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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 34

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance; and provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities; and the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to reduce the corporate tax rate for small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million to 27.5 per cent for the 2016-17 financial year and progressively extend that lower rate to all corporate tax entities by the 2023-24 financial year; and further reduce the corporate tax rate in stages so that by the 2026 27 financial year, the corporate tax rate for all entities will be 25 per cent;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to increase the small business income tax offset to 16 per cent of an eligible individual’s basic income tax liability that relates to their total net small business income from the 2026-27 financial year; and enable small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million to access most small business tax concessions, and small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 million to access the small business income tax offset; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    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
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to increase the third personal income tax threshold so that the rate of tax payable on taxable incomes from $80 001 to $87 000 for individuals is 32.5 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    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
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by amending the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC’s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the
    Criminology Research Act 1971
    to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the bill imposes charges on licences granted under the
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to enable the Commonwealth to recover the costs of the administration, monitoring and assessment of compliance under the Act after the licence and permits associated with the licence are granted. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to: protect sensitive law enforcement information that may be disclosed by law enforcement agencies for the purposes of regulatory action relating to medicinal cannabis licences, cannabis research licences and manufacture licences; introduce an offence for the unauthorised disclosure of sensitive law enforcement information in certain circumstances; clarify that cannabis research licence holders can supply seeds to licensed cultivators; enable the minister to make standards and guidelines; enable the making of regulations to specify periods within which the secretary must notify licence holders of certain matters; provide for the timing of payments of fees and charges; and enable the pro-rating refund, waiving, reduction or remission of fees; and the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to enable regulations to be made prescribing the circumstances in which the use of medicinal cannabis products can be authorised. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Establishes the legislative framework for a compulsory in-person vote in a national plebiscite that would ask Australians “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the assets test exemption for youth allowance and austudy payment recipients whose partner receives certain income support payments; extend the means test rules used to assess interests in trusts and companies to independent youth allowance and austudy payment recipients; align income test treatment of gift payments from immediate family members with existing pension rules; harmonise the family tax benefit and youth allowance parental income tests by including tax free pensions and benefits as income for the parental income test; ensure that all students receiving income support receive a health care card; and enable the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness structure used to assess eligibility for student payments to be automatically updated. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum