Succession to the Crown Bill 2015

Type
Government
Portfolio
Prime Minister
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
44

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Summary

To effect changes to the law consistent with changes being made to the law in the United Kingdom, the bill: ends the system of male preference primogeniture so that the future order of succession will be determined simply by order of birth; removes the bar on succession for an heir and successor of the Sovereign who marries a Catholic; limits the requirement that the Sovereign consent to the marriage of a descendant of his late Majesty King George the Second to the six persons nearest in line to the Crown; validates some marriages voided by the Royal Marriages Act 1772 of Great Britain; makes consequential amendments to the Act of Settlement and Bill of Rights; and repeals the Royal Marriages Act 1772.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 05 Mar 2015
Second reading moved 05 Mar 2015
Second reading debate 17 Mar 2015
Second reading agreed to 17 Mar 2015
Third reading agreed to 17 Mar 2015
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 18 Mar 2015
Second reading moved 18 Mar 2015
Second reading debate 19 Mar 2015
Second reading agreed to 19 Mar 2015
Third reading agreed to 19 Mar 2015
Finally passed both Houses 19 Mar 2015
Assent
  • Act no.: 23
  • Year: 2015
24 Mar 2015

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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

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