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Succession to the Crown Bill 2015

2013-2014-2015

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Succession to the Crown Bill 2015

 

No.      , 2015

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to change the law relating to royal succession and royal marriages, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              2

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 2

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Object of this Act................................................................................ 3

4............ Relationship with Sovereign not affected............................................ 3

5............ Definition of Crown ............................................................................ 3

Part 2—Succession to the Crown not to depend on gender                          4

6............ Succession to the Crown not to depend on gender.............................. 4

Part 3—Marriage and succession to the Crown                                                  5

7............ Removal of disqualification arising from marriage to a Roman Catholic  5

8............ Disqualification arising from marriage................................................ 5

9............ Amendments and repeal relating to marriage and succession to the Crown              5

Part 4—Other modifications of parts of the law of the Commonwealth, States and Territories                6

10.......... References to Bill of Rights and Act of Settlement............................. 6

11.......... Union legislation affected by this Act................................................. 6

Part 5—Repeal or amendment of this Act                                                               7

12.......... Repeal or amendment of this Act........................................................ 7

Schedule 1—Further provisions relating to marriage and succession to the Crown         8

Part 1—Amendments relating to marriage to a Roman Catholic               8

Act of Settlement                                                                                                           8

Bill of Rights                                                                                                                  8

Part 2—Repeal of the Royal Marriages Act 1772                                            9

 



A Bill for an Act to change the law relating to royal succession and royal marriages, and for related purposes

Preamble

                   On 28 October 2011, representatives of nations of which Her Majesty is the Sovereign agreed that the rules on succession to, and possession of, the Crown should be changed so as to make succession not depend on gender and to end the disqualification arising from marrying a Roman Catholic.

                   The United Kingdom has further proposed to disqualify certain persons from succeeding to the Crown as a result of marriage, to repeal the Royal Marriages Act 1772 and to validate certain marriages made void by that Act.

                   For the purposes of paragraph 51(xxxviii) of the Constitution the Parliaments of all the States have requested the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia to enact an Act in the terms, or substantially in the terms, of this Act.

The Parliament of Australia therefore enacts:





(23/15)