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Wednesday, 26 October 1949

Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - by leave - I have advised His Excellency the Governor-General that the House of Representatives should be dissolved on the 31st October, and that, prior to its rising, Parliament would pass the necessary legislation to carry on the services of the Government until the new Parliament assembles. His Excellency has been pleased to accept my advice. The writs for the forthcoming election will be issued on Monday, the 31st October, and the closing date for nominations will be Monday, the 14th November. The writs will be returnable on or before Wednesday, the 25th January, 1950. As honorable members no doubt know, polling day for the election of members of the House of Representatives will be held Saturday, the 10th December, and at my request His Excellency the Governor-General has been good enough to invite the State Governors to adopt the same dates as the Commonwealth for the Senate elections.

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