Final Senate Bills List for 1996

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38
Date
31 Dec 1996
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AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1996

(1996 Final Edition)

S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 3) 1993 in relation to: reduction of membership of regional councils; councils—€™ powers, administration and financial arrangements; management of ATSIC and selection and appointment of the Chairperson; restriction on the right to dispose of property; appointment of an administrator in relation to the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA); the functions of the Office of Torres Strait Islander Affairs to monitor programs and policies of the TSRA; TSRA requests to the Office of Evaluation and Audit (OEA) to evaluate and audit TSRA operations; the compulsive powers of the OEA in certain investigations; secrecy provisions and authorisation of solicitors or agents to obtain certain information from ATSIC; notification of pecuniary interests by the General Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation (CDC) to the Minister and Chairperson of the Board of CDC in certain circumstances.

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 26/6/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 30/5/96; extension of time to report 24/6/96; report tabled 25/6/96

Committee amendments: 8 Opp/passed; 3 GWA/passed; 2 GWA/negatived; 8 items negatived; 1 schedule negatived

Reps: Intro. 28/6/96; Read a first time 28/6/96 (Votes 27/6/96)

Discharged from Notice Paper 28/6/96 (Votes 27/6/96)


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 1996 [No. 2]

To amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 3) 1993 in relation to: reduction of membership of regional councils; councils—€™ powers, administration and financial arrangements; management of ATSIC and selection and appointment of the Chairperson; restriction on the right to dispose of property; appointment of an administrator in relation to the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA); the functions of the Office of Torres Strait Islander Affairs to monitor programs and policies of the TSRA; TSRA requests to the Office of Evaluation and Audit (OEA) to evaluate and audit TSRA operations; the compulsive powers of the OEA in certain investigations; secrecy provisions and authorisation of solicitors or agents to obtain certain information from ATSIC; notification of pecuniary interests by the General Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation (CDC) to the Minister and Chairperson of the Board of CDC in certain circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 27/6/96

Senate: Intro. 21/8/96; Passed 11/9/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): Deferred

Committee amendments: 21 Govt/passed; 3 Opp/passed; 3 GWA/passed; 3 GWA/negatived; 7 items negatived; 1 schedule negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 11/9/96]

Assent: 12/9/96; Act No. 35, 1996

S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 to: widen the powers of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) in relation to land grants; matters to be taken into account in performing its functions; appointment of additional members; disqualification from standing for election as a commissioner or regional councillor in certain circumstances; Ministerial consent for commissioners and regional council chairpersons to engage in outside employment; internal review of the merits of a decision to refuse a loan or guarantee; delegation of Commission power to review delegates—€™ decisions; Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of the merits of a decision to refuse a loan or guarantee.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

S Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to add three parcels of land described as Bauhinia Downs, Brumby Plains and Western Desert (North) Locality to Schedule 1 of the Act.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

PS Acts Interpretation (Delegated Legislation) Amendment Bill 1991 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Harradine —€“ Ind)

To amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 in relation to delegated legislation.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/91; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/91

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


PS Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft

R Movements) Bill 1995 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

To amend: the Air Navigation Act 1920; the Air Navigation (Aerodrome Curfew) Regulations to extend the Kingsford-Smith Airport curfew and to freeze the rate of aircraft movement while a Commission of Inquiry is conducted under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/95; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/95

SBC report 11/95 (15/11/95): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

Airports Bill 1996

To establish the regulatory arrangements to apply to the airports currently owned and operated on behalf of the Commonwealth by the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC), and Sydney West Airport, following the leasing of those airports. This bill includes some provisions which can be applied to other airports.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 10 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 12/9/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 36 Govt/passed; 22 GWA/passed; 7 GWA/negatived

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 30/5/96; report tabled 21/8/96

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 12/9/96]

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 42, 1996

Airports (Transitional) Bill 1996

To establish a framework to lease all the Federal airports as ongoing businesses with staff and management in place. Also makes consequential amendments to the Federal Airports Corporation Act 1986.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 12/9/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 30/5/96; report tabled 21/8/96

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 36, 1996


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1996-97

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for service of the year ending 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 20/8/96; Passed 10/10/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Main committee: Referred 17/9/96; unresolved question 9/10/96

Senate: Intro. 11/10/96; Passed 21/11/96

2nd reading amendments: 1 Ind (Colston)/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Committee requests: 4 Opp/negatived; 47 Dem/negatived; 3 GWA/negatived

[2 GWA requests agreed to, put again by leave and negatived, 21/11/96]

Assent: 28/11/96; Act No. 65, 1996

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1996-97

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 20/8/96; Passed 10/10/96

Main committee: Referred 17/9/96; unresolved question 9/10/96

Senate: Intro. 11/10/96; Passed 21/11/96

2nd reading amendments: 1 Ind (Colston)/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Committee requests: 5 Opp/negatived; 18 Dem/negatived; 3 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 9 GWA/negatived

Assent: 28/11/96; Act No. 66, 1996

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1996-97

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 20/8/96; Passed 10/10/96

Main committee: Referred 17/9/96; unresolved question 9/10/96

Senate: Intro. 11/10/96; Passed 21/11/96

2nd reading amendments: 1 Ind (Colston)/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/11/96; Act No. 67, 1996

Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 1996

To repeal the Audit Act 1901 and deal with transitional and consequential matters arising from that repeal and the enactment of the following replacement legislation: the Auditor-General Bill 1996, the Financial Management and Accountability Bill 1996 and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Bill 1996. Included in the amendments is a name change for the Joint Committee of Public Accounts.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96


Auditor-General Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills to replace the Audit Act 1901. The bill deals with: creation, powers, functions and independence of the office of Auditor-General; establishment of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO); and appointment of an Independent Auditor to audit ANAO. The bill also provides for an enhanced role for the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Australia New Zealand Food Authority Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991 to enable the Australia New Zealand Food Authority to manage and prioritise its workload including the implementation of a 3-year Standards Review Work Program, enabling the Authority to develop a joint Food Standards Code by 1 January 2000. The bill also enables the Authority to charge for its expertise in processing certain applications.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Bill 1996

To provide for levies raised under: Cattle Export Charge Act 1990, Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1995, Laying Chicken Levy Act 1988, Live-stock Slaughter Levy Act 1964, Meat Chicken Levy Act 1969, Pig Slaughter Levy Act 1971 and Live-stock Export Charge Act 1977 be directed to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 45, 1996

Australian Capital Territory Government Service (Consequential Provisions) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Australian Capital Territory Government Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 1994 to extend staff mobility arrangements to persons who have been compulsorily transferred from the ACT public service.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 11/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96

Senate: Intro. 12/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 46, 1996

PS Australian Centennial National Rail Transport Development Bill 1990 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To establish a trust fund for the purpose of the grant of financial assistance for development and maintenance of a national standard gauge rail system.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/90; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/90

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


Australian Communications Authority Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill establishes the Australian Communications Authority (the ACA) by merging the Spectrum Management Agency and the Australian Telecommunications Authority, from 1 July 1997.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

S Australian Federal Police Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 in relation to: powers of the Commissioner to end the appointment of certain individual members or staff members; the rights of persons to challenge such terminations; disciplinary obligations of staff members during special leave for service with an industrial association; and power of the Governor-General to authorise the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners to make appointments or promotions by commission.

Senate: Intro. 29/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

Reps: Intro. 17/6/96; Passed 26/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Assent: 8/7/96; Act No. 27, 1996

Australian Law Reform Commission Bill 1996

To reconstitute the Law Reform Commission as the Australian Law Reform Commission, and provide for its establishment.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/96; Passed 21/8/96

Main committee: Referred 20/8/96

Senate: Intro. 10/9/96; Passed 12/9/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 37, 1996

Australian Law Reform Commission (Repeal, Transitional and Miscellaneous) Bill 1996

Consequential upon the Australian Law Reform Commission Bill 1996, the bill: repeals the Law Reform Commission Act 1973; provides for the commencement date for amendments to the proposed Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 that either refer to the proposed Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1996 or that implement revised accountability arrangements for Commonwealth authorities associated with the proposed Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1996; provides transitional and savings provisions to enable the operation of the Law Reform Commission to be continued by the reconstituted Commission; and makes minor and consequential amendments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/96; Passed 21/8/96

Main committee: Referred 20/8/96

Senate: Intro. 10/9/96; Passed 12/9/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 38, 1996


S Australian Sports Drug Agency Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Australian Sports Drug Agency Act 1990 in relation to: sample collection and testing prior to the 2000 Olympic Games; testing procedures under the rule of substantial compliance; notification of drug test results to the guardians of certain competitors; notifying national sporting organisations of a possible positive test result; and interference with sample collection and testing procedures and consequent investigation and action.

Senate: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 20/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 20, 1996

Bankruptcy Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and the Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 1996: consequential on the Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Bill 1996 and the Bankruptcy (Registration Charges) Bill 1996 that give effect to changes for the imposition of fees; and in relation to: the collection of charges by the Inspector-General in Bankruptcy and administration of accounts by registered trustees.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Bill 1996

To introduce charges in respect of the estate administration function carried out by registered trustees and the Official Trustee.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 in relation to the: establishment of a —€˜One Stop Service—€™ for bankrupts and insolvent debtors; abolishing the offices of Registrar and Deputy Registrar in Bankruptcy; revising antecedent transaction avoidance provisions; revising alternative regimes to bankruptcy; creation of debt agreements; duties of bankruptcy trustees; registration of trustees; the compulsory income contribution regime; administrative approval of forms; vesting bankruptcy jurisdiction in the Federal Court; regulation making power; creation of the National Personal Insolvency Index; powers of trustees; repealing certain provisions; making consequential amendments; inserting gender neutral references; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to make a consequential amendment.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 11/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 47 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 8/10/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 8/96 (28/6/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 28/6/96; extension of time to report 21/8/96; report tabled 9/9/96

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 44, 1996


Bankruptcy (Registration Charges) Bill 1996

To impose charges in respect of applications for registration of trustees in bankruptcy, registration of trustees, re-registration and applications to vary conditions on registration.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

Bounty Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Bounty (Books) Act 1986 and Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985 to terminate the bounties effective from 20 August 1996 and allow limited eligibility for the bounties for production after 20 August 1996 until 20 February 1997; Bounty (Ships) Act 1989 to allow bounty eligibility for certain ships; and Bounty (Computers) Act 1984 to terminate the bounty with effect from 1 July 1997.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/96; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/96, 7/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 10/10/96; extensions of time to report 7/11/96, 21/11/96; report tabled 28/11/96

S Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to enable the Minister to direct the Australian Broadcasting Authority to conduct an investigation, particularly into matters relating to the future regulation or operation of telecommunications services, such as —€˜on-line—€™ information and entertainment services.

Senate: Intro. 10/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 10/10/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

Cattle Export Charges Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Cattle Export Charges Act 1990 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set an operative levy rate of 5 cents and a maximum levy rate of 50 cents per head of cattle exported.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 47, 1996

Cattle Transaction Levy Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1995 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set an operative levy rate of 5 cents and a maximum levy rate of 50 cents per head of cattle transacted.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 48, 1996


CFM Sale Bill 1996

To establish a framework to effect the sale of Commonwealth Funds Management Limited and its subsidiaries. Also makes consequential amendments to the: proposed Legislative Instruments Act 1996, Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991, Superannuation Act 1976 and Superannuation Act 1990.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 31/10/96

Main committee: Referred 9/10/96; CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 5/11/96; Passed 7/11/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

Assent: 20/11/96; Act No. 58, 1996

Charter of Budget Honesty Bill 1996

Implements a framework which requires that governments provide regular fiscal and economic reports. Also provides for the Secretaries to the Departments of the Treasury and Finance to release pre-election reports providing updated fiscal and economic projections and costings showing fiscal impact of announced election commitments as requested by the Government and the Opposition.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96

Child Care Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Child Care Act 1972 to discontinue payment of operational subsidy to community based long day care centres from 1 July 1997; and Childcare Rebate Act 1993 in relation to: income testing for rate of benefit; eligibility for the childcare cash rebate for certain persons or in certain circumstances; suspension of payments; eligibility for registration as childcare providers; and clarification of the definition of child care.

Reps: Intro. 10/10/96; Passed 5/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96)

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 17/10/96; extension of time to report 25/11/96; report tabled 26/11/96

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

1 schedule opposed/schedule agreed to; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

Assent: 19/12/96; Act No. 80, 1996

S Child Support Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the: Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 to: eliminate references to the repealed Social Security Act 1947; reflect amendments to the Social Security Act 1991; and in relation to: income estimate election and recent changes made to the presumptions of parentage of the Family Law Act 1975; Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 in relation to: direct payments to the Registrar and record keeping requirements for employers; and Family Law Act 1975 in relation to consideration of child support in property and spousal maintenance proceedings.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference


Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 1996

To increase the size of the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority by the addition of a Deputy Chairperson and an additional ordinary member.

Reps: Intro. 22/5/96; Passed 27/6/96

Main committee: Referred 19/6/96; unresolved question 27/6/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Ind (Andren)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 28/6/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills to replace the Audit Act 1901. The bill regulates certain aspects of the financial affairs of and reporting requirements for Commonwealth authorities and companies. Deals with: reporting and other obligations; banking; investment; conduct of officers; compliance with general policies of Government; subsidiaries; establishment of audit committees; tabling of certain notices in Parliament; Finance Minister—€™s orders; regulations; annual reporting and financial statement requirements; and establishment of a penalty regime.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (16 and 17 Year Old Voluntary Enrolment) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Chamarette —€“ GWA)

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide voluntary electoral enrolment for persons who are 16 and 17 years of age.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (12/9/96): No reference

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Freedom) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

To repeal section 329A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, that deals with the marking of House of Representatives ballot papers.

Senate: Intro. 9/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/10/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

PS Commonwealth Electoral (Printing, Publishing and Distribution of Electoral

R Matters) Amendment Bill 1990 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 with respect to the printing, publication and distribution of electoral matters.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/90; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/90

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency Bill 1996

To establish a statutory authority to be known as the Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency, initially to deliver all programs and services currently administered by the Department of Social Security and some services currently provided by the Departments of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, and Health and Family Services.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/96; report due 18/3/97

PS Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of

R the Government) Bill 1987 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution to ensure that if the Senate fails to pass a proposed law appropriating revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government in respect of that year, an amount of money is appropriated for those services equal to the amount appropriated for those services in the preceding year.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/87; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/87

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (Ecology, Diversity and Sustainability) Bill 1995 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution to ensure that when making laws the Parliament takes into account the effect of such laws on the maintenance of ecosystems and of essential ecological processes; the biological diversity of Australia; and the utilisation of the living natural resources on a sustainable basis.

Senate: Intro. 29/3/95; 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/95

SBC report 6/95 (8/6/95): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (Electors—€™ Initiative) Bill 1989 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To provide a method of altering the Constitution on the initiative of the electors.

Senate: Intro. 12/4/89; 2nd reading adjourned 12/4/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (Fixed Term Parliaments) Bill 1987 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution in relation to the duration of the House of Representatives, the terms of service of Senators, the holding of elections for the Senate and House of Representatives, and the office of Prime Minister.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/87; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/87

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


PS Constitution Alteration (President of the Commonwealth of Australia) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Teague —€“ LP)

To alter the Constitution to provide for a President of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (12/9/96): No reference

PS Constitution Alteration (Qualifications and Disqualifications of Members of the

R Parliament) Bill 1992 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution with respect to the qualifications for membership of the Parliament and the disqualifications of members of the Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/92; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/92

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

Corporations Law Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Corporations Law to: ensure that debts incurred by a company while under a deed of company arrangement are admissible to proof against the company in a subsequent liquidation of the company; and validate acts of liquidators who admitted such debts and claims on the basis that they were provable, prior to commencement of these provisions.

Reps: Intro. 6/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 6/11/96

Senate:

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

S Crimes Amendment (Controlled Operations) Bill 1996

To amend the Crimes Act 1914 to: exempt law enforcement officers from criminal liability for conduct in the course of an authorised controlled operation involving or related to the importation, exportation or possession of narcotic goods; require the Australian Federal Police and National Crime Authority to report to the Minister on requests to authorise controlled operations and for the Minister to report on these matters to Parliament; preserve certain judicial discretions; and to provide that evidence obtained during a controlled operation is admissible. Controlled operations are to be limited to investigations of serious criminal activity.

Senate: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Dem (as amended)/passed; 3 Dem/negatived; 9 Dem/withdrawn; 1 Opp to Dem/withdrawn

Reps: Intro. 17/6/96; Passed 26/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Assent: 8/7/96; Act No. 28, 1996


Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989 in relation to the cancellation of employer-funded superannuation benefits and alternative sentences; Crimes Act 1914 to increase the penalty unit to $110 in all Commonwealth law; Customs Act 1901 to permit cost recovery in relation to transportation, storage and maintenance of confiscated narcotic-related goods; Extradition Act 1988 in relation to certain bail applications and procedures following the arrest of persons believed to have escaped from custody; Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 in relation to: restrained property; the defence of —€œreasonable corporate precaution—€ for certain offences; and minor technical corrections; and Witness Protection Act 1994 in relation to certain disclosures of information by protected witnesses. Also amends 9 other Acts to remove the requirement to obtain Ministerial consent to institute prosecutions under those Acts.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Customs Amendment Bill 1996

To introduce changes to Part XVA of the Customs Act 1901 in relation to the tariff concession system and to by-laws and determinations relating to certain policy by-law system items under sections 271 and 273 of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 18/6/96

Senate: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 27/6/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

Assent: 9/7/96; Act No. 30, 1996

Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills which provide for the imposition and collection of 13 charges and fees for import related services delivered by the Australian Customs Service. This bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to provide for: certain processing and application fees; the administrative and collection arrangements for certain charges and fees and introduces a new licensing regime for the appointment of depots.

Reps: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/96

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

S Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Act 1995 to: rectify errors; correct unintended consequences to commencement and savings provisions of the Act, in particular with regard to sand and mineral mining; and restore Diesel Fuel Rebate eligibility for the extraction of limestone for use in the de-acidification of soil in agriculture, post 1 July 1995.

Senate: Intro. 6/5/96; Passed 27/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 8 GWA/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

Reps: Intro. 29/5/96; Passed 18/6/96

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 1 schedule negatived

[Senate agreed to Reps amendments 20/6/96]

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 21, 1996


PS Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Introduced by Senator Margetts —€“ GWA)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 to phase out diesel fuel rebates for mining operations.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): No reference

Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 (No. 2)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 in relation to the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme to: restrict eligibility and address recent Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions in the —€œmining operations—€ category; improve accountability and reduce expenditure due to overpayments under the scheme.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Customs Depot Licensing Charges Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills which provide for the imposition and collection of 13 charges and fees for import related services delivered by the Australian Customs Service. This bill imposes depot licensing application and annual depot licence charges associated with the new depot licensing regime.

