What is a bill?

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
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Establishes the legislative framework for a compulsory in-person vote in a national plebiscite that would ask Australians “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 1997 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    Sen Nick BOLKUS ;Cheryl KERNOT MP 

    Bill

  • Date
    11 Nov 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    BROWN, Sen Bob 
    Summary
    Provides for a national plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the next House of Representatives election on whether Australia should become a republic. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Provides for a national plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the next House of Representatives election on whether Australia should become a republic. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2009 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Regulates poker machine use by requiring that poker machines: cannot accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20; cannot accept certain additional credits; cannot allow a bet in excess of $1 per spin; and cannot allow a loss exceeding $120 in one hour’s operation. Also imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Regulates poker machine use by requiring that poker machines: must not accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20; must not accept certain additional credits; must not allow a bet in excess of $1 per spin; and must not allow a loss exceeding $120 in one hour’s operation. Also imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    FIELDING, Sen Steve 
    Summary
    The bill seeks to promote responsible gaming practices by: imposing technical requirements on corporations which manufacture, sell and supply gaming and poker machines, manufacture or supply cash-back terminals, and on financial institutions which own or operate automatic teller machines; and imposes penalties for contraventions of the requirements. 

    Bill

  • Date
    22 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Regulates poker machine use by requiring that poker machines must not accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20, must not accept certain additional credits, must not allow a bet in excess of $1 per spin, and must not have a jackpot or a linked-jackpot arrangement greater than $500; imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements; provides that the minister takes all reasonable steps to implement uniform national standards for poker machines in relation to harm minimisation, with particular reference to maximum losses, to take effect from 1 January 2015; and provides for the establishment of a national monitoring network. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: provides for the administration of a poker machine harm reduction tax to be payable by a licensed operator on revenue derived from licensed poker machines; establishes the Poker Machine Harm Reduction Transition Fund Supervisory Board to determine grants to be made from the Fund for the purposes of funding community activities, rehabilitation and prevention programs, and provides for promotional educational programs highlighting the risks of gambling. 

    Bill

  • Date
    21 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    MORRISON, Scott, MP 
    Summary
    Requires a minister to seek the Queen’s in-principle agreement to establish The Police Overseas Service (Territories of Papua and New Guinea) Medal as part of the Australian honours system to be awarded for service undertaken by members of Australian police forces who served as part of the Australian administration of the Territories of Papua and New Guinea between 1 July 1949 and 30 November 1973. 

    Bill