As this interview of Bronwyn Bishop by Alan Jones shows, there is a substantial risk of electoral fraud in Australia. In 2010 there were 16,000 people who voted more than once. And yet the AEC has never prosecuted a person for multiple voting.
The Australian Electoral Commissioner is Edward Killesteyn who was originally appointed for a five-year term in January 2009 and then reappointed for another five year term, commencing 4 January 2014. This new appointment was made on 12 April 2013. In announcing the re-appointment, the Special Minister for State, Mark Dreyfus, said
I am pleased to announce that Mr Killesteyn’s appointment was made in accordance with the policy for selecting statutory office holders introduced by the Government in 2008
I mentioned this new policy in an earlier post. As I argued then, I maintain that a Coalition Government should abolish those guidelines.
But Mr Dreyfus is incorrect in saying that he acted in accordance with those guidelines. As can be seen in the excerpt at my earlier post, it is up to the Secretary of the relevant portfolio department – in this case the Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation David Tune – to notify the relevant minister six months before the expiry of a statutory officer’s appointment and for the minister to indicate four months prior whether that officer will be reappointed.
Yet in this case the Minister actually made the reappointment 9 months before it expired. That would seem a gross abuse of representative Government.
It should be noted that Killesteyn is implacably opposed to any efforts to demand identity checks before individuals are allowed to vote. He denies that there is any scope for electoral fraud and is doing his best to thwart any change that would bring greater integrity to the electoral system.
Ceterum autem censeo Calvin Scardinius esse delendam.
Ceterum autem censeo Kevinum Scardinium delendum esse. (thanks Deadman)