Wednesday 20 September
Today, United Australia Party Senator Ralph Babet’s application against the Australian Electoral Commission was heard in the Federal Court.
He sought to challenge the AEC’s decision to accept a tick as a ‘Yes’, but to rule that a cross is informal on the upcoming voice referendum ballot papers.
Senator Babet says the decision by the Federal Court today to maintain ticks as valid ‘Yes’ votes, but crosses as informal votes on referendum ballot papers is disappointing.
“We brought this matter as an issue of fairness and to have tick or cross symbols given the same treatment in the ballot count,” Senator Babet said.
“We believe fairness means consistency when determining what constitutes a formal vote,” he said.
Senator Babet said he intends to exercise the right to appeal the decision within the prescribed seven days.