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Crikey-ICTV’s file on inadequate advice at remote polling booths spurred the remark it be clear it ‘wasn’t planned thru a cultural lens’.
An Indigenous senator has called the timing of referendum polling within the route of college holidays a “gigantic wasted opportunity” as the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) comes below hearth for its lacklustre advertising of remote polling booths.
Greens First Nations spokeswoman and Yamatji Noongar woman Dorinda Cox advised Crikey any other folks she’d spoken to in remote Western Australian communities had said they weren’t aware remote polling was happening.
“There wasn’t ample look, nor advertising and signage, and other folks simply didn’t know polling booths have been launch locally. I had other folks asking me and others in city how and where to vote,” Cox said. “After they did hear note on the grapevine, they struggled to search out the locations of booths, so it’s clear advertising wasn’t targeted at the communities thru the appropriate channels.
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Poltics About the Authors
Politics Reporter @antonknilsson
Anton Nilsson is Crikey’s federal political reporter. He beforehand covered NSW Parliament for NCA NewsWire, and sooner than that, worked for Sweden’s Expressen newspaper as well as other publications in Sweden, Australia and the United States.
NT correspondent @juliabergin1
Julia Bergin is Crikey’s Northern Territory correspondent based in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Sooner than this she reported on science.