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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    11 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    ,
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide for a one-off payment to eligible families; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide for one-off payments to carer allowance and carer payment recipients. Also establishes an administrative scheme to provide payments if the statutory one-off payments regime does not produce an appropriate result. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuels) Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide for new differential customs duty rates for high sulphur diesel and ultra low sulphur diesel and certain similar products; increase the customs duty rate for aviation kerosene and aviation gasoline; and introduce a customs duty on biodiesel for use as a fuel in an internal combustion engine; and
    Customs Tariff Amendment Act (No. 1) 2003
    to make minor consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    in relation to: enrolment issues; access to the electoral roll and its use; the lead-up to election day including preparations undertaken by the Australian Electoral Commission, political parties, candidates and others, including procedures for nomination of candidates; processes for voting; operation of polling booths on election day; and technical amendments. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    ,
    Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999
    ,
    Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    in relation to: enrolment and voting processes, including proof of identity and address arrangements, and closure of electoral rolls; prisoners’ rights to vote; financial disclosure thresholds; provision of certain voting information to political parties and independent members of parliament; removal of the requirement for broadcasters and publishers to lodge returns on electoral advertising during an election period; multiple voting and enrolment offences; restriction of scrutineers’ activities in relation to assisted votes; reinstatement on the electoral roll; and registration of party names. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuels) Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to provide for new differential excise duty rates for high sulphur diesel and ultra low sulphur diesel and certain similar products; increase the excise duty rate for aviation kerosene and aviation gasoline; introduce an excise duty on biodiesel for use as a fuel in an international combustion engine; and enable previously paid duties to be deducted in the formula for calculating excise duty payable on fuel ethanol/gasoline blends. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to provide for payment of benefits for hospital treatment associated with podiatric surgery;
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    and
    National Health Act 1953
    in relation to provision of Hospital Casemix Protocol data;
    National Health Act 1953
    to provide for the continuing supply of pharmaceutical benefits in the event of the death of an approved pharmacist; and
    Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995
    and
    Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Oncology and Other Measures) Act 2003
    to correct drafting errors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: reduce the amount of the capital gain or capital loss that will be subject to capital gains tax rules where Australian companies and controlled foreign companies sell shares in a foreign company with an underlying active business;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to extend the current exemptions for foreign branch profits and foreign dividends to all countries from 1 July 2004; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to reduce the scope of tainted services income. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Administration 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Parliamentary Superannuation Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
    to: close the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme to new members from the next general election; and suspend retiring allowances being paid to former senators and members who are again elected at or after the next general election; and
    Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
    and
    Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990
    to allow a limited salary sacrifice facility for senators and members who are entitled to superannuation under the new arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Administration 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Parliamentary Superannuation and Other Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2004, the bill establishes new superannuation arrangements for persons who become members of the Federal Parliament at or after the next general election. The new arrangements will involve a 9 per cent contribution payable into a superannuation fund nominated by the senator or member. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    in relation to the operation of the income tax law affecting life insurance companies;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and 3 other Acts in relation to the consolidation regime;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    in relation to: venture capital partnerships; and franked distributions received through certain partnerships and trusts;
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    in relation to fringe benefits tax (FBT) housing benefits;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    in relation to: capital gains tax event K6 and demergers; deductions for United Medical Protection Limited support payments; and alienation of personal services income provisions;
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    in relation to compulsory third party schemes;
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    in relation to FBT treatment of public ambulance services; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    in relation to: taxation treatment of overseas superannuation payments; and technical corrections to foreign tax credit provisions. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum