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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Voter Choice Through Optional Preferential Voting and the Robson Rotation) Bill 2021

Type
Private
Sponsor(s)
MCGRATH, Sen James
Originating house
Senate
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: replace compulsory preferential voting with optional preferential voting for House of Representatives elections; enable voters to allocate preferences to candidates of their choosing only; provide vote saving provisions for voters who do not preference each and every candidate; provide for the position of candidates listed on House of Representatives ballots papers to be re-ordered between ballot papers (the Robson Rotation); and distribute batches of ballot papers which list each candidate in favourable positions equally.

Progress

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 01 Dec 2021
Second reading moved 01 Dec 2021
Lapsed at end of Parliament 25 Jul 2022

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

No documents at present

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Text of bill

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  • 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

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Schedules of amendments

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