• The Online Direct Democracy PollyWeb will provide Australians with balanced and unbiased information on important issues, Bills and policies in Parliament

  • Australians vote on the Online Direct Democracy PollyWeb using a PC, tablet or smartphone, indicating how they want Online Direct Democracy MPs and Senators to vote – every Bill, every important issue, every time

  • Online Direct Democracy MPs and Senators then vote according to the direction of the online clear majority. 


Frequently Asked Questions

General

1. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY be proactive or reactive?

2. What are ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s objectives?

3. Does ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY have any policies?

4. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s view be representative of the nation’s view?

5. What about the elderly, people with disabilities or in rural areas?

6. How do I know the people will make the right decision?

7. Could a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP or Senator elected by one electorate vote against a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP or Senator elected by a different electorate?

8. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs or Senators vote against the majority view?

9. How can ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY ensure its MPs and Senators vote in accordance with the majority view?

10. Will I receive unnecessary emails or spam as a result of registering as a poll member?

11. Will the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY post-election Website be live when the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators sit for the first time in Parliament?

12. Overview of the Australian Government and how ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY would fit in?

13. Who will be the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Candidates?

14. Is Online Direct Democracy associated in any way with, or does it receive funding from any other political party, association or lobby group?

15. How practical is ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY?

How Does it work?

16. How would ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY work?

17. What kind of information will be provided on Bills?

18. Will my vote count and how will the majority view be determined?

19. How will I know when a new Bill is presented to Parliament?

20. How will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators vote between the time of the election and the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY post-election Website going live?

21. What input will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators have?

Voting

22. Who can vote on each Bill or issue?

23. Is voting free?

24. Is voting compulsory?

25. Once I vote can I change my vote?

26. Will I be able to vote against Bills in Parliament?

27. Will multiple voting occur?

28. What happens when changes occur in Bills; will people have sufficient time to consider these changes?

29. But some Bills need to be passed quickly?

Systems/party integrity

30. Is security a major issue?

31. How does the voting process ensure that ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s polls are bona fide?

32. Will the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY polls be audited?

33. Can a vote be stacked by an organised lobby group?

34. Can the party be hijacked by an organised group?

35. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s financial records be published and audited?

36. Who can gain financially from ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s success?

Membership

37. What types of membership does ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY have?

38. How can I become a foundation, ordinary or senior member?

Preferences

39. What is ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s preference policy?

40. What were ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s 2013 federal election preferences?


Answers

General

1. Will Online Direct Democracy be proactive or reactive?

The Party is proactive.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will promote and submit Bills to Parliament as they are supported by a clear majority of the public.

You will be able to cast a vote and influence Bills in Parliament directly through the Online Direct Democracy PollyWeb.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY PollyWeb will provide balanced information and the pros and cons on each Bill. You will have clear awareness of what is going on in Parliament, enabling you to engage and act.

In the future, you will be able to collaboratively create and vote on Bills with other members of the public using PollyWeb.

2. What are ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s objectives?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY aims to create a political system that better engages with the people

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s objectives are to offer Australians the opportunity to develop their own informed opinion on Bills being presented to Parliament and issues shaping our nation, and for those opinions to be clearly heard in government.

We believe this can be achieved by:

  • Engaging as many people as possible through the Internet

  • Giving Australians access to accurate information and balanced argument on each Bill before Parliament and on important issues facing our nation

  • Offering people the opportunity to vote on the Bills and important issues concerning them and their community

  • Tallying the votes and determining the clear majority voice which will then be the adopted voting stance taken for each Bill by ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators

  • Giving the majority voice a chance to be clearly heard in Parliament — not influenced by a vocal minority, party politics or backroom deals

  • Encouraging people to be increasingly engaged in our social and political issues;

  • Making our Australian political process more progressive

  • Actively encouraging government accountability when presenting amendments to existing legislation or proposing new legislation.

3. Does ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY have any policies?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY has one overriding policy and that is to represent in government the wishes of the clear majority view.

We are not a traditional political organisation with policies that are influenced by party politics, vocal minorities or “deals”. We are about putting the voice of the majority above special interest groups.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will submit Bills that are supported by the clear majority of their constituency.

We stand for giving the public a clear voice on each and every Bill and important issue, putting 'democratic' back in democracy and making the deliberations universally accessible. We believe in providing people with the opportunity to have their voice heard on every Bill and issue that is being debated in Parliament.

