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Question Without Notice No. 414 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 May 2018 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 17 May 2018

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF DARLING RANGE — BY-ELECTION

414. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Electoral Affairs:

(1) How much will it cost to run a by-election in Darling Range?

(2) Has the Western Australian Electoral Commission received this funding in its 2018–19 budget allocation or will the amount be a variation?

(3) If this cost was not included in the 2018–19 budget, why not?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Electoral Affairs has provided the following information.

(1) The cost is estimated to be in the vicinity of $250 000 to $300 000.

(2)–(3) It is not usual practice that the commission's annual budget include an allowance for possible by-elections. Funding arrangements are made when the writ for a by-election is issued. In the case of the district of Darling Range, this has not yet occurred.