Inquiry into Federal election gives voters a voice: Macdonald


LNP Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement of an Inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 Federal election.

"If you have any ‘gripes’ about the conduct of the last Federal election, you now have an opportunity to make your concerns known" he said.

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has been tasked by the Special Minister of State to inquire into and report on ‘all aspects of the conduct of the 2013 Federal election and matters related thereto.’

"I urge anyone with an issue to make a submission" said Senator Macdonald.
"For example, some Queenslanders may be concerned about the multitude of candidates on the Senate ballot paper, and about the flow of preferences under the current system.

"People in the electorate of Kennedy may be concerned that although their first choice at the election was Noeline Ikin (who polled 10,000 votes ahead of her nearest rival Bob Katter), preference deals with minor parties meant that the clear preference of the voters of Kennedy was ignored."

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters will be taking submissions to Inquiry until March 7, 2014.

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