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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) . . Page.. 1182 ..

corresponding number for 2015-16 was 18.6. Applying the arithmetic method to those figures across the period, it indicates a decline a little over 10.1 per cent.

I apologise to members for the error. I fear I may have used that figure elsewhere and it may have been in this place, so I put this on the record as a correction for those errors if I have made other errors. For the purpose of the minister’s answer to the question taken on notice, I have clarified the matter with a further question on notice, which I submitted today.

2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act—Select Committee

Report—government response

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (3.30): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act—Select Committee—Report—Inquiry into the 2016 ACT Election and the Electoral Act—Government response.

This paper was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

I am pleased to table the government’s response to the report of the Select Committee on the 2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act following its inquiry into the 2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act. The government is committed to maintaining and improving the act’s fair, transparent and robust electoral framework. Successive reforms to the Electoral Act made by the government, and continued administrative improvements made by the ACT Electoral Commission to the conduct of elections, have strengthened political participation and democracy in the ACT.

We also have mature processes for oversight and scrutiny of elections, both through the independent examinations of the Auditor-General and through the tripartisan inquiry of the select committee in this place. Our electoral system is one the ACT community should be very proud of. The inquiry report makes clear that we enjoy high levels of transparency and fairness as candidates and parties contest elections. Taken together, the inquiry report, the Electoral Commission’s report, and the ACT Auditor-General’s report show that reforms undertaken during the Eighth Assembly have largely achieved their purpose. But there is always more to be done to accommodate new generations of voters, to utilise new technological advances, and to build on the evidence from other jurisdictions about ways to improve the electoral system.

The government views the select committee’s report and its recommendations as an opportunity to once again review and improve our electoral framework. I thank the select committee for its considered report and for its recommendations.

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