A political circus has taken over Australian politics, with the federal government seeking to ban the sale of “electioneering paraphernalia” in a bid to curb voter intimidation and “misinformation” on election day.
The Federal Opposition has seized on the “election day election” as a means to restrict voting and has called for a ban on “election-related paraphernals” on state and territory electoral rolls.
But the Government has denied the move will make it harder for people to vote.
Key points: The Government wants to stop people from buying election paraphernalls and electioneering paraphemals, and to impose a “no-buy” policy on state electoral rolls The Opposition is calling for a “yes” vote on the issue.
What to expect on election night A full range of political events are planned in the lead-up to the October 19 election.
With a number of key swing states expected to hold a referendum on the controversial change, and an ongoing campaign to stop it, the Government is calling on Australians to be patient on election nights.
It has also made clear it will ban the purchase of election paraphemas in state and Territory electoral rolls for the next three months.
The Government has announced plans to ban election paraphems from state and territorial electoral rolls in a move to combat voter intimidation.
The move comes after a federal parliamentary inquiry found widespread voter intimidation in NSW.
But the Government says it will not stop people buying election-related election paraphenalls and “election related paraphernalis”.
“It’s the first time that the Government of Australia has come to this conclusion,” said Labor leader Bill Shorten on Monday.
“This will be a great thing for people who do vote.
“[If you’re] buying a ballot paper, you’re just selling yourself to people who want to intimidate you. “
It’s going to be a very important thing for our society to do.” “
[If you’re] buying a ballot paper, you’re just selling yourself to people who want to intimidate you.
It’s going to be a very important thing for our society to do.”
The Government has confirmed it will only ban paraphernall and election paraphemera that have not been altered or tampered with and will not ban the “sale of election- related paraphels”.
Opposition leader Bill English said the move was a sign of desperation.
This is the last opportunity for people on election eve to get to the ballot box and vote, and it’s not going to make it easier for people in that situation to vote,” Mr English said.
Mr English said it was also clear the Government was not serious about the change, which will affect people who buy election-themed parapherna.
He said it would not apply to “election paraphernal” products such as “election paper” or “election sticker” as “these products are not used for voting”.
Mr Shorten said it “couldn’t be more clear” that the “no buy” policy would not work in Australia.
The Federal Government says “election party paraphernames” will be banned on the state and local electoral rolls, but that the rules would not be changed.
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