August 31st 2013


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NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Building infrastructure for Australia's future prosperity

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Funding the expansion of Australia's infrastructure

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Rudd's campaign strategy 'full of sound and fury...'

QUEENSLAND: How Labor's Queensland strategy has backfired

FEDERAL ELECTION 2013: Same-sex marriage now a priority for Rudd

EDITORIAL: Federal election: Australia's stark choice

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: 'Same-sex marriage' would require change to Constitution

SOCIETY: Five flawed ideas inflicting untold damage on Australia

SCHOOLS: The sly assault on faith-based schools

ENVIRONMENT: Germany's coal-fired energy revolution

CHINA: China builds 'ghost cities' to transform the nation

POLITICAL IDEAS: On revolutions and competing worldviews

OBITUARY: Compassionate defender of life: Kathleen Harrigan (1921-2013)

LETTERS

CULTURE: Introducing the gentleman-adventurer

BOOK REVIEW Polemical fireworks from India's C.S. Lewis

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News Weekly, August 31, 2013

Election fraud

Sir,

To add a note to Julia Patrick’s article on the “scandalous shambles” of our electoral system (News Weekly, July 20), I happened to be in London at the time of the last federal election and, on seeing queues outside Australia House a week or so before the date, guessed that they were for advance voting.

I went along next day armed with my passport for identification, but no one was concerned to check it. All they wanted was the provision of a matching name and address for verification in the electoral roll.

With this level of security in the UK, anyone could vote in the name of Australians whose addresses they could accurately quote.

As voting was in advance of the election and available for at least a week, the opportunity for fraud was immense. In such a tightly-fought election, if that fraud had been targeted on marginal seats, it could have changed the outcome.

In an earlier instance, my daughter sent in a postal vote for her home electorate while working in the Northern Territory. Some time after the election she received a letter asking why she had voted twice.

Clearly, someone within the electoral system, finding her name on the local books not scored out, had voted in her name. With voting papers anonymous, there was no way this fraud could be rectified.

Dr Lucy Sullivan,
Windsor, NSW

 

Media bias

Sir,

Why are the pro-same-sex marriage views of the sister of Opposition leader Tony Abbott more news-
worthy than the pro-traditional marriage views of the sister of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd?

John Barich,
Claremont, WA




























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