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Clive Palmer addresses the National Press Club To get a proper understanding of voting in Australia we need to start with the pre-polling. Pre-polling starts up to 14 days prior to the election date and votes are not counted until after the election is known. At the last election, I think there were over 20 per cent more pre-polling votes counted. Pre-polling votes can change the result made at an election. And this is a matter of great concern. To have a valid voting process all pre-poll votes need to be counted if not announced on the day they are cast, with scrutineers checking the votes on that day. At the present time, pre-polling votes are just put in a box, left in a rented room and left overnight in rented premises, unguarded. The owner of the building, or others with a key, can enter and have the opportunity of interfering with ballot boxes and that just shouldn't happen. One of the important things about the constitution, it talks about an election. And the idea of an election is that it takes place on one day so it can be properly scrutinised under the one political circumstance where Australians can make a judgment. That's not what happened in 2013. It's not what's happened in Australia for over 30 years. Leaving them unguarded in the night and the lack of security is of great concern - whether or not the AEC is doing it or someone else - or removing them as was done in Western Australia. We saw in the first count in Western Australia that there were 1370 ballots cast about two metres long, that they were there and obviously Uri Geller was a scrutineer, because they disappeared. Laughter You know. And then they had an investigation. Now it's not too difficult to know that if something's there, then it's not there, that it's gone. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 237


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