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A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to gifts from foreign sources, and for related purposes
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Registered 10 Oct 2016
Introduced HR 10 Oct 2016
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2016

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Foreign Political Donations) Bill 2016

 

No.      , 2016

 

(Mr Wilkie)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to gifts from foreign sources, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                         3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to gifts from foreign sources, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Foreign Political Donations) Act 2016.

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

Provisions

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

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted.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  Schedules

                   Legislation 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 1Amendments

 

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

foreign person means:

                     (a)  a foreign person within the meaning of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975; or

                     (b)  any person or other entity, or any person or other entity that meets the conditions, prescribed by the regulations.

2  After section 306

Insert:

306AA  Gifts from foreign sources not to be received

             (1)  It is unlawful for:

                     (a)  a political party; or

                     (b)  a State branch of a political party;

to receive a gift made to or for the benefit of the party or branch if:

                     (c)  the gift is made by a foreign person; and

                     (d)  the amount or value of the gift exceeds $1,000.

             (2)  It is unlawful for:

                     (a)  a candidate; or

                     (b)  a member of a group; or

                     (c)  a person acting on behalf of a candidate or group;

to receive a gift made to or for the benefit of the candidate or the group, as the case may be, if:

                     (c)  the gift is made by a foreign person; and

                     (d)  the amount or value of the gift exceeds $1,000.

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), a person who is a candidate in an election shall be taken to remain a candidate for 30 days after the polling day in the election.

             (4)  For the purposes of subsection (2), persons who constituted a group in an election shall be taken to continue to constitute the same group for 30 days after the polling day for the election.

             (5)  Where a person receives a gift that, by virtue of this section, it is unlawful for the person to receive, an amount equal to the amount or value of the gift is payable by that person to the Commonwealth and may be recovered by the Commonwealth as a debt due to the Commonwealth by action, in a court of competent jurisdiction against:

                     (a)  in the case of a gift to or for the benefit of a political party or a State branch of a political party:

                              (i)  if the party or branch, as the case may be is a body corporate—the party or branch, as the case may be; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—the agent of the party or branch, as the case may be; or

                     (b)  in any other case—the candidate or a member of the group or the agent of the candidate or of the group, as the case may be.

             (6)  This section does not apply to a gift that is returned within 30 days after its receipt.

             (7)  This section does not apply to the extent (if any) that it would infringe any constitutional doctrine of implied freedom of political communication.

3  Subsection 315A(1)

Omit “or 306(5)”, substitute “, 306(5) or 306AA(5)”.

4  After paragraph 321A(1)(f)

Insert:

                    (fa)  subsections 306AA(1) and (2);