Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Bill 2012

Type
Government
Portfolio
Special Minister of State 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
43
Summary
Amends the:
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
  and
Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
  to: remove the prescription relating to how postal votes are processed and facilitate technological developments over time; and make technical amendments; and
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
  to: increase to $1000 and $2000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate; increase to 100 the number of electors required to nominate an unendorsed candidate; and require unendorsed Senate candidates, who have made a request to be grouped, to each be nominated by 100 unique electors. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
27 Jun 2012Introduced and read a first time
27 Jun 2012Second reading moved
22 Aug 2012Second reading debate
23 Aug 2012Second reading debate
23 Aug 2012Second reading agreed to
23 Aug 2012Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
23 Aug 2012Third reading agreed to
Senate
10 Sep 2012Introduced and read a first time
10 Sep 2012Second reading moved
07 Feb 2013Second reading debate
25 Feb 2013Second reading debate
25 Feb 2013Second reading agreed to
25 Feb 2013Committee of the Whole debate
25 Feb 2013Third reading agreed to


25 Feb 2013Text of bill as passed both Houses
27 Mar 2013Assent

Act no.: 19

Year: 2013

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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