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Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011
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1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Carbon Tax Plebiscite » Act 2011 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Definitions

                   In this Act:

                   electors means all persons validly enrolled to vote under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 on the date of the « plebiscite » provided for by this Act.

                   Minister means the Minister responsible for the administration of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 .

4   Object of Act

                   The object of this Act is to enable the views of electors on a carbon tax to be determined by national « plebiscite » .

5   National « plebiscite » to be held

                   The Minister must cause the question specified in section 6 to be submitted to electors at a national « plebiscite » but not later than the last Saturday in November 2011.

6   Question to be submitted to electors

                   The question to be submitted to electors in accordance with section 5 is “Do you support the Government’s plan to introduce a price on carbon to deal with climate change?”.

7   Results of « plebiscite »

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner must provide the Minister with a statement setting out the results of the « plebiscite » as soon as practicable after the « plebiscite » is held.

             (2)  The Minister must cause a copy of the statement to be laid before each House of the Parliament as soon as practicable.

8   Application of Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984

                   The Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 applies to the submission of the question specified in section 6 and the scrutiny of the result of the « plebiscite with such modifications as are necessary to allow the submission of the question and scrutiny of the result on the same basis as a referendum under that Act.

9   Regulations

                   The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.