#OURDEMOCRACY RESPONSE to joint standing committee on electoral reform draft recommendations
The Joint Standing Committee for Electoral Matters have released their draft recommendations on changes to the way elections are run in this Country.
The good news – The committee has indicated an appetite for crucial reforms to strengthen our democracy and get big money out of politics! This is a huge win for our community and is a testament to the hundreds of submissions, emails and calls we’ve made together over the last year.
Read on for our detailed analysis of the draft recommendations and how they stack up against our policy positions.
We’ve summarised our reform priorities as a series of principles, with policy detail sitting beneath each principle. A summary of our analysis is pictured, with detailed notes below.
The #OurDemocracy campaign broadly welcome the recommendations and congratulate the committee for proposing a set of reforms that could go a long way to getting big money out of politics. However – The devil will be in the detail, and we’re very concerned about the risk that the proposals as they stand could suppress community voices at election time.
We encourage the government to work with civil society to make sure all changes to the Electoral Act make our democracy truly fair and open.