Report on the conduct of the 2019 federal election and matters related thereto

December 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76092-191-0

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Foreword

Members

List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Overview
  Election timeline
  About the inquiry
  Inquiry conduct
  Summary of recommendations made in previous reports
  Report structure

2. Overview and key Issues

  Overview
  Metropolitan and regional trends
  State and Territory breakdowns
  Indigenous voter engagement
  Political donations
  Committee comment
  Key challenges for the Australian Electoral Commission
  Inquiry participant views of the Australian Electoral Commission

3. The rise in voting prior to election day

  Pre-poll
  Committee comment
  Postal vote
  Impact of the variability of the postal service
  Committee comment
  Early voting and the ability to deliver a clear outcome on election night
  Committee comment
  A shift from pre-poll to an election window
  Committee comment

4. The shift in political advertising

  Volume
  Spend
  Deceptive and misleading conduct
  Australian’s trust in news and information
  Do not call register
  Authorisation rules
  Authorisation of political campaign material
  Committee comment

5. Media blackouts

  The purpose of the blackout
  Redundant or need to strengthen
  Regulatory burden
  Blackout period and pre-poll
  Committee comment

6. Third parties and foreign actors

  Electoral interference vs political influence
  Misinformation and disinformation
  Protecting electoral integrity in the face of declining trust in public institutions
  Committee comment
  Political campaigners
  Committee comment

7. Access to the polls

  Indigenous participation in the electoral process
  Voter accessibility
  People with disabilities
  Committee comment

8. Senate change - divisional representation

  Overview
  The election of Senators
  Location of Senators’ offices
  Alternative methods for electing Senators
  Number of Senators and Members
  Committee comment

A. Submissions

B. Public hearings

C. Australia - demographic classification of electoral divisions

Dissenting report - Australian Greens

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  Recommendations
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  6.
  Additional Comments
  7.
  8.
  Recommendations
  Recommendation
  Recommendations
  Recommendations
  Recommendations
  Recommendations

Dissenting report - Labor members

  Optional Preferential Voting & Robson Rotation Method
  Sorting and counting of pre-poll votes
  Regulation of Associated Entities, Third Parties and Political Campaigners
  Voter ID Laws
  By-elections
  Additional Comments

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2374
Fax: +61 2 6277 4773
em@aph.gov.au