Joyce pushes for parliamentary voting to be done remotely

New England MP Barnaby Joyce pushes for parliamentary voting to be done remotely

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DIGITAL THINKING: New England MP Barnaby Joyce is pushing for remote parliamentary voting to be implemented. Photo: Gareth Gardner 270720GGB09

DIGITAL THINKING: New England MP Barnaby Joyce is pushing for remote parliamentary voting to be implemented. Photo: Gareth Gardner 270720GGB09

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"Surely I can press yes or no on a keyboard from Tamworth."

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New England MP Barnaby Joyce has renewed his push for parliamentary voting to be done remotely.

As MPs from across the country gathered this week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began and others joined remotely, Mr Joyce said the pandemic was the perfect time to implement a remote parliamentary voting system.

"The issue that I think is really important is that we should go the full hog in making sure this parliament has capacity for people to effect their vote from outside of it," Mr Joyce told Parliament on Monday.

"If we believe in decentralisation then we believe in remote voting.

"If I can move millions of dollars, if I had it, from one account to another, surely I can press yes or no on a keyboard from Tamworth."

Mr Joyce first began the push for remote parliamentary voting in July, telling the Leader: "I think it is essential that if we are thinking about working offline, that every politician makes themselves accountable and presentable to the Australian people,"

At the time, Parkes MP Mark Coulton said it was vital the votes would be secure, if they were done remotely.

"If you were going to have a vote that was binding, we would need to make sure we had security as to who was doing the voting," Mr Coulton said last month.

"We are doing a lot of things online at the moment and it isn't impossible."

The story Joyce pushes for parliamentary voting to be done remotely first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.

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