List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government prepare a proposed referendum question to either:
repeal sections 44 and 45 of the Constitution; or
insert into sections 44 and 45 the words: ‘Until the Parliament otherwise provides…’

Recommendation 2

If the referendum passes, the Committee further recommends that the Australian Government further engages with the Australian community to determine contemporary expectations of standards in order to address all matters of qualification and disqualification for Parliament through legislation under section 34 of the Constitution.

Recommendation 3

In the event that a referendum does not proceed or does not pass, that the Australian Government consider strategies to mitigate the impact of section 44 as outlined in this report.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that the Government consider the implications of this report in the context of the upcoming by-elections, in particular the options outlined in Chapter 4.

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