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Second Reading Speeches

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Voter Choice Through Optional Preferential Voting and the Robson Rotation) Bill 2021

Type
Private
Sponsor(s)
MCGRATH, Sen James
Originating house
Senate
Status
Before Senate
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
to: replace compulsory preferential voting with optional preferential voting for House of Representatives elections; enable voters to allocate preferences to candidates of their choosing only; provide vote saving provisions for voters who do not preference each and every candidate; provide for the position of candidates listed on House of Representatives ballots papers to be re-ordered between ballot papers (the Robson Rotation); and distribute batches of ballot papers which list each candidate in favourable positions equally.

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