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Registered 16 Jun 2020
Introduced Senate 11 Jun 2020
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2019‑2020

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020

 

No.      , 2020

 

(Finance)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to electoral matters, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments relating to gifts, voting and scrutiny processes            3

Part 1—Amendments commencing day after Royal Assent                     3

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                         3

Part 2—Amendments commencing on Proclamation                                 13

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                       13

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984                                                    30

Schedule 2—Amendments relating to a Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory                                                                                                                            43

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                  43

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                       43

Part 2—Application and transitional provisions                                            45

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to electoral matters, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) 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 this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 1, Part 2

A day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

4.  Schedule 2

A day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

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 relating to gifts, voting and scrutiny processes

Part 1Amendments commencing day after Royal Assent

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Section 286A

Omit “more than 4% of the total”, substitute “at least 4% of the total formal”.

2  Subsection 287(1)

Insert:

federal purpose means the purpose of incurring electoral expenditure, or creating or communicating electoral matter.

group amount for a group means the total amount worked out by multiplying $2.801 by the number of formal first preference votes given for candidates in the group in the relevant election, based on formal first preference votes counted as at the day mentioned in subsection 293(3).

Note:          The dollar amount specified in this definition is indexed under section 321.

jointly endorsed group means a group whose candidates are endorsed for a Senate election by more than one registered political party.

regulated entity means:

                     (a)  in section 302CA—a political entity, a political campaigner or a third party; and

                     (b)  in section 314B—a political entity, a political campaigner, a third party or an associated entity.

single‑party endorsed group means a group whose candidates are endorsed for a Senate election by a single registered political party.

3  After subsection 287(9)

Insert:

Formal first preference group votes

          (9A)  To avoid doubt, a formal first preference vote includes a vote given for a group in a square printed on the ballot paper above the line.

Note:          A square numbered 1 for a group above the line is taken under section 272 to be a first preference vote for the candidate at the top of the group below the line.

4  Subsection 287M(3)

Omit “(as the case requires)”, substitute “if the Commissioner is satisfied that the person or entity no longer meets the requirements for registration as a political campaigner or associated entity (as the case requires). Otherwise, the Commissioner must refuse the application.”.

5  At the end of section 287M

Add:

Review of decisions

             (4)  Section 141 (review of certain decisions) applies as if:

                     (a)  a decision under this section to refuse to deregister a person or entity in accordance with the person or entity’s application were a reviewable decision; and

                     (b)  references to a person included references to a political campaigner or associated entity.

6  Section 292G

Omit “more than 4% of the total”, substitute “at least 4% of the total formal”.

7  Paragraph 293(1)(b)

Omit “formal first preference group votes given for the candidates”, substitute “formal first preference votes given for the members of the group”.

8  Paragraph 293(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  the total of the following amounts for each candidate who satisfies paragraph (1)(a) and each group that satisfies paragraph (1)(b):

                              (i)  the amount worked out by multiplying $2.801 by the number of formal first preference votes given for the candidate in the election, based on formal first preference votes counted as at the day mentioned in subsection (3);

                             (ii)  if a group is a single‑party endorsed group—the group amount for the group;

                            (iii)  if a group is a jointly endorsed group—the percentage of the group amount for the group that is specified in an agreement made in accordance with subsection (4), or if there is no such agreement, that is determined for the party by the Electoral Commissioner; or

9  Subsection 293(2) (note)

Omit “amounts in subparagraphs (2)(a)(i) and (ii)”, substitute “dollar amounts specified in subparagraph (2)(a)(i)”.

10  Subsection 293(3)

Omit “and formal first preference group votes”.

11  At the end of section 293

Add:

             (4)  An agreement made for the purposes of subparagraph (2)(b)(iii) must:

                     (a)  be signed by the agents of each of the parties endorsing candidates in the jointly endorsed group; and

                     (b)  specify percentages for each of those parties that together do not exceed 100%; and

                     (c)  be given to the Electoral Commission before the 20th day after the polling day for the election.

12  Paragraph 294(2)(a)

Omit “$2.73454 for each formal first preference vote”, substitute “the amount worked out by multiplying $2.801 by the number of formal first preference votes”.

13  Subsection 294(2) (note)

Omit “amounts in”, substitute “dollar amounts specified in”.

14  Paragraph 295(1)(b)

Omit “group votes”, substitute “votes given for candidates in the group”.

15  Paragraph 295(2)(a)

Omit “$2.73454 for each formal first preference group vote”, substitute “the amount worked out by multiplying $2.801 by the number of formal first preference votes given for candidates in the group”.

16  Paragraph 295(2)(a)

Omit “and formal first preference group votes”.

17  Subsection 295(2) (note)

Omit “amounts in”, substitute “dollar amounts specified in”.

18  Subsection 295(3)

Omit “and formal first preference group votes”.

19  Subsection 296(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  As soon as practicable after 20 days after the polling day for an election or elections, the Electoral Commission must pay $10,000 in relation to:

                     (a)  each registered political party that is entitled to claim, and wishes to receive, an amount under subsection 293(2) (but subject to subsection (1A)); or

                     (b)  each candidate that is entitled to claim, and wishes to receive, an amount under subsection 294(2); or

                     (c)  each group in a Senate election that is entitled to claim, and wishes to receive, an amount under subsection 295(2).

          (1A)  If:

                     (a)  2 or more registered political parties referred to in paragraph (1)(a) endorsed candidates in a jointly endorsed group; and

                     (b)  each of the parties is only entitled to claim an amount under subparagraph 293(2)(a)(iii);

the amount paid in relation to each party under subsection (1) is the amount equal to the percentage, referred to in that subparagraph for the party, of $10,000.

20  At the end of subsection 297(5)

Add “(although a claim may be varied under section 298BA)”.

21  Paragraph 298A(c)

Omit “is payable”, substitute “is to be paid”.

22  Paragraph 298A(d)

Omit “is payable” (wherever occurring), substitute “to be paid”.

23  After section 298B

Insert:

298BA  Varying a claim

             (1)  If an interim claim or a final claim has not been determined by the Electoral Commission, the agent specified in subsection 297(1) who made the claim may vary the claim.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, a claim may be varied after the period mentioned in paragraph 298B(1)(b).

             (3)  The varied interim claim or varied final claim must be in the approved form.

             (4)  For the purposes of this Act, the Electoral Commission is taken to have received the interim claim or final claim (as the case requires) at the time the claim is varied.

24  Subsection 298C(5)

Omit “and formal first preference group votes”.

25  Section 302CA

Repeal the section, substitute:

302CA  Gifts made etc. for federal purposes

Offering gifts

             (1)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a person or entity may offer to give a gift to, or for the benefit of, a regulated entity if the gift is expressly offered for federal purposes.

Seeking gifts

             (2)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a regulated entity, or a person on behalf of a regulated entity, may seek a gift if the gift is expressly sought for use for federal purposes.

Giving gifts

             (3)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a person or entity may give a gift to, or for the benefit of, a regulated entity if the gift is expressly given for federal purposes.

Receiving or keeping gifts

             (4)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a regulated entity, or a person on behalf of a regulated entity, may receive or keep a gift unless the regulated entity keeps the gift for use for, or uses the gift for, purposes other than federal purposes.

             (5)  To avoid doubt, subsection (4) is taken never to have applied if, at any time, the regulated entity keeps the gift for use for, or uses the gift for, purposes other than federal purposes.

             (6)  Subsection (4) also has the effect it would have if a reference to a gift were confined to a gift expressly given for federal purposes.

Using gifts

             (7)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a regulated entity may use, or authorise the use of, a gift for federal purposes.

             (8)  To avoid doubt, the fact that, as a result of subsection (7), a State or Territory electoral law does not prohibit the use of a gift does not prevent that law from prohibiting the offering, seeking, giving, receiving or keeping of the gift.

Gifts not otherwise prohibited by this Division

             (9)  To avoid doubt, this section applies to a gift only if this Division does not prohibit the giving, receiving or keeping of the gift.

26  Subsection 302D(1C)

Omit “for the purposes of incurring electoral expenditure, or creating or communicating electoral matter,”, substitute “for a federal purpose”.

27  Section 314B

Repeal the section, substitute:

314B  Disclosure of amounts given etc. for federal purposes

Disclosure of amounts given

             (1)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a person or entity is not required to disclose under that law an amount, or information relating to an amount, (including a gift or loan) if the person or entity expressly gives the amount to, or for the benefit of, a regulated entity for federal purposes.

Disclosure of amounts received

             (2)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a regulated entity is not required to disclose under that law an amount, or information relating to an amount, (including a gift or loan) that is given to the regulated entity unless the regulated entity keeps the amount for use for, or uses the amount for, purposes other than federal purposes.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, subsection (2) is taken never to have applied if, at any time, the regulated entity keeps the amount for use for, or uses the amount for, purposes other than federal purposes.

             (4)  Subsection (2) also has the effect it would have if a reference to an amount were confined to an amount expressly given for federal purposes.

Disclosure of expenditure

             (5)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a regulated entity is not required to disclose under that law an amount, or information relating to an amount, of expenditure if the expenditure is electoral expenditure.

Disclosure of debts

             (6)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, a regulated entity is not required to disclose under that law an amount, or information relating to an amount, of a debt (except a debt incurred as a result of a loan) if the debt is incurred for federal purposes.

Interpretation

             (7)  Despite any State or Territory electoral law, if, as a result of this section, a person or entity is not required to disclose under that law an amount, or information relating to an amount, (the federal amount or information), then:

                     (a)  it is immaterial whether the federal amount or information is required to be included in a return provided under this Part; and

                     (b)  a total amount, or information relating to a total amount, that is required to be disclosed under that law is not required to include the federal amount or information.

28  Subsection 321(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of relevant amount)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                    (aa)  the definition of group amount in subsection 287(1);

                     (a)  subparagraph 293(2)(a)(i);

29  Subsection 321(1) (at the end of the definition of relevant amount)

Add:

                            ; (c) subsections 296(1) and (1A) and 297(1).

30  Subsections 321(4) and (5)

Omit “, calculated to 3 decimal places,”.

31  Subsection 321(6)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (6)  The following are to be ascertained to 3 decimal places, but increased by .001 if the fourth decimal place is more than 4:

                     (a)  a factor ascertained under subsection (5);

                     (b)  a relevant amount referred to in:

                              (i)  the definition of group amount in subsection 287(1); or

                             (ii)  subparagraph 293(2)(a)(i) or paragraph 294(2)(a) or 295(2)(a).

             (7)  Any other relevant amount ascertained for the purposes of subsection (4) is to be rounded to the nearest dollar, rounding up in the case of 50 cents or more.

32  Subsection 321A(2)

Omit “(rounded to the nearest $100)”.

33  After subsection 321A(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  The dollar amount worked out for the purposes of subsection (2) is to be rounded to the nearest $100, rounding up in the case of $50 or more.

34  Application of this Part

Applications for deregistration

(1)       The amendments of section 287M of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 made by this Part apply in relation to applications made on or after the commencement of this item.

Gifts for federal purposes and State and Territory laws

(2)       Section 302CA of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, as inserted by this Part, applies in relation to gifts given, offered or sought on or after the commencement of this item.

