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Registered 03 Dec 2012
Introduced HR 29 Nov 2012
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2010‑2011‑2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Special Minister of State)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to elections, referendums and taxation, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Main amendments                                                                                    4

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                    4

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                         4

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984                                                      7

Taxation Administration Act 1953                                                                         10

Part 2—Application provisions                                                                              11

Schedule 2—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2014                     12

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                  12

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                       12

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984                                                    12

Part 2—Application provision                                                                                13

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to elections, referendums and taxation, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Act 2012.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, items 1 to 25

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 1, item 26

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 38 of Schedule 3 to the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Act 2012.

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

4.  Schedule 1, items 27 to 48

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

5.  Schedule 1, items 49 and 50

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 45 of Schedule 3 to the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Act 2012.

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

6.  Schedule 1, items 51 to 54

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

7.  Schedule 2

1 January 2014.

1 January 2014

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Main amendments

Part 1Amendments

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Subsection 72(2)

Omit “and any further objections”.

2  Subparagraph 72(12)(d)(i)

Omit “may forthwith”, substitute “may, before the end of the period of 7 days beginning on the day of the announcement,”.

3  Paragraph 72(13)(a)

Omit “forthwith upon the making of the public announcement, lodge with the Electoral Commission a written further objection;”, substitute “before the end of the period of 7 days beginning on the day of the announcement, lodge with the Electoral Commission a written further objection; and”.

4  After paragraph 72(13)(b)

Insert:

                   (ba)  the augmented Electoral Commission must complete its inquiry into a further objection as soon as is practicable and, in any event, before the end of the period of 14 days after the end of the period referred to in paragraph (a); and

5  Paragraph 185(3)(b)

Omit “except in the case of an elector whose address has been excluded from the Roll under section 104—”.

6  Subsection 200D(4)

Omit “second”, substitute “fourth”.

7  Subsection 200D(5)

After “earlier than the”, insert “fourth”.

8  Section 200DC (definition of issuing officer)

Repeal the definition.

9  Paragraph 200DG(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

10  Paragraph 200DG(2)(c)

Omit “the issuing officer” (first occurring), substitute “a voting officer”.

11  Subparagraph 200DG(2)(c)(ii)

Omit “issuing officer”, substitute “voting officer”.

12  Section 200DH

Repeal the section.

13  Subsection 200DI(1)

Omit “The issuing officer”, substitute “A voting officer”.

14  Subsection 200DI(2)

Omit “issuing officer”, substitute “voting officer”.

15  Subsection 200DJ(1)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

16  Subsections 200DJ(2) and (3)

Omit “issuing officer”, substitute “voting officer”.

17  Paragraphs 200DL(1)(a), (b) and (c)

Repeal the paragraphs.

18  Subsection 200DL(1) (note)

Repeal the note.

19  Section 200DM

Omit “sections 200DH and 200DJ, been given a pre‑poll vote certificate for ordinary voting and”, substitute “section 200DJ, been given”.

20  Paragraph 200DM(a)

Omit “the certificate or”.

21  Section 230

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

22  Subsection 238(1)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

23  Subsection 238(1)

Omit “issuing officer” (last occurring), substitute “voting officer”.

24  Before section 239

Insert:

238B  Ballot‑boxes opened before close of poll

             (1)  This section applies if, in relation to an election, an officer becomes aware that a ballot‑box containing ballot papers for the election (including ballot papers enclosed in envelopes) has been opened before the close of the poll other than in accordance with this Act.

             (2)  An officer must:

                     (a)  place the ballot papers, or envelopes containing the ballot papers, in a parcel; and

                     (b)  seal the parcel; and

                     (c)  write on the parcel an indication of the type of ballot papers enclosed and that the ballot‑box has been prematurely opened; and

                     (d)  sign the parcel.

             (3)  An officer must give the parcel to the Divisional Returning Officer for the Division after the close of the poll.

             (4)  The ballot papers (including ballot papers enclosed in envelopes) contained in the parcel are excluded from scrutiny under Part XVIII.

25  Subsection 248(1)

Before “239”, insert “238B,”.

26  At the end of subsection 248(2)

Add:

             ; and (c)  for sections 238A and 238B—a reference in paragraph 238A(3)(b) and subsection 238B(3) to the Divisional Returning Officer for the Division is taken to be a reference to the Electoral Commission.

27  Paragraph 268(1)(a)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

28  Paragraph 393A(1)(f)

Omit “(both for ordinary voting and for declaration voting)”, substitute “for declaration voting”.

