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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
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Small Business and Tourism 
    Summary
    Establishes Tourism Australia, which will amalgamate the functions of the Australian Tourist Commission, See Australia, the Tourism Forecasting Council and the Bureau of Tourism Research, plus a new unit, Tourism Events Australia. Tourism Australia will be responsible for international and domestic tourism marketing and research. Also contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Provides for a once only payment to former prisoners-of-war of the North Koreans or their surviving spouse; and amends the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: index above general rate disability pensions; introduce a Defence Force Income Support Allowance; ensure appropriate rent assistance for war widows and widowers; increase funeral benefits; and extend operational service to minesweeping and bomb/mine clearance personnel. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Revises Australia’s counter-terrorism framework by amending the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: extend fixed investigation periods for investigations into suspected terrorism offences; and permit law enforcement agencies to suspend or delay questioning a suspect to make overseas inquiries;
    Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978
    in relation to foreign incursions offences;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    in relation to: terrorist organisation membership offences; and offences of providing training to or receiving training from a terrorist organisation; and
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    in relation to commercial exploitation by persons who have committed foreign indictable offences. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    in relation to: low regulatory concern chemicals, including new permit categories and exemptions, annual reporting and record keeping obligations; administrative processes for some permit renewals; and make miscellaneous and consequential amendments in relation to: the definition of “cosmetics”; inclusion of certain material on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances; and mandatory company registration for chemical introducers. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: ensure the certainty of the process for determining the representative entitlement for each of the States and Territories in the House of Representatives; and maintain at the next federal election, the Northern Territory’s current representation of two members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Excise Act 1901
    to relation to: delivery of excisable goods for exportation; movement of tobacco seed and plants; disposal of certain seized forfeited goods and use of evidentiary certificates in relation to those goods; and disclosure of information about excise licences and permissions in certain circumstances; and the
    Customs Act 1901
    in relation to exportation of excisable goods; and make consequential amendments. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to: direct deduction arrangements; Victoria Cross allowance; automatic grant of income support supplement to age and wife pensioners; calculation of disability pension arrears; partner service pension for Norfolk Island residents; calculation of rent assistance; reduction in pension arrears payment resulting from overpayment of rent assistance and partner’s receipt of service pension; value of financial assets for purposes of deeming rules; clarification of deemed income and actual income from accrued returns on financial assets; means test exemption of certain superannuation assets; income and assets test treatment of small superannuation accounts and private rental income; adjustments to ceiling rate service pension; offence provisions; disposal of income and assets; compensation recovery; and minor and technical amendments. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends: 5 Acts to reflect the name change of the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA); and the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to protect the APVMA’s name and logo from inappropriate use. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Act 1997
    to reflect the repeal of the three types of Part X administrations and the introduction of personal insolvency agreements in the proposed
    Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 2004
    . Also contains transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    in relation to binding arrangements with creditors as an alternative to bankruptcy by: increasing the disclosure requirements of debtors, creditors and trustees; replacing the three current types of arrangements with a single form of arrangement to be called a personal insolvency agreement; and simplifying the process for setting aside and terminating arrangements; and makes consequential amendments to 16 other Acts; and contains application and transitional provisions. Also amends the:
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    in relation to: related changes to post-bankruptcy compositions and schemes of arrangement; performance standards of registered trustees; creditors’ voting documents; notice of meetings; and to make technical amendments; and the
    Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 2002
    to: correct a drafting error; and validate past acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum