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20 February 2014

Statement - Western Australia Fresh Senate Election

The Court of Disputed Returns has decided to void last year’s Western Australian Senate election result. It would be inappropriate for me to reflect on the reasons for the Court’s decision.

However, the people of Western Australia, having cast their vote at the last federal election, will rightly be aggrieved that the actions of the Australian Electoral Commission will force them to vote again in a fresh election.

It is incumbent upon the Australian Electoral Commission to ensure that never again will such a failure of process occur, as it did with the 1370 lost votes.

While the Australian Electoral Commission is an independent statutory authority, as the responsible Minister, I expect the Australian Electoral Commission to fulfil its functions and obligations to the Australian community.

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