Organisation

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

Owning Institution

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Report

17 May 2018

Australia’s founders knew the circumstances and expectations of Australian society would change over time. To address this, they ensured Australian citizens could amend the Constitution, via a referendum, to reflect contemporary expectations. But quite rightly, it is not an easy process to change the rules...

Report

9 Apr 2018

While most would agree that only Australians should have the power to influence our election outcomes, our nation is one of the few western democracies where foreign money can still be used to influence domestic elections.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This report highlights significant opportunities to better engage key sections of the population in electoral matters and to improve the quality of civics education. The report follows successive surveys of young people which have shown that Australians between the ages of 15 and 35 typically...

Research report

11 Oct 2005

The committee looks at the conduct of each federal election, examining pre-poll and polling day arrangements. This report goes further than usual, examining a range of potential changes to the voting system, including voluntary voting, four-year terms and early closure of the roll. Few proposals...

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Report

17 May 2018

Australia’s founders knew the circumstances and expectations of Australian society would change over time. To address this, they ensured Australian citizens could amend the Constitution, via a referendum, to reflect contemporary expectations. But quite rightly, it is not an easy process to change the rules...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

From the Chair's forward

When considering electoral reforms, our priority must be: enfranchisement, not disenfranchisement. It is this philosophy that has guided this inquiry and is reflected in many of the Committee’s recommendations.

This report continues the tradition of examining and reporting...

Research report

24 Mar 2010

On 20 November 2007 then members of the Liberal Party were involved in the distribution of unauthorised election material. This report proposes changes to electoral law to strengthen the prohibition on such activity.

Section 328 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (CEA) provides guidelines...

Research report

1 Mar 2010

This report recommends that the Commonwealth adopts a system of automatic enrolment of voters similar to the proposed New South Wales system.

Declining electoral enrolment continues to present a significant challenge not only for Australia, but for many countries and jurisdictions. Existing paper-based enrolment...

Research report

24 Jun 2009

This report recommends reinstating a number of longstanding provisions to protect the franchise for those who are entitled to exercise it.

These include:

• restoring the traditional seven day close of rolls period to enrol or update enrolment details;

• restoring...

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