Supplementary Order Paper No 182

  • superseded on 13 March 2013

Clause 2

Replace clause 2 (lines 1 to 7 on page 2) with:

2 Commencement referendum
  • (1) The Returning Officer must conduct a referendum within 6 months of the date on which this Act receives the Royal assent.

    (2) The wording of the proposal is The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Act 2012 should be brought into force.

    (3) The permitted responses to the proposal in subsection (2) are yes or no.

    (4) The wording of the proposal and the responses are to be regarded, for the purposes of the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000, as if they had been specified by the Governor-General by Order in Council in accordance with section 6(1) of that Act.

    (5) The referendum must be conducted in accordance with the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000, with any necessary modifications, as if the referendum were a government initiated referendum.

    (6) In this section and section 2A, government initiated referendum and Returning Officer have the meanings given to them in section 3(1) of the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000.

2A Commencement
  • (1) Section 2 comes into force on the day after the date on which this Act receives the Royal assent.

    (2) The rest of this Act—

    • (a) comes into force, if the Returning Officer's declaration, made in accordance with section 49 of the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000, indicates that the number of votes received for the “yes” response is greater than the number received for the “no” response, on—

      • (i) the date that is 12 months after the date of the declaration; or

      • (ii) an earlier date that is after the date of the declaration, appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council; or

    • (b) is repealed on the date that is 12 months after the date of the declaration if the Returning Officer's declaration, made in accordance with section 49 of the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000, indicates that the number of votes received for the “no” response is greater than the number received for the “yes” response; or

    • (c) is repealed on 1 January 2014 if, at the close of 31 December 2013, no declaration has been made in relation to the bringing into force of this Act under—

      • (i) the Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000; or

      • (ii) any other Act.