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If Australians were required to produce ID to vote, if there was no more pre-polling as there wasn't for the first 90 years since federation before the AEC took over, if the AEC checked regularly and took dead people off our electoral rolls, there would be far less abuse. If all polling booths were linked electronically and people just went in and pressed a number to who they wanted to vote for, and then much of the cost of running federal elections would be reduced and the taxpayer would be saved the burden of approximately $40 million every three years, which could be money better spent. It should be really simple. You should just go in, show your ID, press the number for the candidates you want and walk out. Then at 6.10 on Election Day the result would be known, the distribution would be known and the whole thing would be transparent. The Commonwealth would save tens of millions of dollars. There would still be a need for an electronic audit program, the rights of candidates to audit, but Australia's integrity would be protected. The legacy of the ANZACs would be preserved and Australians wherever they lived would know that this country is fair dinkum about democracy. Thanks very much. Applause Clive Palmer at the National Press Club The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 239


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