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  • Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Provides for a national plebiscite to be conducted at the next general election on the question of whether two people should be able to marry, regardless of gender. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Aged Care Amendment (Independent Complaints Arrangements) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: transfer responsibility for the management and resolution of aged care complaints from the Secretary of the Department of Social Services to the Aged Care Commissioner; rename the Aged Care Commissioner to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner; and make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Fair Work Amendment (Penalty Rates Exemption for Small Businesses) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to remove the requirement that certain small businesses pay penalty rates unless the work is performed on a weekend and is in addition to 38 hours of work over a seven day period, is in addition to ten hours of work in a 24 hour period, or is performed on a public holiday. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: require an explanatory statement to be provided with certain types of travel entitlement claims by members, parliamentary office-holders and ministers; and provide for penalties if claims are made in excess of entitlement; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to expand the powers of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to include the scrutiny of parliamentary entitlements claims. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    10 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to change the membership, powers and functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS); and
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    in relation to the provision of certain reports to the PJCIS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    in relation to: notification of applications for review; non-disclosure of certain information; the method of giving documents or things for the purposes of proceedings; tribunal members’ powers to dismiss certain applications; and the reinstatement of withdrawn applications; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1996
    in relation to: confidentiality requirements relating to statements of affairs; removal of certain requirements to notify, and lodge requests with, the Official Receiver; imposition of time limits for certain applications; and removal of an obsolete reference; the
    Evidence Act 1995
    to make a drafting change; the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to: provide arresters with the power to use reasonable force to enter premises to execute an arrest warrant; and remove an obsolete reference; the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    in relation to: the jury empanelment process; the pre-trial process for indictable offences; and technical amendments; the
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    in relation to: enforcement of foreign arbitral awards; confidentiality provisions to arbitral proceedings; and technical amendments; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: requires Government boards to comprise of at least 40 per cent men and 40 per cent women; and provides for annual reporting requirements in relation to the gender composition of Government boards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to enable certain New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa holders to be eligible for HELP assistance from 1 January 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that consumer leases are excluded goods for the purposes of the income management regime. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment, and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO); provides for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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