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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: 41

  • Date
    13 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that authorised celebrants are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to make consequential amendments. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to: implement a national interest test to be applied against proposed foreign acquisitions of agricultural land; require any interest in agricultural land greater than five hectares to be notified to the Treasurer; require online publication of information about foreign acquisitions of interest in agricultural land; and impose penalties for not notifying the Treasurer of a proposed acquisition. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to amend the definition of unlawful terms to include an objectionable emergency management term that cannot be included in an enterprise agreement that covers a designated emergency management body; and provide that certain volunteer bodies can make submissions to the Fair Work Commission in relation to enterprise agreements or workplace determinations that affect, or could affect, the volunteers of a designated emergency management body. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: clarify the application of the Act to migrants; require Fair Work Information Statements to contain certain information; provide additional protection from adverse action in certain circumstances; introduce a ‘reasonable person’ test in determining whether an employer has engaged in sham contracting; enable the court to make orders requiring directors of phoenix companies to pay amounts owed by failed companies and orders disqualifying certain persons from managing corporations; increase maximum penalties for certain breaches of the Act; and introduce new offences for serious contraventions of the Act that involve the use of coercion or threats; and the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to make consequential amendments. 

    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

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to remove restrictions on employees’ rights to disclose the amount of, or information about, their pay or earnings; and prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for disclosing this information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to prohibit the import of live primates for research purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals; and 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
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to establish a scheme for the continuing detention of high risk terrorist offenders who are considered by a judge in civil proceedings to present an unacceptable risk to the community at the conclusion of their custodial sentence; and the proposed
    Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2016
    ,
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum