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  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Abolition) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: abolish the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; provide for transitional arrangements; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    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

  • Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide demand-driven funding to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree courses and extend government subsidies to bachelor and sub-bachelor courses at private universities and non-university higher education providers; remove the maximum student contribution amounts; remove the maximum student contribution amounts that providers can charge students in Commonwealth supported places; merge the FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loan schemes, including the removal of the FEE-HELP loan fee and lifetime limits, HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus; establish a Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme to support disadvantaged students; maintain the CPI indexation rate as the HELP indexation rate; provide for HECS indexation relief for primary carers of children up to five years of age; lower the minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts; enable providers to charge Research Training Scheme students capped tuition fees; remove the lifetime limits on VET FEE-HELP loans and the VET FEE-HELP loan fee; replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the CPI; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; enable certain New Zealand citizens to be eligible for HELP assistance;
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency may determine when fees may be refunded, and disclose certain information;
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit;
    Australian National University Act 1991
    ,
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to enable additional investment in research through the Future Fellowships Scheme, apply indexation, apply a one-off efficiency dividend, and add an additional forward estimate amount. Also: amends the Commonwealth Grants Scheme Guidelines 2012, Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 and Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012; and repeals the Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011 and a determination made under subsection 169-20(1) of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 [FRLI No. F2007B01092]. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight and Resourcing) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    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
    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

  • Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 12 Acts, including the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    , to merge the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal into the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and 31 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Defence Amendment (Fair Pay for Members of the ADF) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases in parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Local Content) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to include requirements for the production and dissemination of local content in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Charter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Biosecurity (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    ), the bill: repeals the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    and
    Quarantine Charges (Collection) Act 2014
    ; makes consequential amendments to 20 Acts to update references to managing biosecurity risk under the proposed
    Biosecurity Act 2014
    , and substitute references to
    Quarantine Act 1908
    with the proposed
    Biosecurity Act 2014
    ; and makes transitional arrangements in relation to the management of biosecurity risks from the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    to the new biosecurity framework under the proposed
    Biosecurity Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Biosecurity Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908) to: manage biosecurity risks, the risk of contagion of a listed human disease, the risk of listed human diseases entering Australian territory, risks related to ballast water, biosecurity emergencies and human biosecurity emergencies; and give effect to Australia’s international rights and obligations, including the International Health Regulations 2005, the World Health Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide for an additional approval requirement for enterprise agreements that are not greenfields agreements; require the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to have regard to a range of non-exhaustive factors to guide its assessment of whether an applicant for a protected action ballot order is genuinely trying to reach an agreement; and provide that the FWC must not make a protected action ballot order when it is satisfied that the claims of an applicant are manifestly excessive or would have a significant adverse impact on workplace productivity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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