Joint Standing Committee on
Inquiry into allegations of irregularities in the recent South Australian State Election
Terms of Reference
On 13 May 2010 the Senate agreed to the following resolution:
- That the following matters be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for inquiry and report:
That in conducting the review the committee calls for public submissions and undertakes hearings in relevant capital cities.
- the circumstances surrounding the impersonation of Family First polling booth workers and the distribution of misleading voting information at polling booths in the recent South Australian state election;
- the extent to which this was a calculated activity designed to mislead voters into directing their preferences in a different direction from that of the official Family First voting information;
- whether comparable activity would be considered to be legal under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, including the implications flowing from the decisions in Bray v Walsh (1976), Evans v Crichton-Browne (1981), Webster v Deahm (1993) and Re Carroll v Electoral Commission of Queensland (1998);
- what changes would be required to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 so as to prevent a political party (or others) engaging in such misleading and deceptive conduct at future federal elections;
- the allegations that a single family illegally lodged more than 150 votes on polling day through impersonation of other voters; and
- the allegations that a large number of votes remained uncollected from hospital facilities because of errors on the part of polling officials.
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