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Part 1—Preliminary

Part 1 Preliminary

   

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Act 2018 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 and 2 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Sections 3 to 33

The day after the day on which the Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purposes of paying or discharging the costs, expenses and other obligations incurred by the Commonwealth in relation to the plebiscite.

 

3.  Schedule 1

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Simplified outline of this Act

This Act provides for a national plebiscite to ascertain the views of the Australian people on the level of migration to Australia.

Broadly, the plebiscite is to be held in the same way as a referendum is held under the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 .

The result of the plebiscite is determined by whether more than 50% of the votes cast are given in favour or not in favour of the plebiscite proposal (disregarding informal ballot-papers).

4   Definitions

             (1)  In this Act:

plebiscite means the national plebiscite to be held in accordance with this Act.

plebiscite matter means matter of any of the following kinds:

                     (a)  matter commenting on the level of migration to Australia, the plebiscite or the plebiscite proposal (other than matter printed or published by the Electoral Commission);

                     (b)  matter stating or indicating the plebiscite proposal (other than matter printed or published by the Electoral Commission);

                     (c)  matter soliciting votes in favour or not in favour of the plebiscite proposal;

                     (d)  matter referring to a meeting held or to be held in connection with the level of migration to Australia, the plebiscite or the plebiscite proposal.

plebiscite period means the period that starts 33 days before the voting day for the plebiscite and ends at the close of voting on that day.

plebiscite proposal means the question to be submitted to electors set out in subsection 5(2).

Referendum Act means the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 .

Referendum Regulation means the Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016 .

Expressions defined in Referendum Act

             (2)  An expression used in this Act that is defined for the purposes of the Referendum Act has the same meaning in this Act as it has in that Act.

Expressions defined in this Act

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  this Act provides for a modification of all or part of a provision of an Act or instrument; and

                     (b)  an expression used in the modified provision is defined in subsection (1) of this section;

the expression has the same meaning in the modified provision as it has in this Act.

Note:          Modifications is defined in section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .