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  • Freedom to Marry Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    26 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to provide that: people may marry regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity; registered marriage celebrants are not able to discriminate; religious and non-religious private sector celebrants have freedom of conscience not to solemnise marriages; and chaplains in the defence force may exercise a freedom of conscience while maintaining a positive duty to try to ensure that all couples who seek their services are able to marry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 May 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to require agencies and ministers to publish the exact wording of freedom of information requests and a statement of reasons concerning the decision to allow or refuse the release of requested documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the: Freedom of Information Act 1982 to provide for: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have sole jurisdiction for external merits review of freedom of information (FOI) decisions; the Attorney-General to be responsible for FOI guidelines, collection of FOI statistics and the annual report on the operation of the Act; and the Ombudsman to have sole responsibility for the investigation of FOI complaints; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 and Privacy Act 1988 to provide for an Australian Privacy Commissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Also repeals the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; and makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    20 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to Australia’s foreign investment framework, the bill imposes fees in relation to certain applications and actions that are made under the proposed
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Act 2015

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    30 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to prevent foreign persons or entities from acquiring a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water or other assets that are of strategic economic or strategic defensive importance to Australia 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 [2013]

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Nov 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to: implement a national interest test to be applied against proposed foreign acquisitions of agricultural land; require any interest in agricultural land greater than five hectares to be notified to the Treasurer; require online publication of information about foreign acquisitions of interest in agricultural land; and impose penalties for not notifying the Treasurer of a proposed acquisition. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991
    to replace references to the former Australia and New Zealand Regulation Ministerial Council with references to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation; make changes to the compositional requirements and appointment process for the Board; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Flags Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    06 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Flags Act 1953
    to require that all Australian flags flown, used or supplied by the Commonwealth are manufactured in Australia from materials manufactured in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services;
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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