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TOTAL RESULTS: 34

  • Date
    12 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide for some additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to clarify the country of origin labelling requirements by amending the definition of substantial transformation as it applies to the safety harbour provisions and removing the 50 per cent production cost test. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016, the bill 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 (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to provide that the current vaccination and immunisation details and schedules may be applied, adopted or incorporated in a minister’s determination;
    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;
    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 (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    ,
    Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013
    ,
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    to transition Innovation Australia to become Innovation and Science Australia, an independent body responsible for strategic advice on all industry, innovation, science and research matters; and create a statutory framework to provide legislative authority for Commonwealth spending activities in relation to industry, innovation, science and research programs. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to give legislative effect to the Agreement between Australia and the Federal Republic of Germany for the Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion and Avoidance and its Protocol, signed at Berlin on 12 November 2015; and the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    and
    Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to give full effect to the
    Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014
    in relation to mandatory visa cancellation-related powers and the lawful disclosure of non-citizens’ identifying information where a non-citizen is suspected of being of character concern. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate; and pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, the bill amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to: increase family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $10.08 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age; restructure FTB Part B by: increasing the standard rate by $1000.10 per year for families with a youngest child aged under one; maintaining certain standard rates for families, single parents who are at least 60 years of age, grandparents and great-grandparents; introducing a reduced rate of $1000.10 per year for individuals with a youngest child aged 13 to 16 years of age who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents; and removing the entitlement for single parent families who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents from the start of the calendar year their youngest child turns 17 years of age; and phase out the FTB Part A and Part B end-of-year supplements;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $7.48 for recipients under 18 years of age; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum