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Australian High Court agrees to test-senate voting changes on MD's Birthday
"Court ruling opens way for those without ID to vote": In today's edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patrick Marley and Jason Stein have a front page article that begins, "A panel of three federal judges opened up the possibility Tuesday that Wisconsin voters who have great difficulty getting photo IDs could cast ballots without them."
In today's edition of The Wisconsin State Journal, Mark Sommerhauser and Molly Beck have a front page article headlined "Appeals court ruling could allow those who can't get IDs to vote anyway."
And The Associated Press reports that "Court sends part of Wisconsin voter ID case back to judge."
Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook issued yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel.
NY Election Boards Inundated With Calls From Voters “Pissed Off” About Registration Issues Gothamist (furzy)
The New South Wales Electoral Commission governing body is unfazed by a letter from lawyers acting for Senator Arthur Sinodinos, who feels the independent statutory committee unfairly implied he acted corruptly in a recent public statement.
The Liberal senator and former finance director of the party’s NSW division had his lawyers shoot off the letter soon after the commission announced it would not provide the state branch with $4.4 million in public funding. Such decisions are made by the three independent members of the commission: chair and former judge Keith Mason, former Queensland auditor-general Les Scanlan, and acting electoral commissioner Linda Franklin, who also independently leads the separate public service agency that supports their work.
Through his lawyers, Sinodinos claimed “erroneous commentary” in the media to the effect that he personally concealed illegal donations through corrupt and illegal actions was a “direct consequence” of the NSWEC’s statement explaining the decision, describing it as a “flawed publication”. Defiant NSW electoral commission rejects senator’s complaints
"Control of state courts becomes a top political battleground": The Associated Press has a reportthat begins, "Much attention is being paid to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, but equally partisan battles are being waged for control of state courts around the nation."
Following a report finding bullying and sexism at the City of Geelong, former PMC head Terry Moran will lead a commission of inquiry into the council.
The commission of inquiry into the governance arrangements and relationships at the City of Geelong will be headed up by one of the nation’s most experienced public servants.
Former secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Terry Moran has been given the task, it was revealed this week.
Geelong’s colourful mayor Darryn Lyons (pictured) says he’ll fully cooperate with the inquiry.
Moran, who was also previously secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, will be joined by former Brisbane City Council CEO Jude Munro and barrister Frances O’Brien, announced Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins. Their appointment will be from January 4 until March 2016, when they will report back to the state government.
The inquiry follows a report by former federal Sex Discrimination Comissioner Susan Halliday that stated there was a culture of bullying, favouritism and sexism at the council. An EY quantitative survey found around one-third of council employees had witnessed workplace bullying in the previous year Leak from Terry Moran report says Geelong council could be sacked
With the number of local councils in New South Wales being winnowed through amalgamations from 152 to 112, inevitably there will be fewer CEO jobs around.
The NSW government has continued its push to slash the number of local government areas, writing to council general managers last week seeking expressions of interest for the job of “interim” council general managers.
But some in the local government field are unhappy with how the government is going about the process — and even the fact that the state is directly involved in hiring staff normally chosen by councils themselves.
NSW seeking ‘interim’ bosses for merged local councils
There's an enormous economic return in making government communication — internally and externally — easier to read. And while documents drive government it can help agencies make better decisions. A 9900% rate of return? The value of plain English to government
How do you turn a $100 million cost blowout into a $10 million saving? If you're the NSW government, focus on the positives. The state government has been on a drive to slash $750 million in "red tape"; an ambitious target It claims to have exceeded comfortably Government won't detail 'red tape' savings