Printing and Communications Definitions

The definitions below specifically relate to the printing and communications entitlement.

Parliamentary Purposes

‘Parliamentary purposes’ is not defined in the Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997 (PE Regulations).

However, parliamentary purposes has been interpreted to include the conduct of business directly related to a Senator or Member’s membership of the Parliament or by reason of holding a particular office of the Parliament, or the performance of functions and responsibilities in, or in relation to, the Parliament or either House of the Parliament, or of its Committees.

Examples of Parliamentary purposes may include:

* Does not include activities relating to the internal administration (for example, pre-selection decisions or fund raising activities) of the Federal Parliamentary Political Party.

In considering whether or not an item is for Parliamentary purposes within the meaning of the printing and communications entitlement, there must be a nexus between the content of the item being printed and/or distributed, and the conduct of business directly related to a Senator or Member’s membership of the Parliament or by reason of holding a particular office of the Parliament, or the performance of functions and responsibilities in, or in relation to, the Parliament or either House of the Parliament, or of its Committees.

For example, it would be parliamentary business for:

Electorate Purposes

‘Electorate purposes’ is not defined in the PE Regulations.

However, electorate purposes, in relation to a Senator or Member’s constituents, will be interpreted to include:

Party Business

Under the PE Regulations, party business is defined to mean:

the production, communication or distribution of material that:

Party business does include material that specifies, or seeks to instruct on, the manner in which a ballot paper is to be marked.  This could include a how-to-vote card, but could also include how-to-vote instructions contained within other material, for example, how-to-vote instructions contained within a newsletter, an advertisement or on a website.

Party business does not include:

Examples of phrases that can be included in material produced under the printing and communications entitlement include:

Examples of phrases that cannot be included in material produced under the printing and communications entitlement because they come within the definition of party business in the PE Regulations include:

Commercial Purposes

Commercial purposes’ is not defined in the PE Regulations.

Commercial purposes will be interpreted to mean a purpose relating to the derivation of financial gain or reward, whether as a board member, an office-holder, an employee, a self‑employed person or otherwise.

This is the same definition contained in the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002.

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