Let us opt out of a postal vote and subsequently vote in the plebiscite online
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The government is exercising its ability to circumvent parliament and hold a non-binding postal plebiscite through the mechanisms of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This will be a costly process which will under-represent the opinions of the young, the poor, the mentally ill, First Nations and other disenfranchised minorities in this country. A much less costly way to run this non-binding plebiscite/statistical information survey would be to allow people to opt out of postal vote and vote through an online function -- perhaps a smart device app or a web based option such as the my.gov.au website -- requiring only those who wish to vote through the post with the default option of a postal vote. These functions are sure to cost significantly less than the currently estimated $122 million which this non-binding postal plebiscite/survey will cost, as evidenced in the government's reasoning behind moving much of these services exclusively online, while greatly enhancing participation in the vote/survey.
We therefore ask the House to direct the Australian Bureau of Statistics to implement online functions with which to opt out of receiving a postal vote and allowing them to have their vote counted online. These online functions should mirror existing online functions provided by the government, including an online portal like the current my.gov.au website and smart device apps like those currently available for online government services for Centrelink Students, Job Seekers etc.
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