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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.

General

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.

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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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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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