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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: 78

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    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), and for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that all veterans, including former members of the Defence Force and members of a peacekeeping force, who have served in war or war-like operations, are eligible for medical treatment, regardless of whether the condition or injury was caused by war or contracted during war or war-like operations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Airports Act 1996
    to provide that the regulation of smoking at airports does not apply to the use of e-cigarettes (vaping);
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to exclude e-cigarettes from regulation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; and
    Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992
    to provide that the ban on the advertising of smoking does not apply to the advertising of vaping. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999
    to: introduce additional eligibility criteria for the wine equalisation tax (WET) producer rebate; provide that a purchaser of wine is only able to claim a WET credit for WET included in the purchase price of that wine if it makes a taxable dealing with the wine; reduce the WET producer rebate cap from $500 000 to $350 000; amend the timing of the application of the associated producers rule; and remove the earlier producer rebate rule; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide asset roll-over relief for mandatory transfers within a superannuation fund in the transition to a MySuper product. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: create a safe harbour for company directors from personal liability for insolvent trading if the company is undertaking a restructure outside formal insolvency; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    Payment Systems and Netting Act 1998
    to make certain contractual rights unenforceable while a company is restructuring under certain formal insolvency processes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: supplement the ‘same business test’ with a ‘similar business test’ for the purposes of working out whether a company’s tax losses and net capital losses from previous income years can be used as a tax deduction in a current income year; and make consequential amendments; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide taxpayers with the choice to self-assess the effective life of certain intangible depreciating assets they start to hold on or after 1 July 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Requires bills and regulations relating to superannuation to be accompanied by a statement of their compatibility with the defined primary and subsidiary objectives of the superannuation system. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: tighten the eligibility criteria for mobility allowance for new claims and reduce the period for which the allowance is continued when a person ceases to be qualified; provide that the allowance will no longer be payable to individuals who transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and close the mobility allowance program from 1 July 2020. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    The bill: amends the
    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
    and
    Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978
    to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the
    Euthanasia Laws Act 1997

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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