Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee conducts an inquiry after every general election. The inquiry looks at changes to the law or electoral procedures that would improve the next election.
In 2015 the committee received submissions from many people and organisations who had ideas about how to improve the electoral process.
What did the inquiry look at?
As part of their inquiry, the committee considered a large range of topics, including issues raised by people who made submissions. The topics include:
- Participation in the election
- Rules that govern election advertising
- Voting processes for people with disabilities
- The increasing popularity of social media, and how that might affect electoral processes
- The advance voting period
What happens next?
After the committee investigates the issues raised in the inquiry, it writes a report to the House. In its report the committee makes recommendations to the Government about laws and procedures that it thinks need changing to improve the next election.
Who will this affect?
- Voter engagement campaigners
- Political parties and candidates
- Advocates for people with disabilities
- Civil rights campaigners