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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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  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2004 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide duty-free access to certain goods and preferential rates of customs duty for other goods that are of Thai origin; phase the preferential rates of customs duty for certain goods to zero by 2015; and provide the mechanism to initiate safeguard measures on sensitive products including canned tuna, processed pineapple and pineapple juice, if necessary. Also makes contingent amendments to the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    and
    US Free Trade Agreement Implementation (Customs Tariff) Act 2004
    in the event the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement is not in force for Australia before TAFTA enters into force for Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to extend the regime by which future superannuation payments can be split on marriage breakdown or divorce, to certain superannuation-like annuity products. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Administration 
    Summary
    Further to the accrual budgeting and reporting framework introduced by the
    Financial Management Legislation Amendment Act 1999
    , the bill amends 112 Acts, including the
    Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997
    and
    Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997
    , to: update, clarify and align financial management and reporting provisions applying to Commonwealth entities; expand information requirements for special account determinations; and transfer from the Treasurer to the Finance Minister powers and functions to approve investments, money raising and guarantees for certain bodies (including power to delegate these powers and functions). Also repeals 28 redundant Acts and contains saving provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Validates certain plans of management determined, amended and/or revoked under the
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    . Also validates things done under or for the purposes of those plans. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to permit the provision of teaching scholarships to males, in order to address the imbalance in the number of male and female teachers in schools. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Administration 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Superannuation Act 1976
    and the Rules for the Administration of the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS) in respect of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) and the PSS in relation to the superannuation salary for secretaries of departments and certain other Australian Government office holders. Also validates past determinations of superannuation salary for such scheme members and ensures that no benefit already paid will be reduced by this validation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to clarify the capacity of a member of a parliament or a legislative assembly to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision, on behalf of their local community. 

    Bill

  • Date
    05 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    in relation to: addition of Melbourne University Private to the list of Table B higher education providers; new maximum aggregate funding levels for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; operation of summer schools; extension of time within which students must submit their Commonwealth assistance request; entitlement to HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and OS-HELP assistance; repayments by higher education providers of advances; and definition of undergraduate and postgraduate higher education award;
    Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003
    to: provide for transitional arrangements for the repayment of special purpose grants; and OS-HELP prior study requirements;
    Australian National University Act 1991
    to extend the time within which the Minister must make appointments to the ANU Council; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to update annual funding caps. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Telecommunications Offences and Other Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2004, the bill amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to insert new offences in relation to: the use of a carriage service, including the Internet, to access, transmit or make available suicide related material; and the possession, production, supply or acquisition of such material for use through a carriage service. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum