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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS - 11/11/2008 - Conduct of the 2007 federal election and matters related thereto
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS
Joint committee
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Conduct of the 2007 federal election and matters related thereto
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CHAIR (Mr Melham) —I declare open this public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry into the conduct of the 2007 federal election. At today’s hearing we will hear from the national secretary and the secretariat of the Australian Labor Party. Political parties are key stakeholders in the electoral system and it is important to get their feedback on the 2007 election and proposals for electoral reform. The committee has invited all major political parties to public hearings to expand on their submissions and respond to some of the suggestions that others have made about how the electoral system can be improved. The submission by the Australian Labor Party starts from the position that every entitled elector should be enrolled to vote and that every valid vote should be counted. The committee will be keen to explore what this principle means in practice and to see how the franchise can be made as accessible as possible while maintaining the integrity of the electoral roll and voting.

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