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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 158 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 June 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 13 June 2017

      158. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Electoral Affairs:
I refer to voter enrolments in the Pilbara electoral district for the period 30 June 2016 to 30 September 2016.
      (1) What is the explanation for the disparity between a 22 per cent increase in electoral enrolments and a 50 per cent increase in the number of vacant properties?
      (2) Can the minister outline what analysis the Western Australian Electoral Commission has undertaken as part of the investigation into these irregularities?
I thank the member for the question. The answer is precisely the same as the answer I gave to her previous question, which is substantially the same question. This information has been provided to me by the Minister for Electoral Affairs.
      (1)–(2) The minister notes that it is an important democratic principle that every eligible person should have the opportunity to register to be included on the electoral roll and to vote. The Western Australian Electoral Commissioner has advised that he will need to consult the Australian Electoral Commission in order to provide the detailed information sought. It is therefore requested that the honourable member place the question on notice.