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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Bill 2012


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

Summary

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: remove the prescription relating to how postal votes are processed and facilitate technological developments over time; and make technical amendments; and Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: increase to $1000 and $2000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate; increase to 100 the number of electors required to nominate an unendorsed candidate; and require unendorsed Senate candidates, who have made a request to be grouped, to each be nominated by 100 unique electors.

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 27/06/12  
Second reading moved 27/06/12  
Second reading debate 22/08/12  
Second reading debate 23/08/12  
Second reading agreed to 23/08/12  
Consideration in detail debate 23/08/12 Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 23/08/12  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 10/09/12  
Second reading moved 10/09/12  
Second reading debate 07/02/13  
Second reading debate 25/02/13  
Second reading agreed to 25/02/13  
Committee of the Whole debate 25/02/13  
Third reading agreed to 25/02/13  
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 25/02/13  
Assent 27/03/13 Act no.: 19 of 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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  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet AL228]

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 7274 revised]
RHIANNON, Sen Lee

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  • Democratic Labor Party [sheet 7281]
MADIGAN, Sen John

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  • Independent [sheet 7344]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (28/06/2012): Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; Committee report (16/08/2012)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )