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A Bill for an Act to amend the Representation Act 1983, and for related purposes
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Registered 25 Feb 2020
Introduced HR 24 Feb 2020
Table of contents.

2019‑2020

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Representation Amendment (6 Regions Per State, 2 Senators Per Region) Bill 2020

 

No.      , 2020

 

(Mr Joyce)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Representation Act 1983, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1983                                                                         3

Representation Act 1983                                                                                            3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Representation Act 1983, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Representation Amendment (6 Regions Per State, 2 Senators Per Region) Act 2020.

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 after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted.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 1983

1  Section 39

Repeal the section.

Representation Act 1983

2  Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6

Repeal the sections, substitute:

3  Representation of each State in the Senate

             (1)  The Minister must, by legislative instrument, determine 6 divisions for each State.

             (2)  The number of Senators for each division of a State must be 2, directly chosen by the people of the divisions voting as 6 separate electorates.

             (3)  If an election is a half‑senate election, the two senators for three of the six divisions of each State must be chosen at that election.

             (4)  The divisions determined by the Minister under subsection (1) for a State must meet the following requirements:

                     (a)  each division must be smaller than one‑third of the geographic area of the State;

                     (b)  each division must be larger than one‑tenth of the geographic area of the State;

                     (c)  the geographic area of the capital city of the State must be contained wholly within one division;

                     (d)  each division must take into account Indigenous first nation boundaries.

             (5)  Before making a determination under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the following:

                     (a)  State and local governments;

                     (b)  bodies representing Indigenous Australians.

3  Transitional provision

             (1)  The amendments made by this Schedule apply at and after the first election of senators for each State held after the commencement of this Schedule.

             (2)  If the first election of senators for each State held after the commencement of this Schedule is a half‑senate election, the three divisions for each State for the purposes of subsection 3(3) of the Representation Act 1983 are to be determined by lot by the President of the Senate.

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments or repeals made by this Act.