(1) In this section:
existing registered party means any party registered under this Part immediately before the commencement of the new registration requirements, and includes any party registered under this Part after that commencement and before the registration confirmation day in pursuance of an application for registration made before that commencement.
new registration requirements means the amendments to this Part made by Schedule 2  and  to the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment Act 1999 relating to the membership requirements for the qualification of a party as an eligible party for the purposes of this Part.
registration confirmation day means 31 December next after the commencement of the new registration requirements.(2) The new registration requirements do not, until the registration confirmation day, apply to an existing registered party.(3) An existing registered party is not entitled to continue to be registered, on and after the registration confirmation day, unless:(a) the registered officer of the party has made an application for continued registration of the party in accordance with this section, and(b) the Electoral Commissioner is satisfied that the party is an eligible party under the new registration requirements and approves the application.(4) An application for continued registration of an existing registered party is to be made to the Electoral Commissioner (in the form and manner approved by the Electoral Commissioner) and must:(a) set out the particulars, and be accompanied by the documents, that are referred to in section 66D (2) (g) and (g1) and such additional particulars and documents as are required by the approved form, and(b) be accompanied by a fee of $2,000.(5) Sections 66DA, 66E (2), 66HA (2) and (3), 66J (2) and 66K apply (subject to the regulations) to an application for continued registration under this section in the same way as they apply to an application for registration.(6) The Electoral Commissioner is to cancel the registration of an existing registered party that is not entitled to continue to be registered by virtue of this section. Section 66I (3) applies to any such cancellation of registration.(7) Before the Electoral Commissioner cancels the registration of any such existing party, the Electoral Commissioner is required to give the registered officer of the party notice of the proposed cancellation and the date of and reasons for the proposed cancellation. The Electoral Commissioner may accept a late application for continued registration made before that date and defer a decision on the proposed cancellation until the application is dealt with.(8) If an existing registered party has made an application for continued registration in accordance with this section before the registration confirmation day, but the application has not been determined by the Electoral Commissioner before that day, the party is entitled to continue to be registered until the application is determined.(9) Section 66FA does not apply to an existing registered party while it remains a registered party.(10) In the case of an existing registered party, a return is not required to be furnished under section 66HA (1) if the return would otherwise be required to be furnished in the year in which the registration confirmation day occurs or in the following year.(11) If a form is not prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of section 66D (2) (g1) or 66HA (1), the relevant form is to be a form approved by the Electoral Commissioner.(12) An amendment of this Part made by the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment Act 1999 does not apply to the determination of an application for registration of a party that is made before the commencement of the amendment but not determined before that commencement. The amendment applies to the application if it is not determined before the registration confirmation day, but the applicant is to be given an opportunity to amend the application before it is determined.(13) The power conferred on the Electoral Commissioner by section 66G (2A), or by any other provision made by the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment (Party Registration) Act 2002, is taken to have been conferred on and from the commencement of the new registration requirements, and anything done or omitted by the Electoral Commissioner before the commencement of the provision that would have been validly done or omitted if the provision had been in force when it was done or omitted is validated.(14) Without limiting subsection (13), the Electoral Commissioner was entitled (and continues to be entitled) to refuse to register (or to continue the registration of) a party until at least 75% of a sample of or of about 300 members relied on for registration or continued registration of the party (and chosen by the Electoral Commissioner) have replied to a letter from the Electoral Commissioner confirming that they are members of the party.(15) Despite anything to the contrary in this Part:(a) the initial registration of the party called Save Our Suburbs that was directed to be made by order of the Supreme Court on 30 August 2002 is not affected by any amendment to this Part made by the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment (Party Registration) Act 2002, and(b) that party is taken to have been registered on 1 March 2002, and(c) the Register of Parties may be amended accordingly.(16) Subsections (13) and (14) have effect in connection with an application for the registration or continued registration of a party even though proceedings are pending in a court on the commencement of those subsections in connection with that application or registration.