Second Reading Speeches

Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Special Minister of State
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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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
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.

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