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Electoral Legislation Amendment (Contingency Measures) Bill 2021


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Special Minister of State

Summary

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: implement certain recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters' Report of the inquiry on the future conduct of elections operating during times of emergency situations by enabling the Electoral Commissioner to make limited operational modifications by legislative instrument where an emergency declaration has been issued under a Commonwealth law and moving the existing power to adjourn or suspend polling at a polling place or pre-poll voting office from local polling booth presiding officers to the Electoral Commissioner; delay the commencement of the scrutiny for a House of Representatives election for a Division where polling has been adjourned or temporarily suspended; prevent scrutineers and Australian Electoral Commission officers from disclosing the results of a Senate election in a Division where polling has been adjourned; and make minor amendments in relation to the cut-off date for postal vote applications and the format of postal vote certificates.

Progress of bill

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

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28/10/21  
Second reading moved 28/10/21  
Second reading debate 01/12/21  
Second reading agreed to 01/12/21  
Consideration in detail debate 01/12/21 Amendment details: 1 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 01/12/21  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 02/12/21  
Second reading moved 02/12/21  
Second reading debate 02/12/21  
Second reading agreed to 02/12/21  
Third reading agreed to 02/12/21  
     
Finally passed both Houses 02/12/21  
Assent 13/12/21 Act no: 136 - Year: 2021
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [SW141]

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (01/12/2021): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 1 of 2022
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)