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  • 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

  • Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Parliamentary Service Act 1999
    to: require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    05 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Requires: any use of official development or humanitarian assistance to have regard to reducing gender inequality; and the minister to present an annual report setting out how the Commonwealth used international aid to promote general equality in recipient countries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and
    Air Force Act 1923
    and
    Naval Defence Act 1910
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    11 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    09 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion; provides for the functions of the director to enable them to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; provides for the director’s powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and provides for deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight and Resourcing) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation; require the monitor to consider whether counter-terrorism and national security legislation is a proportionate response to the national security threat faced; enable Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate committees and the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry; require for all reports of the monitor to be tabled and the government to respond to any recommendations within six months; ensure that the position of monitor is a full time position; establish the Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor as a statutory agency and a listed entity; and provide for staff; and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to provide that it is a function of the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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