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| Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

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Review of the AEC analysis of the FWA report on the HSU

20 September 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-0-642-79774-2 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79775-9 (HTML version)

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Preliminary Pages (PDF 155KB)
 
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 87KB)

Background to the review
FWA report on the HSU and AEC analysis
Objectives and scope of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

 
Chapter 2 FWA report on the HSU and AEC analysis (PDF 231KB)

Introduction
Scope of the AEC analysis
The Dobell campaign
Long Jetty campaign office
Dobell Federal Election Committee
Campaign bus
Payments to LBH Promotions
Postage expenses
ALP and radio advertising
Printing expenses
AEC analysis addendum conclusions
Ms Criselee Stevens
Coastal Voice
Mr Matthew Burke
Central Coast Rugby League
Dads in Education Fathers’ Day Breakfast
Golden Years Collectables
Central Coast Convoy for Kids
HSU National Office and the category of associated entity
KPMG review of the FWA investigation

 
Chapter 3 AEC possible measures for consideration (PDF 396KB)

Introduction
Measure 1—Reconsideration of the disclosure threshold
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 2—Administrative penalties
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 3—Offsetting financial penalties against public funding
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 4—Compulsory and timely independent audits
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 5—Abolish associated entities
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 6—Dedicated campaign accounts
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 7—Electronic lodgement of returns
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 8—Extending the period for retaining records
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 9—Failure to make a record for disclosure purposes
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 10—Criminal penalties for fraud offences
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 11—Frequency of expenditure reporting
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 12—Campaign committee expenditure reporting
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 13—Disclosure and election periods
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 14—Coercive powers of the AEC
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 15—Categories of electoral expenditure
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 16—Deem registered political parties as bodies corporate
Analysis
Conclusion
Measure 17—Greater certainty about who has reporting obligations
Analysis
Conclusion

 
Dissenting report – The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, The Hon Alex Somlyay MP, Senator Scott Ryan and Senator Simon Birmingham (PDF 6861KB)

Executive Summary
Table of Comparisons between positions of AEC, Labor/Greens and the Coalition
Introduction
The AEC and Craig Thomson – the real problem
Some of the findings in the BDO Kendall Report
Terms of reference used by the committee
The inquiry process of the committee
Failure of the AEC to assess the BDO Kendall Report
Conclusion
Annexures

 
Supplementary dissenting report – The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, The Hon Alex Somlyay MP, Senator Scott Ryan and Senator Simon Birmingham (PDF 123KB)
 
Appendix A – Ministerial reference and AEC matters for consideration (PDF 2266KB)
 
Appendix B – AEC analysis of the FWA report (PDF 335KB)
 
Appendix C – Addendum to the AEC analysis of the FWA report (PDF 94KB)
 
Appendix D – Submissions, Exhibits and Additional information (PDF 56KB)
 
Appendix E – Hearings and witnesses (PDF 39KB)
 
Appendix F – AEC supplementary submission on its analysis  (PDF 275KB)

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