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Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998
Summary of Amendments to the
The Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 ("the Act"), which received Royal Assent on 17 July 1998, has brought about changes to several aspects of electoral and referendum law.
The provisions of the amending Act are based on recommendations made in reports by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. These reports covered the conduct of the 1993 and 1996 federal elections, and electoral redistribution.
The bill proposing the amendments was introduced into the House of Representatives on 3 December 1997 and was passed by the Parliament on 1 July 1998. The Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 was granted Royal Assent on 17 July 1998.
Summary of Amendments
The provisions in the amending Act are generally of a technical nature and are designed to improve operational procedures in the conduct of elections and referendums. The major provisions of the Act are summarised below:
Funding and Disclosure
One significant change arising from the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 is the effect on Langer-style votes in House of Representatives elections.
The Act has amended the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 so that, while it is no longer an offence to encourage a Langer-style vote (eg. 1,2,3,3,3... etc), such votes for the House of Representatives will no longer be counted as formal votes.
Anyone advocating that electors vote in this manner will be encouraging electors to waste their votes entirely.
For further information on the amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984, interested people are advised to refer to the exact provisions of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act 1998 (No 94 of 1998).
Full detail, as contained in Electoral Newsfile No. 72 August 1998, can be obtained from:
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870