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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009]


Type
Government
Originating house
Senate
Status
Not Proceeding
Portfolio
Special Minister of State

Summary

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1,000; require certain persons making gifts above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to the lesser amount of either the actual electoral expenditure or the amount awarded per vote where the four percent threshold is satisfied; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Progress of bill

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

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 15/05/08  
Second reading moved 15/05/08  
Second reading debate 11/03/09  
Second reading negatived 11/03/09  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Family First Party [sheet 5498]
FIELDING, Sen Steve

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  • Government [sheet QU413]

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (18/06/2008): Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
  • Committee report (10/11/2008)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees