Thursday 18 March 2010
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters tabled its Report on the 2007 Federal Election – Events in the Division of Lindsay
The 2007 federal election was tarnished by the events in the division of Lindsay. On 20 November 2007 then members of the Liberal Party were involved in the distribution of unauthorised election material.
The unauthorised election pamphlet stated that the fictitious Islamic Australian Federation ‘strongly support the ALP as our preferred party to govern this country and urge all other Muslims to do the same.’ The pamphlet further stated that ‘we gratefully acknowledge Labors [sic] support to forgive our Muslim brothers who have been unjustly sentenced
to death for the Bali bombings.’
The report provides a comprehensive examination of the administration of the election and, among other issues, proposes reforms to enhance the franchise, improve management of the electoral roll, and proposes measures to address demand for early voting.