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Monday, 20 August 2001
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Mr Danby asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 26 June 2001:

(1) Is it a fact that around 350 000 voters, including first time voters and those who have recently changed their addresses, registered or re-registered to vote in the five working days after the last federal election was called.

(2) At every federal election since 1983, how many voters have registered or re-registered in the five working days grace that they were given after the announcement of the election.

(3) How many voters were excluded or voted in the wrong electorate at the 1983 federal elections when the Fraser government closed the rolls on the day the election was announced.

(4) Is the Australian Electoral Commission projecting that nearly 350 000 first time voters and voters who have recently changed their address would use this 5 day period of grace when the next election is announced to register to vote.

Mr Fahey (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The answers to the honourable Member's question are contained in my response to Question No. 2746 of 25 June 2001.