect of those Subdivisions and Divisions where the boundaries have been altered.

(3)   See Table below.

(4)   Western Australia is the only State in which 18, 19 and 20 year old citizens are entitled lo enrol. The 18 years of age franchise provisions are not yet operative in New South Wales or South Australia. The period taken to enrol 18. 19 and 20 year old citizens for State purposes in Western Australia is unknown.





The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has advised that preliminary totals of the population of each State, Territory and Electoral Division derived from the 1971 Census are as given in the above table. As the boundaries of census collection areas do not in all cases follow, electoral division boundaries, a small degree of approximation is required to compile these figures.

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