Thursday, 6 December 2018
Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2018; Reference to Committee
The government agrees to initiate a post-implementation review of the recently enacted ban on foreign electoral donations as part of discussions to secure passage of the bill that gave effect to this ban. The wording of the proposed referral was agreed by members of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters last week. This motion would have the effect of requiring a post-implementation review to occur during the next parliament and requires JSCEM to have particular regard to how the new rules operate in practice during the 2019 federal election. Because this review commences after the next election, the referral to JSCEM is by way of a Senate motion that has continuing effect into the next parliament.