2004 Legislative Session: 5th Session, 37th Parliament
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HONOURABLE GEOFF PLANT
ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER
RESPONSIBLE FOR TREATY NEGOTIATIONS
|1||Referendum required if Citizens' Assembly recommends change|
|2||Referendum to be conducted under Referendum Act|
|3||Special rules for electoral reform referendum|
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly, enacts as follows:
1 If the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform recommends, in its final report, a model for electing Members of the Legislative Assembly that is different from the current model, a referendum respecting the recommended model must be held in conjunction with the general election required under the Constitution Act to be held in May 2005.
2 Subject to this Act, the Referendum Act applies to a referendum required under section 1.
3 (1) Section 4 of the Referendum Act does not apply and, instead, the results of a referendum under section 1 are binding on the government only if
(a) at least 60% of the validly cast ballots vote the same way on the question that is stated for the referendum, and
(b) in at least 48 of the 79 electoral districts, more than 50% of the validly cast ballots vote that same way on the question.
(2) Section 5 of the Referendum Act does not apply and, instead, if the results of a referendum under section 1 are binding on the government, the government is required to introduce the legislation needed to implement the results in sufficient time for the new electoral model to be in place for the general election required under the Constitution Act to be held in May 2009.
4 This Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent.
This Bill will
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