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Selwyn Johnston

INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES'

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(Cairns... Far North Queensland)

 

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Sincerely,

Selwyn Johnston

 

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AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION

INDEX

 

Current Funding Rate

2004 Federal Election funding payments

Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998

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Current Funding Rate

The amount of election funding payable is calculated by multiplying the number of formal first preference votes received by the rate of payment applicable at the time. This rate is indexed every six months to increases in line with the Consumer Price Index. 

The public funding rate from 1 July 2007 to 31 December 2007 is 210.027cents ($2.10) per eligible vote. 

Click HERE for AEC Funding Update.

 

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Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998

Summary of Amendments to the
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

Introduction

The Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 ("the Act"), which received Royal Assent on 17 July 1998, has brought about changes to several aspects of electoral and referendum law.

The provisions of the amending Act are based on recommendations made in reports by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. These reports covered the conduct of the 1993 and 1996 federal elections, and electoral redistribution.

The bill proposing the amendments was introduced into the House of Representatives on 3 December 1997 and was passed by the Parliament on 1 July 1998. The Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 was granted Royal Assent on 17 July 1998.

Summary of Amendments

The provisions in the amending Act are generally of a technical nature and are designed to improve operational procedures in the conduct of elections and referendums. The major provisions of the Act are summarised below:

Nominations

To increase the number of signatures required in support of a nomination by a candidate not endorsed by a registered political party from six to fifty.

To increase the deposit for nomination from $250 to $350 in the House of Representatives, and from $500 to $700 in the Senate.

Funding and Disclosure

To remove the requirement for registered political parties to lodge returns of electoral expenditure.

‘Langer-Style’ Voting

One significant change arising from the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 is the effect on ‘Langer-style’ votes in House of Representatives elections.

The Act has amended the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 so that, while it is no longer an offence to encourage a ‘Langer-style’ vote (eg. 1,2,3,3,3... etc), such votes for the House of Representatives will no longer be counted as formal votes.

Anyone advocating that electors vote in this manner will be encouraging electors to waste their votes entirely.

Further Information

For further information on the amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984, interested people are advised to refer to the exact provisions of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 (No 94 of 1998).

Full detail, as contained in Electoral Newsfile No. 72 August 1998, can be obtained from:

http://www.aec.gov.au/pubs/newsfiles/news72.htm


The provision under Funding and Disclosure, allows the political parties to be UNACCOUNTABLE to taxpayers for electoral expenses. Another example of the contempt the political party system has for the Australian People.

 

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