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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
    03 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Workplace Relations Act 1996
    to: exempt small businesses from the unfair dismissal provisions (except in relation to apprentices and trainees); and require the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to order that an unfair dismissal application is invalid if it relates to a small business employer. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989
    to abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC); and make consequential amendments arising from its abolition, including: the transfer of ATSIC’s assets and liabilities to other agencies, the establishment of a new housing fund to be administered by Indigenous Business Australia, and modification of the role of the Office of Evaluation and Audit; and
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2004
    to: abolish regional councils from 1 July 2005; and make consequential amendments. Also contains transitional and saving provisions and makes consequential amendments to 11 other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of a man and a woman; and clarify that same-sex marriages entered into under the law of another country will not be recognised in Australia; and
    Family Law Act 1975
    to prevent intercountry adoptions by same sex couples under multilateral or bilateral agreements or arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill 2004, the bill amends the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to limit a court’s jurisdiction to determine a defendant’s application for review of a certificate decision by the Attorney-General; and to exclude a person from requesting a written statement of reasons for a certificate decision from the Attorney-General; and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to give the relevant Supreme Court jurisdiction in respect of applications for writs of mandamus or prohibition, or injunctions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2004, the bill provides for the issue of an Attorney-General’s certificate to protect information from disclosure in federal criminal proceedings where the disclosure is likely to prejudice national security. Also contains an application provision and a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979
    to exclude access to stored communications from the current prohibition against interception of communications. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Workplace Relations Act 1996
    to restore the exemption for small business from redundancy payments by overturning the recent decision of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to impose redundancy pay obligations on small businesses. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    Michael ORGAN MP 

    Bill

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to: interaction of bankruptcy and family law; enforcement of court orders; replacement of certain outdated terms (including introduction of the term “divorce”); recovery of child maintenance paid by a person found not to be a parent; the court’s power in relation to vexatious litigants; clarification of the rule-making power of the Family Court; and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    to exclude Commonwealth employers and employees from the application of the ACT industrial manslaughter laws and any other similar industrial manslaughter law enacted by a State or Territory in the future. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum