Major parties finally agree national vote-to-vote rules for parliament – as ‘No’ campaign gets ‘official’ recognition
- The major parties strike a deal on the People’s Vote referendum for parliament
- The opposition agreed to support the bill in the Senate
- Officially recognizing the “No” and “Yes” campaigns
An agreement was reached to proceed with the necessary legislation to hold the referendum on the vote of Parliament.
The opposition agreed to support the bill in the Senate with amendments, including a physical pamphlet outlining both the “yes” and “no” issues and some changes in funding.
There will also be formal recognition of Yes and No campaign organizations as well as promotion of voting opportunities in remote communities.
The opposition has agreed to support the Aboriginal Voice of Parliament bill in the upper house (pictured, people take part in protests on Australia Day this year)
The opposition has asked that pamphlets outlining both the “yes” and “no” issues be distributed in the run-up to the referendum (pictured, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indigenous Australian Minister Linda Burney)
The mobile voting period for remote communities will be extended to 19 days and more identification methods will be accepted to register or update registration in order to increase voter turnout.
There will be an advertising blackout for three days before the referendum.
The disclosure threshold for donations to entities will be frozen at $15,200 instead of increasing with inflation.
Labor Secretary Don Farrell revealed that the No campaign organization has applied for tax-exempt status.
He said the application would be handled in the same way as that of the Yes campaign organization, which was granted.
There is also set to be formal recognition of the Yes and No campaign organizations (pictured Opposition Leader Peter Dutton in Melbourne last week)
“The decision to change our constitution is an important national event,” he told the Senate.
“It is therefore important that the government can fund a civic and educational campaign in relation to the upcoming and forthcoming referendum on the vote.”
Simon Birmingham, the leader of the Liberal Party, told the Senate he did not want taxpayers’ money to go into massive advertising campaigns for both sides, with government money spent on enabling organizations to meet basic campaign requirements.
“If government money is spent, it should only be spent in connection with conducting the referendum, in relation to voter turnout in relation to the basic facts that apply to that referendum,” he said.
Critics of The Voice have called on the Albanian government for not explaining how the constitutional amendment works (pictured, Mr. Albanez and Minister Burney)
Birmingham Senator It was important for people to have clarity about what they were voting for, with a direct question in the same-sex marriage referendum.
“People had strong opinions and differences, differences of opinion, sure, but it was easy to understand the change,” he said.
However, the sound raises many questions. Questions of its scope, questions of its structure, questions of its construction, questions of its powers, and Australians will consider these questions during the debate.
Greens and ultra-Orthodox members want stronger advertising laws to ensure only accurate information is sent in brochures.
A second bill outlining the wording of the constitutional change is expected to be referred to the federal government in the coming days before it is presented to parliament next week.