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On 5 August 2014 the ACT Legislative Assembly voted to increase the size of the Assembly to 25 Members from the 2016 election, consisting of 5 electorates each returning 5 Members. This will be the first increase in the size of the Assembly, which has consisted of 17 Members since its establishment in 1989.

This decision of the Assembly adopts the principal recommendation made by the Expert Reference Group on the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly, chaired by the Electoral Commissioner Mr Phillip Green. The final report prepared by the Expert Reference Group on the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly was presented to the ACT Chief Minister on 28 March 2013. The Chief Minister publicly released the report on 16 April 2013.

In March 2013, the federal parliament amended the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to give the Assembly the power to set its own size by an enactment passed by at least a 2/3 majority of members.

The Assembly passed two enactments on 5 August 2014 to give effect to this increase in the size of the Assembly. The Australian Capital Territory (Legislative Assembly) Act 2014 provides that the Legislative Assembly will consist of 25 Members to be elected at the next general election held after commencement of the Act. The next ACT election is scheduled to be held on 15 October 2016. This Act was supported unanimously by all 17 Members of the Assembly.

The Electoral Amendment Act 2014 will amend the Electoral Act 1992 to provide that the ACT must be divided into 5 electorates, with 5 members to be elected from each electorate. This Act will also make consequential amendments to the Electoral Act to remove references to 7 member electorates. This Act was supported by 16 of the 17 Members of the Assembly, with support from all ACT Labor and Canberra Liberals MLAs, and with The ACT Greens MLA Mr Shane Rattenbury voting against.

In addition to the requirement for a 2/3 majority under the ACT Self-Government Act for a change in the size of the Assembly, a 2/3 majority was also required for both of these Acts to proceed under the Proportional Representation (Hare-Clark) Entrenchment Act 1994. The Entrenchment Act applies to any enactment that is intended to alter the size of the Assembly or to change the ACT’s system of Robson Rotation printing of candidates’ names on ballot papers (which is being altered to remove the tables relating to 7 member electorates).

The next step in the process of increasing the size of the Assembly to 25 Members at the 2016 election will be the conduct of a redistribution of electoral boundaries. Under the Electoral Act, this process is scheduled to commence after 15 October 2014, when the ACT Electoral Commission will be responsible for appointing a Redistribution Committee.

The Redistribution Committee will be chaired by the Electoral Commissioner, Mr Green. The first public step in the redistribution process will be a call for public suggestions and comments on the proposed boundaries, including the names of the electorates. Mr Green expects this call for submissions to happen in November 2014.

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ATSIEB

The names of the seven members to be elected to the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body were announced today by the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green.

“Counting for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body election took place today, using the Hare-Clark proportional representation system. A total of 377 votes was admitted to the count,” Mr Green said.

The successful candidates in the order in which they were successful are:

  • Rod Little
  • Fred Monaghan
  • Dianne Collins
  • Jo Chivers
  • Jo Donovan
  • Maurice Walker
  • Ross Fowler

Fourteen candidates contested the election. Voting for the election took place from Saturday 4 July to Saturday 12 July 2014. Any Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander aged 18 or over, living in the ACT, was eligible to vote in the election.

The official declaration of the poll will take place at 5:30pm, Thursday 24 July 2014, at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach.  The declaration will be open to candidates, the media and the general public.

For further information on the Elected Body visit http://atsieb.com.au.
ATSIEB

Voting for the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body election commences on Saturday 5 July 2014, ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green said today.

“This is the third election for the Elected Body, which was established in 2008. This year the election date has been changed to align with the start of NAIDOC week,” Mr Green said.

“Voting locations will be set up at major NAIDOC events including the NAIDOC Ball at QT Hotel on Saturday 5 July, NAIDOC on the Peninsula on Sunday 6 July and the Aboriginal Hostel’s luncheon on Friday 11 July,” Mr Green said.

Seven members are to be chosen to represent the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the Elected Body. The names of the 14 candidates contesting the election listed in ballot paper order are:

  • Jo Donovan
  • Tony McCulloch
  • Richie Allan
  • Rod Little
  • Jo Chivers
  • Tjanara Goreng Goreng
  • Lynnice Letty Keen
  • Delephene Fraser
  • Fred Monaghan
  • Ross Fowler
  • Diane Collins
  • Steven Brown
  • Maurice Walker
  • Darryl Miller

Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders living in the ACT can participate in the election by either attending a polling place, or by casting a postal vote. A full list of voting locations, voting times and postal vote information can be found on the Elections ACT website at www.elections.act.gov.au or call 62050033.

For further information on the Elected Body visit http://atsieb.com.au.

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The members of the ACT Electoral Commission officially became officers of the ACT Legislative Assembly on 1 July 2014, the ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green said today.

“The Electoral Commission members join the ACT Auditor-General and the ACT Ombudsman as officers of the Legislative Assembly under amendments made by the Officers of the Assembly Legislation Amendment Act 2013, passed by the Assembly in October 2013 and commencing today,” Mr Green said.

As officers of the Assembly, the Electoral Commission will report directly to the Speaker, who will be responsible for presenting the Commission’s reports and budget to the Assembly.

“While the Electoral Commission has always exercised independent statutory functions, the amendments made to the ACT’s Electoral Act 1992 that commence today state explicitly for the first time that the members of the Electoral Commission will have complete discretion in the exercise of their functions,” Mr Green said.

From 1 July 2014, the ACT Electoral Commissioner will be directly allocated a budget and given all the powers and responsibilities of a director-general under the Financial Management Act 1996. Previously, the Commission was funded within the Justice and Community Safety portfolio and reported to the Attorney General.

Media_Releases; ATSIEB

The names of the candidates contesting the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body election were officially declared this week, the ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green said today.

The declaration of candidates on Tuesday 3 June 2014 was followed by a random draw for ballot paper position.  The names of the 14 candidates contesting the election listed in ballot paper order are:

  • Jo Donovan
  • Tony McCulloch
  • Richie Allan
  • Rod Little
  • Jo Chivers
  • Tjanara Goreng Goreng
  • Lynnice Letty Keen
  • Delephene Fraser
  • Fred Monaghan
  • Ross Fowler
  • Diane Collins
  • Steven Brown
  • Maurice Walker
  • Darryl Miller

Seven members are to be chosen to represent the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the Elected Body. Polling for the election will take place during NAIDOC week from 5 July to 12 July 2014.

“A ‘meet the candidates’ evening is being held for members of the community, where each candidate will be given the opportunity to speak,” said Robyn Forester, Director of the ACT Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

Media representatives and members of the public are invited to the ‘meet the candidates’ evening, to be held on Thursday 19 June 2014, from 5pm to 9pm at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach.

For further information about the election of members to the Elected Body visit the Elections ACT website at www.elections.act.gov.au.

For further information on the Elected Body visit http://atsieb.com.au

Media_Releases; ATSIEB

Candidate nominations for the third election of members of the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body will be officially declared at 12 noon today, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phil Green, has announced.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body consists of 7 members who are elected every 3 years.  The last election was held in May 2011.

Media representatives and members of the public are invited to the declaration of candidate nominations and the draw for position on the ballot paper, to be held at 12 noon at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach.

The Elected Body was established by the ACT Legislative Assembly to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the ACT to have a strong democratically elected voice.

Its members represent the interests and aspirations of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It provides direct advice to the ACT Government with the ambition of improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.

“Voting in the election will coincide with NAIDOC week celebrations in the ACT. Voting will commence on Saturday 5 July and continue until Saturday 12 July at a number of venues around Canberra. Locations for voting can be obtained from Elections ACT,” Mr Green said.

The result of the election should be known in late July 2014.

For further information about the election of members to the Elected Body visit the Elections ACT website at www.elections.act.gov.au.

For further information on the Elected Body visit http://atsieb.com.au

ATSIEB

The third election of members of the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body commences today, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phil Green, has announced.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body is comprised of 7 members who are elected every 3 years. The last election was held in May 2011.

“The election officially commences today with the opening of the period for nomination of candidates,” Mr Green said.  

Media representatives and members of the public are invited to the official launch of the election, to be held at 12 noon at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach.

The Elected Body was established by the ACT Legislative Assembly to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the ACT to have a strong democratically elected voice.

Its members represent the interests and aspirations of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It provides direct advice to the ACT Government with the ambition of improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.

“Voting in the election will coincide with NAIDOC week celebrations in the ACT. Voting will commence on Saturday 5 July and continue until Saturday 12 July at a number of venues around Canberra. Locations for voting can be obtained from Elections ACT,” Mr Green said.

“Nominations for the Elected Body close at 12 noon on Monday 2 June 2014.”

The result of the election should be known in late July 2014.

For further information about the election of members to the Elected Body visit the Elections ACT website at www.elections.act.gov.au.

For further information on the Elected Body visit http://atsieb.com.au

2012_Election; Media_Releases; Political_parties

The Pangallo Independents Party was removed from the ACT’s register of political parties today, ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green has announced.

The Party’s registration was cancelled at the request of the party.

Seven parties remain registered to contest elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly.

They are:

  • Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)
  • Australian Motorist Party
  • Liberal Democratic Party
  • Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division)
  • Marion Lê Social Justice Party
  • The ACT Greens
  • The Community Alliance Party (ACT)

More information about registration of political parties can be viewed on the Commission’s website at www.elections.act.gov.au

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Funding_and_financial_disclosure; Media_Releases; Political_parties

An infringement notice has been issued to the Canberra Liberals for the party’s late submission of electoral financial disclosure returns, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, said today.

“Since the start of this financial year, the Canberra Liberals have submitted 15 gift returns outside of the 30 day disclosure period allowed by the Electoral Act,” Mr Green said. “The late submission of each return carries a penalty of $1,100. The total amount owing is $16,500.”

Under changes to the Electoral Act that came into effect on 1 July 2012, party groupings in the ACT are required to submit a financial disclosure return within 30 days of receiving a gift totalling $1,000 or more. Where a party has formally appointed a reporting agent, he or she is responsible for submitting these returns to the Electoral Commissioner.

“This is the first time we have issued an infringement notice for late returns,” Mr Green said. “During the first year of operation of the new laws, Elections ACT worked with all the ACT’s political parties to equip them with the ability to meet the strict disclosure deadlines set by the Legislative Assembly.”

“From 1 July 2013, parties have been on notice that failure to meet the disclosure deadlines without reasonable excuse would lead to enforcement action. This current case is the first instance where I have considered it appropriate to issue an infringement notice,” Mr Green said.

The party’s reporting agent now has 28 days in which to pay the monetary penalties set out in the notice, to appeal the notice or to apply for an extension of time to finalise payment.

The returns to which the infringement notice relates can be inspected on the ACT Electoral Commission’s website or in person at the office of the Electoral Commissioner on the Ground Floor, North Building, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays. For public enquiries phone 6205 0033.

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