Electoral Fraud- Alan Jones speaks to David Flint
Written by ACM   
Monday, 19 May 2014

2GB's Alan Jones recently interviewed Professor David Flint on the subject of electoral fraud, which has long been a matter of some concern to ACM, particularly in relation to referendums and convention elections. 

During the 1999 referendum campaign about whether Australia should become a politicians' republic, the noted electoral authority Malcolm Mackerras came to brief some of our supporters who were preparing to man the booths. (At that time we brought together over 55,000 supporters spread across most electorates.)

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He agreed that there would be a degree of fraud in the election but declined to specify a percentage. His view was that it would not matter as the result would be very clear. Where it did matter had been at the 1988 convention elections which were postal and therefore open to even more fraud. Recently a joint parliamentary committee has handed down an interim report relating to the recent Senate election. It proposes major changes to a system which has been in place for 30 years.

While these changes would in no way impact on a referendum, there are aspects of the system which are still of significance for us.

These relate to the formalities necessary on enrolment, access to and the closing of the rolls ( the latter would be of importance in a referendum were held simultaneously in an election), identity requirements and the linking of the roll electronically to prevent multiple voting, and the extraordinary way in which we have moved from the concept that the nation should – subject to few exceptions – go to the polls on the same day.

As we mentioned above, Professor  David Flint was interviewed by Alan Jones on radio station 2GB on 15 May 2014 on electoral fraud which is the subject of a chapter in the second edition of Give Us Back Our Country, 2014 Connor Court.  

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