Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, voted for the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, which passed the House of Reps on February 24.
Ms McGowan said this was important legislation and she was pleased to support the Government’s aim to make voting for the Senate easier.
“It needs to be simpler. Many people find the system complicated, hard to understand and confusing,” Ms McGowan said. “I believe independents will continue to play a pivotal role in Australian politics. I am certain we will continue to see independents in the Senate.”
The main changes in the Bill include optional preferential voting above the line, with voters to number at least six numbers in sequence. The Bill also abolishes individual and group voting tickets, changes the rules for informal voting, and allows party logos to be printed on ballot papers for the House of Representatives and the Senate.
This Bill has now gone to the Senate.