What is a bill?

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
    06 Dec 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    The bill: amends 45 Acts to correct clerical and drafting errors; repeals 17 obsolete Acts and amends six Acts as a consequence of those repeals. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Wheat Marketing Act 1989
    to transfer, until 30 June 2007, the veto power for bulk wheat export applications from AWB (International) Ltd to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Based on recommendations by the Lockhart Review Committee, the bill amends the
    Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002
    and
    Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002
    to: retain existing prohibitions on certain human reproductive cloning and other assisted reproductive technology activities; and permit certain human embryo research, under licence. Also amends the short title of the
    Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002
    ; and amends the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006, the bill amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to reform the digital television and commercial television broadcasting regime, particularly in relation to: regulation of digital television; broadcasting of sports on the anti-siphoning list on new digital channels; commercial television licensing arrangements; allocation of channels for new digital services; the access regime for channel B datacasting transmitter licences and access undertakings; and industry codes and standards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2006, the bill amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: remove media-specific restrictions on foreign ownership and control; permit cross-media mergers in radio licence areas where sufficient diversity of media groups remains following the merger; require media outlets to disclose cross-media relationships when reporting on cross-held entities; and require minimum levels of local content by commercial television and radio licensees in regional markets. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the sentencing and bail provisions of the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to ensure adequate protection of alleged victims and witnesses; preclude customary law or cultural practice being taken into account in such a way that the criminal behaviour concerned is seen as less or more culpable; and allow religious beliefs to be considered in determining appropriate forensic procedures. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    ,
    Banking Act 1959
    and
    Financial Sector (Transfers of Business) Act 1999
    to facilitate regulatory cooperation in relation to banking services in Australia and New Zealand. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: harmonise aged care and pension assets tests in relation to income streams purchased on or after 20 September 2007 and asset disposals (i.e. gifts); and clarify the delegation of certain powers to Aged Care Assessment Teams. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to: validate certain orders made by non-judicial officers of State courts of summary jurisdiction in relation to taxation and other federal law matters; and repeal certain provisions to enable States to determine which officers, including non-judicial officers, can exercise federal jurisdiction and in what circumstances. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970
    ,
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Family Law Act 1975

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Privacy Act 1988
    in relation to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about deceased, injured and missing individuals involved in an emergency or disaster occurring in Australia or overseas. Also makes a consequential amendment to the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to ensure that ASIO is not prevented from disclosing information when an emergency is declared. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum