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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Page: 3814

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Mackellar) (18:18): The Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Maintaining Address) Bill 2011 results probably from the deliberations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. One of the things that was a condition of advising that automatic enrolment and automatic changing of addresses would be agreed to was that the lists the Australian Electoral Commission was able to draw on—and the discretion remains entirely the Electoral Commissioner's—should be subject to tabling and disallowance. This bill does not provide for tabling and disallowance, and I ask the minister why that decision was made.