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representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-11-07 15:13:58

Title

  • Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013 - Third Reading - Read a third time
  • Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1) to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [here](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html). )
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [Alex Hawke](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives) and [Dennis Jensen](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives), [crossed the floor](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html) to vote against the bill.
  • _Background to the bill_
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [Australian Constitution](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia). Previous attempts occurred in [1974](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29) and [1988](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29).
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.(For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [report](http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf) (906 KB). ) Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [Section 128](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128) apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • - more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • - more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')(Read more about what a double majority is [here](http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm).)
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [here](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22) (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • The majority supported passing the bill in the House of Representatives (in parliamentary jargon, they supported reading the bill for a [third time](http://www.peo.gov.au/students/fact_sheets/making_law.html)). It will now be sent to the Senate for them to consider.
  • The main idea of the bill is to recognise [local governments](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_government_in_Australia) in the [Australian Constitution](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia) but it can't do this on its own. To amend the Constitution, there must be a successful [referendum](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referendums_in_Australia) (as required by [Section 128](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128)).
  • ###Rebellious Liberals
  • Liberal MPs [Alex Hawke](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/mitchell/alex_hawke) and [Dennis Jensen](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/tangney/dennis_jensen) [crossed the floor](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html) to vote against the bill.
  • Unlike Labor Party members, Liberal members are allowed to [rebel](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/help/faq#rebel). However, it is increasingly uncommon.
  • ###What does recognising local governments mean?
  • Recognising local governments in the Constitution would mean that the federal government could directly fund local governments instead of having to fund them through state governments.
  • For an academic discussion of the effects of recognition, see Professor Anne Twomey's [report](http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf) (906 KB).
  • ###Background to the bill
  • This is the third time that the federal government has tried to change the [Constitution](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia) to recognise [local governments](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_government_in_Australia). The first time was in [1974](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29) and the second time was in [1988](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29).
  • See the [bills digest](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22) (775 KB) for more background information.
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:19:38

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1 motion] to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here]. )
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.(For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB). ) Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')(Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].)
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • The great majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1) to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [here](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html). )
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [Alex Hawke](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives) and [Dennis Jensen](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives), [crossed the floor](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html) to vote against the bill.
  • _Background to the bill_
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [Australian Constitution](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia). Previous attempts occurred in [1974](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29) and [1988](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29).
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.(For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [report](http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf) (906 KB). ) Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [Section 128](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128) apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • - more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • - more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')(Read more about what a double majority is [here](http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm).)
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [here](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22) (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:16:24

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1 motion] to read the bill for a third time.[1]
  • The great majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1 motion] to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here]. )
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.(For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB). ) Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')[3]
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')(Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].)
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:44:50

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1 motion] to read the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:42:43

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • The great majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2013-06-05.136.1 motion] to read the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:22:11

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • * more than half of voters in Australia must vote 'Yes'; and
  • * more than half of voters in more than half the States must vote 'Yes' (in other words, a majority of voters in at least four of the six States must vote 'Yes')
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:18:36

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], both from the Liberal Party, [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:18:18

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], both from the Liberal Party, [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], both from the Liberal Party, [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:17:43

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], both from the Liberal Party, [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:16:59

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:16:23

Title

Description

  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • Two Liberal MPs [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • Two Liberal MPs, [publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Alex_Hawke&mpc=Mitchell&house=representatives Alex Hawke] and [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Dennis_Jensen&mpc=Tangney&house=representatives Dennis Jensen], [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-03 10:14:56

Title

  • Bills - Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013; Third Reading
  • Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013 - Third Reading - Read a third time

