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  • Date
    02 Jun 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    in relation to: publishing enrolment and election-related forms and information about places to vote; electronic certified lists of voters; mobile polling; postal voting; eligibility for early voting; and technical amendments; and
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    in relation to: evidence of identity for enrolment; the age of provisional enrolment; roll information provided electronically to parliamentarians; electronically copying the roll; purposes for which the roll may be used; and enrolment for people experiencing homelessness. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Jun 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to provide that: pre-poll votes cast in an elector’s home division can be cast and counted as ordinary votes; the Australian Electoral Commission may process enrolment transactions outside the division for which the person is enrolling; and electors can update their enrolment details electronically; and
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to restrict the number of candidates that can be endorsed by a political party in each division. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to provide that: rolls are closed seven days after the issue of the writ for an election; provisional voters are not required to provide evidence of identity; electors can update their enrolment details electronically; the Australian Electoral Commission may process enrolment transactions outside the division for which the person is enrolling; and pre-poll votes cast in an elector’s home division can be cast and counted as ordinary votes; and
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to restrict the number of candidates that can be endorsed by a political party in each division. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    in relation to: trials of electronically assisted voting for sight-impaired people and remote electronic voting for defence members and civilians serving outside Australia; registration of certain persons as general postal voters; the deadline for postal vote applications; delivery arrangements for postal voting material; receipt of postal votes; establishment of pre-poll voting centres; proof of identity for enrolment from outside Australia; and defamation of electoral candidates and false statements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Dec 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    ,
    Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2004
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    in relation to: closure of the electoral rolls; proof of identity for enrolment and provisional voting; financial disclosure requirements in non-election periods; access to the electoral roll and its use; political party registration; paid electoral advertising on the Internet; candidate nomination deposits; prisoner voting entitlements; location of Divisional Offices; abolition of broadcasters and publishers returns; and the disclosure of political donations; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to increase the tax deductibility value of contributions and gifts to political parties, independent candidates and members; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    . Also provides for the automatic de-registration and requirement for re-registration of certain political parties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Oct 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    in relation to: the registration process for approved providers; financial penalties; and the publication of certain information;
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to enable the Ombudsman to: provide an independent complaints body for overseas students of private registered providers; provide advice and training to private registered providers to facilitate best practice complaint handling; and review and investigate complaint handling and report on systemic issues; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to enable the Australian Information Commissioner to transfer certain complaints to the Overseas Students Ombudsman. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Market Development Grants Act 1997
    to: extend the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme to 2015-16; reduce the maximum grant to $150 000; reduce the maximum number of grants available for an individual recipient to seven; cap intellectual property registration expenses at $50 000; increase the minimum expenses threshold to $20 000; increase the income limit for members of approved joint ventures/consortia to $50 million; remove approved trading houses as an eligible special approval applicant category; reinstate disqualifying convictions; enable Austrade to impose conditions on the accreditation of EMDG consultants; and make changes in relation to applications submitted by accredited EMDG consultants. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 May 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Market Development Grants Act 1997
    to increase the minimum grant available under the Export Market Development Grants Scheme from $2 500 to $5 000 effective from the 2001-02 financial year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Jun 1999 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Trade portfolio 

    Bill

  • Date
    30 Aug 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasurer's portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum