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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am talking about Queensland.

Mr Chaney - Six o'clock closing is not popular in South Australia.

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am talking about the hour of closing of polling booths.I understand that none of the difficulties which have been conjectured as an argument against the reduction of polling hours have actually been experienced in Queensland, where the experimental 6 o'clock closing of polling booths is working to the satisfaction of all parties concerned. The only other thing which need be said in favour of this proposition is that we are living in an age of speedier transportation and shorter working hours, when the majority of the people are working a fiveday week and very few people work from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Being most interested in the proposal, I have made very careful inquiries throughout my electorate of Eden-Monaro. I am convinced that there are very few people in that electorate who would not welcome the proposed reduction of polling hours. One incidental advantage of the earlier closing hour would be that it would enable an earlier announcement of the result of polls. It is obvious that at the next general election a considerable number of members of the Government will be in a state between shock and the shivers until the result of the polling is known, and the earlier they can be put out of their misery the better. On the whole, I think that this proposal has everything to commend it and there is nothing against it. If any one has anything against it I trust that he will put his objections in writing and submit them to the Acting Clerk at a later stage of the proceedings.

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