Posted: 11:42 am on 8th July 2013

Wastewatch is devoted to informing you about how your tax dollars are being wasted by government every day. And while the ongoing narrative is frustrating and aggravating, every now and then we get a glimmer of hope that it is actually possible to cut down on waste and reduce the burden of government.

Today Wastewatch has some good news for taxpayers. The Australian Electoral Commission has announced they will not be running the National Tally Room in Canberra at this year’s federal election, which will save taxpayers $1.2 million.

Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn stated:

‘A number of television broadcasters have traditionally anchored their election night broadcasts from the NTR.   I have confirmation that none of the television networks intend to host their 2013 election coverage from the NTR.   Notably this includes the ABC.’

The ABC was the last broadcaster to confirm they no longer intended to use the outdated, manual tally room to broadcast the federal election results.

With the pace of technological change the National Tally Room has become an obsolete. Broadcasters already provide on-line election results on the night, with continuous updates.

As the Australian reports, the AEC will continue to provide on-line election results.

The Seven Network is understood to be planning to go to air from Sydney’s Martin Place, with Nine said to be considering broadcasting from a Sydney studio on election night.

The AEC had proposed ditching the NTR in 2007 to save money, as online technology rendered the manually operated tally board an anachronism.

The next logical step would be to terminate use of the National Tally Room for good.

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