Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Termination Payments) Bill 2009

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Corporations Act 2001
  to: lower the threshold at which termination payments to company executives (including senior executives or key management personnel) must be approved by shareholders; specify the types of benefits which are subject to shareholder approval; require unauthorised termination benefits to be repaid immediately; provide that retiree shareholders cannot participate in a vote on their termination benefit (except as a proxy); and increase the penalties applicable to unauthorised termination benefits. 

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House of Representatives
24 Jun 2009Introduced and read a first time
24 Jun 2009Second reading moved
09 Sep 2009Second reading debate
09 Sep 2009Second reading agreed to
09 Sep 2009Third reading agreed to
10 Sep 2009Introduced and read a first time
10 Sep 2009Second reading moved
17 Sep 2009Second reading debate
26 Oct 2009Second reading agreed to
26 Oct 2009Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 1 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
26 Oct 2009Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
27 Oct 2009Message from Senate reported
29 Oct 2009Consideration of Senate message

Details: House disagreed to Senate amendment
29 Oct 2009Message from House of Reps reported
16 Nov 2009Consideration of House of Reps message

Details: Senate did not insist on its amendment

16 Nov 2009Text of bill as passed both Houses
23 Nov 2009Assent

Act no.: 115

Year: 2009

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