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|Advisory report on the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022||1.07 MB|
On 1 December 2022, the House of Representatives referred the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022 to the Committee for inquiry and report by 10 February 2023.
The bill consists of eight schedules amending the Referendum Act.
The bill also includes a clause for the temporary disapplication of Section 11 of the Referendum Act until the commencement of the next general election. Section 11 includes requirements relating to the distribution of the pamphlet containing arguments for and against a referendum proposal to households, sometimes referred to as the Yes/No Pamphlet, and provisions which restrict Commonwealth funding for providing information about a referendum proposal.
Subject to recommendations 1 and 2, the Committee recommends that the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022 be passed.