Providing Tasmanians With Greater Clarity

Guy Barnett, Attorney General

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has today introduced the Electoral Amendment Bill 2024, delivering on our 100 day plan commitments.

The Bill amends section 196 of the Electoral Act 2004 and will remove the prohibition on the use of names and images of political candidates in advertising.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Guy Barnett, said that this move would give Tasmanians a clearer idea of who and what they’re voting for.

“This decision will result in greater accountability and greater transparency,” the Attorney-General said.

“We are amending this legislation to allow for the use of names and images of political candidates to be used in advertisements during an election period.

“During public consultation, as part of the Electoral Act Review, it became clear that Tasmanians and relevant stakeholders felt current provisions were not sufficient.

“This move brings Tasmania into line with other Australian states and will allow for greater clarity in who Tasmanians are voting for.

“We are continuing to make improvements across the board on a number of key legislative amendments as we deliver our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.”

A factsheet on the Bill is available here.

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