Interviews

Transcript of interview with Steve Price & Andrew Bolt 2GB – Nights with Steve Price Thursday, 20 November 2014 8:20 pm E&OE SUBJECT: Options for electronic voting; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; interim report on electronic voting STEVE PRICE: Well a Joint Standing Committee on those matters has been meeting. We’ve been privileged enough to be joined by the Chairman of that committee, Federal Liberal Member for Casey, Tony Smith. How are you Tony? TONY SMITH: Good Steve. Hi Andrew. How are you? PRICE: Very well. So Tony we have this committee hearing because of all these kerfuffles and Clive Palmer going nuts and the senate election was just a disaster. And everyone was saying well the answer is obvious! Switch to electronic voting! No problem! You’ve looked at it and the conclusion is? SMITH: The conclusion is electronic voting is highly costly, and voting over the internet electronically…
Transcript of interview with Tom Elliott 3AW – Drive Thursday, 20 November 2014 3:35pm E&OE SUBJECT: Options for electronic voting; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; interim report on electronic voting TOM ELLIOTT: Tony Smith joins us now, he’s a federal MP—the member for Casey. He’s also Chair of the Electoral Matters Committee. Tony, good afternoon. TONY SMITH: G’day Tom, how are you? ELLIOTT: Good thank you. Now I know you look at things like electronic voting and so forth. First up, is electronic voting going to become a reality for voters any time soon? SMITH: I think most people have assumed so. I kind of did at the start of this inquiry; I hadn’t given it a lot of thought. But the evidence is the most convenient form—the form people most want—is people voting over the internet. ELLIOTT: Yes. SMITH: And at the moment, that is a highly risky,…
Transcript of interview with Lyndal Curtis ABC News 24 – Capital Hill Thursday, 20 November 2014 1:00pm E&OE SUBJECT: Options for electronic voting; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; interim report on electronic voting LYNDAL CURTIS: Welcome to the program, I’m Lyndal Curtis. We’ll hear from the Communications Minister a little later. And we’ll also look at the future for the Government’s disallowed financial advice laws. But first, to the just-released report on electronic voting at federal elections, and it looks like the piece of paper, the stubby pencil, the line at the ballot place, and with any luck, the accompanying cake stall and sausage sizzle will be with us for a while yet. The Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is Liberal MP Tony Smith, and he joins me now. Tony Smith, welcome to Capital Hill. TONY SMITH: Good to be with you Lyndal. CURTIS: Why…
Transcript of interview with David Speers Sky News – PM Agenda Thursday, 20 November 2014 4:35pm E&OE SUBJECT: Options for electronic voting; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; interim report on electronic voting DAVID SPEERS: Now, it seems that at every election we hear about some votes perhaps being lost in a certain polling booth, or a count that has to be recounted because it’s so close and coming up with a very different result from the first one. Many have suggested over the years that we should move towards electronic voting. It’s done in many other jurisdictions around the world. In fact, in the ACT election—the local election there—there was some electronic voting rolled out there. But today, the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters—which has been looking at all of this—has decided no; now’s not the right time to move towards electronic voting. The Chair of that Committee…
Transcript of interview with Peter van OnselenSky News – PVO News Hour Monday 27 October 20147:30pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Australian Electoral Commission Annual Report; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; electronic electoral rolls; voter identification PETER VAN ONSELEN: Great to have you on the show again. The report that was handed down… did anything surprise you in that? TONY SMITH: No—I had a good read of it. I think the acting head of the Electoral Commission deserves credit for acknowledging that the West Australian failure was the biggest failure in the AEC’s history and the report tells us that they are looking right through every aspect of the organisation to see where they can improve things. VAN ONSELEN: What are some of the options there? SMITH: Well, as you pointed out in your introduction, Peter, having an electronic electoral roll… so that when you walk into a polling booth and your…
Transcript of interview with Lyndal Curtis ABC 24 Capital Hill Thursday 31 July 20141:20pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Mr Clive Palmer MP; electronic voting; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; Senate voting reform LYNDAL CURTIS: Tony Smith, welcome to Capital Hill. TONY SMITH: Thanks Lyndal. CURTIS: As part of the hearings, Clive Palmer from the Palmer United Party was scheduled to appear. He didn’t. Would you like him to give some evidence before the Committee? SMITH: Well the history of this is important, Lyndal. We didn’t request Mr Palmer appear. He made a submission earlier on in the year and he gave a speech at the National Press club, but from our perspective there wasn’t anything new we needed to learn. Mr Palmer himself requested to appear. He was offered some dates at hearings in Sydney and in Adelaide and ultimately, confirmed that he wanted to appear. His office confirmed that in…
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