Disclosing amounts provided etc. for federal purposes under State or Territory electoral laws

(3)       Section 314B of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, as inserted by this Part, applies in relation to amounts given, or expenditure or debts incurred, on or after the commencement of this item.

Indexation

(4)       The amendments of section 321 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 made by this Part apply in relation to any 1 January or 1 July that occurs on or after the commencement of this item.

(5)       For the purposes of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the following provisions of that Act:

                     (a)  the definition of group amount in subsection 287(1);

                     (b)  subparagraph 293(2)(a)(i) and paragraphs 294(2)(a) and 295(2)(a);

            apply after the commencement of this item, until the first 1 January or 1 July that occurs after that commencement, as if references to $2.801 in those provisions were substituted with references to the amount worked out in accordance with section 321 of that Act, as in force before that commencement, in relation to the most recent 1 January or 1 July that occurs after the Bill for the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2020 is introduced into the Parliament, but before the commencement of this item.

(6)       The amendments of section 321A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 made by this Part apply in relation to any financial year that begins on or after the commencement of this item.

Remaining amendments

(7)       The other amendments of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 made by this Schedule apply on and after the commencement of this item.

Part 2Amendments commencing on Proclamation

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

35  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

Antarctica means the Australian Antarctic Territory and includes:

                     (a)  the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands; and

                     (b)  Macquarie Island.

36  Subsection 4(1) (definition of Antarctic elector)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

Antarctic elector means an elector who is, in the course of the elector’s employment:

                     (a)  in Antarctica; or

                     (b)  on a ship at sea in transit to or from Antarctica.

37  Subsection 4(1) (definition of officer)

Omit “an Antarctic Returning Officer, an Assistant Antarctic Returning Officer,”.

38  After section 36

Insert:

37  AEC staff may act as Divisional Returning Officers or Assistant Divisional Returning Officers

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner may, in writing, authorise one or more persons who are members of the staff of the Electoral Commission to exercise or perform:

                     (a)  in relation to one or more specified Divisions, powers, functions or duties that are conferred on a Divisional Returning Officer for those Divisions; or

                     (b)  in relation to one or more specified Subdivisions, powers, functions or duties that are conferred on an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for those Subdivisions.

             (2)  An authorisation:

                     (a)  may be made subject to conditions or limitations specified in the authorisation; and

                     (b)  does not limit the power of a Divisional Returning Officer or Assistant Divisional Returning Officer (as the case requires) to act in any matter.

Effect of authorisation relating to DROs

             (3)  If an authorisation is given in relation to the powers, functions or duties of a Divisional Returning Officer for a specified Division:

                     (a)  the person authorised in relation to the Division may exercise or perform any power, function or duty of a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division, subject to:

                              (i)  any condition or limitation under paragraph (2)(a); and

                             (ii)  any direction of a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division; and

                     (b)  a reference to a Divisional Returning Officer or DRO in this Act is taken to include a reference to the person.

Effect of authorisation relating to Assistant Divisional Returning Officers

             (4)  If an authorisation is given in relation to the powers, functions or duties of an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for a specified Subdivision:

                     (a)  the person authorised in relation to the Subdivision may exercise or perform any power, function or duty of an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for the Subdivision, subject to:

                              (i)  any condition or limitation under paragraph (2)(a); and

                             (ii)  any direction of an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for the Subdivision, or of a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division in which the Subdivision is situated; and

                     (b)  a reference to an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer in this Act is taken to include a reference to the person.

Note:          As a result of subsection 34(3), the person authorised may also exercise or perform, in relation to the Subdivision, any power, function or duty of the Divisional Returning Officer for the Division in which the Subdivision is situated.

39  Paragraph 94A(3)(d)

Before “the Subdivision”, insert “for”.

40  After section 96A

Insert:

96B  Entitlement of Antarctic electors to vote

             (1)  An Antarctic elector is entitled to vote in accordance with Part XVB (electronically assisted voting).

Electors in Antarctica who are already on the Roll

             (2)  Despite subsection 99(1) or (2), while a person is an Antarctic elector, the person is entitled to:

                     (a)  have the person’s name retained on the Roll for the Subdivision in which the person was enrolled when the person first began to be in Antarctica or on the ship that is in transit to or from Antarctica; and

                     (b)  vote as an elector of the Subdivision.

             (3)  A person who is an Antarctic elector may, by notice given to the Electoral Commissioner, notify the Electoral Commissioner that the person is an Antarctic elector.

Persons in Antarctica who are not already on the Roll

             (4)  Subsection (5) applies if:

                     (a)  a person is, under section 93, entitled to enrolment; and

                     (b)  the person is, in the course of the person’s employment:

                              (i)  in Antarctica; or

                             (ii)  on a ship at sea in transit to or from Antarctica; and

                     (c)  the person was not enrolled when the person began to be in Antarctica or on the ship.

             (5)  The person is entitled to be enrolled:

                     (a)  for the Subdivision for which the person last had an entitlement to be enrolled; or

                     (b)  if the person has never had such an entitlement—for a Subdivision for which any of the person’s next of kin is enrolled; or

                     (c)  if neither paragraph (a) nor (b) applies—for the Subdivision in which the person was born; or

                     (d)  if none of paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) applies—for the Subdivision with which the person has the closest connection.

Annotating the Roll

             (6)  The Electoral Commissioner must annotate the Roll for the Subdivision for which a person is enrolled so as to indicate that the person is an Antarctic elector if:

                     (a)  the person gives a notice under subsection (3); or

                     (b)  the Electoral Commissioner adds the person’s name to the Roll in accordance with subsection (5); or

                     (c)  the Electoral Commissioner is otherwise satisfied that the person is an Antarctic elector.

             (7)  The Electoral Commissioner must delete the annotation immediately after the Commissioner becomes aware that the elector has ceased to be an Antarctic elector.

41  Paragraph 96(2A)(d)

Before “the Subdivision”, insert “for”.

42  Subsection 99(3)

Omit “and 96A and Part XVII”, substitute “, 96A and 96B”.

43  Section 113 (definition of Antarctic elector)

Repeal the definition.

44  Paragraph 114(1B)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  the other person is not:

                              (i)  an Antarctic elector; or

                             (ii)  entitled to remain enrolled under section 96A (enrolment of prisoners).

45  Paragraph 114(4)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  the person is not:

                              (i)  an Antarctic elector; or

                             (ii)  entitled to remain enrolled under section 96A (enrolment of prisoners).

46  Paragraph 118(4A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  the challenged elector is not:

                              (i)  an Antarctic elector; or

                             (ii)  entitled to remain enrolled under section 96A (enrolment of prisoners);

47  Subsection 188(1)

Omit “in accordance with whichever of subsections (2), (3) and (4) of this section applies”, substitute “, as provided under subsection (2) of this section”.

48  Subsections 188(2), (3) and (4)

Repeal the subsections (not including the note), substitute:

How material to be sent

             (2)  If the Electoral Commissioner or Assistant Returning Officer receives the application for a postal vote at or before 6 pm on the Wednesday that is 3 days before polling day in the election, the material required by subsection (1) must be sent to the applicant by a means that the Electoral Commissioner or Assistant Returning Officer considers to be the most reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.

49  Subsection 200BA(1A) (note)

Omit “or in the office of the DRO for the Division”.

50  Paragraph 200C(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

51  Subsection 200D(1)

Repeal the subsection.

52  Section 200DC (definition of voting officer)

Omit “a DRO, or a pre‑poll voting officer,”, substitute “a pre‑poll voting officer”.

53  Paragraph 200DD(1)(b)

Omit “Division;”, substitute “Division.”.

54  Paragraph 200DD(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

55  Section 200DE

Omit “There must be a pencil in each compartment for use by voters.”, substitute “Each compartment must have an implement or method for voters to mark their ballot papers.”.

56  Subparagraph 200DG(2)(b)(ii)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                             (ii)  answers a question under subsection 200DI(1) so as to indicate that the person has voted before in the relevant election or elections (as the case requires); or

57  Subsection 200DI(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  A voting officer must put to each person attending before the voting officer, and claiming to vote in an election or elections (as the case requires), questions in order to ascertain:

                     (a)  the person’s full name; and

                     (b)  the person’s place of living; and

                     (c)  whether the person has voted before in the election or elections (as the case requires).

58  Subsection 200DI(2)

Omit “in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b)”, substitute “under subsection (1)”.

59  Subsection 200DJ(3)

Omit “Immediately after giving the ballot paper to the voter, the voting officer”, substitute “If a ballot paper has been, or is to be, given to a voter, a voting officer”.

60  Paragraph 200DJ(3)(b)

After “has been”, insert “, or is to be,”.

61  Subsection 200G(1)

Repeal the subsection.

62  Paragraph 200G(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

63  Subsection 200G(3)

Omit “made by a DRO under subsection (1) and records”.

64  Part XVB (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part XVBElectronically assisted voting

65  Section 202AB (heading)

Omit “Regulations may provide”, substitute “Providing”.

66  Subsection 202AB(1)

Omit “sight‑impaired people to vote by an electronically assisted voting method”, substitute “an electronically assisted voting method to be used by sight‑impaired people to vote”.

67  After subsection 202AB(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The regulations must provide for an electronically assisted voting method to be used by Antarctic electors to vote at general elections, Senate elections and by‑elections.

68  Subsection 202AB(2)

Omit “the generality of subsection (1)”, substitute “subsection (1) or (1A)”.

69  At the end of section 202AB

Add:

             (6)  Without limiting subsection 33(3A) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, regulations made for the purposes of this Part may make different provision in relation to sight‑impaired persons and Antarctic electors.

70  Section 202AF (heading)

Omit “used”, substitute “used by sight‑impaired persons”.

71  Subsection 202AF(1)

After “used”, insert “by sight‑impaired persons”.

72  Paragraphs 202A(2)(h) and (j)

Repeal the paragraphs.

73  Section 202B

Repeal the section.

74  Section 206

Omit “booths shall”, substitute “booths must”.

75  Section 206

Omit “shall be furnished with a pencil for the use of voters”, substitute “must have an implement or method for voters to mark their ballot papers”.

76  After section 209A

Insert:

209B  Administrative markings

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner may also provide for a ballot paper to be marked with any other mark that the Electoral Commissioner thinks fit to assist in the administration of the election.

             (2)  A mark under subsection (1) does not need to be printed in black typeface.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, this section does not authorise a mark to be made that enables the identification of an elector or that identifies the personal information (within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988) of an elector.

Note:          An officer who marks a ballot paper enabling an elector to be identified may commit an offence under section 271.

77  Subparagraph 210(1)(f)(i)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                              (i)  a square must be printed to correspond with the name of each candidate; and

78  Subparagraph 210(1)(f)(ii)

Omit “opposite”, substitute “to correspond with”.

79  Subsection 221(3)

Omit “prescribed by”, substitute “under”.

80  Subsection 228(1)

After “the presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

81  Subsection 228(5A) (note)

Omit “202B”, substitute “37”.

82  Subsection 229(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  The presiding officer or a polling official must put to each person attending before the officer or official, and claiming to vote in an election or elections (as the case requires), questions in order to ascertain:

                     (a)  the person’s full name; and

                     (b)  the person’s place of living; and

                     (c)  whether the person has voted before in the election or elections (as the case requires).

