Senate debates

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Bills

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2018; Reference to Committee

12:30 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Cormann, I move:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters established in the next Parliament, for commencement of a review on the second anniversary of the Royal Assent for the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018:

A review of the operation of the amendments, dealing with foreign donations and related matters, made by the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018.

The review will consider:

(a) the operation of the amendments during the federal election immediately following the enactment of the amendments;

(b) the clarity of public guidance products issued by regulators;

(c) how the Bill's objectives can continue to be achieved in the most effective way while minimising red tape; and

(d) any impacts from the amendments that are relevant to issue-based advocacy.

(2) That the committee report within 6 months of receiving the reference.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

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