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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
    17 Nov 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Post-2005 Arrangements) Bill 2004 to extend the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Strategic Investment Program for another 10 years, the bill amends the
    Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Investment Program Act 1999
    to extend the program, through the establishment of: the TCF Post-2005 Strategic Investment Program (SIP) Scheme to provide grants for eligible capital expenditure; and the TCF Small Business Fund focusing on grants to develop the business enterprise culture of small TCF entities unable to benefit from the TCF post-2005 (SIP) Scheme. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Nov 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992
    to provide funds for vocational education and training in 2005 under the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) agreement; and update the current funding limits for 2004 to reflect the outcome of earlier negotiations with the States and Territories. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Addresses technical problems with the
    Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2004
    by amending the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to prevent prisoners who are serving a sentence of 3 years or more from enrolling to vote; and
    Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2004
    to: repeal early close of rolls provisions for referenda; and clarify the commencement and cessation of name and address evidentiary requirements for enrolment and changes to enrolment details. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Criminal Code Amendment (Suicide Related Material Offences) Bill 2004, the bill repeals existing telecommunications offences in the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and inserts new and updated telecommunications offences in the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    . Also makes consequential amendments to 5 Acts, including the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and amends the:
    Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991
    to outlaw child prostitution on board Australian-registered aircraft outside Australia;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    in relation to: contamination of goods; dishonest acquisition of or dealing in personal financial information; criminal responsibility of accomplices; obtaining financial advantage; and the principle of ignorance of, or mistake about, the law;
    Customs Act 1901
    to clarify the operation of certain serious drug offences;
    Cybercrime Act 2001
    to correct a misdescription; and
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    to simplify processes for obtaining material for use in foreign proceedings. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Revises Australia’s counter-terrorism framework by amending the:
    Passports Act 1938
    to give authorities certain powers to demand, confiscate and seize foreign passports;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to give the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation powers to demand the surrender of Australian and foreign passports in certain circumstances; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    to facilitate effective disaster victim identification and criminal investigation in the event of a mass casualty incident within Australia. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to exempt fee waiver and fee pay scholarships from the income tests for income support payments; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: expand the carer allowance to carers who provide certain care for an adult with a disability, even if they do not live with that adult; and correct a drafting error. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of a man and a woman; and clarify that same-sex marriages entered into under the law of another country will not be recognised in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999
    to: introduce a new wine produce rebate which will replace the existing cellar door rebate scheme; ensure that wine packaging is included in the tax base for assessing wine tax liability; ensure that payment of wine tax is not avoided by the export and re-entry of wine; amend the definition of rebatable wine to include cider, perry and sake; and correct a technical error; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to repeal accelerated depreciation for grapevine plantings. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the US Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to vary customs duty for certain goods and include a regulation-making power, in order to implement Australia’s obligations under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement which is due to commence on 1 January 2005. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Trade 
    Summary
    Introduced with the US Free Trade Agreement Implementation (Customs Tariff) Bill 2004, the bill amends 11 Acts, relating to customs, agricultural and veterinary chemicals, geographical wine indicators, life insurance, foreign acquisitions and takeovers, Commonwealth authorities and companies, therapeutic goods, patents and copyright, in order to implement Australia’s obligations under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement which is due to commence on 1 January 2005. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum