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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Page: 6629

Mr GRAY (Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia) (4:41 PM) —I move:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The government has introduced the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (How-to-Vote Cards and Other Measures) Bill 2010 to improve authorisation requirements so that electors know on whose behalf a how-to-vote card is being distributed. The government thanks the Senate for passing this bill with amendments. The government accepts these amendments, including government amendments to refine the definition of how-to-vote cards to ensure that it captures only those materials which express two or more preferences and does not unintentionally include material which simply encourages an elector to simply vote 1 candidate Y or vote 1 party X and opposition amendments to increase the penalties for breaches of offences in the bill to 50 penalty units. I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.