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.
29 Aug 2013
Financial disclosure returns for ACT political parties, Members of the Legislative Assembly and associated entities for the 2012/2013 financial year were released today by the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green.
“The returns show details of receipts, gifts, payments and debts related to political participants in the ACT for the last financial year,” Mr Green said.
“The 2012/2013 returns cover the period leading up to and through the October 2012 ACT Legislative Assembly election,” Mr Green said. “These returns also cover the first full year of the operation of the campaign finance reforms introduced in the ACT on 1 July 2012.”
The 2012/3013 returns are also the first to include additional details of payments received into and made from ACT election accounts, federal election accounts and other accounts held by electoral participants in the ACT.
The campaign finance reforms have now removed the requirement for donors to political parties to submit annual returns.
The returns 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.
Bullet Train for Canberra was removed from the ACT's register of political parties on 13 August 2013, ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green has announced.
The registration was cancelled at the request of the party.
Eight parties remain registered in the ACT.
- Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)
- Australian Motorist Party
- Liberal Democratic Party
- Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division)
- Marion Le Social Justice Party
- Pangallo Independents Party
- The ACT Greens The Community Alliance Party (ACT)
The report on the conduct of the ACT Legislative Assembly election held on 20 October 2012 was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday.
“The report examines the conduct of the 2012 election and the operation of the Electoral Act, and recommends areas for improvement,” acting ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Andrew Moyes said.
In addition to reporting on the conduct of the 2012 election, the report makes recommendations for relatively minor changes to the electoral legislation with a view to preparations for and the conduct of the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election.
The report notes the success of the innovations introduced for the 2012 election, such as the comprehensive electronic polling place management system, incorporating the networked marking of names of voters on electronic electoral rolls across all polling places, electronic transmission of results on polling night, on-line interactive training of polling officials and the provision of electronic voting to around 1 in 4 of all ACT voters.
The report also notes that those innovations combined to provide electoral services to the highest ever number of ACT electors, with the result provided in the shortest possible time, beating the 2008 record by a few hours. The final result of the election was announced mid-afternoon on Saturday, 27 October 2012, 7 days after polling day.
The report can be read in conjunction with Election Statistics: ACT Legislative Assembly election 2012, released by the Commission in December 2012.
Copies of the report, and the published Election Statistics, are available from the ACT Electoral Commission (phone 6205 0033) or can be viewed on the Elections ACT website at www.elections.act.gov.au
Ms Nicole Lawder was officially declared elected to fill the casual vcacancy in the ACT Legislative Assembly electorate of Brindabella on 26 June 2013.
The vacancy followed the resignation of Mr Zed Seselja on 11 June 2013.
Ms Nicole Lawder is set to replace Mr Zed Seselja in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Canberra Liberals candidate for Brindabella Ms Nicole Lawder received a majority of preferences after Mr Seselja’s votes were distributed by computer count this afternoon.
The computer count, which started shortly after 12.30 pm today, was completed in a few minutes. By contrast, the last time a manual hand count was undertaken to fill the casual vacancy in the Assembly – the 2001 recount following the resignation of Mrs Kate Carnell – the count took 2 days to complete.
It is expected that Ms Lawder will be officially declared elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 3.00 pm by the Acting Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Moyes.
The declaration will be held at the Legislative Assembly Reception Room, London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra City.
The names of the applicants who wish to contest the casual vacancy in the electorate of Brindabella following the resignation of Mr Zed Seselja MLA will be announced today at 12.30 pm by the Acting ACT Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Moyes. The computerised count to determine the successful candidate will be conducted immediately after.
The names of the candidates contesting the vacancy and the results of the count will be emailed to media outlets after the conclusion of the declaration and the count at around 1.30 pm.
Media representatives and members of the public are welcome at the declaration of the names of the applicants contesting the vacancy and at the computerised count. The declaration and the count is expected to be held at the Legislative Assembly Reception Room, London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra City.
11 Jun 2013
The name of the candidate elected to replace Mr Zed Seselja in the ACT Legislative Assembly should be known by the end of June, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, announced today.
The ACT Electoral Commission has received official notification of the casual vacancy from the Speaker of the Assembly, Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA. Mr Seselja formally resigned from the Assembly today, Tuesday 11 June 2013.
“I am now able to outline the official timetable for filling the vacancy,” Mr Green said.
Legislative Assembly vacancies are filled by conducting a ‘count-back’ of those ballot papers that elected the vacating member. In effect, those electors who voted for Mr Seselja determine his replacement.
“To begin the count-back process, an advertisement will appear on Friday 14 June 2013 in the Canberra Times inviting candidates who unsuccessfully stood in the Brindabella electorate to contest the vacancy. Where practicable the Commission will also notify all those unsuccessful candidates directly,” Mr Green said.
Those candidates then have ten days to indicate if they wish to contest the vacancy.
“At 12.30 pm on Monday 24 June 2013 the names of the candidates contesting the vacancy will be officially declared. A computer counting program will then be used to determine which candidate will be elected to the Assembly to replace Mr Seselja,” Mr Green said.
It is expected that the official declaration of the result will take place the following Wednesday, 26 June 2013, at 3.00 pm.
Members of the media are invited to attend these two events. They will take place at the Reception Room of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.