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Second Reading Speeches

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Contingency Measures) Bill 2021

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

Amends the

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
to: implement certain recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters'
Report of the inquiry on the future conduct of elections operating during times of emergency situations
by enabling the Electoral Commissioner to make limited operational modifications by legislative instrument where an emergency declaration has been issued under a Commonwealth law and moving the existing power to adjourn or suspend polling at a polling place or pre-poll voting office from local polling booth presiding officers to the Electoral Commissioner; delay the commencement of the scrutiny for a House of Representatives election for a Division where polling has been adjourned or temporarily suspended; prevent scrutineers and Australian Electoral Commission officers from disclosing the results of a Senate election in a Division where polling has been adjourned; and make minor amendments in relation to the cut-off date for postal vote applications and the format of postal vote certificates.

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