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Thursday, 24 June 2010
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Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support and Parliamentary Secretary for Water) (6:54 PM) —I move:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2010 has returned. The government supports this bill, as it will improve the integrity of the Commonwealth Electoral Act and allow increased electoral participation by ordinary Australians. The government thanks the Senate for its consideration of this bill and agrees with the amendments made by the Senate. These amendments will remove the requirement that postal vote applications be returned directly to the Australian Electoral Commission and removes the prohibition on material being attached to postal vote applications. The government accepts these amendments in order that the remaining provisions of the bill be accepted and implemented before this year’s election.

I commend the bill to the House.