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Succession to the Crown Bill 2015


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Prime Minister

Summary

To effect changes to the law consistent with changes being made to the law in the United Kingdom, the bill: ends the system of male preference primogeniture so that the future order of succession will be determined simply by order of birth; removes the bar on succession for an heir and successor of the Sovereign who marries a Catholic; limits the requirement that the Sovereign consent to the marriage of a descendant of his late Majesty King George the Second to the six persons nearest in line to the Crown; validates some marriages voided by the Royal Marriages Act 1772 of Great Britain; makes consequential amendments to the Act of Settlement and Bill of Rights; and repeals the Royal Marriages Act 1772.

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 05/03/15  
Second reading moved 05/03/15  
Second reading debate 17/03/15  
Second reading agreed to 17/03/15  
Third reading agreed to 17/03/15  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 18/03/15  
Second reading moved 18/03/15  
Second reading debate 19/03/15  
Second reading agreed to 19/03/15  
Third reading agreed to 19/03/15  
     
Finally passed both Houses 19/03/15  
Assent 24/03/15 Act no.: 23 - Year: 2015
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)