Description

  • <p>This is a vote on the <a href="http://www.peo.gov.au/students/fact_sheets/making_law.html">third reading</a> of this Bill in the House of Representatives.</p>
  • The great majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.[1]
  • <p>Someone who votes aye in this division supports this legislation. The majority voted aye to this Bill so it is proposed that this Bill will now go to Senate to be read and debated.</p>
  • This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
  • <p><b>Background to Bill</b></p>
  • <p>This is the third attempt to have local government recognised in the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/media/AC79BBA0B87A4906A6D71ACCEEF10535.ashx">Australian Constitution</a>. Pervious attempts occurred in 1974 and 1988. Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government. Currently the Federal Government can only fund local Government vis-à-vis the states. </p>
  • Two Liberal MPs [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/crossing-the-floor.html crossed the floor] to vote against the bill.
  • <p>Because this Bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under <a href="http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm">Section 128</a> apply. This includes that the Bill must pass both Houses of Parliament and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. The majority of both voters in the states must support this legislation and voters in Federal Parliament in order for a constitutional change to be successful.</p>
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • <p>An <a href="http://www.localgovrecognition.gov.au/">Expert Panel</a> to explore the issue of constitutional recognition of local government released it's <a href="http://localgovrecognition.gov.au/sites/localgovrecognition.gov.au/files/ExpertPanel-FinalReport.pdf ">final report</a> on 22 December 2011. On 9 May 2013 <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julia_Gillard&mpc=Lalor&house=representatives">Prime Minister Gillard</a> announced that the referendum would take place on 14 September 2013, the same day as the proposed federal election. However when <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kevin_Rudd&mpc=Griffith&house=representatives">Prime Minister Rudd</a> came to power the federal election date was moved to 7 September. As such, the referendum for the recognition of local government is was <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-05/election-date-puts-local-government-constitutional-recognition/4865116">put on hold</a>. It is not yet known if or when the <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Tony_Abbott&mpc=Warringah&house=representatives
  • ">Abbott</a> Government will hold a referendum on local government.</p>
  • This bill represents a third attempt to have local government recognised in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia Australian Constitution]. Previous attempts occurred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1974_%28Local_Government_Bodies%29 1974] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1988_%28Local_Government%29 1988].
  • <p>The State governments generally support constitutional recognition of local government in principal, but express concern that this will come at the expense of state powers. </p>
  • Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government.[2] Currently the Federal Government can only fund local governments through the states.
  • <p>More information about this Bill and the context surround it can be found <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22">here</a>.
  • Because this bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_128_of_the_Australian_Constitution#Section_128 Section 128] apply. These conditions include that the bill must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. To be successful, there must be a double majority, which means:
  • * ''a national majority of electors (more than half the voters in Australia must vote YES); and''
  • * ''a majority of electors in a majority of the States (i.e. at least four of the six) (more than half the voters in more than half the States must vote YES)''[3]
  • More information about this Bill and the context surrounding it can be found [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22 here] (775 KB) in its bills digest.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the stages of bills through Parliament [http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html here].
  • * [2] For an academic discussion of what it means to recognise local government in the Constitution and the background of this latest attempt to do so, see Professor Anne Twomey's [http://sydney.edu.au/law/cru/documents/2013/CRU_Report_3_%20Local_Government.pdf report] (906 KB).
  • * [3] Read more about what a double majority is [http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm here].
representatives vote 2013-06-05#6

Edited by Natasha Burrows

on 2013-10-17 16:13:16

Title

  • Bills Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013; Third Reading
  • Bills - Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013; Third Reading

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Mark Dreyfus</p>
  • <p>by leave&#8212;I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That this bill be now read a third time.</p>
  • <p>This is a vote on the <a href="http://www.peo.gov.au/students/fact_sheets/making_law.html">third reading</a> of this Bill in the House of Representatives.</p>
  • <p>Someone who votes aye in this division supports this legislation. The majority voted aye to this Bill so it is proposed that this Bill will now go to Senate to be read and debated.</p>
  • <p><b>Background to Bill</b></p>
  • <p>This is the third attempt to have local government recognised in the <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/media/AC79BBA0B87A4906A6D71ACCEEF10535.ashx">Australian Constitution</a>. Pervious attempts occurred in 1974 and 1988. Recognition of local government in the Constitution would mean that the Commonwealth can directly fund local government. Currently the Federal Government can only fund local Government vis-à-vis the states. </p>
  • <p>Because this Bill requires altering the Constitution, conditions under <a href="http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Referendums_Overview.htm">Section 128</a> apply. This includes that the Bill must pass both Houses of Parliament and then be submitted to voters in the states and territories in the form of a referendum. The majority of both voters in the states must support this legislation and voters in Federal Parliament in order for a constitutional change to be successful.</p>
  • <p>An <a href="http://www.localgovrecognition.gov.au/">Expert Panel</a> to explore the issue of constitutional recognition of local government released it's <a href="http://localgovrecognition.gov.au/sites/localgovrecognition.gov.au/files/ExpertPanel-FinalReport.pdf ">final report</a> on 22 December 2011. On 9 May 2013 <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Julia_Gillard&mpc=Lalor&house=representatives">Prime Minister Gillard</a> announced that the referendum would take place on 14 September 2013, the same day as the proposed federal election. However when <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Kevin_Rudd&mpc=Griffith&house=representatives">Prime Minister Rudd</a> came to power the federal election date was moved to 7 September. As such, the referendum for the recognition of local government is was <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-05/election-date-puts-local-government-constitutional-recognition/4865116">put on hold</a>. It is not yet known if or when the <a href="http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Tony_Abbott&mpc=Warringah&house=representatives
  • ">Abbott</a> Government will hold a referendum on local government.</p>
  • <p>The State governments generally support constitutional recognition of local government in principal, but express concern that this will come at the expense of state powers. </p>
  • <p>More information about this Bill and the context surround it can be found <a href="http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/2531622/upload_binary/2531622.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22r5071%22">here</a>.
  • <p class="speaker">Steve Georganas</p>
  • <p>The question is that the bill be read a third time. As this is a bill to amend the Constitution, the provisions of section 128 of the Constitution must be observed. I therefore direct that the bells be rung.</p>