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Electoral Matters Committee launches inquiry into civics education, participation and engagement

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The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has commenced an inquiry into civics education, engagement, and participation in Australia, and is seeking written submissions in response to the Terms of Reference by Friday 24 May 2024. The Committee is particularly interested in hearing from people with direct experience of civics and citizenship education and challenges associated with electoral participation. This includes … Continued

By-election for Dunkley

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Milton Dick MP, has announced the details for the issuing of the writ for the electoral division of Dunkley in Victoria, following the death of the late Ms Peta Murphy, former Member for Dunkley. The dates in connection with the by-election will be as follows: Issue of writ                                      Monday, … Continued

Electoral reform report opens door to improved representation

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Media Release | Monday, 27 November 2023 The Australia Institute welcomes the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ final report for its inquiry into the conduct of the 2022 election. The report picks up several pieces of Australia Institute research and echoes key recommendations. Key committee recommendations include: A possible inquiry into increasing the size of … Continued

Electoral Matters Committee highlights transparency, trust and participation in recommendations for reform

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The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has concluded its inquiry into the 2022 election, making recommendations for reforms to improve donation transparency, reduce the influence of big money, and strengthen trust and participation in our elections. The Committee’s final report, tabled today in Parliament, makes 21 recommendations on top of the 15 made in its interim report released in June. … Continued

MoAD a polling booth for the 2023 referendum

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All Australians can vote at the home of Australian democracy from 7 October 2023   The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD) will open its doors to voters in the upcoming referendum, serving as a polling venue for the nation’s first referendum of the 21st century.    On Saturday 14 October 2023, MoAD will … Continued

Truth in political ads, election reform welcome, but devil is in the detail

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 June 2023 The Australia Institute welcomes the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ interim report for its inquiry into the conduct of the 2022 election, in which Australia Institute research and recommendations are cited often. The committee recommends: A lower donation disclosure threshold ($1,000, down from over $15,000) and real-time disclosure of donations.  … Continued

Committee recommends significant changes to electoral system

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The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has released its interim report into the 2022 federal election, and has recommended significant reforms to Australia’s electoral system. Committee Chair Ms Kate Thwaites MP said, ‘Australians are rightly proud of our electoral system, but it is important that we continue make sure that it is trusted, relevant and fit for purpose. … Continued

By-election for Fadden

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Milton Dick MP has announced the details for the issuing of the writ for the election of a Member of the House of Representatives, for the electoral division of Fadden in Queensland. The dates in connection with the by-election will be as follows: Issue of writ                                     Monday, 12 June … Continued