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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Bill 2013


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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Bill 2012



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Special Minister of State

Summary

In response to certain recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters report The 2010 federal election: report on the conduct of the election and related matters, the bill amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: provide for further fixed periods of time to be provided to the augmented Electoral Commission to complete its inquiries into objections against proposed redistribution of electoral boundaries; and not require a silent voter to re-apply to be treated as a silent voter when changing address; Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: establish procedures to be taken when a ballot-box is opened prematurely; remove the requirement for an applicant for a pre-poll ordinary vote to complete and sign a certificate; provide that pre-poll voting offences will open on the fourth day after nominations close; and provide that applications for postal votes must be received on the Wednesday three days before polling day; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to allow the Australian Taxation Office to disclose protected information to the Electoral Commissioner.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 29/11/12  
Second reading moved 29/11/12  
Second reading debate 12/03/13  
Second reading agreed to 13/03/13  
Consideration in detail debate 13/03/13 Amendment details: 14 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 13/03/13  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 14/03/13  
Second reading moved 14/03/13  
Second reading debate 18/03/13  
Second reading agreed to 18/03/13  
Committee of the Whole debate 18/03/13  
Third reading agreed to 18/03/13  
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 18/03/13  
Assent 28/03/13 Act no.: 26 - Year: 2013
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet BM364]

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  • Non-Government
BISHOP, Bronwyn, MP

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Senate
  • Independent [sheet 7359]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 7360]
RYAN, Sen Scott

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (29/11/2012): Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; Committee report (27/02/2013)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )