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Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018

2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Senator Hanson)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for a plebiscite at the next general election in relation to the level of migration to Australia, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Plebiscite on migration to Australia                                                          5

5............ Plebiscite on migration to Australia..................................................... 5

6............ Result of the plebiscite........................................................................ 5

7............ Functions of the Electoral Commission............................................... 5

8............ No offence to vote informally............................................................. 6

Part 3—Application of the law in relation to the plebiscite                           7

Division 1—Application of the Referendum Act                                             7

Subdivision A—General                                                                                            7

9............ Application of the Referendum Act..................................................... 7

10.......... References to referendum.................................................................... 7

11.......... References to proposed law................................................................ 8

12.......... References to the Referendum Act, the Referendum Regulation or provisions of the Referendum Act   8

13.......... Meaning of referendum period ........................................................... 8

Subdivision B—Holding the plebiscite                                                                   9

14.......... Writ and forms for the plebiscite......................................................... 9

Subdivision C—Determining the result of the plebiscite                                 10

15.......... Appointment of scrutineers for voting.............................................. 10

16.......... Appointment of scrutineers for pre-poll voting................................. 10

17.......... Ascertainment of result of plebiscite................................................. 11

18.......... Recount............................................................................................. 12

19.......... Return of the writ.............................................................................. 12

20.......... Disputing validity of submission or return........................................ 12

21.......... Requirements for petition by member of Parliament......................... 13

22.......... Notice of petition and joinder of parties............................................ 13

Division 2—Application of the Referendum Regulation                           14

23.......... Application of the Referendum Regulation....................................... 14

24.......... References to referendum.................................................................. 14

25.......... References to the Referendum Act or provisions of the Referendum Act                14

Division 3—Application of other laws                                                                15

Subdivision A—General                                                                                          15

26.......... Application of other laws.................................................................. 15

27.......... References to referendum.................................................................. 15

28.......... References to the Referendum Act.................................................... 16

Subdivision B—Broadcasting                                                                                16

29.......... Identification of certain political matter and records of matter broadcast.. 16

30.......... Obligations on broadcasters in relation to plebiscite matter............... 17

31.......... SBS to give a reasonable opportunity to broadcast plebiscite matter. 18

32.......... SBS not to broadcast advertisements containing plebiscite matter during the blackout period  18

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        19

33.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 19

Schedule 1—Forms                                                                                                      20

 





Schedule 1 Forms

Note:       See section 14 of this Act and subsection 25(1) of the Referendum Act.

   

   

FORM A

Commonwealth of Australia

Writ for the plebiscite

To the Electoral Commissioner

I command you to cause the following question to be submitted, according to law, to the electors who are entitled to vote at elections.

From December 2005 to December 2016 Australia’s population grew from 20.5 million to 24.4 million; 62% of this growth was from net overseas migration.

Do you think the current rate of immigration to Australia is too high?

I appoint the following dates:

            1.   For the close of the Rolls: the        day of              20    .

            2.   For taking the votes of the electors: the     day of             20    .

            3.   For the return of the writ: the         day of              20    .

[ Here insert Governor-General’s title and the date ]

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s command

FORM B

 

Commonwealth of Australia

BALLOT-PAPER

Plebiscite on migration to Australia

DIRECTIONS TO VOTER

WRITE “YES” or “NO” in the space provided opposite the question set out below.

From December 2005 to December 2016 Australia’s population grew from 20.5 million to 24.4 million; 62% of this growth was from net overseas migration.

 

Do you think the current rate of immigration to Australia is too high?