Electoral Enrolment Closes 8.00pm Monday, May 23

The electoral rolls for the 2016 Federal Election close at 8.00pm this Monday, May 23.

New enrolments and change of details can no longer be made after this time.

It is estimated that around one million people, mainly under the age of 25, are not on the electoral roll.

Given the early announcement of this election, voters have had two weeks to get on the roll.

The advocacy group GetUp! has produced an amusing enrolment video, titled The conversation every 18 year old is avoiding!

  • Watch the GetUp! video (71s)
  • Listen to the ad (71s)

Fifield Says NBN Management Advised Him Of Federal Police Leaks Referral

The Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, says he was advised by National Broadband Network management that leaks of sensitive information had been referred to the Australian Federal Police.

Fifield says he “did not instruct nor request them to do so”.

Text of statement from the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield.

Last year there were leaks of commercially sensitive information from NBN.

The senior management of NBN initiated an internal review, which identified matters of concern.

The NBN senior management subsequently referred these matters to the AFP.

I was advised by NBN that the matter had been referred to the AFP. [Read more…]


Liberal Advertisement: What Do Shorten And Rudd Have In Common?

This is an advertisement posted by the Liberal Party on YouTube.

It is the third advertisement on boats and aslyum seekers in the first week of the election campaign. [Read more…]


High Court Unanimously Dismisses Challenge To Senate Voting Changes

The High Court has unanimously dismissed a challenge to the recently legislated Senate voting changes.

The seven Justices dismissed two applications, including one by South Australian Family First Senator Bob Day.

The changes abolished group voting tickets and introduced optional preferential voting above and below the line.

The court held that the term “method” in Section 9 of the Constitution “is to be considered broadly, allowing for more than one way of indicating choice within a single uniform electoral system”. [Read more…]


“Our Policy Is Clear” – Liberals Pounce On ALP’s Border Protection Dissension

The Liberal Party has seized on dissension in Labor ranks over offshore processing of asylum seekers.

The ALP candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, went on the record today as favouring bringing asylum seekers to Australia and processing them here. Melbourne is held for the Greens by Adam Bandt.

The Liberals released the advertisement shown below. It quotes Ismail and other comments by retiring WA MP Melissa Parke and Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh. The repeated “our policy is clear” comments from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are taken from his media conference today where he was questioned about Ismail’s comments. [Read more…]


Australian Parliament Dissolved; Governor-General’s Official Secretary Reads Proclamation

9.00am – The Australian Parliament has been dissolved.

The dissolution is a constitutional process that allows the writs for the July 2 double dissolution election to be issued. The dissolution is undertaken by the Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister. The election writs command the Australian Electoral Commission to conduct the election and set out the various dates involved in the election process.

A brief ceremony was held in Parliament House during which the Governor-General’s Official Secretary, Mark Fraser, read the Proclamation dissolving both houses of parliament. Fraser was accompanied by the Clerk of the Senate, Rosemary Laing, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, David Elder.

  • Watch the Dissolution ceremony (10m)

Proclamation by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. [Read more…]


Government House Releases Double Dissolution Documents

Government House has released the documents related to today’s announcement of a double dissolution election on July 2.

The documents include the formal advice tendered by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Cosgrove’s written assent to the advice.

A statement from the Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, has also been released. It sets out the legal position of the legislation twice rejected by the Senate and demonstrates how Section 57 of the Constitution has been satisfied.

The documents also show the hand-written annotations of the Governor-General. [Read more…]