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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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  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to provide that the minister must determine that a detained minor is to reside at a specified place within the community rather than being held in a detention facility; and ensure that the minister can only designate a country as a regional processing country if the minister is satisfied that the country complies with relevant international laws, meets relevant human rights standards, is a safe and appropriate place for minors to reside and will release any detained person subsequently identified as a minor from detention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Registration of Deaths Abroad Amendment Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984
    to: enable the minister to appoint any state or territory registrar as the Registrar of Deaths Abroad (the registrar); validate the prior appointment of the ACT Registrar-General as the registrar and validate any previous registrations of deaths; enable the registrar to register death that could have been registered under the law of a state or territory, where the state or territory concerned has provided notice that it will not register a death; and ensure that only the registrar can register deaths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 15 Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and to apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    in relation to: the ability to secure evidence of a contravention when exercising monitoring powers; the age of photographs for identity cards; the time period for the making of a civil penalty order; and the cap on the amount to be stated in an infringement notice; and the
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to make amendments consequential on the commencement of the proposed
    Fairer Paid Parental Leave Act 2016

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Welfare Payment Integrity) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable the making of departure prohibition orders to prevent social welfare payment debtors who have outstanding debts and have failed to enter into a satisfactory repayment arrangement from leaving the country; and remove the six-year limit on welfare debt recovery. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Interest Charge) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain debts relating to social security, family assistance (including child care), paid parental leave and student assistance payments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Restoring Territory Rights (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    01 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
    and
    Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978
    to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the
    Euthanasia Laws Act 1997

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Ethical Cosmetics Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Feb 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to introduce four new offences in relation to the testing of cosmetics on live animals in Australia, and the importation and manufacture in Australia of cosmetics tested on live animals overseas; and makes consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Flags Amendment (Protecting Australian Flags) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Feb 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Flags Act 1953
    to make it an offence to wilfully destroy, desecrate, dishonour or defile the Australian flag. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Tougher Penalties for Country-by-Country Reporting) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Feb 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to introduce a penalty regime for significant global entities who fail to meet their country-by-country reporting obligations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum