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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify the validity of ministerial acts and the operation of provisions about the management of compilations prepared for the Federal Register of Legislation;
    Archives Act 1983
    to: provide the National Archives of Australia with tools to manage high-volume applicants requesting access to records; and make other minor technical amendments;
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to clarify that the Family Court of Australia has bankruptcy jurisdiction when a trustee applies to have a financial agreement set aside under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ;
    Domicile Act 1982
    to provide that it applies to territories currently specified in the Domicile Regulations 1982;
    Evidence Act 1995
    to amend the presumption about when postal articles sent by prepaid post are received;
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: introduce new offences relating to international parental child abduction and to allow a person to request a location order for the purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; clarify who may perform the powers of the registry managers; align financial and other provisions for de facto and married couples; make various amendments relating to the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to: specify the meaning of ‘competent court’ for the purpose of the Model Law; clarify procedural requirements for enforcement of an arbitral award; modernise provisions governing certain arbitrators’ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions;
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical amendments; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for discrimination against women employed, engaged or appointed in Australian Defence Force positions involving combat duties. Also makes consequential amendments to nine Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    ,
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal (the tribunal) the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    CAMERON, Sen Doug
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: ensure that modern awards cannot be varied to reduce penalty rates or the hours to which penalties rates apply if the variation is likely to result in a reduction in the take-home pay of an employee; and provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015
    to: allow the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to provide assistance in advising and preparing a person’s case for a no adverse costs order in proceedings in relation to contraventions of Part IV of the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ; and require the number of requests for assistance in relation to an application for a no adverse costs order to be included in the Ombudsman’s annual report; and
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: allow for a no adverse costs order to be sought, at any time during proceedings, by a person bringing an action in relation to loss or damage by conduct of another person that was done in contravention of Part IV of the Act; and specify the circumstances in which the court is able to make a no adverse costs order. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to: require the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to maintain three domestic shortwave transmission services for the Northern Territory that were operating up until 31 January 2017; and maintain an international shortwave radio transmission service for Papua New Guinea and parts of the Pacific. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in public places under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth if the threat level under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is higher than ‘possible’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fisheries Administration Act 1991
    to: provide that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) must have regard to the objective of ensuring that the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers are taken into account in the performance of its functions; provide an additional eligibility criteria for AFMA commissioners of expertise in matters relating to recreational or Indigenous fishing; provide restrictions on the appointment of commissioners who hold an executive position in a fishing representative organisation; increase the maximum size of management advisory committees from seven to ten (in addition to the Chair and the AFMA staff member); and require AFMA to try as far as practical to have memberships of commercial and recreational fishers on management advisory committees; and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    to provide that the minister, AFMA and Joint Authorities established under the Act must have regard to ensuring that the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers are taken into account in the performance of their functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BURSTON, Sen Brian 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: require the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake a preliminary assessment of a complaint before proceeding to a full inquiry and attempt to conciliate; set out the steps of the preliminary assessment process; and provide for the termination of a complaint at any time during the preliminary assessment process. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    ,
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    ,
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    and
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisations Act 1979
    to establish a regulatory framework to manage national security risks of espionage, sabotage and foreign interference to Australia’s telecommunications networks and facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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