83  Subsection 229(2)

Omit “the presiding officer shall”, substitute “the officer or official must”.

84  Subsection 229(4)

Omit “in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) do not satisfy the presiding officer”, substitute “under subsection (1) do not satisfy the officer or official”.

85  Subsection 229(4)

After “the officer”, insert “or official”.

86  Subsection 229(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  A person’s claim to vote must (subject to section 235) be rejected if:

                     (a)  questions are put to the person under subsection (1) and the person:

                              (i)  refuses to answer fully any of the questions; or

                             (ii)  answers a question so as to indicate that the person has voted before in the relevant election or elections (as the case requires); and

                     (b)  the presiding officer is satisfied that subparagraph (a)(i) or (ii) applies in relation to the person.

Note:          Section 235 deals with provisional votes.

87  Section 230

After “the presiding officer,”, insert “a polling official,”.

88  Subsection 231(1)

Omit “by the presiding officer”, substitute “by the officer or official”.

89  Paragraph 231(1)(a)

Omit “the prescribed questions”, substitute “questions put to the person”.

90  Subsection 231(2)

After “The presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

91  Subsection 232(1)

Omit “Immediately after handing a ballot paper”, substitute “If a ballot paper has been, or is to be, given”.

92  Paragraph 232(1)(b)

After “the person has been”, insert “, or is to be,”.

93  Subsection 232(2)

Omit “at a polling place shall”, substitute “or a polling official at a polling place must”.

94  Subsection 232(2)

Omit “and shall”, substitute “and must”.

95  Subparagraph 233(1)(b)(ii)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

96  Subsection 233(2)

Omit “shall enclose each ballot paper of an absent voter returned to the presiding officer”, substitute “or polling official must enclose each ballot paper of an absent voter returned to the officer or official”.

97  Subsection 234(2)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

98  Paragraph 234(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  another person who is either the presiding officer or a polling official; or

99  Paragraph 234(2)(b)

Before “a polling official”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

100  Subsection 234(3)

After “presiding officer” (first occurring), insert “or polling official”.

101  Subsection 234(3)

Omit “presiding officer” (second and third occurring), substitute “officer or official”.

102  Subsection 234(4)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

103  Paragraph 234(4)(d)

Before “a polling official”, insert “another person who is either the presiding officer or”.

104  Paragraph 234A(3)(a)

Before “a polling official”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

105  Paragraph 234A(3)(b)

Omit “the polling official”, substitute “the officer or official”.

106  Subsection 234A(4)

Before “polling official”, insert “presiding officer or”.

107  Subsection 234A(5)

Omit “allow a polling official to mark and fold”, substitute “mark and fold, or allow a polling official to mark and fold,”.

108  Subsection 234A(6)

Omit “polling official how the voter wishes the polling official”, substitute “presiding officer or polling official how the voter wishes the officer or official”.

109  Subsection 234A(7)

Before “polling official”, insert “presiding officer or”.

110  Subsection 234A(8)

Before “polling official” (first occurring), insert “presiding officer or”.

111  Paragraph 234A(8)(d)

Before “a polling official”, insert “another person who is either the presiding officer or”.

112  Paragraph 235(1)(c)

After “the presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

113  Subparagraph 235(1)(c)(ii)

After “the officer”, insert “or official”.

114  Subsection 235(3)

After “presence of”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

115  Subsection 235(4)

After “The”, insert “presiding officer or”.

116  Subsection 235(5)

After “the person,”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

117  Subsections 235(6) and (7)

Before “polling official”, insert “presiding officer or”.

118  Subsection 238(1)

Omit “or a voting officer within the meaning of Division 3 of Part XVA,”, substitute “a voting officer within the meaning of Division 3 of Part XVA, or a polling official,”.

119  Subsection 238(1)

Omit “presiding officer or voting officer”, substitute “officer or official”.

120  Subsection 238(2)

After “officer” (wherever occurring), insert “or official”.

121  Subsection 238(3)

After “officer”, insert “or official”.

122  Paragraphs 239(4)(b) and (c)

Omit “opposite”, substitute “in a square corresponding with”.

123  Part XVII

Repeal the Part.

124  Paragraph 268(1)(a)

After “the presiding officer”, insert “, a polling official,”.

125  Paragraph 268(1)(c)

Omit “opposite” (wherever occurring), substitute “corresponding with”.

126  Subsection 273(27)

Omit “opposite”, substitute “in a square corresponding with”.

127  Section 323

Omit “, except for the purposes of Part XVII,”.

128  Subsection 325(1)

Omit “(1) A person who, being an officer other than an Antarctic officer,”, substitute “An officer who”.

129  Subsections 325(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections.

130  Subparagraphs 340(1)(b)(ii) and (c)(ii) and (1A)(b)(ii) and (ba)(ii)

Omit “or office of a DRO”.

131  Subparagraphs 340(1A)(d)(i), (ii) and (iii)

Omit “, pre‑poll voting office or office of the DRO (as the case requires)”, substitute “or pre‑poll voting office (as the case requires)”.

132  Paragraph 340(2)(a)

Omit “, pre‑poll voting office or office of a DRO”, substitute “or pre‑poll voting office”.

133  Subsection 340(2)

Omit “, pre‑poll voting office or office of the DRO (as the case requires)” (wherever occurring), substitute “or pre‑poll voting office (as the case requires)”.

134  Paragraph 348(4)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  in the case of premises at which an application may be made for a pre‑poll vote—any pre‑poll voting officer at those premises.

135  Subparagraph 351(1)(b)(i)

Omit “opposite”, substitute “corresponding with”.

136  Subsection 361(1)

Omit “(1) The”, substitute “The”.

137  Subsection 361(2)

Repeal the subsection.

138  Subsection 382(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of enrolment‑related claim or notice)

Omit “section 184A;”, substitute “section 184A.”.

139  Subsection 382(1) (paragraph (c) of the definition of enrolment‑related claim or notice)

Repeal the paragraph.

140  Subsection 391(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  A claim for enrolment (including a provisional claim for enrolment) or transfer of enrolment under this Act may, with the approval of the Electoral Commissioner, be destroyed if a record of the particulars contained in the claim is made and kept in any permanent form approved, in writing, by the Electoral Commissioner.

141  Schedule 1 (Form E)

Repeal the form, substitute:


Note:       See section 209.

FORM E

(1)  Here, or below the square, insert name of a candidate.

(2)  Here insert name of a registered political party or composite name of registered political parties if to be printed.

(3)  Here, or below the square, insert the name of a registered political party if to be printed.

(4)  Here, or below the square, insert name of a registered political party or word ‘Independent’ if to be printed.

(5)  Here insert name of State or Territory and year of election.

(6)  Here insert number of vacancies.

(7)  Here insert the logo of a registered political party if to be printed.

*    If the ballot paper has 6 or fewer squares above the line, replace the instruction with “By numbering these boxes in the order of your choice (with number 1 as your first choice)”.

** If the ballot paper has 12 or fewer squares below the line, replace the instruction with “By numbering these boxes in the order of your choice (with number 1 as your first choice)”.


142  Paragraph 6(d) of Schedule 3

Repeal the paragraph.

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984

143  Subsection 3(1) (definition of Antarctic elector)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

Antarctic elector means an elector who is, in the course of the elector’s employment:

                     (a)  in Antarctica; or

                     (b)  on a ship at sea in transit to or from Antarctica.

144  Subsection 3(1)

Repeal the following definitions:

                     (a)  the definition of Antarctic Returning Officer;

                     (b)  the definition of Assistant Antarctic Returning Officer.

145  Subsection 3(1) (definition of officer)

Omit “an Antarctic Returning Officer, an Assistant Antarctic Returning Officer,”.

146  Subsection 3(1)

Repeal the following definitions:

                     (a)  the definition of research personnel;

                     (b)  the definition of station.

147  Subsections 3(6) and (7)

Repeal the subsections.

148  At the end of Part I

Add:

6A  AEC staff may act as Divisional Returning Officers or Assistant Divisional Returning Officers

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner may, in writing, authorise one or more persons who are members of the staff of the Electoral Commission to exercise or perform:

                     (a)  in relation to one or more specified Divisions, powers, functions or duties that are conferred on a Divisional Returning Officer for those Divisions; or

                     (b)  in relation to one or more specified Subdivisions, powers, functions or duties that are conferred on an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for those Subdivisions.

             (2)  An authorisation:

                     (a)  may be made subject to conditions or limitations specified in the authorisation; and

                     (b)  does not limit the power of a Divisional Returning Officer or Assistant Divisional Returning Officer (as the case requires) to act in any matter.

Effect of authorisation relating to DROs

             (3)  If an authorisation is given in relation to the powers, functions or duties of a Divisional Returning Officer for a specified Division:

                     (a)  the person authorised in relation to the Division may exercise or perform any power, function or duty of a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division, subject to:

                              (i)  any condition or limitation under paragraph (2)(a); and

                             (ii)  any direction of a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division; and

                     (b)  a reference to a Divisional Returning Officer or DRO in this Act is taken to include a reference to the person.

Effect of authorisation relating to Assistant Divisional Returning Officers

             (4)  If an authorisation is given in relation to the powers, functions or duties of an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for a specified Subdivision:

                     (a)  the person authorised in relation to the Subdivision may exercise or perform any power, function or duty of an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for the Subdivision, subject to:

                              (i)  any condition or limitation under paragraph (2)(a); and

                             (ii)  any direction of an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer for the Subdivision, or of a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division in which the Subdivision is situated; and

                     (b)  a reference to an Assistant Divisional Returning Officer in this Act is taken to include a reference to the person.

Note:          As a result of subsection 6(4), the person authorised may also exercise or perform, in relation to the Subdivision, any power, function or duty of the Divisional Returning Officer for the Division in which the Subdivision is situated.

149  Paragraphs 16A(2)(h) and (j)

Repeal the paragraphs.

150  Section 16B

Repeal the section.

151  Section 20

Omit “booths shall”, substitute “booths must”.

152  Section 20

Omit “shall be furnished with a pencil for the use of voters”, substitute “must have an implement or method for voters to mark their ballot‑papers”.

153  Paragraph 25(3)(a)

Omit “an officer”, substitute “a presiding officer or polling official”.

154  After section 25A

Insert:

25B  Administrative markings

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner may also provide for a ballot‑paper to be marked with any other mark that the Electoral Commissioner thinks fit to assist in the administration of the referendum.

             (2)  A mark under subsection (1) does not need to be printed in black typeface.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, this section does not authorise a mark to be made that enables the identification of an elector or that identifies the personal information (within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988) of an elector.

Note:          An officer who marks a ballot paper enabling an elector to be identified may commit an offence under subsection 93(7).

155  Subsection 26(1)

Omit “officer shall”, substitute “officer or polling official must”.

156  Subsection 30(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  The presiding officer or a polling official must put to each person attending before the officer or official, and claiming to vote in a referendum or referendums (as the case requires), questions in order to ascertain:

                     (a)  the person’s full name; and

                     (b)  the person’s place of living; and

                     (c)  whether the person has voted before at the referendum or referendums (as the case requires).

157  Subsection 30(2)

Omit “the presiding officer shall”, substitute “the officer or official must”.

158  Subsection 30(4)

Omit “in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) do not satisfy the presiding officer”, substitute “under subsection (1) do not satisfy the officer or official”.