Equally importantly, we stand for the power of informed debate. By using the unmatched 'enabler' of information — the internet — we seek to prompt informed debate on the issues that are important to the majority of Australians.

Our policies will be determined by the clear majority view of Australians. In the future, you will be able to collaboratively develop and vote on Bills with other members of the public through PollyWeb.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is best described as a directional party, that will aid our government.

4. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s view be representative of the nation’s view?

Yes

Currently over 80% of Australians have access to the internet either at home or at work. The percentage is greater when those with access through their local library or educational institution are included. Australia also has one of the highest penetrations of smartphone users in the world. Given the portion of people with internet access, the resulting view of ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs, Senators and the party should be representative.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY further expects that the number of people with access to the internet will continue to grow.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will be more aligned to the population as a whole than minority or special interest groups.

5. What about the elderly, people with disabilities or in rural areas?

It will be more accessible than any other political system

You can access the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY PollyWeb (proof of concept voting system as at 21/4/2016)) through a computer, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, at home, work, in a library, school, university or through a trusted friend, family member, work colleague or carer. If internet access is difficult you can get help from a trusted person such as your mother, father, daughter, son or carer to help you submit your vote.

6. How do I know the people will make the right decision?

When we have the responsibility to make decisions, we realize we have an impact and are wiser in our decisions.

We have common goals. For example, we all want to live in a comfortable and safe environment. We do have innate common sense. With the right information, the majority of us will make decisions that move us towards our shared goals.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY requires a minimum number of people to vote on a Bill and a majority agreement before ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators cast their vote according to this vote by the people (see ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Constitution). This representative sample will reflect a much wider public opinion. When there is no clear majority ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY parliamentarians will abstain.

Parliament votes at least twice on each Bill. If ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY only has members in one house of parliament, MPs or Senators from other parties will be able to vote against the people’s vote in the other house. If ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY has members in both houses of parliament and the result of the first vote is unexpected, the people will be able to consider the Bill again and reconsider their vote this second time.

Bills generally take time to move through parliament. As technology allows information to travel instantly, you will have the information in ample time to study and consider it, listen to the debates and make an informed decision.

7. Could a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP or Senator elected by one electorate vote against a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP or Senator elected by a different electorate?

Yes.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is unlike other political parties, who expect all their MPs and Senators to share the same view, irrespective of which electorate they have been elected by.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s party view may differ between electorates as it respects that each MP and Senator is obliged to represent their electorate’s specific concerns. As such, different electorate ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators may vote differently but will require that a clear majority view be determined by the online poll in their electorate (see ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Constitution). In the event of votes being fewer than the minimum required, then that electorate’s ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP or Senator will vote in accordance with the National majority view (if there is one).

8. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs or Senators vote against the majority view?

No

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Senators are required under the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Constitution — and have undertaken in writing — to vote in accordance with the party’s view. The party has been set up to represent the clear public majority view. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will use online polls to ascertain if there is a clear public majority view.

9. How can ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY ensure its MPs and Senators vote in accordance with the majority view?

They are contractually obliged to do so.

Before being endorsed and nominated as a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY candidate for the Senate they will be asked to undertake in writing that they agree to be bound by the majority view — as determined by ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY — on Bills before the House of Representatives and Senate. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY asks that persons considering candidature for the party only accept nomination on this basis. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will do whatever it can to ensure that ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators honor their written undertaking.

10. Will I receive unnecessary emails or spam as a result of registering as a poll member?

No

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will not give an individual’s details to any other person or organisation. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will only contact a member when requested or if appropriate.

11. Will the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY post-election Website be live when the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators sit for the first time in Parliament?

We will have the post-election Website live to accept registration of voters by the first quarter of the year, and voting by the 1st July after a federal election.

Senators do not take up their seats until the 1st July after a federal election so it does not affect Senators. MPs may only have two to three sittings of Parliament between the time of the election and when the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY post-election Website becomes live.

12. Overview of the Australian Government and how ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY would fit in?

At the next federal election, on Election Day, all persons on Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll will be required to vote twice:

Once for the House of Representatives (the Lower House) and once for the Senate (the Upper House).

Australia is divided into 150 electoral divisions, each with between 20,000 and 90,000 voters. From each of these divisions voters elect a person (commonly referred to as their “local member”) to represent them in Parliament in the House of Representatives.

The Senate is made up of 76 Senators, 12 from each State and two from each territory.

All proposed changes to federal laws or proposed new laws are presented to Parliament and are referred to as a ‘Bill’. A Bill will generally be first passed by a majority of members in the House of Representatives, and if it is passed there it will next be presented to the Senate. If passed by a majority of Senators in the House of Representatives the Bill is enacted and the laws are changed.

This process enables ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators to clearly express the majority view on each Bill presented to Parliament.

13. Who will be the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Candidates?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is seeking people in each electorate and State that it would endorse as its House of Representatives and Senate candidates.

14. Is Online Direct Democracy associated in any way with, or does it receive funding from any other political party, association or lobby group?

No.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is independent and not associated in anyway with any other party or organisation.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is supported by an Executive Committee all of whom are not associated with any other party and has in excess of 500 foundation members.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s Constitution provides powerful protection to ensure the party remains independent.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators sign an undertaking that they have to vote in accordance with the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Constitution.

15. How practical is ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is a very practical way of representing the majority view in our government. It is not changing our system of government, instead its candidates are enhancing the process of government as they have committed in writing to vote in accordance with the majority view.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators operate like any other MP or Senator, Parliament resumes just as it did before. The difference occurs at the final vote on a Bill in each house: ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will vote in accordance with the clear majority vote the public have made through one of the easy-to-use and secure ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Website or App.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs, Senators and party will give Parliament better direction. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will submit Bills reflecting their campaign promises or their constituency’s interests but ensure they are supported by the clear majority. They will also work collaboratively to develop Bills with the public through the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY online channels and submit them to Parliament.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs, Senators and party will make sure the Australian people have clear and concise balanced information and the pros and cons and impact on society of Bills to facilitate an informed vote. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will give their own opinions on Bills, being completely accountable to the people.

The vast majority of the Australian public is intelligent. Balanced information and a large and clear majority public vote will result in better direction and decisions from our government. The Australian people will become more aware of what is going on in their government creating a stronger Australia.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY can add significantly to how our government operates.


How does it work?

16. How would ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY work?

Online Direct Democracy will create a comprehensive system that will provide balanced information and opinion to the public, before seeking their guidance on new policy content or on how to respond to policies and bills that are put before the parliament

The current website is a pre-election website that lays out how ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY would work if a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY candidate is elected. In simple terms, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY invites you to register on the post-election Website. After being allocated a user name and password, you will be able to cast a vote on each Bill in Parliament and on major issues presented on the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Website. On pertinent Bills and issues of interest to registered users, you will have access to accurate information and balanced argument, including the pros & cons, expert opinion and analysis, and a public forum. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will also provide guidance on Bills and their own, personal opinions.

Most importantly, only one vote will be allowed for each person registered on Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll. However, people will be able to change their vote before the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs or Senators vote in parliament.

When a clear majority view is apparent, this becomes the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP, Senator and party view which will be represented in Parliament, so enabling the voice of the majority to be heard over special interest groups.

17. What kind of information will be provided on Bills?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Website and App will provide clear and concise, balanced information, pros and cons, expert opinions and the potential impact on society of Bills.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will provide leadership and guidance to ensure people have the information they need for an informed vote and will also offer their own opinions on Bills.

For example, there is available the publication called Bills Digest, produced by the federal library on every Bill and providing background information, a summary of provisions, and commentary on the reaction of various groups. This is the type of information, together with expert opinions and public forums  that will be available on the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Website.

18. Will my vote count and how will the majority view be determined?

Every vote will count. Where there is a clear majority view, which is determined when:

a) 100,000 votes have been cast; and
b) there is a 70% majority view.

this will become ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MP, Senator and party view.

In the event of votes being fewer than 100,000 or the majority not reaching 70%, a clear majority view may be able to be agreed on by ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs, Senators and the party. Otherwise the party’s decision will be to abstain from voting.

Under no circumstances can or will the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY party view be that of a minority of the online poll.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators commit in writing to vote in accordance with the clear majority public view.

19. How will I know when a new Bill is presented to Parliament?

At registration time poll members will be asked to indicate which Bills or issues they would like to be notified about. A poll member may receive emailed notice on every Bill before Parliament, and all issues on the website — or just those of interest to that member.

20. How will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators vote between the time of the election and the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY post-election Website going live?

During these sittings, if a Bill is submitted which ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY can determine that a decision would likely be supported by a clear majority of the population, then the MP or Senator may vote on the Bill otherwise they will abstain.

21. What input will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators have?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will have a commitment to represent the majority view. In addition they will:

  • Have their views on each Bill or issue posted on the website
  • Submit Bills approved by the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Executive, to ensure they are supported by the clear majority of their constituency
  • Contribute, as an ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Executive, in deciding if a clear majority view can be determined where a poll does not present a clear majority view, i.e. not more than 70% of the vote or fewer than 100,000 votes
  • Be encouraged to be on working committees and make recommendations. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs and Senators will be transparent to the public by keeping an online diary of Parliamentary happenings and MPs’ and Senators’ thoughts


Voting

22. Who can vote on each Bill or issue?

Everyone on the Electoral Roll

Every person recorded on Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll will be entitled to join ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY as a ‘poll member’ — free. Every poll member has one vote on each Bill or issue. To participate in ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s voting process, the poll member will need to have access to the Internet.

23. Is voting free?

Yes.

24. Is voting compulsory?

No.

25. Once I vote can I change my vote?

Yes (post being elected), at any time before voting on a Bill or issue closes.

26. Will I be able to vote against Bills in Parliament?

Yes you will be able to vote against or for a Bill, as well as ‘abstain’ from a vote. 

27. Will multiple voting occur?

No but you are able to change your vote if you wish

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY can ensure that only one vote per person registered on Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll occurs. The online voting procedure is actually more secure than government elections in which, theoretically, an individual could vote more than once.

As a registered political party, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY has access to Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll. When voting as a ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY poll member, each person has one vote per Bill or issue. Once a person has voted, they will be ‘marked off’ the electoral roll and will not be able to vote on that particular Bill or issue a second time. They can change their vote but this will not count as an additional vote, it simply supersedes the original.

28. What happens when changes occur in Bills; will people have sufficient time to consider these changes?

The two houses (the House of Representatives and the Senate) must agree to a Bill in identical terms before it is passed. Normally, a Bill is first submitted in the House of Representatives, and once passed, the sitting is automatically adjourned to the following period of sitting before being presented to the Senate. There are three readings of the Bill in each house, the Bill becoming public shortly before the first reading. In the vast majority of times, there will be large amounts of time for the public to consider a Bill.

One of the great benefits of the internet is the speed in which information can be passed.

The ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Website will be able to update these changes immediately, and everyone who is interested in this Bill or has voted on this Bill will receive an email update, asking if they would like to change their vote. Replies will be instantly updated to the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Website.

29. But some Bills need to be passed quickly?

If a Bill is of such National importance that it needs be passed quickly, the government, with the support of the Opposition, will have no problems in passing such Bills. However, there are very few Bills that are truly urgent and need be passed without lengthy consideration.


Systems/party integrity

30. Is security a major issue?

Website security is paramount.

The confidentiality of an individual’s details, together with the integrity of the voting process and its results, are critically important.

All information entered by the user and the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY server will be encrypted. All ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY servers will employ best practice security protocols and tools and operate under best practice security conditions.

31. How does the voting process ensure that ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s polls are bona fide?

The process will have similar security to online bank accounts and registration will be similar to getting a Tax File Number.

The validity of a poll member’s identity and the integrity of online voting are paramount to the party.

To help ensure a bona fide process, anyone applying to be a poll member will be required to register on ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s Website.

The poll member registration process will include but will not be limited to:

Confirming personal details, including date of birth, home address and middle names, against Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll;
There will be further verification of a person’s bona fides. This may be an automated process likely to be similar to the PayPal verification process where the applicant will nominate a bank account in their name. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY would deposit two amounts between 10 cents and $1.00. The applicant would need to confirm these amounts back to ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY or similar to the ATOs verification process and installing a unique token on your device;
Once a person’s bona fides are established they are issued a user name and password which the poll member must use when voting. If the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY system detects any irregularities or the account becomes inactive for an extended period of time additional security questions will be asked when logging in.
We are also looking at two-factor authentication such as ‘passwindow‘.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will investigate occurrences of common information (for example, email contacts, bank accounts, and computer links) but where poll members register under differing addresses. When an application for poll membership is received and the identity already belongs to an existing member, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will investigate.

With these procedures in place, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is confident that, for each Bill or issue, there will be one vote per person registered on Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Further, the greater the number of people joining ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY the less is the likelihood of someone fraudulently registering.

Under the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY voting method there is arguably less opportunity for fraudulent voting than with voting at traditional polling booths, where the identity of the voter is not verified, so there is little to stop those who wish to “vote early and vote often”.

32. Will the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY polls be audited?

Yes

It is critical that the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY polls on Bills are beyond reproach. That is why these polls will either be open to audit or conducted by one of the major accounting firms.

33. Can a vote be stacked by an organised lobby group?

No

The integrity of the polls is fundamental to ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY. We are taking steps to ensure that it would be difficult for an organised group to hijack a poll.

The ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Executive will be vigilant in monitoring the effect that significant, biased and inaccurate campaigns run by organised groups might have on ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s online polling. The ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY IT system will continually monitor and undertake computer analysis of the voting during the voting period; for example it will monitor the unique addresses of computers and devices for irregularities. If any unusual activity or voting patterns surrounding a vote are reported ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY will investigate it.

Bills not of national significance may poll fewer than the minimum 100,000 votes the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Constitution requires to determine a party majority view. When less than 100,000 votes are polled, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MPs, Senators and Executive will determine if a clear majority view is reached.

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY expects that issues of national significance will result in large numbers of votes, especially given the extensive access to the internet, and because it will be easy to register as a poll member and vote. With a 70% threshold for a majority vote and polling numbers beyond 100,000, it will be difficult for an organised group to change a vote’s outcome.

Lastly, to become law, Bills need to be passed by a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives has 150 members and the Senate has 76 members.

34. Can the party be hijacked by an organised group?

No

It is important that over the next few elections the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY objectives and founders stay in place. The Constitution provides powerful protection to ensure that the party objectives and Executive remain stable until we are elected, and for the first few terms after that.

For instance, the Constitution provides that members found to be part of a party stacking exercise may be expelled from the party.

In addition, ordinary member applicants will be required to provide a statutory declaration setting out their current or former association with any relevant organised groups.

35. Will ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s financial records be published and audited?

Once ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY has one of its Members of Parliament or Senators elected then ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s annual financial accounts will be audited and the results published on its website. ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY provides the Australian Electoral Commission with an annual Political Party Disclosure Return.

36. Who can gain financially from ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s success?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is and will remain a not-for-profit organisation. Any revenue generated from the website or other sources will be used primarily to pay for independent research on Bills and issues. Revenue will also be used to pay for party administration costs.

Currently, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY executives are not remunerated.

Depending on their time commitments, remuneration may be paid to executives in the future. If remuneration is paid to executives, it will be:

Limited to the pro-rata equivalent of a federal member of Parliament or Senator’s remuneration;
Approved unanimously by the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Executive;
Disclosed in the annual audited accounts.

Membership

37. What types of membership does ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY have?

Poll members, Foundation members, ordinary members and Senior members.

There are primarily two types of members.

The first is a poll member. All persons registered on Australia’s Commonwealth Electoral Roll are eligible to apply for ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY poll membership and can vote on all or any Bills and issues. There are no membership fees in being a poll member.

The second type of membership has three categories. They are the foundation, ordinary and senior memberships. These members can vote at ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY party meetings. Voting will occur mainly when changes to the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Constitution are mooted or when there is a change on the ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY Executive. These members can not be members of any other political party.

38. How can I become a foundation, ordinary or senior member?

Foundation membership is now closed.

Senior membership is granted to ordinary members who remain full financial members for ten years. Anyone interested in joining as an ordinary member, can apply via the website.

Preferences

39. What is ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s 2016 federal election preference policy?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is non-partisan and as such will NOT preference any party. You will determine your own preferences for both the Senate and House of Representatives ballot papers. 

Under the Senate voting amendments, parties are no longer required (or able) to allocate preferences in the Senate. You should number above the line at least six parties in your order of preference or 12 individuals below the line.

For the House of Representatives, ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY candidates may provide their own 'how to vote cards' which may contain their suggested preference. Any suggestion is their individual recommendation and not that of the party. You will determine the preference the House of Representatives candidates by numbering the candidates on the ballot paper.

 

40. What were ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY’s 2013 federal election preferences?

ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY is non-partisan. However, under the Federal system in 2013 we were required to give each party a preference, otherwise we do not qualify to get an 'above-the-line status' on the Senate ballot paper. For the Senate ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY allocated its preferences for each State determined by how other parties preference ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY.

For any minor parties or independents to have any chance — the minor parties were required to preference the majors (including the Greens) last. With regards to the major parties we tried to balance them between the major parties & allocated preferences as follows:

NSW – Labor before Liberal before Green
VIC – Green before Labor before Liberal
QLD – Liberal before Green before Labor
TAS – Green before Labor before Liberal
At the last election we honored all arrangements.