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The New ‘Safeguards’ Legislation

If you are making a statement on SSM please take note of the following. 

On Sept 13th the Commonwealth Parliament passed the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 in a rare example of rapid bipartisan work thereby ensuring that misleading and deceptive advertising will not be a part of the postal survey debate (ordinarily coverage under electoral legislation). It comes into force on September 14th.

With the new ‘safeguards’ legislation all material or statements distributed within the debate territory is required to carry an authorisation statement that is similar to what occurs within election campaigns, i.e. “Authorised by [individual name] on behalf of [school name], [school address].”

Further, there are requirements that cover poor behaviour and guidelines outlawing ‘vilification’ which I assume all schools would be aware of within their normal framework of conduct.

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