Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Friday, 2 December 1983
Page: 3226


Senator HARRADINE(11.46) -by leave-I move:

(1) Page 103, clause 80, line 18, insert ', or any of 3 orders,' after 'orders' .

(2) Page 103, clause 80, line 32, insert 'or 3' after '2'.

(3) Page 103, clause 80, line 33, leave out 'may be' insert 'requires'.

(4) Page 103, clause 80, line 37, insert 'or 3' after '2'.

(5) Page 106, clause 82, line 32, insert 'or 3' after '2'.

(6) Page 127, clause 104, after proposed sub-section 134A (2) insert the following sub-section:

'(2A) For the purposes of section 135 where-

(a) in a Senate election a ballot-paper has, or ballot-papers have, been marked in accordance with sub-section 123 (1A) by a mark having been placed in a square printed above the names of candidates in a group; and

(b) the candidates in that group have 3 group voting tickets registered for the purposes of that election,

then-

(c) if the number of ballot-papers is a number divisible by 3 without any remainder-one-third of the ballot-papers shall be taken to have been marked in accordance with one of the tickets, one-third of the ballot-papers shall be taken to have been marked in accordance with another one of the tickets and the other one-third in accordance with the other ticket;

(d) if there is only one ballot-paper or the number of ballot-papers is a number divisible by 3 with a remainder of 1-

(i) the ballot-paper or one of the ballot-papers shall be deemed to have been marked in accordance with whichever of the 3 tickets is determined by lot by the Australian Electoral Officer for the relevant State or Territory; and

(ii) one-third of the remainder of the ballot-papers (if any) shall be deemed to have been marked in accordance with one of the tickets, one-third of that remainder shall be deemed to have marked in accordance with another one of the tickets and the other one-third of that remainder shall be deemed to have been marked in accordance with the other ticket; or

(e) if there are 2 ballot-papers or the number of ballot-papers is a number divisible by 3 with a remainder of 2-

(i) one of the ballot-papers shall be taken to have been marked in accordance with whichever of the 3 tickets is determined by lot by the Australian Electoral Officer for the relevant State or Territory;

(ii) one of the ballot-papers shall be taken to have been marked in accordance with whichever of the other 2 tickets is determined by lot by the Australian Electoral Officer for the relevant State or Territory; and

(iii) one-third of the remainder of the ballot-papers (if any) shall be deemed to have been marked in accordance with one of the tickets, one-third of that remainder shall be deemed to have marked in accordance with another one of the tickets and the other one-third of that remainder shall be deemed to have been marked in accordance with the other ticket.''.

(7) Page 127, clause 104, line 36, insert ''or (2A), as the case requires,'' after ''2''.

(8) Page 128, clause 104, line 1, insert ''or 3'' after ''2''.

These amendments relate to the ability of candidates to lodge group voting tickets and, once they are lodged, to how the count will subsequently take place . At present in clause 80, proposed new section 106 (2), there is a provision for the lodgment by candidates of a statement of two orders of group voting figures. Whilst I am opposed to the list system of voting and would prefer only one voting order, I believe that, if we are to have two and are to reflect the facts of political life at this point, we need the ability to lodge three group voting tickets if that is the desire of the candidates concerned. I have discussed this with the various parties in the Senate. I do not feel it is necessary to enlarge on it. I am concerned about the possibility of legal challenge to the two or even the three group voting tickets, but I believe that three are much more preferable than two. The amendment to clause 104 relates to the method to be used by the Electoral Office to count votes after a person has opted to use the list system in accordance with the group voting tickets lodged.