What is a bill?

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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Bills before the Senate

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TOTAL RESULTS: 52

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    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

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Privacy Act 1988
    to prohibit conduct related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Commonwealth entities; and the
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends 15 Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and to apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    in relation to: the ability to secure evidence of a contravention when exercising monitoring powers; the age of photographs for identity cards; the time period for the making of a civil penalty order; and the cap on the amount to be stated in an infringement notice. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Prohibits mining activities, including prospecting for or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to repeal Part IIA which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred; and the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    and
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that authorised celebrants 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 consequential amendments. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to amend section 18C (which makes unlawful certain offensive acts that are done because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum