Fifteen months ago I asked the Australian Electoral Commission questions around election integrity.
I was expecting to have my questions answered and to be reassured our elections were safe.
Instead I had bland assurances everything was safe and elections were audited. Proof of those audits was never provided.
After spending all of 2021 pursuing the AEC, One Nation presented our Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021 to the Senate. Special Minister of State Morton finally realised we did have a problem and the government passed a suite of bills to address our concerns.
My questions on Tuesday to the Australian Electoral Commission covered the only area the Government was not able to fix because of opposition from the ALP and the Greens – voter ID. The need for voter ID dates from 1995 when the AEC stopped residency checks, which is a way of auditing the voter rolls.
Out of date voter rolls allow dishonest players to vote multiple times, at multiple booths using a different name from the voter roll each time. These are the names of voters who have left the country, passed away, moved away and so on, plus human and data-matching errors at the AEC
The only way to ensure every vote comes from a properly registered voter, voting once under their own name is to ask for voter ID.
The answers to my questions to Tom Rogers, the Electoral Commissioner were far from forthright. I will be resuming this matter in the new Parliament.
I urge all Australians to enrol to vote, and to exercise your right to vote in the next election.