Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Type
Government
Portfolio
Special Minister of State
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Assent
Parliament no
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Summary

Implements the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ report The 2016 Federal Election: Interim Report on the authorisation of voter communication by amending the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: apply the electoral authorisation requirements to modern communication channels; require all paid electoral advertising to be authorised; require entities subject to the electoral funding and financial disclosure regime to include this information in their political communications; ensure the obligation to authorise electoral and referendum matter primarily rests with those responsible for the decision to communicate it; and replace the current criminal non-compliance regime with a civil penalty regime to be administered by the Australian Electoral Commission; Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1993, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to harmonise authorisation requirements across broadcasting, electoral and referendum legislation; Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946 to make consequential amendments; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce an offence which criminalises false representations in relation to a Commonwealth body.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 30 Mar 2017
Second reading moved 30 Mar 2017
Second reading debate 05 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 06 Sep 2017
Second reading agreed to 06 Sep 2017
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 3 Government agreed to
06 Sep 2017
Third reading agreed to 06 Sep 2017
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 07 Sep 2017
Second reading moved 07 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 11 Sep 2017
Second reading agreed to 11 Sep 2017
Committee of the Whole debate 11 Sep 2017
Third reading agreed to 11 Sep 2017
Finally passed both Houses 11 Sep 2017
Assent
  • Act no: 99
  • Year: 2017
14 Sep 2017

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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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 changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the 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.