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Have postal voting application forms destroyed the secrecy of our ballot system?

Bob Brown – Australian Greens Senator

“The Greens believe there are no grounds from an administrative or participatory democracy perspective for postal vote applications, supplied by parliamentarians, to be returned to parliamentary offices prior to being forwarded to the AEC. Data form the 2007 election demonstrates a considerable delay of forms returned via reply paid envelopes to parliamentarians arriving at the AEC. Of the PVAs issued by the AEC 69% were returned on the same day as the witness signature, whereas only 27% of PVAs issued by the Liberal Party were returned within 4 days, and 36% of the Labor PVAs were returned within 4 days.”

“The Australian Greens will move amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2009 in the Senate that will require any PVA as sent out by political parties to be returned directly to the AEC, and that will remove the amendment to the Act that allows the inclusion of other written materials with any PVAs distributed by political parties and other organisations. “

Destruction of Australia’s Secret Ballot System  1990 – 2010

Integrity of Australian electoral systems

Management of the electoral roll

Integrity of the System

Styles of Voting


"That the electoral system is open to manipulation is beyond question
 ... Fraudulent enrolment is almost impossible to prevent."

(NSW Electoral Commissioners, Messrs R. Cundy and Ian Dickson, NSW Government Inquiry 1989)

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