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  • Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    in relation to: notification of applications for review; non-disclosure of certain information; the method of giving documents or things for the purposes of proceedings; tribunal members’ powers to dismiss certain applications; and the reinstatement of withdrawn applications; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1996
    in relation to: confidentiality requirements relating to statements of affairs; removal of certain requirements to notify, and lodge requests with, the Official Receiver; imposition of time limits for certain applications; and removal of an obsolete reference; the
    Evidence Act 1995
    to make a drafting change; the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to: provide arresters with the power to use reasonable force to enter premises to execute an arrest warrant; and remove an obsolete reference; the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    in relation to: the jury empanelment process; the pre-trial process for indictable offences; and technical amendments; the
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    in relation to: enforcement of foreign arbitral awards; confidentiality provisions to arbitral proceedings; and technical amendments; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 May 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: increase the Commonwealth penalty unit from $170 to $180, effective from 31 July 2015; and index the penalty unit every three years to the Consumer Price Index, effective from 1 July 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015

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    Date
    26 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to enable copyright owners to apply to the Federal Court of Australia for an order requiring a carriage service provider to block access to an online location operated outside Australia that has the primary purpose of infringing copyright or facilitating the infringement of copyright. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015

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    Date
    19 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: make recklessness the fault element for attempted serious drug offences and remove the intent to manufacture element from offences relating to the importation of border controlled precursors; clarify that proof of an intention to influence a particular foreign official is not required to establish the offence; clarify the scope and application of the war crime offence of outrages upon personal dignity in a non-international armed conflict; expand the definition of forced marriage to apply when a person is incapable of understanding the nature and effect of a marriage ceremony; insert the concept of ‘knowingly concerned’ in the commission of an offence as an additional form of secondary criminal liability; and introduce a mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment for firearm trafficking; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970
    to make amendments in relation to the sentencing, imprisonment and release of federal offenders; the
    Transfer of Prisoners Act 1983
    to enable the interstate transfer of federal prisoners to occur at a location other than a prison for federal prisoners approved for transfer; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: enable the Attorney-General’s Department to share information about federal offenders with relevant third party agencies; and clarify the operation of controlled operations provisions; the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to address enforceability issues and operational constraints identified by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 to amend the powers and functions of the commissioner; and remove the time limits on the secondment of officers to the commission; the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to make technical amendments in relation to the special operations and investigations of the commission; the
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to increase penalties for failing to comply with a production order or with a notice to a financial institution in proceeds of crime investigations; the
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    ,
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    ,
    Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989
    and
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    to make technical amendments in relation to proceeds of crime; ten Acts to enable the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption of South Australia to access information from certain Commonwealth agencies, rely on defences for certain Commonwealth telecommunications offences, and apply for certain types of search warrants; and the
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Amending Acts 1980 to 1989 Repeal Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Repeals 870 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1980 to 1989. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2015

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    Date
    18 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 19 Acts and the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing) Regulation 2014 to amend errors, remove redundant provisions, and renumber text; 37 Acts to: clarify on the face of Acts that the Crown in right of the Australian Capital Territory and of the Northern Territory is bound; and modernise the provisions about whether the Crown is liable to be prosecuted for an offence; 31 Acts to amend provisions which rely on the Consumer Price Index to refer to the ‘index reference period’ rather than the ‘reference base’; the
    Parliamentary Presiding Officers Act 1965
    and
    Public Works Committee Act 1969
    to remove gender-specific language; and the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    and
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: remove spent provisions; and make amendments consequential on their removal. Also repeals six Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    in relation to: the Official Trustee; the Official Receiver; the National Disability Insurance Scheme; the offence of concealment; declarations in statements received electronically; indictable and summary offences; and the location of certain offences in the Act;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to clarify the application of the Act to certain international arbitration agreements;
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: make technical amendments; clarify the appeal rights available for court security orders; and create access to the Family Court of Australia for court security orders made by the Family Court of Western Australia;
    Court Security Act 2013
    to: provide for the disposal of unclaimed items seized by or given upon request to court security officers; and clarify the processes by which court security orders can be varied and revoked;
    Evidence Act 1995
    to: reflect changes to the Model Uniform Evidence Bill; remove all references to the Australian Capital Territory; and make technical amendments;
    Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986
    to enable the National Cultural Heritage Committee to continue to function when membership falls below the maximum number; and
    Copyright Act 1968
    to extend the legal deposit scheme to include work published in electronic format. 

    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
    The bill: 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;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to provide for an Australian Privacy Comissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission; 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

  • Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Personal Property Securities Act 2009
    to provide that leases of serial numbered goods of 90 days or more will not be deemed to be leases for the purposes of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Defence Force Cover Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish new superannuation arrangements for people joining the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on or after 1 July 2016, the bill establishes the Australian Defence Force Cover Scheme (ADF Cover) to provide ADF members with death and invalidity cover consistent with the benefits provided to members of the current Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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