Inquiry into referendum process to hold public hearing

Issue date: Friday, 16 December 2022

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The Electoral Matters Committee is holding a public hearing on 19 December 2022 as part of its examination of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022.

The Committee will hear from representatives of the Department of Finance, the Australian Electoral Commission as well as legal, electoral and constitutional experts.

Committee Chair Ms Kate Thwaites MP said ‘The Committee is looking forward to hearing views on how the bill will modernise the way in which referendums are conducted in Australia, and the value in bringing this process in line with the way today’s federal elections are conducted.’

‘While I know many are interested in highlighting views on issues like the referendum question, amendments to the Constitution or the merits of the Voice to Parliament, it’s important to note that this inquiry will not be examining these matters; our focus is on the provisions of the bill.’

Further information about the inquiry, including published submissions and hearing transcripts, will be available on the inquiry webpage.

Public hearing details in Canberra

Time: 10.00 am – 1.30 pm AEDT
Date: Monday, 19 December 2022
Location: Main Committee Room, Parliament House

The hearing will be broadcast live at

Media inquiries

Mr Alex Collum
(03) 9459 1411

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2374

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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