Senate debates

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Bills

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016; In Committee

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

It is a minimum of six, but you have to be very clear. We do not want to mislead voters. We want to make sure that voters understand very clearly that they need to number at least six of these boxes in the order of their choice, starting with 1, where 1 is obviously the first choice. So you vote 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. So the guidance on the ballot paper is at least six, from 1 to 6, and if you want to do more, do more. If you end up doing fewer because you did not follow the guidance on the ballot paper, the savings provision that we have included makes sure that your vote is still saved for the votes that you have cast.

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