Just Say Yes or No SIR: The Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killesteyn (Letters, September 2011) has responded to my article “The Electoral Commission’s Referendum Lottery” in Quadrant (June 2011) by quoting from a judgment in the Federal Court in Benwell v Gray, Electoral Commissioner. The applicant in this case claimed that the Scrutineers Handbook issued by the Electoral Commission to officials conducting the ballot for the 1999 referendum on the republic was not in accordance with the requirements of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984. As the matter only came before the Court on November 3, 1999, and the judgment was…
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