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Appendix 12 - General Elections – Significant dates from 19th to 43rd Parliaments

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DatesNumber of days between
Parlia mentElection announced in House (outside House)House rising date Disso lutionWrits issuedNomin-ations closedDate of pollDate for return of writs (on or before) Date of first sittingHouse rising and poll- ing daypoll- ing day and first sitt- ingDate for return of writs and first sitting
1926.10.4927.10.4931.10.4931.10.4914.11.4910.12.4925.1.5022.2.50447428
20(17.3.51) [i]16.3.5119.3.5128.3.516.4.5128.4.5113.6.5112.6.514345-1 [ii]
216.4.54 [iii]14.4.5421.4.5423.4.546.5.5429.5.547.7.544.8.54456728
2226.10.5528.10.55 [iv]4.11.557.11.5516.11.5510.12.5525.1.5615.2.56436721
2320.8.58 [v]2.10.58 [iv]14.10.5822.10.5831.10.5822.11.5820.1.5917.2.59518728
2412.9.6127.10.61 [iv]2.11.613.11.6114.11.619.12.611.2.6220.2.62437319
2515.10.6330.10.631.11.631.11.638.11.6330.11.6330.1.6425.2.64318726
2612.10.6628.10.6631.10.6631.10.667.11.6626.11.6626.1.6721.2.67298726
2720.8.6926.9.6929.9.6929.9.697.10.6925.10.6924.11.6925.11.692931 1
2810.10.7226.10.722.11.722.11.7210.11.722.12.7231.1.7327.2.73378727
2910.4.7410.4.7411.4.7420.4.7429.4.7418.5.7429.6.749.7.74385210
3011.11.7511.11.7511.11.7517 & 21.11.75 [vi]28.11.7513.12.7522.1.7617.2.76326626
3127.10.778.11.7710.11.7710.11.7718.11.7710.12.778.2.7821.2.78327313
3211.9.8018.9.8019.9.8019.9.8027.9.8018.10.8017.12.8025.11.803038-22 [ii]
33(3.2.83)15.12.82 [iv]4.2.834.2.8319.2.835.3.835.5.8321.4.838047-14 [ii]
348.10.8411.10.8426.10.8426.10.846.11.841.12.8424.1.8521.2.85518228
3527.5.874.6.875.6.875.6.8718.6.8711.7.873.9.8714.9.87376511
36(16.2.90)22.12.8919.2.9019.2.902.3.9024.3.9030.5.908.5.909245-22 [ii]
37(7.2.93)18.12.92 [iv]8.2.938.2.9319.2.9313.3.9319.5.934.5.938552-15 [ii]
38(27.1.96)1.12.95 [iv]29.1.9629.1.969.2.962.3.968.5.9630.4.969259-8 [ii]
39(30.8.98)15.7.9831.8.9831.8.9810.9.983.10.989.12.9810.11.988038-29 [ii]
40(5.10.01)27.9.018.10.018.10.0118.10.0110.11.0116.1.0212.2.02449427
41(29.8.04)13.8.04 [iv]31.8.0431.8.0416.9.049.10.048.12.0416.11.045738-22 [ii]
42(14.10.07)20.9.0717.10.0717.10.071.11.0724.11.0725.1.0812.2.08658018
43(17.7.10)24.6.1019.7.1019.7.1029.7.1021.8.1027.10.1028.9.105838-29 [ii]

i. On 16 March 1951 the Prime Minister indicated he had tendered advice to the Governor-General but was not in a position to inform the House of the reply.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
iii. Dates for closing of nominations and issue of writs announced in answer to question without notice.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
v. Announced in answer to question without notice.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
vi. Writs issued for Northern Territory, ACT and all States except South Australia and Western Australia on 17 November; writs issued for South Australia and Western Australia on 21November.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
iv. Continuation of previous day’s sitting.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.
ii. The first sitting day preceded the date fixed for the return of writs.