Reps: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/96

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

Consequential upon the Customs Amendment Bill 1996, this bill proposes tariff rate changes to the tariff concession system and the policy by-law system. Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to change from —€œFree—€ to —€œ3%—€ the concessional duty rate applying to Tariff Concession Orders under Part XVA and policy by-law items 47, 55, 57 and 60 of Schedule 4.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 18/6/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 28/6/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp (as amended)/negatived; 2 Dem to Opp/negatived

Committee requests: 3 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

[Reps made Senate requests 27/6/96; Senate recommitted bill; 2 Opposition requests agreed to; Reps made Senate further requests 28/6/96 (Votes 27/6/96)]

Assent: 9/7/96; Act No. 32, 1996


Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: correct details contained in Schedules in the Act before it became operative on 1 July 1996; amend the customs duty on re-entered goods sent overseas for repairs unable to be undertaken in Australia; reduce the rate of customs and excise duty on aviation fuels; and make an administrative change in relation to the rate of duty for tariff classifications of certain textile articles.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Customs Tariff (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 1996

Makes technical changes to a number of Acts as a consequence of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 by: updating references to provisions of the 1987 Tariff Act with the 1995 Tariff Act; and enacting transitional provisions to apply to a number of by-laws and Tariff Concession Orders so that references to the 1987 Tariff Act are to be read as references to the 1995 Tariff Act.

Reps: Intro. 22/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Main committee: Referred 27/5/96

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

Assent: 24/6/96; Act No. 15, 1996

Dairy Produce Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Dairy Produce Act 1986 to amend the definitions of market milk and manufacturing milk in relation to market support arrangements, retrospectively from 1 July 1995. Also includes provisions in relation to monthly returns which ensure that no manufacturer is legally disadvantaged by the retrospectivity of the proposed Act.

Reps: Intro. 1/5/96; Passed 8/5/96

Main committee: Referred 7/5/96

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 23/5/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): No reference

Assent: 6/6/96; Act No. 3, 1996

Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Act 1986 in relation to the imposition of dairy industry levies and the removal of the Corporation, promotion and research levy liability from milk consumed, disposed of or lost on-farm. The amendments apply retrospectively from 1 July 1995.

Reps: Intro. 1/5/96; Passed 8/5/96

Main committee: Referred 7/5/96

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 23/5/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): No reference

Assent: 6/6/96; Act No. 4, 1996


PS Defence Amendment Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator McLean —€“ AD)

To repeal the Defence Act 1903 to provide for Parliamentary approval for overseas service by members of the Defence Force.

Senate: Intro. 22/2/88; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/88

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the: Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to allow for the prosecution of certain offences, including serious offences committed by Defence Force members serving overseas by changing certain references in the Act; and Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990 to: increase the maximum amount of subsidised loans; reduce the basic eligibility period that applies from 6 to 5 years; and extend eligibility to certain members of the Reserves.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 21/8/96

CID amendments: 3 Opp/withdrawn

Senate: Intro. 21/8/96; Passed 31/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 8/11/96; Act No. 56, 1996

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the: Air Force Act 1923, Defence Act 1903 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to enable the transfer of Defence Force members between the Defence Forces; Defence Act 1903 to amend the titles of the service chiefs of staff; and makes consequential amendments to 20 other Acts. Also amends the Defence Act 1903 and Naval Defence Act 1910 in relation to: the requirement of certain officers to serve 12 months after promotion; and delegation of the Governor-General—€™s power to make limited-tenure promotions.

Reps: Intro. 21/8/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/8/96

Senate:

SBC report 10/96 (12/9/96): No reference

PS Delegated Legislation Review Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator McLean —€“ AD)

To establish a Joint Committee to examine Commonwealth delegated legislation and to report to the Parliament regularly.

Senate: Intro. 15/3/88; 2nd reading adjourned 15/3/88

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

PS D'Entrecasteaux National Park Protection Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Margetts —€“ GWA and Senator Murray —€“ AD)

To protect land that is or was a part of the D—€™Entrecasteaux National Park from mining, exploration, excavation or other prescribed operations.

Senate: Intro. 8/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 8/10/96, 17/10/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference


S Development Allowance Authority Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Development Allowance Authority Act 1992 to remove certain restrictions on the restructuring of ownership of projects eligible for the development allowance. The amendments apply retrospectively from 1 January 1993. Also grants the DAA the power to determine that certain applications have lapsed; and makes other minor amendments and corrects drafting errors.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; Passed 24/6/96

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/passed

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 25/6/96; Passed 27/6/96

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

[Senate disagreed to Reps amendments; Reps insisted upon its amendments; Senate insisted upon disagreeing to Reps amendments; Reps laid bill aside 28/6/96 (Votes 27/6/96)]

Education and Training Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

Repeals the Training Guarantee Act 1990 and the Training Guarantee (Administration) Act 1990 to abolish the Training Guarantee Scheme. Amends the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to make provision for expenditure of funds already allocated for Open Learning in respect of 1996, 1997 and 1998; the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Act 1992 to provide an additional $20.706 million for the non-government school capital program in 1996.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 22/5/96

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Assent: 14/6/96; Act No. 13, 1996

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Bill 1996

Complementary to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996, the bill establishes an annual charge (the Provider Registration Charge scheme) on providers of education and training services to overseas students and an initial charge payable when a provider is first registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 4/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

S Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Act 1991 to extend the sunset clause of the Act from 1 January 1997 to 1 January 1999, if not repealed earlier.

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 22/8/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 22/8/96; Passed 18/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 41, 1996


Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

Complementary to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Bill 1996, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Act 1991 to establish administrative arrangements for the Provider Registration Charge scheme, including provisions in relation to: a charge for reinstatement of registration of suspended providers; late payment penalties; and maintenance and provision of records.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 4/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

S Employment, Education and Training Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Employment, Education and Training Act 1988 to: abolish the National Board of Employment, Education and Training, the Australian Language and Literacy Council, the Employment and Skills Council and the Schools Council and provide for final reports on their operations; continue mechanisms for the appointment of committees and counsellors to assist the Higher Education Council and the Australian Research Council; and makes consequential amendments to the Bounty (Books) Act 1986 and Overseas Student (Refunds) Act 1990.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

Reference: Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 27/6/96; extension of time to report 22/8/96; report tabled 19/9/96

S Environment, Sport and Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 to change the name of the National Capital Planning Authority to the National Capital Authority; Australian Sports Drug Agency Act 1990 in relation to: interference with drug testing samples; and imposition of fees for commercial services; Christmas Island Act 1958 and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 in relation to: repeal of certain obsolete provisions; and jurisdiction of the District Court of Western Australia; Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 to delete an incorrect reference to an ordinance; Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 in relation to incorporation of certain land areas into the Coral Sea Islands Territory; Customs Act 1901, Migration Act 1958 and Quarantine Act 1908 in relation to extension of the Acts to the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands; Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 in relation to Ministerial decisions and to correct drafting errors; Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 in relation to: the dumping or incineration at sea of certain materials, including radioactive wastes; extensions of time for a sea dumping permit application; and deletion of certain references to an international convention; Environment, Sport and Territories Legislation Amendment Act 1995 to correct drafting errors; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 in relation to: delegation of certain Ministerial powers; waste discharge offences; clarification of enforcement provisions in an area plan of management; and correction of minor drafting errors; National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 and Ozone Protection Act 1989 to correct drafting errors; and Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area Conservation Act 1994 in relation to references to an agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96


PM Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996

(Introduced by Mr K J Andrews —€“ LP)

To amend the: Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978, Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and Norfolk Island Act 1979 to provide that the powers of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly and the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly do not extend to making laws which permit the form of intentional killing of another called euthanasia or the assisting of a person to terminate his or her own life.

Reps: Intro. 9/9/96; Passed 10/12/96 a.m. (Votes 9/12/96)

Main committee: Referred (see terms of resolution Votes 8/10/96, page 551); unresolved questions 31/10/96, 5/12/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 CLP/negatived

CID amendments: 3 LP (on behalf of ALP)/passed; 3 LP to LP (ALP)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

SBC report 14/96 (7/11/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 7/11/96; motion to adopt SBC report amended—€”report due 24/2/97

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to insert the definition of —€œprescribed division—€ and make a technical drafting amendment in relation to gender neutral language.

Reps: Intro. 1/5/96; Passed 8/5/96

Main committee: Referred 7/5/96

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 23/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Assent: 6/6/96; Act No. 5, 1996

S Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Export Market Development Grants Act 1974 (EMDG) to: reduce the maximum grant payable per year from $250 000 to $200 000; cap the amount of extra grant that may be generated in respect of expenditure details which are submitted after the lodgement of a claimant—€™s claim; limit the number of EMDG approved joint ventures and consortia to which a —€˜person—€™ may be a member; provide for the disallowance of expenditure by an approved joint venture or consortium which breaches the conditions of its approval; invalidate claims prepared by a consultant or other persons who have been convicted of offences relating to fraud or dishonesty; exclude from eligibility any expenditure which relates to activities which are illegal; define the term —€œordinarily employed—€; provide for the pre-registration of first time EMDG claimants; and establish a grants entry test for first time EMDG claimants.

