[LINK] Fwd: re: vip-l: Federal Election

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Dec 8 09:13:40 AEDT 2006

At 08:34 AM 12/7/2006, Jan Whitaker wrote:
>The Federal Government have announced a trial of electronic voting, 
>and I understand that the necessary legislation may have passed the 
>Senate but not the Reps yet. ...

Yes, it is the "Electoral and Referendum Legislation Amendment Bill", 
2006, 30/11/2006:

* Bill: 
* Explanatory Memoranda: 

The Bill contains provisions that will:
* provide for a trial of electronically assisted voting for 
sight-impaired people;
* provide for a trial of remote electronic voting for Australian 
Defence Force (ADF) members and defence civilians serving outside 
Australia; ...

The Australian Government will provide additional funding to the AEC 
with a fiscal balance impact of $5.0 million over five years from 
2006-07 (including $2.7 million in capital). The majority of the 
funding is being provided in 2006-07 ($3.8 million).

The funding will be used for the purchase of computer hardware and 
software related to the trial of electronically assisted voting for 
sight-impaired people and for the trial of remote electronic voting 
by ADF personnel serving overseas. Funding will also be used for the 
delivery of postal voting material to postal vote applicants by means 
other than post. ...

I have suggested the same electronic voting system could be used for 
disabled users, military personnel and the general public: 

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