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  • Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    15 May 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia. 

    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 Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Alpine Grazing) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 May 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to deem that the minister has: received from the Victorian Government a referral of its proposal to trial cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park; and decided that the trial of alpine grazing is unacceptable. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 1982
    to prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013
    to remove the requirement for foreign workers to hold a visa when they participate in, or support, offshore resource activities taken to be in the migration zone. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Private Health Insurance Amendment (GP Services) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to clarify that private health insurers may not enter into agreements or arrangements with primary care providers that provide preferential treatment to their members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: voids the exemption granted on 10 January 2014 in relation to 72 baited drum lines deployed to catch sharks in Western Australia; and prevents the minister from granting further exemptions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: remove the seventh step (the “catch all”) from the steps an advice provider may take in order to satisfy best interest obligations; enable clients and providers to agree on the scope of advice to be provided; remove the renewal notice obligations for fee recipients; remove the requirement to provide yearly fee disclosure statements to certain clients; extend the time period within which fee disclosure statements must be provided to a client; provide for a general advice exemption to exempt benefits that relate to general advice from the ban on conflicted remuneration in certain circumstances; provide additional disclosure and information in the statement of advice in relation to existing rights of the client and obligation of the advice provider; ensure that any instructions for further or varied advice from clients are documented in writing, signed by the client, and acknowledged by the providing entity; require the statement of advice to be signed by both the advice provider and the client; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: enable commercial fishing activities to be declared commercial fishing activities on an interim basis or for a period of no longer than 24 months; require written submissions of declaration affected persons to be considered before making final declarations; create penalties and offences for engaging in declared commercial fishing activities; provide for an expert panel to be established to conduct an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of declared commercial fishing activities; and require the expert panel to publish its assessments and table them in Parliament. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Patents Act 1990
    to: implement the Protocol amending the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property to enable Australian pharmaceutical manufacturers to supply developing countries with generic versions of patented medicines; and make technical amendments;
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    to enable the owners of plant breeder’s rights in a plant variety with the option to take action in the Federal Circuit Court against alleged infringers;
    Designs Act 2003
    ,
    Patents Act 1990
    ,
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to provide for a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime and single patent application and examination processes for Australia and New Zealand; and
    Designs Act 2003
    ,
    Patents Act 1990
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to remove document retention requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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