Second Reading Speeches

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Bill 2012

Special Minister of State
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
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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