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  • Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    23 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the
    Climate Change Authority Act 2011
    to abolish the authority; amends the:
    Clean Energy Act 2011
    ,
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    ,
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    and
    Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000
    to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; and enables the transfer of the authority’s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Establishes the Emissions Reduction Fund to replace the carbon tax and provide a transition for the Carbon Farming Initiative by amending the:
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    to: provide for the Clean Energy Regulator to conduct auctions and enter into contracts to purchase emissions reductions; enable a broader range of emissions reduction projects to be approved; and amend the project eligibility criteria and processes for approving projects and crediting carbon credit units; and
    Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    and
    National Greenhouse Energy and Reporting Act 2007
    to make consequential amendments. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to: the Register of Offsets Projects, which will be renamed the Emissions Reduction Fund Register and will include information about contracts to purchase emissions reductions; and existing Carbon Farming Initiative projects and methodologies and applications for new projects. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 May 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    in relation to bilateral agreements by providing that: states and territories can be accredited for approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; all states and territories can be declared under the Act for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC); states and territories undertake to seek and take advice form the IESC for approval bilateral agreements which may have a significant impact on a water resource; the IESC provide advice to the Commonwealth about the operation of a bilateral agreement in relation to large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; an approval process can be completed when an approval bilateral agreement is suspended, cancelled or ceases to apply to a particular action; state and territory processes that meet the appropriate standards can be accredited for bilateral agreements; a relevant bilateral agreement continues to apply to an accredited state or territory management arrangement or authorisation process despite minor amendments to the arrangement or authorisation process; and proponents do not need to make referrals to the Commonwealth for actions that are covered by an approval bilateral agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    The bill: addresses implications arising from the Federal Court’s decision in
    Tarkine National Coalition Incorporated v Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
    [2013] FCA 694 by ensuring the validity of specified decisions made prior to 31 December 2013 that require the minister to have regard to any relevant approved conservation advice; and amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    and
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
    to provide additional protection for dugong and turtle populations from the threats of poaching, illegal trade and illegal transportation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Further Assistance for Older Australians) Bill 2001

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    22 May 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    in relation to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by: increasing the concessional patient co-payment by 80 cents from 1 January 2015; increasing the general patient co-payment by $5.00 from 1 January 2015; increasing the concessional safety net threshold by two prescriptions each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018; and increasing the general patient safety net threshold by 10 per cent each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    15 May 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Australian National Preventive Health Agency Act 2010
    to abolish the Australian National Preventive Health Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Health. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: clarify the responsibilities of asylum seekers to provide and substantiate claims in relation to protection visas; enable the Refugee Review Tribunal to draw an unfavourable inference about the credibility of claims or evidence raised by a protection visa applicant for the first time at the review stage; create grounds to refuse a protection visa application when an applicant refuses or fails to establish their identity, nationality or citizenship; provide that a protection visa will not be granted to a family applicant unless the visa was applied for before the family visa holder was granted their visa; define the risk threshold for assessing Australia’s non-refoulement obligations under certain treaties; amend the framework in relation to unauthorised maritime arrivals and transitory persons who can make a valid application for a visa; provide for changes to the processes and administration of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal; and clarify when a review of a decision in relation to an application is ‘finally determined’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the:
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to index the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty applying to fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with changes in the consumer price index; and
    Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 May 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to provide access to citizenship for children adopted by Australian citizens through bilateral arrangements made by Australia with specific countries who are not parties to the Hague Convention on Protection and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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