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Wednesday, 25 August 1937

Senator BROWN asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

Will the Minister state for the information of honorable senators which of the placed candidates for the Senate in the forthcoming election, namely, first, second, third, or fourth in New South Wales, and first, second, or third in Queensland, will fill the respective casual vacancies in those States?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers : -

The vacancy in New South Wales is a long casual vacancy, and pursuant to sub-section 2 of section 9 of the Senate Elections Act will befilled by the candidate who next after the periodical vacancies have been filled first receives an absolute majority of votes. Therefore, in New South Wales the candidates elected first, second and third, will fill the periodical vacancies, and the candidate elected fourth will fill the casual vacancy.

The vacancy in Queensland is a short casual vacancy, and pursuant to sub-section 1 of section 9 of the SenateElections Act, will be filled by the first candidate, not being a senatorcandidate, who is elected to fill a periodical vacancy. Therefore, in Queensland the first candidate elected (who is not a retiring senator) will fill the casual vacancy.

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