Importance of electoral processes in supporting democracy regionally

The importance of strengthening the electoral processes of Australia’s regional neighbours will be examined this week at a public hearing held by the Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT).

The Subcommittee will hear from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in relation to its inquiry into supporting democracy in our region. The Chair of the Subcommittee, Mr Josh Burns MP, said the Subcommittee ‘looks forward to hearing from International IDEA, an intergovernmental organisation that supports sustainable democracy around the world.

‘Electoral assistance is one element that the Subcommittee will focus on throughout this inquiry. The Subcommittee will use this opportunity to identify how best to support our neighbours in promoting strong electoral processes and, as a result, encouraging democratic participation.’

Submissions to this inquiry close on Friday 16 December 2022. Submissions should be lodged online using a My Parliament account. Further information in relation to the inquiry is available on the inquiry website.

Public hearing details

Date: Thursday, 1 December 2022

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra

The hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.

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