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O’Connor playing politics

By |2019-02-20T09:03:06+00:00Tuesday, 19 February 2019|

Cassy O’Connor’s demands that electoral reform is rammed through the Parliament without full consideration of the recent High Court decision shows it’s all about politics for the Greens.

For the Greens to argue against giving the public and stakeholders eight weeks to consider a highly relevant finding of the High Court is bizarre, especially considering that the submission Ms O’Connor herself released yesterday proposes caps and bans on certain types of donations.

Her rhetoric is in stark contrast to the Greens’ position that the Government should completely abandon legislation to protect businesses from intentional disruption due to a High Court judgment. In this instance, we took more than 12 months to examine the High Court decision and draft legislation is still out for public consultation. Now they don’t want stakeholders to have eight weeks to consider a High Court judgment before legislating.

More embarrassing for Ms O’Connor is the fact she has admitted she has not yet fully considered the High Court decision.

It is clear that the Greens will attempt to rush through amendments in Parliament to support their own views, without paying any attention to either the (directly relevant) High Court decision, ongoing High Court cases, or the review process, and those who have made submissions to it.

The Government has committed to introducing the first Bill to remove the election day media coverage ban and other straightforward technical amendments to improve the operation of electoral laws when Parliament resumes, and to finalise a report on all aspects of electoral reform this year.

This reform deserves proper process and we are committed to getting it right. The next state election is not for another three years and it is critical that any reform is properly and publicly consulted, legally sound, and fair to all groups and individuals.

There is now an Addendum to the Interim Report to assist the public and stakeholders on the issues arising from the High Court decision, to enable them to have their say.

For details on how to provide a submission or further submission, visit www.justice.tas.gov.au.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General

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