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2015 ATA election

The ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, has formally declared that the winners of the 2015 ATA election are:

Single truck (owner driver) representative: Frank Black (Arcidiaco) [PDF, 36KB]

Small fleet (2-5 trucks) representative: Leigh Smart [PDF, 36KB]

Nominations and voter registrations for the election closed on Tuesday 10 February 2015. Only one candidate nominated in each category. As a result, it was not necessary to send out ballot papers: the candidates were declared elected unopposed in accordance with section 9(j) of the ATA election regulations.

 

Background information

What was the election about?

The ATA’s policy direction is set by its General Council, which includes two representatives elected by owner-drivers and small fleet operators. These members hold office for two years. Frank Black and Leigh Smart will hold office for two years.

What do the positions involve?

The owner-driver and small fleet members are entitled to attend and vote at ATA Council meetings, which are held about four times a year, generally in Canberra. Each meeting lasts a full day. The ATA meets their agreed accommodation and travel expenses for Council business. The members can also join in the work of the ATA’s policy committees, which meet by teleconference.

What were the rules for registering as a voter?

Voter registrations opened on 13 January 2015 and closed on 10 February 2015. To register to vote in the election, you needed to be:

  • a person (including directors and/or shareholders of a company and trustees and beneficiaries of a trust) who owns, is purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes; and
  • on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

Voters did not have to be a member of an ATA member organisation. Registering to vote was free.

What were the rules for nominating for one of the positions?

Nominations opened on 13 January 2015 and closed on 10 February 2015. To nominate for the category one (owner driver) position, you needed to be:

  • a person (including directors and/or shareholders of a company and trustees and beneficiaries of a trust) who owns, is purchasing or leasing one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drives it;
  • registered as a voter for the election; and
  • a member of an ATA member organisation.

To nominate for the category two (small fleet) position, you needed to be:

  • a person (including directors and/or shareholders of a company and trustees and beneficiaries of a trust) who owns, is purchasing or leasing 2-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes;
  • registered as a voter for the election; and
  • a member of an ATA member organisation.

You could only nominate for one position. The nomination fee was $75 (including GST).

How was the election conducted?

The ACT Electoral Commission conducted the election on the ATA’s behalf.

What was the election timetable?

Nominations and voter registration opened

13/01/15

Nominations and voter registration closed (close of business)

10/02/15

Declaration of result because no election was necessary

13/02/15

Result posted on ATA website

13/02/15

Successful candidates take office

19/03/15

Is more information about the election rules available?

ATA Election Regulations

ATA agreement with Elections ACT to conduct the election