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  • Australian Passports (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2005

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a new framework for the operation of Australia’s passport system, the bill: repeals all provisions relating to Australian passports or travel-related documents from the
    Passports Act 1938
    and renames it the
    Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2004
    . Also makes consequential amendments to 6 Acts, including the
    Passports Act 1938
    , to ensure the: continuing validity of travel documents, continued application of the
    Passports Act 1938
    to pending proceedings and reviews, and application of the proposed
    Australian Passports Act 2004
    to pending applications. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Passports (Application Fees) Bill 2005

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a new framework for the operation of Australia’s passport system, the bill imposes, as taxes, application fees in relation to passports and other travel-related documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Bill 2006

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2006, the bill provides non-liability cancer testing and treatment for eligible Australian participants in the British Nuclear Testing Program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2006

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Bill 2006, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    National Health Act 1953
    and
    Social Security Act 1991

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Sep 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority and the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Advisory Council to provide a legislative framework to implement measures for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Amendment Bill 2006

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    30 Mar 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisations Act 1987
    to: allow the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to condition, manage and store radioactive material and radioactive waste other than that which may arise directly from ANSTO’s activities; ensure that ANSTO is able to provide assistance to State and Territory jurisdictions in the event of an incident, including a terrorist or criminal incident, involving radiological material; clarify ANSTO’s authority to accept and manage radioactive waste arising from overseas reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel from ANSTO’s research reactor; and allow ANSTO to fully participate in the establishment and operation of the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Facility in the Northern Territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian National Training Authority Amendment Bill 2003

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Aug 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian National Training Authority Act 1992
    to: increase the number of members on the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) Board; substitute a new definition of “Agreement” so that it will no longer be necessary to incorporate new agreements in a Schedule to the Act; and make consequential amendments; and
    Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992
    to ensure consistent references to the applicable ANTA Agreement; and make consequential amendments. Also contains savings provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian National Training Authority Amendment Bill 1999

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 1998 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Training and Youth Affairs portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Mar 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill provides for: the purposes and functions of the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units; rules for opening and closing accounts in the registry; different types of registry accounts; procedures and requirements relating to Kyoto and non-Kyoto international units in the registry; publication of information; voluntary cancellation of emissions units; prevention or rectifying non-compliance with registry requirements; and merits review of decisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency Bill 2010

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian National Preventive Health Agency as a statutory body and provides for: the terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer; staff and consultants; committees; strategic and annual operational plans; finance and reporting requirements; and grants by the agency. Also establishes the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Advisory Council and provides for: the terms and conditions of appointment of members to the Council; and meeting procedures. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum