Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016

Type
Government
Portfolio
Finance
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
44

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Summary

Responds to the first interim and final reports of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 Federal Election by amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: implement a partial optional preferential voting system above the line for Senate elections, including instructing voters to vote for at least six parties or groups in their order of preference; abolish group and individual voting tickets; remove the ability of an individual to be the registered officer or deputy registered officer of multiple registered political parties at the same time; enable political party logos to be printed on ballot papers for the House of Representatives and the Senate; and make technical amendments.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 22 Feb 2016
Second reading moved 22 Feb 2016
Second reading debate 24 Feb 2016
Second reading agreed to 24 Feb 2016
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 6 Government agreed to
24 Feb 2016
Third reading agreed to 24 Feb 2016
Senate
Message from House of Reps reported 29 Feb 2016
Introduced and read a first time 02 Mar 2016
Second reading moved 02 Mar 2016
Second reading debate 02 Mar 2016
Second reading debate 15 Mar 2016
Second reading debate 16 Mar 2016
Second reading debate 17 Mar 2016
Second reading agreed to 17 Mar 2016
Committee of the Whole debate 17 Mar 2016
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 9 Government and 3 Australian Greens agreed to
18 Mar 2016
Third reading debated 18 Mar 2016
Third reading agreed to 18 Mar 2016
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
18 Mar 2016
Finally passed both Houses 18 Mar 2016
Assent
  • Act no: 25
  • Year: 2016
21 Mar 2016

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changed to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either theĀ Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.