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Howard's undemocratic electoral reforms begin Monday.



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ALAN GRIFFIN MP Shadow Special Minister of State Federal Member for Bruce HOWARD’S UNDEMOCRATIC ELECTORAL REFORMS BEGIN MONDAY From Monday 16 April, first time voters or those who are re-enrolling or updating enrolment details will be required to comply with new proof of identity requirements under the Howard Governments’ extreme electoral reforms. Voters will either have to provide drivers licence details, have “prescribed” documents witnessed by an “authorised” person according to the Act or have two enrolled people, who they have known for at least a month, confirm their identity. With data showing that between 10 and 20 percent of adults do not have a drivers licence, this will be a real problem for many Australians. The new forms are a full A3 double sided sheet of paper - that’s double the size of the old forms. Other changes made by the Government include; • Early closure of the electoral roll; On the day the writs are issued for those not on the roll with existing enrolees only given three days to correct their details. In 2004, up to 80,000 people may have been affected. • New requirements for provisional voters to prove their identity; If unable to do so their vote will be excluded. Over 180,000 Australians cast provisional votes at the last election. This comes on top of the amendments relating to political disclosure laws increasing the disclosure limit from $1500 to $10,000 seeing massive sums of money go into party coffers without public knowledge. These changes show how out of touch the Howard Government has become. That’s why I will be putting to ALP National Conference, that as part of Labor’s Platform for the next election that Labor repeal these unfair electoral laws returning fairness and transparency to the political process. Only Federal Labor will deliver an open and transparent political system. Media Contact: Dale Foody 0404 869 323 13 March 2007