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  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Evidence Act 1994
    to: streamline the process for adducing foreign material that appears to consist of a business record; and make amendments in relation to: testimony obtained from foreign countries; non-conviction based proceeds of crime matters; court discretion when using foreign evidence; and the Attorney-General’s certification of foreign material. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Aug 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign States Immunities Act 1985
    to enable a foreign State and its emergency management personnel to be immune in tort proceedings for acts or omissions that occur in the course of the foreign State providing emergency management assistance to Australia. Also contains a regulation making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Bill 2007, the bill: provides for the termination of the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation (FWPRDC) and the transfer of its operations to the new industry services company. Also makes consequential amendments to four other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2007, the bill: replaces the current Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation with a not-for-profit forestry industry services company to provide marketing, research, development and other industry services to the forest industry; and provides the minister with the authority to enter into a funding contract with a company to enable it to administer levies, state grower contractual payments, research and development and manage the Commonwealth’s matched funding for research and development expenditure. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to: remove the power to issue conclusive certificates; revoke existing conclusive certificates if a new access request is received; implement measures to protect sensitive information in proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Oct 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    ROXON, Nicola, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to: remove the capacity for Ministers to issue conclusive certificates to exempt a document from disclosure; and amend the objects of the Act to clarify the right of the community to access government information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Cabinet Secretary 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Information Commissioner Bill 2010, the bill amends: the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to: establish a statutory framework for an information publication scheme for certain Commonwealth agencies; remove fees for applications under the Act; enable the Australian Information Commissioner to extend time periods for processing requests in certain cases; provide for consultation processes when responding to onerous requests; provide that documents held by certain contracted service providers are subject to the Act; and limit access to certain intelligence agency information and documents of the Department of Defence; the
    Archives Act 1983
    to reduce open access periods for certain Commonwealth records; the
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to: amend exemption provisions; and provide for a public interest test; the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to provide that the Australian Information Commissioner has: a merits review and an investigatory function; and the power to declare a person to be a vexatious applicant; and 17 Acts consequent on the establishment of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasurer's portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
    to provide for the inclusion of ethanol and other renewable fuel in fuel supplied for use in motor vehicles. 

    Bill

  • Date
    18 Mar 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment, Heritage and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
    to: provide the minister with a wider range of conditions that can apply to approvals to vary fuel standards; simplify procedures when an urgent approval is required to avoid a fuel supply shortfall; provide for civil penalties, infringement notices and enforceable undertakings; enable the minister to consider how fuel is to be supplied when determining a standard; extend information sharing powers; and extend the types of courts that have jurisdiction for various matters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum