Sunday, October 9, 2011

If You Want Australian Taxpayer Dollars ...

Julia Gillard last week made a statement to industry.

If you want Australian taxpayers dollars you will have to give Australian Businesses a fair go.

I good sound local policy but  did anyone tell the NSW or Victorian Electoral Commission this advice?

Both the NSW and Victorian Electoral Commissions have contracted overseas software developers to develop Australia's computerised electoral  systems. Systems that have been duplicated by each electoral authority and that Australian governments /taxpayers have paid for and the government holds no propriety ownership over.   Hundreds of million of dollars spent offshore without any real oversight or benefit to Australia.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hansard: Victorian State Parliament Electoral Matters Committee

Victorian State Parliament - Electoral Matters Committee
Extract from Hansard dated August 23, 2011

The CHAIR — Are you appearing in a private capacity or representing an organisation? If so, which organisation?

Mr van der CRAATS — I am a member of the Proportional Representation Society of Australia and of the Australian Labor Party, but the evidence that I give is of personal opinion.

The CHAIR — I ask you to begin your verbal submission, and we will take it from there.

Mr van der CRAATS — Thank you for the opportunity to speak to this Parliament. I do so with some reluctance, mainly because the last time I gave evidence to this committee I was subjected to what I consider to be harassment, intimidation and vilification by the chief electoral commissioner. It is a matter that I raised before with this committee, or the previous committee, and it failed to respond or to properly act. It is my belief that the actions taken by the chief electoral commissioner constitute contempt of Parliament, and I would like that this committee give further consideration to the complaints that I forwarded to the committee on previous occasions with the view of having the matter properly dealt with by an appropriate authority. I will raise this later in my submission, particularly with respect to item 4 and in relation to the role of the Ombudsman and the electoral commission as it is the Ombudsman that I believe is the appropriate body to review such complaints. However, this committee has a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the parliamentary process, that the committee process is intact and that witnesses are not subjected to some form of harassment or intimidation as a result of evidence given that may be detrimental to or critical of the conduct of the election’s process.