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Thursday, 16 November 1911

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - I hope that the Government will withdraw the provision under discussion. I remind honorable senators that in places where Saturday is a half-holiday a large number of persons go away from home from Friday to Monday for the sake of change of air.

Senator McDougall - That is their own fault.

Senator WALKER - Surely the object is to secure as many votes as possible?

Senator Millen - No, it is not; the object of this Government is to prevent people from voting.

Senator WALKER - My object, at any rate, is to afford people an opportunity of exercising the franchise. It might be desirable on some occasions to have the polling on Saturday ; but my own impression is that Thursday is the best day.

Senator Mcdougall - People can vote in whatever part of the Commonwealth they may happen to be.

Senator WALKER -I do not think that we ought to fix any particular day by Act of Parliament.

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