Victorian Electoral Matters Committee

Updated: 29 July 2013

Inquiry into Functions and Administration of Voting Centres

On 3 May 2010, the Electoral Matters Committee resolved to inquire into the functions and administration of voting centres, including joint voting centres, with consideration to location, accessibility, participation and transparency. The AEC provided the following submission.

Sub: 27
Date: 3 June 2010
Title: VEMC Submission

The Committee's report entitled "Inquiry into the Functions and Administration of Voting Centres" was tabled on 24 June 2010.

Further detail on the Inquiry is available from the Parliament of Victoria Inquiry website.

Inquiry into whether the provisions of the Electoral Act 2002 (Vic.) should be amended to make better provision for misleading and deceptive content

On 1 April 2009, the Legislative Council asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the terms of reference outlined below:

  • the deliberate misleading of the electors in the 28 June 2008 Kororoit by-election, whereby a pamphlet authorised by the Secretary of the Australian Labor Party was distributed that claimed "A vote for Les Twentyman is a vote for the Liberals" contributing, in the opinion of the Victorian Electoral Commissioner, to "an undesirable trend for candidates to take advantage or build on community misunderstandings of preferential voting with confusing statements"; and
  • as the Victorian Electoral Commissioner has suggested in his Report on the Kororoit District By-election held on 28 June 2008, whether the Electoral Act 2002 should be amended to improve the operation of the misleading provisions of the Act so that such abuses are more likely to be successfully prosecuted.

The AEC provided the following submission.

Sub: 11
Date: 5 August 2009
Title: VEMC Submission

The Committee's report entitled "Inquiry into the provisions of the Electoral Act 2002 (Vic.) relating to misleading or deceptive political advertising" was tabled on 11 March 2010.

Further detail on the Inquiry is available from the Parliament of Victoria Inquiry website.