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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr. CHIFLEY(Macquarie- Prime

Minister and Treasurer). - by leave - I inform honorable members that I have recommended to His Royal Highness the Governor-General that a dissolution of the House of Representatives be granted, with a view to the holding of the general elections on Saturday, the 28th September, 1946, and this advice has been accepted. I have informed His Royal Highness that the necessary financial provision is being made for the carrying on of the public services of the Commonwealth during the period that must elapse before Parliament can re-assemble. It is proposed that the date of issue of the writs shall be Wednesday, the 21st August, 1946; that the closing date for the receipt of nominations shall be Tuesday, the 3rd September; and that writs shall be returnable on or before Saturday, the 2nd November.

In accordance with established practice, the elections for the Senate will be held concurrently with those for the House of Representatives on Saturday, the 28th September. The three referendums relating to proposed alterations of the Constitution will also take place on the same date.

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