Senate: Intro. 21/5/96; Passed 19/6/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): Referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 23/5/96; report tabled 17/6/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Reps: Intro. 20/6/96; Passed 25/6/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 23, 1996


Family Law Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to the making of regulations to impose fees for voluntary counselling and mediation services provided by the Family Court and the exemption and refund of these fees in certain circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 4/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

Family (Tax Initiative) Bill 1996

Introduced with the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Family Tax Initiative) Bill 1996, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: implementing the family tax payment; exemption from income tax; primary producers; rebates; tax file numbers and provisional tax variations; and makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 9/10/96

Senate: Intro. 11/10/96; Passed 20/11/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 3 GWA/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 21/11/96]

Assent: 27/11/96; Act No. 63, 1996

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Farm Household Support Act 1992 to terminate the Farm Household Support (FHS) scheme and make transitional arrangements for those people who continue to receive FHS payments on and continuously after the cut-off date.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

PS Federal Court (Grouped Proceedings) Bill 1989 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To provide for the grouping of proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/89; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


Financial Laws Amendment Bill 1996

To amend 13 Acts and repeal the Insurance (Deposits) Act 1932 to: improve information sharing between the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission and between those organisations and other domestic and overseas financial regulators; extend by 2 years the deadline by which foreign bank subsidiaries or money market corporations can apply for, and convert to, branch banking status and qualify for the concessional taxation and other treatment provided for under the Financial Corporations (Transfer of Liabilities) Act 1993; extend the prudential controls of the Insurance Act 1973 to companies related to an insurer; enhance insurance policy holder interests by removing certain regulatory decisions from review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; adjust the balance of the respective interests of consumers and insurers under insurance contracts; remove drafting errors and technical difficulties in existing legislation; provide legislative backing to the industry based Code of Practice; make certain provisions more gender-neutral; update provisions that create offences in line with current criminal law policy; delete obsolete references to Papua New Guinea; and update definitions by reference to the Corporations Law.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/11/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Financial Management and Accountability Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills to replace the Audit Act 1901. The bill provides a regulatory, accounting and accountability framework for the management of money and property of the Commonwealth. Deals with: collection and custody of public money; fund accounting, appropriations and payments; borrowing and investment; control and management of public property; special responsibilities of chief executives; reporting and audit; operations of security organisations; advisory committees for reporting on large waivers; misuse of Commonwealth credit cards; false accounts; delegation of Ministerial powers; Ministerial orders and guidelines; and regulations.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 in relation to: access to financial transaction reports (FTR) information; definition of —€œtransaction—€; inadmissibility of suspect FTR information; reporting threshold for imported and exported currency; definition of the point at which currency is deemed to be taken out of Australia; bullion sellers; cash transaction reporting by solicitors; inspection powers of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; penalty provisions; updating of certain provisions; and correcting drafting errors.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred


S Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Fisheries Administration Act 1991 in relation to: functions of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA); directors—€™ terms of office; establishment and operation of management advisory committees and subcommittees; definition of —€œDeductible component—€; and Ministerial power to give directions; Fisheries Management Act 1991 in relation to: certain revised definitions; statutory fishing rights; powers of courts to suspend or cancel fishing concessions; fisheries Joint Authorities; delegations to State officers and employees; powers of officers to enter premises and secure property; obtaining warrants; AFMA powers; offences; penalties; and reviewable decisions. Also amends the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 to enable the Minister to determine management plans for the zone fisheries and the provisions to be included; and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 in relation to the determination of travelling allowances payable to members of management advisory committees and subcommittees.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Flags Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Flags Act 1953 to ensure that the Australian National Flag does not cease to be the national flag unless if a new national flag or flags have been submitted to the electors in each state and territory and a majority have approved the change.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/12/96

Senate: Intro. 13/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 13/12/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

General Insurance Supervisory Levy Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the General Insurance Supervisory Levy Act 1989 to: increase the statutory upper limit of the annual supervisory levy imposed on Australia—€™s 166 general insurers to $35 000 for the financial year commencing on 1 July 1997; and provide for indexation of the upper limit for subsequent financial years based on the Consumer Price Index.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/11/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

S Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 to control the import, export and transit of hazardous waste in an environmental sound manner and consistent with Australia—€™s international obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal; to extend the circumstances for standing to seek judicial review of decisions; and makes a technical amendment in relation to the Customs Act 1901.

Senate: Intro. 1/5/96; Passed 8/5/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Dem/passed; 1 GWA/passed; 1 Dem/negatived; 18 GWA/negatived

Reps: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Main committee: Referred 21/5/96

Assent: 11/6/96; Act No. 7, 1996


S Health and Other Services (Compensation) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to enable insurers to pay claimants the major proportion of their judgment or settlement while paying the balance to the Commonwealth at the same time.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 22/8/96

Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 22/8/96; Passed 22/8/96

Assent: 28/8/96; Act No. 33, 1996

PM Health and Other Services (Compensation) Amendment Bill 1996 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Mr Lee —€“ ALP)

To amend the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to withhold an amount equal to the total medicare benefits paid to the claimant since their claim began until any debt to the Commonwealth is calculated and repaid.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/96; Read a 1st time 24/6/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

S Health Insurance Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 to provide for: the establishment and maintenance of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register in primary legislation; and the release of information from the Register to specified bodies and persons.

Senate: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 17/10/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 17/10/96; Passed 30/10/96

Main committee: Referred 29/10/96

Assent: 8/11/96; Act No. 54, 1996


Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to: recognition of medical practitioners and temporary resident doctors for Medicare benefit purposes; multiple service rules for general medical services and diagnostic imaging services; increasing the maximum gap between a scheduled fee and the Medicare benefit to $50; and fees for services of unusual length or complexity.

Reps: Intro. 17/10/96; Passed 6/11/96

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 18/11/96; Passed 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96)

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee upon introduction in Reps (17/10/96); extensions of time to report 29/10/96, 19/11/96, 25/11/96; report tabled 26/11/96

Committee amendments: 5 Dem/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

23 items opposed/items agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96): 1 Opp/passed (reference to committee)]

Reference: Opposition amendments in relation to access to medical records referred to Community Affairs References Committee 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96); report due 25/3/97

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 14/12/96 a.m. (Votes 12/12/96)]

Assent: 17/12/96; Act No. 75, 1996

Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Incentives) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 4 bills concerning the Private Health Insurance Incentives Scheme, the bill makes consequential amendments to: the National Health Act 1953 in relation to registration of health benefits organisations; functions of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council; and complaints; and the Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 in relation to administration of the Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

S Health Legislation (Powers of Investigation) Amendment Bill 1996

Makes arrangements for certain investigative powers held by the Health Insurance Commission in relation to Medicare benefit guidelines to remain in force by repealing section 2 of the Health Legislation (Powers of Investigation) Amendment Act 1994 and item 68 of Schedule 1 of the Human Services and Health Legislation Amendment Act (No. 3) 1995, both of which are sunset clauses that would have taken effect on 1 July 1996.

Senate: Intro. 1/5/96; Passed 27/5/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 GWA/negatived

Reps: Intro. 28/5/96; Passed 19/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 19, 1996


Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding, grants and advances for education organisations; definition of —€œqualified accountant—€; listing of current higher education institutions; Ministerial power to estimate expenditure and to approve certain proposals; Open Learning Deferred Payment Scheme in relation to: payments by students in relation to study periods; tax file number provision and client eligibility criteria; provision of statistical and other information to the Minister; Open Learning Agency of Australia in relation to: tax file numbers and compliance statement by the Chief Executive Officer; HECS debt amounts when lodging income tax returns; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support funds; Batchelor College funding; Marcus Oldham College name change; and provision of financial statements by a qualified auditor.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 11/9/96

Senate: Intro. 12/9/96; Passed 3/12/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

1 item opposed/item agreed to

Assent: 5/12/96; Act No. 72, 1996

S Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to cease funding from 1997 under the Student Organisation Support (SOS) program; and States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994 to make a consequential amendment in relation to SOS funding.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): Referred to Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 22/8/96; report tabled 10/10/96

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: adjustment of funding and grants levels for certain purposes; compulsory and voluntary repayment of accumulated higher education contribution debt; student contribution bands; undergraduate course fees for domestic students; merit scholarships for undergraduate study; fee charges by the Open Learning Agency of Australia for delivering units of study; and advances of operating grants; and Maritime College Act 1978 in relation to undergraduate fees.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 31/10/96

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/11/96; Passed 9/12/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 17/10/96; report tabled 21/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 2 Ind (Harradine)/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Dem/negatived; 2 GWA/negatived; 1 Ind (Harradine)/negatived

21 items opposed/items agreed to

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 5/12/96; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 9/12/96]

Assent: 12/12/96; Act No. 74, 1996


Hindmarsh Island Bridge Bill 1996

To enable the construction and operation of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge without any further action being taken under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984.

Reps: Intro. 17/10/96; Passed 7/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 18/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 18/11/96

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 31/10/96; extension of time to report 19/11/96; report tabled 5/12/96

Housing Assistance Bill 1996

To amend the Housing Assistance Act 1989 by terminating assistance under that Act on 30 June 1996 and set up a new housing assistance regime for future years; authorises financial assistance by the Commonwealth to the States, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory (by way of agreements) for the provision of housing assistance for people on low incomes; authorises payments for research, development, demonstration and evaluation in relation to housing; and specifies conditions in relation to authorisation of payments to States and Territories.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 28/5/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 29/5/96; Passed 20/6/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 4 GWA/passed; 1 GWA (as amended)/passed; 9 GWA/negatived

Committee request: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps did not make Senate request 19/6/96; Senate did not press its request; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 20/6/96]

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 24, 1996

Housing Loans Insurance Corporation (Transfer of Assets and Abolition) Bill 1996

To facilitate the restructure of the Housing Loans Insurance Corporation as a Government-owned company. Also repeals the Housing Loans Insurance Act 1965 and the Housing Loans Insurance Corporation (Sale of Assets and Abolition) Act 1990.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 22/5/96

Main committee: Referred 21/5/96

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Assent: 24/6/96; Act No. 14, 1996


Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA); Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (HRA); Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA); and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) to: reform the functions and structure of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; and remove provisions dealing with complaints relating to breaches of human rights and employment discrimination from the DDA, RDA and SDA and provide for these complaints to be made under the HRA, including provision for proceedings in the Federal Court and referral of discriminatory awards and determinations to other bodies. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976; Defence Act 1903; Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973; Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996; and Workplace Relations Act 1996.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Immigration (Education) Charge Amendment Bill 1996

Complementary to the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Bill 1996 and the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996, the bill amends the Immigration (Education) Charge Act 1992 to: ensure that the English Education Charge will no longer apply to visa applications that are made after the introduction of the proposed visa application charge; and increase the ceiling for the English Education Charge to $5 500, for visa applications not finalised before the commencement of this bill.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Senate:

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 31/10/96; report due 2/12/96; order of Senate revised 31/10/96: no reference of bill

Import Processing Charges Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills which provide for the imposition and collection of 13 charges and fees for import related services delivered by the Australian Customs Service. This bill imposes 7 charges dealing with the import entry and cargo reporting charges imposed on the importer of goods, or the air or sea cargo reporter in respect of the goods.

Reps: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/96

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Income Tax Assessment Amendment Bill 1996

Consequential upon the Medicare Levy Amendment Bill 1996, this bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to the payment of a proportion of the Medicare levy by Defence Force personnel (that is, the community-wide impost in relation to the gun —€œbuy back—€ scheme).

Reps: Intro. 29/5/96; Passed 17/6/96

Senate: Intro. 18/6/96; Passed 20/6/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

Assent: 27/6/96; Act No. 17, 1996


Income Tax Assessment Bill 1996

To establish a new Income Tax Assessment Act to be built up progressively to replace the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 as that Act is rewritten. Includes rewrites of the following areas: key provisions about income and deductions; deductions for current and prior year losses and company group loss transfers; rules for calculating car expenses and substantiating work-related expenses; special capital expenditure write-offs for the petroleum mining, general mining and quarrying industries; and capital allowances for buildings and other capital works.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 17/10/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 19/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Main committee: Referred 15/10/96; CID amendments: 116 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 31/10/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

PS Income Tax Assessment (Housing Loan Interest) Amendment Bill 1989 [No. 2]

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to provide a rebate on housing loan interest.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/89; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

PS Income Tax Assessment (Savings Accounts Interest) Amendment Bill 1989

R [No. 2] [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to grant exemption from income tax of certain income from savings accounts.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/89; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

Income Tax (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

Consequential upon the Income Tax Assessment Bill 1996, the bill proposes to amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and 36 other Acts. Deals with: public and private rulings; income derived by non-residents; losses and inter-corporate dividend rebate; losses and dividend stripping; losses from bad debts; losses and assessable foreign income; and record keeping.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 17/10/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 19/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Main committee: Referred 15/10/96; CID amendments: 50 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 31/10/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference


Income Tax Rates Amendment (Family Tax Initiative) Bill 1996

Introduced with the Family (Tax Initiative) Bill 1996, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to implement the Family Tax Initiative scheme by increasing the tax-free threshold for certain taxpayers with dependant children.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 9/10/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/10/96; Passed 20/11/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 3 GWA/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 21/11/96]

Assent: 27/11/96; Act No. 64, 1996

Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Bill 1996

Consequential upon the Income Tax Assessment Bill 1996, this bill proposes to make necessary transitional measures. Makes specific transitional provisions in relation to: substituted accounting periods; double deductions; substantiation of car expenses; tax, film and primary production losses; deductions for capital works; and mining and quarrying capital and exploration expenditure.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 17/10/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 19/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Main committee: Referred 15/10/96; CID amendments: 72 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 31/10/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Act 1989 to: improve arrangements for grants of financial assistance; and vary the funding level for the period 1 January 1996 to 30 June 1997. Also establishes the funding levels for the periods: 1 January 1997 to 30 June 1998; 1 January 1998 to 30 June 1999; and 1 January 1999 to 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 23/5/96

Main committee: Referred 21/5/96

Senate: Intro. 27/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Assent: 14/6/96; Act No. 9, 1996


Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 in relation to: determination of the amount payable by each department and Commonwealth authority for administration costs; provision of advice on occupational health and safety by Comcare; transfer of powers concerning investigations; penalties; effect of and access to certain documents; and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in relation to: compensable injuries; determination of premiums payable by each department and Commonwealth authority; subdelegation of powers and functions; fees for certain services; reimbursement of payments and costs by the Northern Territory government; and minimum level of compensation benefits.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96

Industry Research and Development Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Industry Research and Development Act 1986 in relation to: restriction of retrospective access to the section 39J subsidy; validation of purported decisions relating to overseas R&D certificates and internal reviews of previous decisions; and making of regulations to set fees for certain applications or requests; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to companies registering R&D activities for the purpose of claiming a deduction.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 18/9/96

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 13/12/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 22/8/96; report tabled 31/10/96

Committee amendments: 8 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)]

Assent: 19/12/96; Act No. 82, 1996

International Transfer of Prisoners Bill 1996

To facilitate the transfer of prisoners: between Australia and certain countries with which Australia has entered agreements so that prisoners may serve their sentences of imprisonment in their countries of nationality or in countries with which they have community ties; and to Australia from countries in which prisoners are serving sentences of imprisonment imposed by certain war crimes tribunals.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/11/96

Reference: Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 21/11/96; report due 3/3/97

SBC report 16/96 (28/11/96): No reference

PS Koongarra Project Area Repeal Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To repeal the Koongarra Project Area Act 1981 to prevent uranium mining in the Koongarra area.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference


PS Labelling of Genetically Manipulated and Other Foods Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To ensure that all food which has been genetically modified or contains genetically engineered ingredients is labelled accordingly.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Administrative Appeals Act 1975 to: establish a Small Taxation Claims Tribunal; and provide for the reconstitution of a tribunal; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 in relation to classification of certain films or computer games; alignment of certain criterion for approval of advertisements; and correction of a defect in transitional provisions; Complaints (Australian Federal Police Act) 1981 in relation to remuneration for certain members of the Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal; and to correct drafting errors; Crimes Act 1914 to correct a cross-reference; Death Penalty Abolition Act 1973 to repeal an obsolete provision; Evidence Act 1995 in relation to: admissibility of certain evidence; certificates in relation to self-incriminating evidence; and correction of drafting and minor technical errors; Family Law Act 1975 in relation to: rules of court; correction of drafting and technical anomalies; and amendments consequential on the Family Law Reform Act 1995; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to: appointment of Marshals as officers of court; reference appeals; and conversion of Australian and New Zealand currency; Foreign Judgments Act 1991 in relation to conversion of Australian and foreign currency; Judges—€™ Pensions Act 1968 in relation to pensions and Territorial judicial office of retired judges; Judiciary Act 1903 in relation to jurisdiction of the Federal Court and recovery of costs by government lawyers; Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 in relation to application of that Act in the Australian Capital Territory; Privacy Act 1988 in relation to: definition of —€œguarantee—€; powers of the Privacy Commissioner; and allowing an overdue payment to be listed on a guarantor—€™s credit information file; Service and Execution of Process Act 1992 in relation to: bail justices; warrants; application of the Act; appearance by an interstate defendant; interstate warrants; and transfer of prisoners through transit states; Superannuation Act 1976 in relation to eligibility of certain Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) members to hear applications for review under the Act; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to: privacy of AAT hearings into taxation matters; and amendments consequential on the establishment of the Small Taxation Claims Tribunal.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Laying Chicken Levy Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Laying Chicken Levy Act 1988 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set an operative levy rate of 0.21 cent and a maximum levy rate of 0.33 cent per head of laying chickens.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 49, 1996


Legislative Instruments Bill 1996

To establish a new regime for the making, registration, publication, scrutiny and sunsetting of delegated legislation. Deals with: responsibilities of Principal Legislative Counsel; consultation before making legislative instruments; Federal Register of Legislative Instruments; Parliamentary scrutiny of legislative instruments; sunsetting; instruments not dealt with before commencing day; gazettal requirements; effect on existing tabling and disallowance requirements; delegation of certain Ministerial powers; early backcapturing; review of the operation of the Act and sunsetting provision; transitional provisions; regulations; instruments that are not legislative instruments; enabling legislation; and government business enterprises. Repeals the Statutory Rules Publication Act 1903 and makes consequential amendments to the following Acts: Acts Interpretation Act 1901, Amendments Incorporation Act 1905, Family Law Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, Industrial Relations Act 1988, Judiciary Act 1903.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 11/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 23 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 8/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 8/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Report by Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances: tabled 21/11/96

Live-stock Export Charge Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Live-stock Export Charge Act 1977 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set an operative levy of 0.33 cent and a maximum levy rate of 2 cents per head of sheep and lambs exported.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 50, 1996

Live-stock Slaughter Levy Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Live-stock Slaughter Levy Act 1964 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set an operative levy rate of 0.33 cent and a maximum levy rate of 2 cents per head on all sheep and lambs slaughtered.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 51, 1996


Loan Bill 1996

To make provision for the financing of certain defence expenditures to be met from the Loan Fund rather than the Consolidated Revenue Fund and to reimburse the Consolidated Revenue Fund from the Loan Fund for certain non-defence expenditures.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 22/5/96

Main committee: Referred 21/5/96

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Assent: 14/6/96; Act No. 8, 1996

S Marine Personnel Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 and the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 to improve the administration of the maritime industry—€™s workers—€™ compensation and occupational health and safety schemes by addressing a number of inconsistencies and anomalies in the current legislation.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/96

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Meat Chicken Levy Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Meat Chicken Levy Act 1969 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set a maximum levy rate of 0.05 cent per head on day old meat chickens hatched.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 52, 1996

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to: increase the rate of the Medicare levy from 1.5 to 1.7 per cent for the 1996-97 income year only; and make members of the Defence Force liable to a proportion of the full Medicare levy, equivalent to a rate of 0.2 per cent (that is, the community-wide impost in relation to the gun —€œbuy back—€ scheme).

Reps: Intro. 29/5/96; Passed 17/6/96

Senate: Intro. 18/6/96; Passed 20/6/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

Assent: 27/6/96; Act No. 16, 1996

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to private health insurance, the bill amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to: raise the Medicare levy low income exemption threshold and the upper limits of the income threshold for individuals, married couples and sole parents; and impose an additional 1 per cent Medicare levy on single people with taxable incomes greater than $50 000 and families with combined taxable incomes greater than $100 000 who do not have private patient hospital cover.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)


Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to extend the duration of the Migration Agents Registration Scheme by 1 year until 21 September 1997.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 19/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; Passed 24/6/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 25, 1996

S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: ensure that certain provisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and the Ombudsman Act 1976 do not apply to immigration detainees unless they have initiated a complaint in writing to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission or to the Ombudsman; and clarify duties of the Minister and officials concerning advice relating to applications for visas and access to legal and other advice.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/96, 28/6/96

SBC report 5/96 (24/6/96): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 24/6/96; report due 20/8/96; report tabled 27/6/96

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996

Complementary to the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Bill 1996 and the Immigration (Education) Charge Amendment Bill 1996, the bill amends the: Immigration (Education) Act 1971, Migration Act 1958 and Migration (Health Services) Charge Act 1991 in relation to the introduction of the proposed visa application charge; Migration Act 1958 in relation to limits on the number of visas granted; and marital status; and the Migration Act 1958 and Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to enable Australian citizenship to be withdrawn from naturalised citizens who have made fraudulent claims.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Senate:

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 31/10/96; extension of time to report 19/11/96; report tabled 5/12/96

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Bill 1996

Complementary to the Immigration (Education) Charge Amendment Bill 1996 and the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996, the bill imposes a visa application charge on applications for visas and establishes a ceiling of $12 500 for the charge.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Senate:

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): No reference


Ministers of State Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Ministers of State Act 1952 to increase the limit on the sum appropriated from the Commonwealth Consolidated Fund in 1995-96 in respect of the salaries of Ministers and to reduce the limit on the sum appropriated in future years.

Reps: Intro. 2/5/96; Passed 8/5/96

Main committee: Referred 7/5/96

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 23/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Assent: 30/5/96; Act No. 2, 1996

PS Motor Vehicle Standards (Emission Quotas) Amendment Bill 1990 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To set a limit to the CO2 emissions from each fleet of motor vehicles sold by a manufacturer or importer which would be reduced by 5 per cent each succeeding year.

Senate: Intro. 16/10/90; 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/90

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency Bill 1996

To enable Australia—€™s payments to the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency to be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, or alternatively, for securities to be issued to the Agency in lieu of any payment due.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 in relation to: powers of the Attorney-General to seek, grant, request or refuse mutual assistance; use in Australia of material received from a foreign country; provision and requesting of evidence via video link; makes certain technical amendments in relation to Australia—€™s ability to request and provide mutual assistance; and makes consequential amendments to the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and Proceeds of Crime Act 1987.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 21/8/96

Main committee: Referred 20/8/96; unresolved question 21/8/96

CID amendment: 1 Ind (Filing)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/9/96; Passed 12/9/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 40, 1996

National Firearms Program Implementation Bill 1996

To appropriate monies out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for financial assistance to the States, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory to provide compensation to firearm owners and dealers who surrender certain firearms during the amnesty period; and to implement nationwide licensing and registration schemes.

Reps: Intro. 20/8/96; Passed 21/8/96

Senate: Intro. 21/8/96; Passed 22/8/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 4/9/96; Act No. 34, 1996


National Health (Budget Measures) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the National Health Act 1953 in relation to an increase in and indexation of patient contributions and the general safety net threshold, and eligibility for access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 30/10/96

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; Passed 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96)

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 17/10/96; extension of time to report 18/11/96; report tabled 19/11/96

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

2 schedules opposed/schedules agreed to

Assent: 19/12/96; Act No. 79, 1996

PS National Residue Survey Administration (Cost Sharing) Amendment Bill 1993

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To amend the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 to share the cost of the National Residue Survey between the Commonwealth and producers.

Senate: Intro. 30/8/93; 2nd reading adjourned 30/8/93

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PS Native Forest Protection Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senators Brown and Lees —€“ AD)

To: phase out woodchipping of native forests by 1 January 1999; prohibit logging of high conservation value native forests from 1 January 1997; and establish a transitional strategy for the wood-products industry.

Senate: Intro. 11/9/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference


Native Title Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: acts affecting native title and agreements between governments and native title holders about those acts; processes for determining native title matters; registration processes for claims; enforcement of native title and compensation determinations; technical amendments, transitional provisions in relation to applications and determinations already made and correction of drafting errors. Also amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to Judicial Registrars; the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 in relation to the Commission—€™s functions under section 209.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 27/6/96; extension of time to report 17/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Reference: Proposed Government amendments referred to Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 17/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Senate:

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 19/11/96; report tabled 12/12/96

PS Natural Heritage Trust Fund Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To establish a Natural Heritage Trust Fund for environmental programs of national significance to be funded from an amount equal to 7 per cent of Telstra—€™s pre-tax profits for the next 5 financial years.

Senate: Intro. 21/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Bill 1996

To: establish the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia for the protection and rehabilitation of Australia—€™s environment; and provide for $1 billion from the proceeds of the partial privatisation of Telstra to be paid into the Trust—€™s Reserve.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 29/10/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 25/6/96; extensions of time to report 21/8/96, 18/9/96; report tabled 10/10/96

PS Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Exports) Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Sanders —€“ AD)

To prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by regulating the exportation of nuclear material and certain associated items from Australia.

Senate: Intro. 1/6/88; 2nd reading adjourned 1/6/88

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


PS Nuclear Power, Uranium Enrichment and Reprocessing (Prohibition) Bill 1993

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To prohibit uranium enrichment, nuclear power production and replacement reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in Australia and make consequential amendments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987.

Senate: Intro 13/5/93; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/93

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PS Ombudsman Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Conroy —€“ ALP)

To amend the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the independence of the Office of Ombudsman and the creation of a Parliamentary Joint Committee to monitor and review the office—€™s performance and functions and to report to both Houses on matters concerning the Office.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (12/9/96): Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 12/9/96; extension of time to report 4/12/96; report due 13/2/97

PM Ombudsman Amendment Bill 1996 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Price —€“ ALP)

To amend the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the independence of the Office of Ombudsman and the creation of a Parliamentary Joint Committee to monitor and review the office—€™s performance and functions and to report to both Houses on matters concerning the Office.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/96; Read a 1st time 24/6/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

To provide for parliamentary approval of international treaties and any reservations to a treaty signed by Australia.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/95; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PS Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Security of Australia) Bill 1994 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the Security of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 30/6/94; 2nd reading adjourned 30/6/94

SBC report 13/94 (1/9/94): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96


Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 to maintain accrued benefits of pensioners and serving members by fixing the salary used to determine retiring allowances at the level immediately prior to any reduction, until such time as the actual salary increases to at least the fixed pre-reduction salary.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 19/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; Passed 27/6/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

Assent: 9/7/96; Act No. 29, 1996

PS Parliamentary Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of Lawful Orders) Bill 1994

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To amend the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 in relation to enforcement by the Federal Court of lawful orders made by Parliament and its committees.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/94; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/94

SBC report 6/94 (9/5/94): No reference

Reference: Standing Committee of Privileges 12/5/94; extension of time to report 23/8/94; report tabled 19/9/94

Related reference: Standing Committee of Privileges 22/6/94; extensions of time to report 9/11/94, 7/12/94; report tabled 1/3/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Parliamentary Proceedings Act 1946 to alter gender specific references to non-gender specific references.

