‘Foreign Influence’ legislative package
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What legislation has been passed?
Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Act 2018 No 31
Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 No 63
National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 No 67
What legislation remains to be considered by Parliament?
Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 – See Report from 9 April 2018 as to proposed amendments
(this needs to be read in conjunction with the Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017, No. 99,
which as at the date of writing had not been integrated into the text of the Commonwealth Electoral Act).
Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018
Submissions (in relation to original Bills, not taking draft amendments into account)
Original submissions made to relevant Joint Federal Parliamentary Committees by ALHR/ ALHR members/ HRLC as follows:
ALHR submissions No 7, 7.1, 7.2, Valerie Heath submission No 15
ALHR submission No 7, Human Rights Law Centre submission No 10, Valerie Heath submission No 14
See also ALHR submission No 7 in relation to FITS which has several pages also dealing with changes to the EFI Bill.
ALHR submission No 65, Human Rights Law Centre submission No 142
ALHR submission No 2
Related Papers and Sites
Joint Committee on Electoral matters
Advisory report on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
Second Interim Report of Joint Committee on Electoral Matters, March 2017
UN and EU Papers
The importance of human rights defenders, Feb 2018 – Submission 30 – UN Special Rapporteurs
Venice Commission 2006 on Foreign Financial Contributions
Comparison with other legislation (courtesy of International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law)
RUSSIAN FEDERAL LAW on NCOs (as amended) marked up
ICNL_Overview of the Russian Foreign Funding Law
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance