Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Bill 2013

Type
Government
Portfolio
Special Minister of State 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
43
Summary
In response to certain recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters report
The 2010 federal election: report on the conduct of the election and related matters
, the bill amends the:
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
  to: provide for further fixed periods of time to be provided to the augmented Electoral Commission to complete its inquiries into objections against proposed redistribution of electoral boundaries; and not require a silent voter to re-apply to be treated as a silent voter when changing address;
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
  and
Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
  to: establish procedures to be taken when a ballot-box is opened prematurely; remove the requirement for an applicant for a pre-poll ordinary vote to complete and sign a certificate; provide that pre-poll voting offences will open on the fourth day after nominations close; and provide that applications for postal votes must be received on the Wednesday three days before polling day; and
Taxation Administration Act 1953
  to allow the Australian Taxation Office to disclose protected information to the Electoral Commissioner. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
29 Nov 2012Introduced and read a first time
29 Nov 2012Second reading moved
12 Mar 2013Second reading debate
13 Mar 2013Second reading agreed to
13 Mar 2013Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 14 Government agreed to
13 Mar 2013Third reading agreed to
Senate
14 Mar 2013Introduced and read a first time
14 Mar 2013Second reading moved
18 Mar 2013Second reading debate
18 Mar 2013Second reading agreed to
18 Mar 2013Committee of the Whole debate
18 Mar 2013Third reading agreed to


18 Mar 2013Text of bill as passed both Houses
28 Mar 2013Assent

Act no.: 26

Year: 2013

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