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984

29  Subsection 32(1)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

30  Subsection 41(1)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

31  Subsection 41(1)

Omit “issuing officer” (last occurring), substitute “voting officer”.

32  Before section 41A

Insert:

41AB  Ballot‑boxes opened before close of voting

             (1)  This section applies if, in relation to a referendum, an officer becomes aware that a ballot‑box containing ballot‑papers for the referendum (including ballot‑papers enclosed in envelopes) has been opened before the close of voting other than as mentioned in subsection 29(2).

             (2)  An officer must:

                     (a)  place the ballot‑papers, or envelopes containing the ballot‑papers, in a parcel; and

                     (b)  seal the parcel; and

                     (c)  write on the parcel an indication of the type of ballot‑papers enclosed and that the ballot‑box has been prematurely opened; and

                     (d)  sign the parcel.

             (3)  An officer must give the parcel to the DRO for the Division after the close of voting.

             (4)  The ballot‑papers (including ballot‑papers enclosed in envelopes) contained in the parcel are excluded from scrutiny under Part VI.

33  Subsection 73B(4)

After “before the”, insert “fourth”.

34  Subsection 73B(5)

Omit “second”, substitute “fourth”.

35  Paragraph 73C(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

36  Section 73CC (definition of issuing officer)

Repeal the definition.

37  Paragraph 73CG(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

38  Paragraph 73CG(2)(c)

Omit “the issuing officer” (first occurring), substitute “a voting officer”.

39  Subparagraph 73CG(2)(c)(ii)

Omit “issuing officer”, substitute “voting officer”.

40  Section 73CH

Repeal the section.

41  Subsection 73CI(1)

Omit “The issuing officer”, substitute “A voting officer”.

42  Subsections 73CI(2) and (4)

Omit “issuing officer”, substitute “voting officer”.

43  Subsection 73CJ(1)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

44  Subsections 73CJ(2) and (3)

Omit “issuing officer”, substitute “voting officer”.

45  Paragraphs 73CL(1)(a), (b) and (c)

Repeal the paragraphs.

46  Subsection 73CL(1) (note)

Repeal the note.

47  Section 73CM

Omit “sections 73CH and 73CJ, been given a pre‑poll vote certificate for ordinary voting and”, substitute “section 73CJ, been given”.

48  Paragraph 73CM(a)

Omit “the certificate or”.

49  Subsection 75(1)

Omit “and 41AA”, substitute “, 41AA and 41AB”.

50  At the end of subsection 75(2)

Add:

             ; and (c)  for sections 41AA and 41AB—a reference in paragraph 41AA(3)(b) and subsection 41AB(3) to the DRO for the Division is taken to be a reference to the Electoral Commission.

51  Paragraph 93(1)(a)

Omit “the issuing officer”, substitute “a voting officer”.

52  Paragraph 142A(1)(f)

Omit “(both for ordinary voting and for declaration voting)”, substitute “for declaration voting”.

Taxation Administration Act 1953

53  Subsection 355‑65(8) in Schedule 1 (after table item 2)

Insert:

2A

the Electoral Commissioner (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918)

(a) is of information disclosed to, or obtained by, the Commissioner of Taxation on or after the commencement of this table item; and

(b) is for the purpose of administering the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 or the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984.


 

Part 2Application provisions

54  Application provisions

(1)       The amendments made by this Schedule (except items 1 to 5 and 53) apply in relation to elections and referendums the writs for which are issued on or after the commencement of this item.

(2)       The amendments made by items 1 to 4 apply in relation to notices published under paragraph 68(1)(c) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 on or after the commencement of those items.

(3)       The amendment made by item 5 applies in relation to claims for transfer of enrolment made on or after the commencement of that item.


 

Schedule 2Amendments commencing on 1 January 2014

Part 1Amendments

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Subsection 184(5)

Omit “Thursday that is 2 days”, substitute “Wednesday that is 3 days”.

2  Subsection 188(4)

Omit “Thursday that is 2 days”, substitute “Wednesday that is 3 days”.

3  Subsection 188(4) (note)

Omit “Thursday that is 2 days”, substitute “Wednesday that is 3 days”.

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984

4  Subsection 55(5)

Omit “Thursday that is 2 days”, substitute “Wednesday that is 3 days”.

5  Subsection 61(2B)

Omit “Thursday that is 2 days”, substitute “Wednesday that is 3 days”.

6  Subsection 61(2B) (note)

Omit “Thursday that is 2 days”, substitute “Wednesday that is 3 days”.


 

Part 2Application provision

7  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to elections and referendums the writs for which are issued on or after the commencement of this Schedule.