Public Accounts Committee Report on 1990 Election Costs Report No.14
Tabled Paper 662
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Mike Reed
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CHAPTER4 SUMMARY OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Findings In general terms the Committee has made the following findings: A range of performance indicators confirm that the 1990 General Election was conducted cost effectively. The election was conducted within the $550,000 budget allocation . Substantial changes in the Territory's demography have impacted on mobile polling arrangements and other election strategies. There is a fmancial penalty if an election is conducted within a minimum time frame. There is some merit in having a team of Northern Territory residents trained to conduct mobile polling notwithstanding the fact that cost savings may be marginaL There are a number of potential enhancements to management of the election cycle. Recommendations The Committee recommends that 1. The Electoral Office prepare a strategy paper on the feasibility of developing a pool of local residents capable of conducting mobile polling. 2. The Government determine whether the Police Department's aircraft could be made available to mobile polling during future general elections. *3. The Government notes there are cost implications when elections are conducted within minimum time frames. * Note Dissenting Report, see p. 23 9
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