Electoral Amendment Act 2002

75 New section 189 substituted
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 189, and substituting the following section:

    189 Disposal of packets
    • (1) The packets and parcels must be safely kept for 6 months unopened, unless a court of competent jurisdiction or the House of Representatives orders them, or any of them, to be opened.

      (2) At the end of 6 months, the packets and parcels must be destroyed unopened in the presence of the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Chief Electoral Officer.

      (3) Despite subsection (2), a packet or parcel may not be destroyed so long as the packet or parcel is, or may reasonably be expected to be, required for the purposes of an investigation into, or a prosecution of, an offence against this Act.