159  Subsection 30(4)

After “the officer”, insert “or official”.

160  Subsection 30(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  A person’s claim to vote at a referendum must (subject to section 37) be rejected if:

                     (a)  questions are put to the person under subsection (1) and the person:

                              (i)  refuses to answer fully any of the questions; or

                             (ii)  answers a question so as to indicate that the person has voted before in the relevant referendum or referendums (as the case requires); and

                     (b)  the presiding officer is satisfied that subparagraph (a)(i) or (ii) applies in relation to the person.

Note:          Section 37 deals with provisional votes.

161  Subsections 31(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (2)  If the presiding officer or a polling official accepts under subsection (1) the answers by a person as sufficient to enable the person to vote at a referendum, the officer or official may, if the officer or official thinks fit, put to the person questions in order to ascertain whether the person has voted before in the referendum or referendums.

             (3)  If the person answers so as to indicate that the person has voted before in the referendum or referendums or does not answer, the person’s claim to vote must be rejected if the presiding officer is satisfied that this subsection applies.

162  Subsection 32(1)

After “presiding officer,”, insert “a polling official,”.

163  Subsection 33(1)

Omit “by the presiding officer”, substitute “by the officer or official”.

164  Subsection 33(2)

After “A presiding officer”, insert “or polling official”.

165  Subsection 34(1)

Omit “Immediately after handing a ballot paper”, substitute “If a ballot paper has been, or is to be, given”.

166  Paragraph 34(1)(b)

After “the person has been”, insert “, or is to be,”.

167  Subsection 34(2)

Omit “at a polling place shall”, substitute “or a polling official at a polling place must”.

168  Subsection 34(2)

Omit “and shall”, substitute “and must”.

169  Subsection 36(2)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

170  Paragraph 36(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  another person who is either the presiding officer or a polling official; or

171  Subsection 36(3)

After “presiding officer” (first occurring), insert “or polling official”.

172  Subsection 36(3)

Omit “presiding officer” (second and third occurring), substitute “officer or official”.

173  Subsection 36(4)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

174  Paragraph 36(4)(d)

Before “a polling official”, insert “another person who is either the presiding officer or”.

175  Paragraph 36A(3)(a)

Before “a polling official”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

176  Paragraph 36A(3)(b)

Omit “the polling official”, substitute “the officer or official”.

177  Subsection 36A(4)

Before “polling official”, insert “presiding officer or”.

178  Subsection 36A(5)

Omit “allow a polling official to mark and fold”, substitute “mark and fold, or allow a polling official to mark and fold,”.

179  Subsection 36A(6)

Omit “polling official how the voter wishes the polling official”, substitute “presiding officer or polling official how the voter wishes the officer or official”.

180  Subsection 36A(7)

Before “polling official”, insert “presiding officer or”.

181  Subsection 36A(8)

Before “polling official” (first occurring), insert “presiding officer or”.

182  Paragraph 36A(8)(d)

Before “a polling official”, insert “another person who is either the presiding officer or”.

183  Paragraph 37(1)(c)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

184  Subparagraph 37(1)(c)(ii)

After “officer”, insert “or official”.

185  Subsection 37(3)

After “presence of”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

186  Subsection 37(4)

After “The”, insert “presiding officer or”.

187  Subsection 37(5)

After “the person,”, insert “the presiding officer or”.

188  Subsections 37(6) and (7)

Before “polling official”, insert “presiding officer or”.

189  Subsection 41(1)

Omit “at the polling booth at which the person is voting, or a voting officer within the meaning of Division 3 of Part IVA,”, substitute “, a voting officer within the meaning of Division 3 of Part IVA, or a polling official,”.

190  Subsection 41(1)

Omit “presiding officer or voting officer”, substitute “officer or official”.

191  Subsection 41(2)

After “officer” (wherever occurring), insert “or official”.

192  Subsection 41(3)

After “officer”, insert “or official”.

193  Subsection 46(4)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

194  Subsection 46(5)

After “presiding officer”, insert “or polling official”.

195  Subsection 46A(1)

After “the presiding officer”, insert “or a polling official”.

196  Subsection 46A(5A) (note)

Omit “16B”, substitute “6A”.

197  Subsection 61(1)

Omit “in accordance with whichever of subsections (2), (2A) and (2B) of this section applies”, substitute “, as provided under subsection (2)”.

198  Subsections 61(2), (2A) and (2B)

Repeal the subsections (not including the note), substitute:

How material to be sent

             (2)  If the Electoral Commissioner or Assistant Returning Officer receives the application for a postal vote at or before 6 pm on the Wednesday that is 3 days before voting day in the referendum, the material required by subsection (1) must be sent to the applicant by a means that the Electoral Commissioner or Assistant Returning Officer considers to be the most reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.

199  Subsection 73AA(1A) (note)

Omit “or in the office of the DRO for the Division”.

200  Paragraph 73A(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

201  Subsection 73B(1)

Repeal the subsection.

202  Section 73CC (definition of voting officer)

Omit “a DRO, or a pre‑poll voting officer,”, substitute “a pre‑poll voting officer”.

203  Paragraph 73CD(1)(b)

Omit “Division;”, substitute “Division.”.

204  Paragraph 73CD(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

205  Section 73CE

Omit “There must be a pencil in each compartment for use by voters.”, substitute “Each compartment must have an implement or method for voters to mark their ballot‑papers.”.

206  Subparagraph 73CG(2)(b)(ii)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                             (ii)  answers a question under subsection 73CI(1) so as to indicate that the person has voted before in the relevant referendum or referendums (as the case requires); or

207  Subsection 73CI(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  A voting officer must put to each person attending before the voting officer, and claiming to vote in a referendum or referendums (as the case requires), questions in order to ascertain:

                     (a)  the person’s full name; and

                     (b)  the person’s place of living; and

                     (c)  whether the person has voted before in the referendum or referendums (as the case requires).

