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  • Date
    04 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991
    to: enable Export Finance Australia to make equity investments, including to support infrastructure investments in the Indo-Pacific or export-linked projects in Australia; and provide Export Finance Australia with the ability to offer guarantees for overseas infrastructure transactions without also needing to provide a loan to the same transaction. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to provide for reporting and tabling requirements for certain grants which have been approved by a minister based on an application which an official has recommended should be rejected or does not meet relevant selection criteria or which have been approved by a minister, who is a member of the House of Representatives, for a grantee in their electorate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KITCHING, Sen Kimberley 
    Summary
    Based on the precedents of the
    Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act 2016
    (US) and the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill 2018 (UK), the bill provides the minister with the discretion to impose certain sanctions for the purposes of compliance with United Nations obligations or other international obligations, or for the purposes of preventing or responding to gross human rights abuse or violations, or acts of significant corruption. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods that are produced in whole or in part by forced labour. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Corporations Act 2001
    and three other Acts to: expand the role of the Financial Services and Credit Panel to operate as a single disciplinary body for financial advisers; create new penalties and sanctions for financial advisers who have breached their obligations under the
    Corporations Act 2001
    ; introduce a two-stage registration process for financial advisers; transfer functions from the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority to the minister and to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and introduce a single registration and disciplinary system for financial advisers who provide tax (financial) advice services; and Corporations Act 2001 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) to report on own-motion inquiries in standalone reports; provide that the INSLM's annual report may include information relating to the performance of the INSLM's functions in relation to a referral from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; specify reporting arrangements for statutory reviews conducted by the INSLM; provide a framework for the engagement of staff (including contractors) to assist the INSLM in the performance of its functions or exercise of its powers; and provide current and former staff of the INSLM with certain legal protections during the course of assisting the INSLM with performing functions or exercising powers of the INSLM. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the Australian Human Rights Commission report,
    Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
    by amending the:
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to amend the definition of 'unlawful discrimination'; and extend the period of time between an alleged incident and the lodging of a complaint in relation to the President's discretion to terminate a complaint;
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide that a worker who is sexually harassed at work may apply for a Fair Work Commission (FWC) order to stop the sexual harassment; provide that the FWC can make an order to stop sexual harassment following a single instance of sexual harassment; provide that sexual harassment in connection with an employee’s employment can be a valid reason for dismissal; and extend the minimum entitlement for compassionate leave in relation to miscarriage; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to: prohibit discrimination involving harassment on the ground of sex; extend the application of the Act to members of parliament, members of the ACT and Northern Territory legislative assemblies and their staff, judges, staff and consultants employed under the
    Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984
    , state employees, including independent contractors; and the public authority of a state; and include definitions of 'worker' and 'persons conducting a business or undertaking' to extend the protection from sexual harassment to all paid and unpaid workers, including volunteers, interns and the self-employed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP) for carer payment and carer allowance to 208 weeks; remove the qualifying residence period for parenting payment; apply the 208-week NARWP for the low income health care card and Commonwealth seniors health card to temporary visa holders; make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Social Security Legislation Amendment (Streamlined Participation Requirements and Other Measures) Act 2021
    ; and make minor technical amendments;
    Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to: increase the NARWP for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A to 208 weeks; and introduce a 208-week NARWP for FTB Part B; and
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to increase the NARWP for parental leave pay and dad and partner pay to 208 weeks. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: increase the producer offset for films that are not feature films released in cinemas to 30 per cent of total qualifying Australian production expenditure; increase the minimum qualifying Australian production expenditure threshold for claiming the producer offset and the post, digital and visual effects offset to $1 million; remove the 65 commercial hour cap on claiming qualifying Australian production expenditure for a drama series and seasons of a drama series; and create limitations on what a company can count as a films qualifying Australian production expenditure; 15 Acts to make amendments consequential on new debt restructuring and liquidation processes for eligible incorporated small businesses; and 16 Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make miscellaneous and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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