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Thursday, 16 November 1911

Senator McDOUGALL (New South ' Wales) . - I have a great number of friends and supporters amongst the class of people whose case has been mentioned, who have no great objection to voting on Saturdays. A large number of the 27,000 who have been instanced, even if they do go to church in the morning, have no objection to go to sports meetings, and other gatherings, on Saturday afternoons. I will guarantee that you will find plenty of them - thousands, in fact - occupying positions as scrutineers, poll clerks, and so forth, at elections held on Saturdays. As long as they can get paid for what they do, they have no objection to do anything on polling day.

Senator Millen - Is the honorable memtor going to brand the Jewish community with being prepared to desecrate the Sabbath if they are paid for doing it?

Senator McDOUGALL - A number of. them are, and I know it. Some of them are just as good as are the others, who would not vote on a Saturday. It is all very well to talk about the few who will be disfranchised; but I am satisfied that if elections are held on any other day, we shall disfranchise five times as many. Saturday is a half-holiday almost throughout Australia. It is the most convenient day. I hope that the Government will stick to their proposal.

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