GetOut of here, GetUp

Last week, after a submission by GetUp, the High Court made a decision that could allow up to 100,000 more Australians to vote in the August 21 election. Why extraordinary? Well, under the electoral act everyone has to be on the electoral rolls. If you reach 18, you should register. If you move you should notify your new address. And yet, in a majority ruling last week, the full bench of the High Court declared certain parts of the Electoral Act unconstitutional. Or to paraphrase, they opened to rolls to illegals, to people who had acted against the law and not enrolled.

What the High Court also did was to allow rorting of the rolls.

"Shadow special minister of state Senator Michael Ronaldson says he is pleased more people will be able to enrol to vote. "We are concerned this decision may potentially impact on the integrity of the electoral roll, and after the election we'll have another look and see if anything needs to be done to ensure the integrity of the electoral roll," he said.

Senator Ronaldson says Labor is not interested in the integrity of the roll and "has long been supporting rorters".

So, we can have false names and addresses added, we can have people getting up from the cemetries to vote. It has been done before. In the 1984 Election a boast was made that by rorting the rolls in marginal seats, they defeated the Liberals.

Howard made a concession to close the rolls on the day the election was announced. Why, oh why, didn't he make it harder to get on the electorsl rolls. It is easy to get on the rolls. Consider hiring a video? Last month I needed a bank cheque. All the ladies at my branck know me. However, to get that bank cheque, I had to show ID.

Why can I enroll to vote on my word? Why can I attend a polling booth on my word?

Geoff Brown
Senate Candidate for NSW