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Schedule 2—Amendments relating to a Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory

Schedule 2 Amendments relating to a Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory

Part 1 Amendments

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Paragraph 60(7A)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                             (b)  the reference in paragraph (2)(b) to “the Australian Electoral Officer for the State” were a reference to “the member of the staff of the Electoral Commission appointed under subsection (7B)”.

2  Subsection 60(7B)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (7B)  For the purposes of a redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory, the Electoral Commission must appoint, in writing, a member of the staff of the Electoral Commission to act as a member of the Redistribution Committee for that Territory.

3  Subsection 62(4)

Omit “the senior Divisional Returning Officer for the Territory shall preside”, substitute “the member of the Redistribution Committee appointed under subsection 60(7B) is to preside”.

4  At the end of subsection 64(1)

Add:

             ; and (c)  stating that the suggestions and comments may be (but are not required to be) lodged at an office specified in the notice.

5  Paragraph 64(3)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  in the case of a redistribution of the Australian Capital Territory—the office specified in the notice under subsection (1).

6  Paragraph 69(5)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  in the case of a redistribution of the Australian Capital Territory—the office specified in the notice under subsection 64(1).

7  Paragraph 76(16A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  subsection (2) were omitted and the following subsection substituted:

           “(2)  For the purposes of the redistribution, the Electoral Commissioner and a member of the staff of the Electoral Commission appointed under subsection 60(7B) are to be the Redistribution Commissioners for the Australian Capital Territory.”.

Part 2 Application and transitional provisions

8  Application and transitional provisions

(1)       The amendments made by this Schedule to Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 apply in relation to:

                     (a)  a redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory that commences on or after the commencement of this Schedule; and

                     (b)  a redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory that has commenced but has not been completed before the commencement of this Schedule (a pre-commencement redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory ).

(2)       The amendments made by this Schedule do not affect anything done before the commencement of this Schedule under Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to a pre-commencement redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory.

(3)       A person nominated under subsection 60(7B) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 on or after the commencement of this Schedule for a pre-commencement redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory becomes a member of the Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory at the time that the nomination is made.