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Second Reading Speeches

Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
Senate
Status
Before Reps
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the:

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
,
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
,
Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
,
Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
and
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
to standardise, across all divisions, the powers of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to issue summonses to require persons to give evidence or produce documents;
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
in relation to: procedural fairness; alternative dispute resolution processes; constitution and reconstitution of the AAT; dismissal powers; correction of errors; appointments, authorisations and assignments; taxation of costs; and protection and immunity of reviewers in the Immigration Assessment Authority;
Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
in relation to applications for review of child support decisions;
Admiralty Act 1988
to align the Admiralty Rules with the rules of federal courts;
Foreign Judgments Act 1991
,
Foreign States Immunities Act 1985
and
International Arbitration Act 1974
to provide certain procedural protections to foreign States;
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
,
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
,
Judiciary Act 1903
and
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
to make minor and technical amendments;
Family Law Act 1975
,
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
,
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
and
Judiciary Act 1903
to clarify that hearings conducted remotely using videoconferencing technology are exercised in 'open court';
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
to allow for short form reasons in the court's appellate jurisdiction in civil proceedings; and
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
and
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
to make consequential and technical amendments. Also repeals the
Nauru (High Court Appeals) Act 1976
.