Reps: Intro. 30/4/96; Read a 1st time 30/4/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Senate:

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

PS Patents Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To amend the Patents Act 1990 to prohibit the patenting of naturally occurring genes or gene sequences.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (12/9/96): No reference


Payment of Tax Receipts (Victoria) Bill 1996

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the payment to Victoria agreed to under the Deed for the Return of Certain Tax Payments, executed by the Commonwealth and Victoria on 20 November 1996 as a result of the settlement of a dispute over the pass-on of petroleum resource rent tax between Victorian gas utilities and their suppliers.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 21/11/96; Passed 25/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 27/11/96; Act No. 61, 1996

Pig Slaughter Levy Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

To amend the Pig Slaughter Levy Act 1971 to direct certain funds raised under the Act to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited and set a maximum levy rate of 50 cents per head of pigs slaughtered.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96

Senate: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 53, 1996

Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the: Offshore Minerals Act 1994 in relation to offshore minerals licences and changes in the location of the baseline resulting from new data or reconsideration of existing data; Laying Chicken Levy Act 1988 to acknowledge the Australian Egg Industry Association as the new representative industry organisation; Poultry Industry Assistance Act 1965 to facilitate the transfer of funds from the Poultry Industry Trust Fund to the new Egg Industry Development Fund for research and development (the Poultry Industry Assistance Act 1965, Egg Industry Research (Hen Quota) Levy Act 1987 and the Poultry Industry Levy Act 1965 will be repealed once the transfer of funds has been made); Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 and Rural Industries Research Act 1986 consequent on these repeals; Laying Chicken Levy Act 1988 in relation to generic references to representative organisations; Wool International Act 1993 in relation to: the termination of voluntary additional contributions of wool tax; the stockpile debt component of wool tax; and wool marketing activities; and makes consequential amendments to the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Act 1993 and allows for wool industry contributions to the Australian Animal Health Council.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 22/5/96

Main committee: Referred 21/5/96; unresolved question 22/5/96

CID amendment: 1 Ind (Campbell)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 25/6/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 23/5/96; extension of time to report 28/5/96; report tabled 18/6/96

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 18, 1996


Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 in relation to: compliance by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals with certain policy directions; provision of information about restricted chemical products by the Department of Primary Industries and Energy; charging fees for certificates concerning the export of agricultural and veterinary chemicals; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 in relation to: the supply of certain information; the issue of notices; and clarifying information; Fisheries Management Act 1991 in relation to compensation for acquisition of property; Farm Household Support Act 1992 in relation to drought relief payments; Imported Food Control Act 1992 in relation to the appointment and functions of authorised officers; and Quarantine Act 1908 in relation to the issue of penalty notices for failure to declare goods of quarantine interest or concern. Also repeals 15 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 18/9/96; Passed 31/10/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 5/11/96]

Assent: 20/11/96; Act No. 59, 1996

Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996

To amend the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to extend compensation provisions to cover the active constituent of a chemical product; Farm Household Support Act 1992 to prevent —€œdouble-dipping—€ in relation to the drought relief payment and other payments and allowances; and Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Act 1993 to extend the sunset date for wool industry contributions to the Australian Animal Health Council from 30 June 1997 to 30 June 2000. Also repeals the Tobacco Marketing Act 1965 and makes minor technical amendments to 4 other portfolio Acts.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 1996

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to private health insurance, the bill implements the Private Health Insurance Incentive Scheme which provides a financial incentive to low and middle income earners to purchase or retain private health insurance.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 to: provide for the annual transfer of the net balance of the Confiscated Assets Trust Fund to the Consolidated Revenue Fund; extend the sharing of recovered proceeds of crime currently in place between the Commonwealth and States and Territories to foreign countries; and make reciprocal provision for foreign countries to share proceeds with Australia.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 9/12/96

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference


Productivity Commission Bill 1996

To establish and set out the composition, functions, powers, procedures and policy guidelines of the Productivity Commission which combines the Industry Commission, the Economic Planning and Advisory Commission and the Bureau of Industry Economics.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Productivity Commission (Repeals, Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

Complementary to the Productivity Commission Bill 1996, the bill repeals the Industry Commission Act 1989 and the Economic Planning Advisory Commission Act 1983 and makes transitional provisions relating to those Acts. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Biological Control Act 1984; Bounty (Computers) Act 1984; Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985; and Development Allowance Authority Act 1992.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

PS Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium (Customs Act Amendment) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the exportation of uranium-bearing ore or uranium ore concentrates.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

PS Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium to France (Customs Act Amendment) Bill

R 1995 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the exportation of uranium-bearing ore or uranium ore concentrates to France until the cessation of French nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific Region.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/95; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/95

SBC report 11/95 (15/11/95): Deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

Public Service Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Public Service Act 1922 to enable disciplinary action to be taken against an officer who has resumed duties in a department of the Public Service after a period of unattachment where alleged misconduct has taken place when the officer was an —€œunattached officer—€.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred


PM Public Service (Parliamentary Departments) Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Mr Martin —€“ ALP)

To abolish the Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff, the Department of the Parliamentary Library and the Joint House Department, and create a new department, the Department of Parliamentary Services. Makes consequential amendments to four Acts.

Reps: Intro. 20/5/96; Read a 1st time 20/5/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Discharged from Notice Paper 19/11/96

PM Quarantine Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Mr Campbell —€“ Ind)

To amend the Quarantine Act 1908 to provide that the Commonwealth can be held liable for compensation for damages resulting from the importation of diseases or pests where an officer has acted in such a way as to allow animals, plants or goods to be imported into Australia and disease or pests have resulted from the importation.

Reps: Intro. 28/10/96; Read a 1st time 28/10/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PM Quarantine Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Introduced by Mr Fitzgibbon —€“ ALP)

To implement a recommendation of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to amend the Quarantine Act 1908 to place final responsibility for quarantine decisions with the relevant Minister(s).

Reps: Intro. 2/12/96; Read a 1st time 2/12/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Radioactive Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Bill 1992 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Sowada —€“ AD)

To prohibit the import and export of radioactive waste into and out of Australia and to further restrict the trade of radioactive materials.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/92; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/92

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96

Radiocommunications Amendment Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill amends the Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to: sale of encumbered spectrum and later clearance of incumbent users; allocation and issuing of radiocommunications licences; limitations on spectrum and licence acquisition; extension of the maximum spectrum licence period to 15 years; electromagnetic compatibility requirements; health and safety standards for radiocommunication devices; technical licence specifications; and other minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97


Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Act 1983 and provides transitional arrangements as a result of the establishment of the Australian Communications Authority.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983 amd provides transitional arrangements as a result of the establishment of the Australian Communications Authority.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

S Reform of Employment Services Bill 1996

Part of a package of 2 bills to reform employment services, the bill: enables the engagement of entities to provide employment services; defines the criteria for participation in the employment assistance scheme; provides for referral of participants to employment placement enterprises; outlines compliance requirements for job seekers; allows for investigation of complaints about provision of employment services; provides for review of certain decisions; and ensures confidentiality of information concerning users of employment services.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

S Reform of Employment Services (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 2 bills to reform employment services, the bill: repeals the Employment Services Act 1994; makes transitional arrangements in relation to the cessation of the present case management system; amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the Ombudsman Act 1976 and the Privacy Act 1988 to extend the operation of those Acts to the provision of employment services; and makes consequential amendments to 7 other Acts.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

PS Restitution of Property to King Island Dairy Products Pty Ltd Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To restore property to King Island Dairy Products Pty Ltd.

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference


Retirement Savings Accounts Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills which allows banks, building societies, credit unions and life insurance companies to provide superannuation without a trust structure, in the form of retirement savings accounts (RSAs). This bill provides for the functional supervision of RSAs by the Insurance and Superannuation Commission, to ensure that RSAs are treated consistently with existing superannuation products.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 12/12/96; report due 27/2/97

Retirement Savings Accounts (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills which allows banks, building societies, credit unions and life insurance companies to provide superannuation without a trust structure, in the form of retirement savings accounts (RSAs). This bill makes consequential amendments to 18 Acts to ensure that RSAs are subject to a similar environment to that currently applying to other superannuation products.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 12/12/96; report due 27/2/97

Retirement Savings Accounts Supervisory Levy Bill 1996

Part of a package of 3 bills which allows banks, building societies, credit unions and life insurance companies to provide superannuation without a trust structure, in the form of retirement savings accounts (RSAs). This bill imposes an annual RSA levy on RSA providers, to recover the costs of supervision of RSAs by the Insurance and Superannuation Commission.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 12/12/96; report due 27/2/97

Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Amendment Bill 1996

Complementary to the Road Transport Reform (Heavy Vehicles Registration) Bill 1996, the bill amends the Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Act 1995 in relation to the regulation-making power under the Act; changes in terminology; and consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred


Road Transport Reform (Heavy Vehicles Registration) Bill 1996

Complementary to the Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Amendment Bill 1996, the bill provides for the registration of heavy vehicles and related matters in the A.C.T. and the Jervis Bay Territory. It is proposed that this bill will form the substantive basis of a national registration scheme for heavy vehicles and will be adopted unchanged by the States and the Northern Territory.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

Sales Tax Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Sales Tax Assessment Act 1992 and the Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Act 1992 to remove the ability for governments and government authorities to purchase certain motor vehicles free of sales tax where the vehicles are wholly or partly for the private use of employees as part of their remuneration.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 21/8/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/9/96; Passed 26/11/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 3/12/96; Act No. 68, 1996

Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill 1996

To amend subsections 40(2) and 40(3) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to: narrow certain existing exemptions under those subsections in relation to specified taxation legislation and the Social Services Act 1980 of Norfolk Island; implement a phasing out of the existing exemption relating to the operation of certain definitions in the National Health Act 1953; and remove an existing exemption in relation to the Gift Duty Assessment Act 1941.

Reps: Intro. 6/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 6/11/96

Senate:

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

PS Sexuality Discrimination Bill 1995 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Spindler —€“ AD)

To prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or transgender identity.

Senate: Intro. 29/11/95; 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

Reference: Aspects of bill and other related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 30/5/96; report due first sitting day March 1997


Shipping Grants Legislation Bill 1996

Repeals the International Shipping (Australian-resident Seafarers) Grants Act 1995. Also amends the Ships (Capital Grants) Act 1987 to bring forward the existing sunset provision from 30 June 1997 to 30 June 1996.

