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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA "JOINT "STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 Tel: (02)6277 2374 Fax: (02)6277 4710

E-mail: JSCEM@aph.gov.au http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/em/

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COMMITTEE TO HEAR FROM EX ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER

Ex Australian Electoral Commissioner and eminent electoral commentator Mr Brian Cox will appear before the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters tomorrow as part of the 1998 federal election inquiry.

Committee Chair Mr Gary Naim, Member for Eden - Monaro, said ‘Mr Cox is a man widely respected for his knowledge on electoral issues. He has been a regular contributor to federal election inquiries, and he has been asked to appear so that the Committee can seek his advice on a range of issues.’

‘Dr Amy McGrath, a regular critic of the security of the electoral system, will also be appearing,’ Mr Naim added. ‘Dr McGrath’s contributions to previous federal election inquiries have inspired considerable debate, and greatly added to the knowledge of the Committee.’

It is expected that Dr McGrath will focus on issues of security around provisional and postal voting.

In addition, the Committee will be hearing from Mr Neil Gillespie about problems experienced by ATSIC Regional Councillors who wish to stand for federal parliament as well as Mr Gillespie’s proposal for seats in parliament to be set aside for indigenous Australians.

‘The Committee is developing a detailed picture of those areas of electoral law that require change before the next election,’ Mr Naim said. ‘I expect that three such witnesses will greatly assist the Committee in its deliberations.’

The Committee will deliver its report in the Spring sittings.

Ends 13 May 1999 Further information: Gary Nairn MP (Chair)

Bev Forbes (Secretary)

02 - 6299 4939 (Parliament House) 02 - 6277 4582

Details of Hearing and Committee membership attached

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 Tel: (02)6277 2374

Fax: (02)6277 4710 E-mail: JSCEM@aph.gov.au http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/em/

Inquiry into the Conduct of the 1998 Federal Election and matters related thereto

On 10 December 1998 the Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon. Chris Ellison, referred the following to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquire into and report on all aspects o f the conduct o f the 1998federal election and matters related thereto.

The terms of reference for an election inquiry are generally very broad, allowing the Committee to focus on those issues which are considered most pressing by the Committee and the respondents to the inquiry.

The members of the Committee are:

Mr Gary Naim MP (Chair)

Mr Laurie Ferguson MP (Deputy Chair)

Senator Andrew Bartlett Mr Michael Danby MP

Senator the Hon. John Faulkner Mr John Forrest MP Senator Ross Lightfoot . Hon. Alex Somlyay MP

Senator Andrew Murray Senator Karen Synon

Further information on the preparation of submissions can be obtained from the Committees web site at http.v'Avww.aph.gov.au/house/committee/em/elect98/98ind.htm or by contacting the Committee secretariat on 02 6211 4586. Submissions can be made by e-mail to JSCEM@aph.gov.au or can be directed to:

The Secretary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: 02 6277 2374

Fax: 02 6277 4710

e-mail: JSCEM@aph.gov.au

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 Tel: (02)6277 2374 .

Fax: (02)6277 4710 E-mail: JSCEM@aph.gov.au http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/em/

PROGRAM

INQUIRY INTO THE 1998 FEDERAL ELECTION

PUBLIC HEARING

CANBERRA

14 May 1999

House of Representatives Committee Room 2R2 Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

9.30 -10.00 am

10.00 - 10.15 am

10.15-11.00 am

Mr Neil Gillespie

Tea Break

Dr Amy McGrath

11.00 -11.45 am Mr Brian Cox