The Committee inquires into and reports on electoral laws and practices and the spending and public funding of political parties.
The Committee can only look at issues that are referred by either House or a Minister, and cannot consider electoral boundaries and the distribution of electorates.
Resolution passed 18 June 2019, 57th Parliament, Votes and Proceedings No.10, Item 13.
Legislative Assembly Votes and Proceedings No 10, Tuesday 18 June 2019, entry no. 13:
13 PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES
Mr Andrew Constance moved, by leave, That the following motions for the establishment of Parliamentary committees and the appointment of members be
(7) Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
(1) A Joint Standing Committee, to be known as the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, be appointed.
(2) The Committee inquire into and report upon such matters as may be referred to it by either House of the Parliament or a Minister that relate to:
(a) The following electoral laws:
(i) Electoral Act 2017 (Other than Part 3);
(ii) Electoral Funding Act 2018; and
(iii) Those provisions of the Constitution Act 1902 that relate to the procedures for, and conduct of, elections for members of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council (other than sections 27, 28 and 28A);”
(b) The administration of and practices associated with the electoral laws described at (a).
(3) All matters that relate to (2) (a) and (b) above in respect of the 23 March 2019 State Election, shall stand referred to the Committee for any inquiry the Committee may wish to make. The Committee shall report on the outcome of any such inquiry within 18 months of the date of this resolution being agreed to by both Houses.
(4) The Committee consist of ten members, as follows:
(a) Five members of the Legislative Assembly, and
(b) Five members of the Legislative Council.
(5) Mr Lee Evans, Mr Christopher Gulaptis, Mr Paul Scully, Mr Nathaniel Smith, and Ms Felicity Wilson be appointed to serve on such committee as the members of the Legislative Assembly.
(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders of either House, at any meeting of the committee, any four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum, provided that the Committee meets as a joint committee at all times.
(7) The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of New South Wales and other States and Territories of Australia.
(8) A message be sent acquainting the Legislative Council of the resolution and requesting the Legislative Council to appoint five of its members to serve with the members of the Legislative Assembly upon the Committee, and to fix a time and place for the first meeting.
Resolution passed 19 June 2019, 57th Parliament, Minutes No. 10, Items 11 and 18.
Legislative Council Minutes No 10, Wednesday 19 June 2019, entries No 11 and 18:
11 JOINT COMMITTEES—MEMBERSHIP
Mr Harwin then moved:
(5) Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
1. That this House agrees to the resolution in the Legislative Assembly’s message of Tuesday 18 June 2019 relating to the
appointment of a Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.
2. That the representatives of the Legislative Council on the Joint Standing Committee be Mr Ben Franklin, Ms Catherine Cusack, Mrs
Courtney Houssos and Mr Peter Primrose.
3. That on the crossbench membership to be appointed to serve on the committee being determined, a message be forwarded to the Legislative
4. That the time and place for the first meeting be advised once it has been determined.
18 COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP—CROSSBENCH MEMBERS
The Deputy President informed the House that the Clerk had received from crossbench members the following nominations for membership of committees:
Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Crossbench: Mr Borsak.