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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Protecting Elector Participation) Bill 2012

Originating house
House of Representatives
Special Minister of State


Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: allow the Electoral Commissioner to directly enrol a person if the Electoral Commissioner is satisfied that the person has met certain criteria; require the person to be notified of the Electoral Commissioner’s intention to enrol them and give the elector the opportunity to object to the enrolment; allow the Electoral Commissioner to admit certain declaration votes to further scrutiny; allow the Electoral Commissioner to enrol certain persons who have cast declaration votes and who have been removed from the roll; and make technical amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15/02/12  
Second reading moved 15/02/12  
Second reading debate 20/03/12  
Second reading debate 21/03/12  
Second reading agreed to 21/03/12  
Third reading agreed to 21/03/12  
Introduced and read a first time 22/03/12  
Second reading moved 22/03/12  
Second reading debate 20/06/12  
Second reading debate 21/06/12  
Second reading agreed to 21/06/12  
Third reading agreed to 21/06/12  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 21/06/12  
Assent 24/07/12 Act no.: 111 - Year: 2012

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (16/02/2012): Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; Committee report (19/03/2012)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( )