Senate debates

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Bills

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016; In Committee

3:16 am

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

The government's view is that section 329 in the Electoral Act, prohibiting misleading or deceptive conduct vis-a-vis voters in relation to casting a vote, together with the explicit advice on Senate ballot papers on how to vote above the line by numbering at least six boxes in order of preference from 1 to 6, together with the very clear information that will be provided to voters as part of the education campaign, provide sufficient safeguards, and we do not believe that there is further need for the sort of provision that Senator Wong flagged and that is flagged in your amendment.

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