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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: 90

  • Date
    10 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet
    SIMMS, Sen Robert 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009
    to: broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to: broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters; provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax; establish a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MILNE, Sen Christine 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Parliamentary Service Act 1999
    to: require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify the validity of ministerial acts and the operation of provisions about the management of compilations prepared for the Federal Register of Legislation;
    Archives Act 1983
    to: provide the National Archives of Australia with tools to manage high-volume applicants requesting access to records; and make other minor technical amendments;
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to clarify that the Family Court of Australia has bankruptcy jurisdiction when a trustee applies to have a financial agreement set aside under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ;
    Domicile Act 1982
    to provide that it applies to territories currently specified in the Domicile Regulations 1982;
    Evidence Act 1995
    to amend the presumption about when postal articles sent by prepaid post are received;
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: introduce new offences relating to international parental child abduction and to allow a person to request a location order for the purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; clarify who may perform the powers of the registry managers; align financial and other provisions for de facto and married couples; make various amendments relating to the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to: specify the meaning of ‘competent court’ for the purpose of the Model Law; clarify procedural requirements for enforcement of an arbitral award; modernise provisions governing certain arbitrators’ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions;
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical amendments; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for discrimination against women employed, engaged or appointed in Australian Defence Force positions involving combat duties. Also makes consequential amendments to nine Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    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
    04 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; 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; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    ,
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal (the tribunal) the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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