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  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    to: clarify eligible related claims for the purposes of aggregation; and clarify that the High Cost Claim Scheme (HCCS) and the Exceptional Claims Scheme (ECS) are only intended to apply in respect of medical practitioners;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    ,
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to clarify eligibility for the Run off Cover Schemes and permit access for medical practitioners and eligible midwives retiring before the age of 65;
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to: clarify the intent of the medical indemnity law that payments will only be made if the claim relates to the provision of a health service; and make administrative changes to streamline and clarify the operation of the legislation;
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Act 2004
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to restructure and consolidate medical and midwife indemnity legislative instruments; and
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    to: require all medical indemnity insurers to provide universal cover to medical practitioners; and create high cost claim and exceptional claims schemes for allied health professionals, and enable private sector employee midwives to access these schemes. Also: repeals the
    Medical Indemnity (Competitive Advantage Payment) Act 2005
    and
    Medical Indemnity (UMP Support Payment) Act 2002
    to remove redundant payments; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Implements Australia’s obligations in relation to sulphur emissions from ships under Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships by amending the
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    to: enable ships to use non-compliant fuel from 1 January 2020 if they are fitted with a scrubber or other equivalent compliance methods to reduce sulphur from their emissions to below the prescribed limit; prohibit the carriage of high sulphur fuel for propulsion purposes on board a ship from 1 March 2020 (carriage ban); exempt naval and foreign government vessels from the application of the Act; and clarify obligations of fuel oil suppliers to verify fuel quality. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to extend the concessional tax treatment for genuine redundancy and early retirement scheme payments made to individuals who are 65 years or older provided the dismissal or retirement occurs before they reach pension age;
    A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999
    to increase the refund amount that eligible primary producers and tourism operators can receive when luxury car tax is borne on the supply or import of an eligible vehicle;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: increase the size of the board of the Australian Energy Regulator from three to five members and make changes to the operation of the board; and create a requirement that consumer data rules include an obligation on accredited data recipients to delete consumer data right data in response to a valid request from a consumer;
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to pay interest on amounts held by the commissioner that are proactively reunified with a person’s active superannuation account; and Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Regulations 1999 to prescribe the rate of interest payable on inactive low balance accounts and amounts proactively reunified by the commissioner. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prohibit certain conduct in electricity retail, contract and wholesale markets, broadly relating to retail pricing, financial contract market liquidity and conduct in wholesale spot markets; provide powers and remedies which the ACCC may use if it reasonably believes a corporation has engaged, or is engaging, in prohibited conduct in the electricity sector; enable the Treasurer, following the receipt of a prohibited conduct recommendation from the ACCC, to issue a written order to a corporation or another body to make offers to enter into electricity financial contracts with third party entities; enable the Treasurer, following the receipt of a prohibited conduct recommendation from the ACCC, to apply to the Federal Court (the court) for a divestiture order and for the court to make related orders that a corporation or another body corporate dispose of interests in securities or assets that are part of its electricity business; set out the notice and recommendation procedures that must be followed before an order can be made in respect of a corporation or another body corporate; confer new compulsory information gathering powers on the Australian Energy Regulator (AER); allow the AER to share information with other agencies; and facilitate the conferral of functions related to the regulation of retail electricity prices on the AER. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to provide for a one-off amnesty to encourage employers to self-correct historical superannuation guarantee non compliance; and
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to limit the Commissioner of Taxation’s ability to remit penalties for historical superannuation guarantee non-compliance, where an employer fails to disclose information relevant to their historical superannuation guarantee shortfall. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to implement a tuition protection model for students participating in the VET Student Loans program and for higher education students accessing FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP assistance at a private education provider or TAFE, the bill imposes the VSL tuition protection levy, specifies the amounts that are payable by various classes of providers, and prescribes the levy components and the manner in which, and by whom, they will be determined each year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Gives effect to certain provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by: declaring an Australian Bill of Rights; providing that any Commonwealth, state or territory law that is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency; specifying that Commonwealth, state and territory laws must be interpreted consistently with the Bill of Rights; and providing the Australian Human Rights Commission with a range of additional powers and functions in relation to the rights and freedoms in the Bill of Rights. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require political parties, state branches of political parties and political campaigners to provide a notice to the Australian Electoral Commission of political donations received over the disclosure threshold amount of $13 800 within five business days of receiving the donation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: introduce a new category of ‘protected climate change industrial action’ to provide workers with an express right to take such action; allow employees and employers to include matters relating to climate change in their enterprise agreements; and permit employees to take ‘protected industrial action’ being action taken in support of securing an enterprise agreement, about such matters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: impose a cap on the total payments that can be made under a consumer lease (known as rent-to-buy schemes); require small amount credit contracts (SACCs) (known as payday loans) to have equal repayment and payment intervals; remove the ability for SACC providers to charge monthly fees in respect of the residual term of a loan where a consumer fully repays the loan early; prevent lessors and credit assistance providers from undertaking door-to-door selling of leases at residential homes; introduce anti-avoidance protections; and increase penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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