3B Meaning of regulated period

(1)

In this Act, regulated period, in relation to a general election, has the meaning given to it by subsections (2) and (3).

(2)

If before the close of the default day the Prime Minister gives public notice of the day that is to be polling day for the election, the regulated period—

(a)

commences on the later of the following days:

(i)

the day after the date on which the Prime Minister gives that public notice:

(ii)

the day that is 3 months before polling day; and

(b)

ends with the close of the day before polling day.

(3)

If at the close of the default day the Prime Minister has not given public notice of the day that is to be polling day for the election, the regulated period—

(a)

commences on the close of the default day; and

(b)

ends with the close of the day before polling day.

(4)

In this Act, regulated period, in relation to a by-election, means the period that—

(a)

commences on the day after the notice of the vacancy to be filled by the by-election is published under section 129(1); and

(b)

ends with the close of the day before polling day.

(5)

In this section,—

default day means the day that is 2 years and 9 months after the polling day for the preceding general election

give public notice means issue a media statement.

Section 3B: inserted, on 1 January 2011, by section 5 of the Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 137).