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Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2004 Federal Election and Matters Related Thereto

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On Monday 10 October 2005, the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters tabled its report on the inquiry into the Conduct of the 2004 Federal Election and Matters Related Thereto entitled The 2004 Federal Election.

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 14 chapters, 1 dissent, 2 supplementary remarks and 8 appendices.

The 2004 Federal Election: Report of the Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2004 Federal Election and Matters Related Thereto

Preliminary pages (PDF 229KB)
Contents, Foreword, Committee Membership, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations and List of Recommendations

Chapter 1 (PDF 551KB)

Chapter 2 (PDF 286KB)

Chapter 3 (PDF 424KB)
Voting in the pre-election period

Chapter 4 (PDF 280KB)
Registration of political parties

Chapter 5 (PDF 360KB)
Election day

Chapter 6 (PDF 406KB)
Counting the votes

Chapter 7 (PDF 266KB)
Parliamentary terms

Chapter 8 (PDF 222KB)
Voluntary and compulsory voting

Chapter 9 (PDF 428KB)
Voting systems

Chapter 10 (PDF 314KB)
Geographical challenges in the modern age

Chapter 11 (PDF 249KB)
Technology and the electoral system

Chapter 12 (PDF 382KB)
Campaigning in the new millennium

Chapter 13 (PDF 328KB)
Funding and disclosure

Chapter 14 (PDF 229KB)
Looking to the future— education as the key to a healthy democracy

Minority report (PDF 295KB)
Mr Michael Danby MHR, Deputy Chair, Mr Alan Griffin MHR, Senator Kim Carr & Senator Michael Forshaw

Supplementary remarks (PDF 48KB)
Ms Sophie Panopoulos MP

Supplementary report (PDF 519KB)
Senator Andrew Murray

Appendices A - H (PDF 462KB)

  1. Submissions to the inquiry
  2. List of Exhibits
  3. List of Hearings and Witnesses
  4. Summary of the Minter Ellison inquiry and the AEC’s response
  5. Close of rolls enrolment transactions by type – States and Territories – 2004 Federal Election
  6. Schedule 4 & 5 from the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Regulations 2000
  7. Countries with compulsory voting
  8. Full distribution of preferences for the Richmond Electorate

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