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Majority report leaves the door open on voluntary voting.



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ALAN GRIFFIN MP Shadow Special Minister of State 10 October 2005 MAJORITY REPORT LEAVES THE DOOR OPEN ON VOLUNTARY VOTING The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) Majority report leaves the door open for the Government to pursue voluntary voting in the future. Recommendation 36 reads: The Committee recommends that voluntary and compulsory voting be subject of a future inquiry by the JSCEM. By supporting an inquiry, Government members are signalling their willingness to progress this major issue. Committee Chair Tony Smith has been a vocal supporter of voluntary voting, My view is that, on a philosophical and a practical level, voluntary voting would be better, and I have always thought that. Hansard 10/02/05 Finance Minister Nick Minchin also remains committed to pursuing this change, I will continue to argue the case for the Coalition to go to the next election with a policy for ending compulsory voting. The Age 05/10/05 The Prime Minister is well known for allowing policies to be floated by others within the Government. He then denies responsibility until he thinks the time is right. The Prime Minister will be watching this inquiry closely and will surely be waiting for the right moment to reverse his recent rejection of voluntary voting. Those who oppose voluntary voting should take cold comfort from the JSCEM report. Media contact: Alan Griffin 0419 353 476