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
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation; require the monitor to consider whether counter-terrorism and national security legislation is a proportionate response to the national security threat faced; enable Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate committees and the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry; require for all reports of the monitor to be tabled and the government to respond to any recommendations within six months; ensure that the position of monitor is a full time position; establish the Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor as a statutory agency and a listed entity; and provide for staff; and the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to provide that it is a function of the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    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
    09 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion and provides for: the director to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; the director’s powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and the
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and the
    Air Force Act 1923
    and
    Naval Defence Act 1910
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    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 the
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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 the
    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

  • 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