Why are democratic accountability mechanisms like parliamentary processes and the general election out of scope?
The Terms of Reference appropriately restrict the Royal Commission from examining matters that come within the purview of Parliament.
The resilience of the electoral system, including conducting an election in a pandemic or other emergency, is included in the Terms of Reference for the Independent Electoral Law Review. Specifically, the Terms of Reference for that Review include the resilience of the electoral system, including flexibility to use emergency powers to conduct an election.
The Independent Electoral Law Review is also required to consider recommendations from the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.
The Report of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee into the 2020 General Election recommended the legislative framework be reviewed to ensure to ensure that there is adequate resilience to emergencies.
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