208  Subsection 73CI(2)

Omit “in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b)”, substitute “under subsection (1)”.

209  Subsection 73CI(4)

Omit “the following question, namely, Have you already voted, either here or elsewhere, at this referendum (or these referendums, as the case requires)?”, substitute “questions in order to ascertain whether the person has voted before in the referendum or referendums (as the case requires).”.

210  Subsection 73CJ(3)

Omit “Immediately after giving the ballot‑paper to the voter, the voting officer”, substitute “If a ballot‑paper has been, or is to be, given to a voter, a voting officer”.

211  Paragraph 73CJ(3)(b)

After “has been”, insert “, or is to be,”.

212  Subsection 73F(1)

Repeal the subsection.

213  Paragraph 73F(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

214  Subsection 73F(3)

Omit “made by a DRO under subsection (1) and records”.

215  Part IVB (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part IVBElectronically assisted voting

216  After section 73L

Insert:

73LA  Entitlement of Antarctic electors to vote

                   An Antarctic elector is entitled to vote in accordance with this Part.

217  Section 73M (heading)

Omit “Regulations may provide”, substitute “Providing”.

218  Subsection 73M(1)

Omit “sight‑impaired people to vote by an electronically assisted voting method”, substitute “an electronically assisted voting method to be used by sight‑impaired people to vote”.

219  After subsection 73M(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The regulations must provide for an electronically assisted voting method to be used by Antarctic electors to vote at referendums.

220  Subsection 73M(3)

Omit “the generality of subsection (1)”, substitute “subsection (1) or (1A)”.

221  At the end of section 73M

Add:

             (7)  Without limiting subsection 33(3A) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, regulations made for the purposes of this Part may make different provision in relation to sight‑impaired persons and Antarctic electors.

222  Section 73QA (heading)

Omit “used”, substitute “used by sight‑impaired persons”.

223  Subsection 73QA(1)

After “used”, insert “by sight‑impaired persons”.

224  Part V

Repeal the Part.

225  Paragraph 93(1)(a)

After “a presiding officer”, insert “, a polling official,”.

226  Subsection 104(1)

Omit “(1) In hearing”, substitute “In hearing”.

227  Subsection 104(2)

Repeal the subsection.

228  Section 116

Omit “, except for the purposes of Part V,”.

229  Subsection 118(1)

Omit “(1) A person who, being an officer other than an Antarctic officer,”, substitute “An officer who”.

230  Subsections 118(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections.

231  Subparagraphs 131(1)(b)(ii) and (c)(ii) and (1A)(b)(ii) and (ba)(ii)

Omit “or office of a DRO”.

232  Subparagraphs 131(1A)(d)(i), (ii) and (iii)

Omit “, pre‑poll voting office or office of the DRO (as the case requires)”, substitute “or pre‑poll voting office (as the case requires)”.

233  Paragraph 131(2)(a)

Omit “, pre‑poll voting office or office of a DRO”, substitute “or pre‑poll voting office”.

234  Subsection 131(2)

Omit “, pre‑poll voting office or office of the DRO (as the case requires)” (wherever occurring), substitute “or pre‑poll voting office (as the case requires)”.

235  Paragraph 135(4)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  in the case of premises at which an application may be made for a pre‑poll vote—any pre‑poll voting officer at those premises.

236  Paragraph 6(d) of Schedule 4

Repeal the paragraph.

237  Application of this Part

The amendments of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 made by this Part apply on and after the commencement of this item.

Schedule 2Amendments relating to a Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory

Part 1Amendments

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Paragraph 60(7A)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                             (b)  the reference in paragraph (2)(b) to “the Australian Electoral Officer for the State” were a reference to “the member of the staff of the Electoral Commission appointed under subsection (7B)”.

2  Subsection 60(7B)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (7B)  For the purposes of a redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory, the Electoral Commission must appoint, in writing, a member of the staff of the Electoral Commission to act as a member of the Redistribution Committee for that Territory.

3  Subsection 62(4)

Omit “the senior Divisional Returning Officer for the Territory shall preside”, substitute “the member of the Redistribution Committee appointed under subsection 60(7B) is to preside”.

4  At the end of subsection 64(1)

Add:

             ; and (c)  stating that the suggestions and comments may be (but are not required to be) lodged at an office specified in the notice.

5  Paragraph 64(3)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  in the case of a redistribution of the Australian Capital Territory—the office specified in the notice under subsection (1).

6  Paragraph 69(5)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  in the case of a redistribution of the Australian Capital Territory—the office specified in the notice under subsection 64(1).

7  Paragraph 76(16A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  subsection (2) were omitted and the following subsection substituted:

           “(2)  For the purposes of the redistribution, the Electoral Commissioner and a member of the staff of the Electoral Commission appointed under subsection 60(7B) are to be the Redistribution Commissioners for the Australian Capital Territory.”.

Part 2Application and transitional provisions

8  Application and transitional provisions

(1)       The amendments made by this Schedule to Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 apply in relation to:

                     (a)  a redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory that commences on or after the commencement of this Schedule; and

                     (b)  a redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory that has commenced but has not been completed before the commencement of this Schedule (a pre‑commencement redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory).

(2)       The amendments made by this Schedule do not affect anything done before the commencement of this Schedule under Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to a pre‑commencement redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory.

(3)       A person nominated under subsection 60(7B) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 on or after the commencement of this Schedule for a pre‑commencement redistribution for the Australian Capital Territory becomes a member of the Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory at the time that the nomination is made.