First hearing for 2019 election inquiry

Issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters will hear from the Australian Electoral Commission tomorrow at the first public hearing for the inquiry into the 2019 federal election.

Committee Chair, Senator James McGrath, said the Committee looks forward to hearing insights from Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers and his team.

‘The AEC has a big job in delivering effective elections. The world is changing though, and we need to make sure the AEC can keep doing its job well,’ Senator McGrath said.

‘We know that the legislation around elections is highly prescriptive. We also know there are some real logistical challenges for the AEC. Finding voting centre venues, recruiting election day staff and dealing with the sheer volume of ballot papers – are just some of the practical problems the AEC deals with,’

‘We’re looking forward to hearing not just how these sorts of problems can be dealt with, but also the bigger issues of electoral interference and the rise of third party political campaigners.’ Senator McGrath said.

Public hearing details:

Date: Friday 6 December 2019
Time: 8.00 am
Location: Committee Room 2S3, Parliament House, Canberra

The hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.

Media inquiries

Ms Brooke Hargraves
Office of Senator the Hon James McGrath
0458 689 043
07 5441 1800

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2374
em@aph.gov.au

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