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21    Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee—Reference —Implication of recent decisions by the Court of Disputed Returns

Senator Urquhart, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 651—That the following matter be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for inquiry and report by 6 February 2018:

The implications of recent decisions by the Court of Disputed Returns concerning section 44 of the Constitution on questions referred by the Parliament under section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 , with particular reference to:

               (a)       the decisions in connection with the disqualification of former Senators Bob Day and Rodney Culleton;

               (b)       a regime for disclosing information relating to aspects other than section 44(i), for which the Parliament has already provided;

                (c)       the form such a process might take and how it could be implemented; and

               (d)       any related matters.

Question put and passed.