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  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012
    to: cap the maximum amount of redundancy pay entitlement available under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme at 16 weeks; and make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Cost Benefit Analysis and Other Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Infrastructure Australia Act 2008
    to: clarify the definition of ‘proposal’; include the requirement that Infrastructure Australia undertake evaluations of infrastructure proposals that involve Commonwealth funding of at least $100 million and provide for indexation of this amount; move incorrectly placed provisions in relation to cost benefit analyses of proposals; and provide that a proposal must not be included in an Infrastructure Priority List unless a cost benefit analysis has been prepared in accordance with the approved method. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to abolish the mature age worker tax offset;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Act 2012
    to abolish the seafarer tax offset; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: reduce the tax offset rates available under the research and development tax incentive by 1.5 per cent; and update the list of deductible gift recipients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction;
    Customs Act 1901
    to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances;
    International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997
    in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    ,
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Customs Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide that authorisations apply to offices or positions which come into existence after the authorisation to a class of offices is given; extend customs control to goods on board a ship or aircraft arriving at non-proclaimed areas of the Australian coastline; provide different reporting timeframes for the arrival of certain ships or aircraft and the details of their stores and any prohibited goods; standardise the application process for permissions to load and unload ships’ and aircraft’s stores, permissions to transfer goods between certain vessels, and applications for a Certificate of Clearance; extend customs powers of examination to the baggage of domestic passengers on international flights and voyages, and to domestic cargo that is carried on an international flight or voyage; and correct a technical error relating to the interaction of the Infringement Notice Scheme with the claims process when dealing with prohibited imports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain debts relating to austudy payment, fares allowance, youth allowance payments to full-time students and apprentices, and ABSTUDY living allowance payments; and nine Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: clarify the responsibilities of asylum seekers to provide and substantiate claims in relation to protection visas; enable the Refugee Review Tribunal to draw an unfavourable inference about the credibility of claims or evidence raised by a protection visa applicant for the first time at the review stage; create grounds to refuse a protection visa application when an applicant refuses or fails to establish their identity, nationality or citizenship; provide that a protection visa will not be granted to a family applicant unless the visa was applied for before the family visa holder was granted their visa; define the risk threshold for assessing Australia’s non-refoulement obligations under certain treaties; amend the framework in relation to unauthorised maritime arrivals and transitory persons who can make a valid application for a visa; provide for changes to the processes and administration of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal; and clarify when a review of a decision in relation to an application is ‘finally determined’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    23 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the
    Climate Change Authority Act 2011
    to abolish the authority; amends the:
    Clean Energy Act 2011
    ,
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    ,
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    and
    Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000
    to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; and enables the transfer of the authority’s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011
    to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Industry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the:
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to index the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty applying to fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with changes in the consumer price index; and
    Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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