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Annual returns relating to political expenditure

             (1)  A person must provide a return for a financial year in accordance with this section if:

                     (a)  the person incurred expenditure for any of the following purposes during the year, by or with his or her own authority:

                              (i)  the public expression of views on a political party, a candidate in an election or a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate by any means;

                             (ii)  the public expression of views on an issue in an election by any means;

                            (iii)  the printing, production, publication or distribution of any material (not being material referred to in subparagraph (i) or (ii)) that is required under section 328, 328A or 328B to include a name, address or place of business;

                            (iv)  the broadcast of political matter in relation to which particulars are required to be announced under subclause 4(2) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 ;

                             (v)  the carrying out of an opinion poll, or other research, relating to an election or the voting intentions of electors; and

                     (b)  the amount of the expenditure incurred was more than $10,000; and

                     (c)  at the time the person gave the authority the person was not:

                              (i)  a registered political party; or

                             (ii)  a State branch of a registered political party; or

                            (iii)  the Commonwealth (including a Department of the Commonwealth, an Executive Agency or a Statutory Agency (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999 )); or

                          (iiia)  a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate; or

                            (iv)  a candidate in an election; or

                             (v)  a member of a group.

Note:          The dollar amount mentioned in this subsection is indexed under section 321A.

             (2)  The person must provide to the Electoral Commission a return for the financial year setting out details of the expenditure incurred.

             (3)  The return must:

                     (a)  be provided before the end of 20 weeks after the end of the financial year; and

                     (b)  be in the approved form.

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