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Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide additional safeguards in relation to the marriage law survey, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 2

4............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

Part 2—Authorisation of marriage law survey matter                                    9

Division 1—Authorisation of marriage law survey matter                      9

Subdivision A—Authorisation of marriage law survey matter                      9

6............ Authorisation of marriage law survey matter...................................... 9

Subdivision B—Information-gathering powers                                                13

7............ Electoral Commissioner may obtain information and documents from persons       13

8............ Copies of documents......................................................................... 14

9............ Retention of documents..................................................................... 14

Division 2—Authorisation of marriage law survey matter during broadcasts 15

10.......... Authorisation of marriage law survey matter and records of matter broadcast         15

Part 3—Obligations on broadcasters                                                                        17

11.......... Obligations on broadcasters to give reasonable opportunities to broadcast opposing views    17

12.......... Allowable broadcasting of non-Program matter................................ 18

Part 4—Offences and civil penalty provisions                                                     20

13.......... Bribery.............................................................................................. 20

14.......... Threats.............................................................................................. 21

15.......... Vilification etc. as a result of expressing views etc. in relation to the marriage law survey question        21

16.......... Interference with marriage law survey response etc.......................... 22

17.......... Misleading matter etc. in relation to completing the marriage law survey 23

18.......... Officers not to influence marriage law survey responses.................. 24

Part 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        26

19.......... Application of the Regulatory Powers Act........................................ 26

20.......... Extended geographical application of sections 6, 15, 16 and 17........ 27

21.......... Injunctions........................................................................................ 28

22.......... Notice to Attorney-General in relation to injunction proceedings...... 32

23.......... Intervention by Attorney-General..................................................... 33

24.......... Evidence of authorisation of material................................................ 34

25.......... Administration of Act....................................................................... 34

26.......... Delegation by the Electoral Commissioner........................................ 34

27.......... Sunset provision............................................................................... 34

28.......... Rules................................................................................................. 34

 



A Bill for an Act to provide additional safeguards in relation to the marriage law survey, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: