Tasmanian Electoral Commission

Application no: 20/09/070

Date granted: 06/01/2021

Date of expiry: 06/01/24

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 13/01/2021

Exempt from the operation of sections 16 (m) and (n) and 20 under the Act.

Description

This exemption was granted to enable the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) to request and consider information pertaining to the following criteria in determining whether or not a person should be: employed or appointed as a member of staff with the TEC; appointed as a returning officer or election official under section 24 or 26 of the Electoral Act 2004 (Tas); or engaged as a contractor:

a) Current membership, or membership within the past 5 years, of any political party in any State or Territory or the Commonwealth.

b) A course of conduct within the past 5 years directed to supporting the aims of a political party or an independent candidate in a State, Territory or Federal election.

c) A person who has held the office of councillor for a Tasmanian local council within the past 5 years.

d) A course of conduct within the past 5 years directed towards supporting the political aims of a local councillor.

e) A person who has publicly engaged in conduct promoting a political position in respect of an issue currently before the electorate in the election for which that person is to be employed.

f) A person who is a member of a lobby group (not being a union or professional association) which promotes a political position in respect of an issue currently before the electorate in the election for which that person is to be employed.