The Australian National Audit Office is one of the best agencies in government. They do great work chasing down wasteful government spending and exposing poor management.
The few times they have looked at the conduct of our elections, like in 2015, the report card was a solid fail. They haven’t audited the conduct of our elections since then despite promising to.
At Senate Estimates the Auditor General was very honest and upfront with me. He cannot confirm the Australian Electoral Commission has comprehensive performance standards for elections. He cannot assure the Australian people that the electoral systems are fit for purpose.
He did say that the way for the community to be assured about the integrity of elections is through the Parliament acting.
One Nation’s Election Integrity Bill was written for this very good reason. Whatever happens in the next election, if it passes, the public can have confidence in the result.
Parliament must pass an election integrity bill before the next election.
Click on the link below for the October Senate Estimates video and transcript: