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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
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991
    to: create three offences and penalties; and increase penalties for a number of existing offences; and
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    and
    Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970
    in relation to the powers of Australian Federal Police members to investigate offences committed at certain airports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Establishes the Statement for Australia’s Carers and places obligations on public sector agencies and associated providers in relation to the statement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to permit the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to apply for a search warrant without issuing a notice to produce the material sought;
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: require persons to state the purpose for which they require a copy of a register of members of a company or registered scheme; provide that a register maintained on a computer should be inspected on a computer; enable the regulations to prescribe the formats in which a copy of a register should be provided; provide that an unsolicited offer made to purchase financial products off-market must remain open for at least one month from the date of offer; and increase the maximum penalties for insider trading and market manipulation offences; and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to enable an interception agency to apply for telecommunications interception warrants when investigating insider trading and market manipulation offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to reverse the effect of the High Court decision in
    Sons of Gwalia Ltd v Margaretic
    (2007) 232 ALR 232, relating to the rights of persons bringing claims for damages in relation to shareholdings. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to: align the dismissal powers of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Chief Executive Officer to deal with serious misconduct and corruption with those of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner;
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to enable the ACC to appoint part-time examiners;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: extend searches conducted under warrant powers that apply in relation to premises to searches in relation to persons; provide when certain seized documents must be returned; provide for orders for things seized and documents produced; and provide police with a standing power to take fingerprints and photographs of arrested persons; and
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to enable the AFP Commissioner to authorise payments to AFP appointees in special circumstances. Also provides for an independent review after a two-year period of the ACC’s dismissal powers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to: provide that certain members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) may use reasonable and necessary force in the event of an attack on ADF premises; establish a statutory regime of search and seizure powers to operate at ADF premises; update and relocate the trespass offence and related arrest power; authorise the ADF to use overt optical surveillance to monitor the security of ADF premises; and require the disclosure of information captured by such devices to law enforcement agencies and public prosecution authorities; and
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    and
    Defence Act 1903
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment Participation and Childcare 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to set the annual child care rebate limit at $7500 for four income years from 1 July 2010. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fisheries Administration Act 1991
    ,
    Fishing Levy Act 1991
    and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    in relation to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority by: making co-management arrangements with stakeholders in Commonwealth fisheries; administering the regulatory regime; restructuring management advisory committees; and charging agencies for certain services. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to: allow higher education providers to impose an annual capped compulsory student services and amenities fee of $250 from 1 January 2011; establish the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP): Services and Amenities-HELP (SA-HELP) to enable eligible students to access a loan for the fee; and require higher education providers that receive funding for student places under the Commonwealth Grants Scheme to implement National Access to Services Benchmarks. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to give legislative effect to the
    Second Protocol amending the Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income
    as amended by the Protocol of 16 October 1989. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum