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A large number of ballot papers lost in Western Australia could see the result of today's senate race immediately challenged in the High Court. This morning the AEC's commissioner Ed Killesteyn fronted the press for the first time to apologise for the failure, which could even see voters sent back to the polls, as Matt O'Neil reports.
‘This is 1.4 million ballots, bearing in mind that these are the largest senate ballot papers that they’ve ever had in WA.’ Clive Palmer says that corruption is at play, however Mr Killestyn defended his organisation saying that he had ‘absolute confidence’ in the integrity of his AEC officers.
"I have recommended to our party that Julian Assange contest the WA Senate election as our lead candidate," WikiLeaks Party spokesman Gerry Georgatos said in a statement.
Corruption? Perhaps. But I believe a minor party candidate got up in the senate vote..Shooters and Recreation party or something like that. It's not like one of the two majors benefited from 1,400 lost ballot papers.
And lets be honest, this sort of thing does not happen on a regular basis. It is rare for something like this to happen in Australia. To yell and scream it's corruption is ridiculous. Call for an investigation into what happened, and how to prevent it from happening again, sure. But to call it corruption straight up is nonsense, and Clive Palmer is only looking to score political points and muddy the waters for his opponents who will be around in politics probably a lot longer then he or his party will.