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Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]

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2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]

 

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 3, page 4 (line 17), after “who”, insert “is a natural person who”

[one vote - one value]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 10 (line 13), at the end of subsection 141K(3) add “; except that if the regulations provide for a fee for the conduct of a ballot, the quantum of the fee is limited to not more than 20% of the cost of conducting the ballot”.

[limit on Electoral Commission fees for ballots]

(3)     Schedule 2, item 3, page 13 (after line 9), at the end of section 334A, add:

             (3)  Regardless of when a general election is held, subsection (1) applies during any period between the issuing of the writs and polling day.

[bipartisan advertising during caretaker period]

(4)     Schedule 3, item 1, page 14 (lines 5 to 7), omit the item, substitute:

1  Subsection 287(1) (definition of gift )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

gift means any disposition of property made by a person to another person, otherwise than by will, being a disposition made without consideration in money or money’s worth or with inadequate consideration, including payments made at fundraising and like events, and includes but is not limited to:

                     (a)  the provision of a service (other than volunteer labour) for no consideration or for inadequate consideration;

                     (b)  payment of union affiliation fees or similar payments, whether of a formal membership or affiliation or not;

                     (c)  payments for sponsorship, access or fundraising or like events;

but does not include:

                     (d)  a payment under Division 3; or

                     (e)  payment of an annual subscription paid to a political party, to a State or Territory branch of a political party or to a division of a State or Territory branch of a political party by a person in respect of the person’s membership of the party, branch or division.

[definition of gift]

(5)     Schedule 3, item 15, page 16 (line 7), after “$100,000”, insert “as a single gift or an aggregate of multiple gifts”.

[maximum limit of donations]

(6)     Schedule 3, item 15, page 16 (line 13) after “candidate”, insert “or candidates for the same registered political party”.

[maximum limit of donations]