Reps: Intro. 1/5/96; Passed 22/5/96

Senate: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 29/11/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 9/5/96; extension of time to report 27/5/96; report tabled 30/5/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/passed

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

2 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 2/12/96]

Assent: 5/12/96; Act No. 71, 1996

Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: amounts received from the Mark Fitzpatrick Trust and the assets test; mature age partner allowance; removal of references to —€œadditional family payment—€ and replacement with references to the new family payment regime; and a correction to the Pension Rate Calculator A.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 31/10/96

Main committee: Referred 29/10/96

Senate: Intro. 4/11/96; Passed 7/11/96

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): No reference

Assent: 20/11/96; Act No. 57, 1996


Social Security Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 1996

To amend the: Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: carer pensions; sickness and newstart allowance to under 18 year olds; abolition of sickness allowance loss of income provisions; abolition of employment entry payment and modification of education entry payment; widow and partner allowances; impairment tables for disability support pensions; child disability allowances; extension of compensation recovery provisions to age pensioners; and the social security entitlements advance payment scheme; Social Security Act 1991, Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990, Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973, Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Childcare Rebate Act 1993 to update references from —€˜carer pension—€™ to —€˜carer payment—€™; Social Security Act 1991 and Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 in relation to: voluntary work participation; Employer Contract Certificates; activity test deferment periods; extension of certain non-payment periods; unemployment due to industrial action; replacement of unused annual leave waiting periods with an income maintenance period; liquid assets test waiting periods; renewal of medical certificates; sickness allowance and exemptions from activity tests; lodgment of claims by sick or incapacitated people; abolition of earnings credit scheme; lump sum compensation payments; below threshold deeming rate; debt recovery; application, transition and saving provisions; Social Security Act 1991, Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 and Employment Services Act 1994 in relation to: the definition of —€˜unsuitable work—€™; activity test deferment periods; and administrative breach rate reduction periods; Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 in relation to: youth training allowance payments to under 18 year olds; and compensation provisions; Health Insurance Act 1973, National Health Act 1953 and Hearing Services Act 1991 in relation to the abolition of the health benefits card and replacement with a health care card for sickness allowees; Health Insurance Act 1973 to abolish certain provisions relating to persons receiving family allowance supplement prior to January 1992; Social Security Act 1991 and National Health Act 1953 in relation to the abolition of the modified income test; and Social Security Legislation Amendment (Carer Pension and Other Measures) Act 1995 to correct a technical error.

Reps: Intro. 12/9/96; Passed 15/10/96

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 10/10/96; extension of time to report 4/11/96; report tabled 6/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 7 (1 as amended) Govt/passed; 6 Opp/passed; 28 Opp/negatived; 4 Dem/passed; 7 AG/negatived; 11 items/negatived; 2 schedules/negatived

6 schedules opposed/schedules agreed to; 6 Parts opposed/Parts agreed to; 82 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 14/12/96 a.m. (Votes 12/12/96)]

Assent: 23/12/96; Act No. 84, 1996


S Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Budget and Other Measures) Bill 1996

To amend the: Social Security Act 1991 to remove the means test exemption for superannuation assets in certain cases; and Social Security Act 1991 and Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 in relation to: rent assistance for single people sharing accommodation; and recovery of overpayments due to holiday processing of social security benefits.

Senate: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96):

Schedule 1 referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 31/10/96; extensions of time to report 18/11/96, 21/11/96; report tabled 26/11/96

Schedule 2 referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 31/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 3 Opp-Dem/negatived

9 items opposed/items agreed to; 1 schedule opposed/schedule agreed to

Reps: Intro. 14/12/96 a.m.; Passed 14/12/96 a.m. (Votes 12/12/96)

CID amendments: 4 Opp/negatived

Assent: 23/12/96; Act No. 83, 1996

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident—€™s Waiting Periods and Other Measures) Bill 1996

To amend the Social Security Act 1991, the Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973, and the Health Insurance Act 1973, to extend the newly arrived resident—€™s waiting period for certain social security payments and other benefits from 26 weeks to 104 weeks for migrants who arrived in Australia on or after 1 April 1996; Social Security Act 1991 and Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 to allow additional information to be sought under an initial request to persons (usually employers) about recipients of certain benefits with a view to reducing the need for supplementary requests for information; and Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 to ensure that income data for different financial years may be used in a single data-matching program by the Australian Taxation Office; Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment Act 1995 to correct a drafting error and make a consequential amendment; and Social Security Act 1991 to make drafting and consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 32 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 3/12/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/5/96; extensions of time to report 21/8/96, 22/8/96; report tabled 10/9/96

Committee amendments: 11 Govt/passed; 6 Opposition (1 as amended)/passed; 1 Ind (Harradine) to Opp/passed; 1 Govt/negatived; 2 Dem/negatived; 14 Divisions, 1 Part and 8 items negatived

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 2/12/96; Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 9, 19, 29 and 30 and disagreed to amendments nos 10 to 18, 20 to 28 and 31 to 36 3/12/96; Senate reported message 5/12/96]


States Grants (General Purposes) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994 in relation to: the provision of general revenue assistance to the States and Territories in 1996-97; agreed fiscal contributions by the States and Territories to the Commonwealth; competition payments by the Commonwealth to the States and Territories in 1997-98; and distribution of arterial road grants.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 19/9/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/10/96; Passed 26/11/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 3/12/96; Act No. 69, 1996

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Bill 1996

To provide financial assistance to the States and Territories for primary and secondary education for 1997-2000: reduces the number of programs of targeted assistance; enables funds transfer between certain groups of similar programs; institutes a more equitable new schools policy; permits the adjustment of general recurrent grants to the States and Territories to reflect changes in enrolments; and includes provisions covering financial and educational accountability.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 16/10/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 19 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 29/11/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 10/10/96; extension of time to report 17/10/96; report tabled 25/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 20 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 29/11/96: 1 Dem/negatived]

Assent: 5/12/96; Act No. 70, 1996

S Statute Law Revision Bill 1996

To: repeal 16 Commonwealth Acts that have no current or future operation; amend 127 Commonwealth Acts to correct drafting and technical errors; make consequential amendments to 95 Commonwealth Acts to update references from the Remuneration Tribunals Act 1973 to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973; and amend gender specific language in 58 Acts.

Senate: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 12/9/96

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 12/9/96; Passed 10/10/96

Main committee: Referred 9/10/96

Assent: 25/10/96; Act No. 43, 1996


Student and Youth Assistance Amendment (Waiting Period) Bill 1996

To amend the Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 to introduce a two year waiting period for access to AUSTUDY which will apply, with limited exceptions, to all migrants (including New Zealand citizens who permanently settle in Australia) who arrive in Australia on or after 1 January 1997.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/96; Passed 7/11/96

Senate: Intro. 7/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/11/96

SBC report 14/96 (7/11/96): No reference

Supply Bill (No. 1) 1996-97

To make interim provision for the appropriation of money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Main committee: Referred 27/5/96

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

Assent: 14/6/96; Act No. 10, 1996

Supply Bill (No. 2) 1996-97

To make interim provision for the appropriation of money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Main committee: Referred 27/5/96

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

Assent: 14/6/96; Act No. 11, 1996

Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1996-97

To make interim provision for the appropriation of money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to the Parliamentary Departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Main committee: Referred 27/5/96

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 31/5/96

Assent: 14/6/96; Act No. 12, 1996

Sydney 2000 Games (Indicia and Images) Protection Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Sydney 2000 Games (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 1996 to authorise the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee to take action against parties: involved in the supply of goods and services to which protected indicia and images have been applied without authority; and who aid, abet, counsel and procure breaches of the Act. The provisions of the proposed Act (together with the principal Act) will cease to have effect on 31 December 2000, if not repealed earlier.

Reps: Intro. 18/9/96; 2nd reading adjourned 18/9/96

Senate:

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference


S Sydney 2000 Games (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 1996

To authorise the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee to: use and license others to use the Sydney 2000 Games indicia and images for commercial purposes; seek injunctions and be awarded damages for loss incurred by reason of unlicensed use of the indicia and images. The proposed Act will cease to have effect on 31 December 2000, if not repealed earlier.

Senate: Intro. 8/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Reps: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 20/6/96

Main committee: Referred 18/6/96

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 22, 1996

PM Sydney Airport (Regulation of Movements) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Mr Albanese —€“ ALP)

To impose a limit on the number of aircraft movements, excluding emergencies, at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport each hour and make administrative arrangements in relation to: provision and tabling of information; and issuing, discharge and limits on injunctions. Also makes an amendment to the Airports Act 1996 to provide that that Act has effect in addition to this proposed Act.

Reps: Intro. 4/11/96; 2nd reading adjourned 18/11/96

Tax Law Improvement Bill 1996

Second instalment of legislation which will progressively rewrite and replace the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. Includes rewrites of the following areas: various miscellaneous amounts in assessable income; exempt income; deductions for various miscellaneous amounts; trading stock; profits from the sale of previously leased cars; deductions for depreciation of plant; deductions for capital expenditure of primary producers and some landholders using land for business purposes; entertainment expenses; deductions for gifts; and the treatment of amounts that recoup deductible expenses. Also makes transitional and consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 11/12/96; report due 6/3/97

PS Tax Legislation Amendment (Fiscal Responsibility) Bill 1993 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To repeal the Tax Legislation Amendment Act 1992.

Senate: Intro. 27/5/93; 2nd reading adjourned 27/5/93

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96


Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to: the reduction of the provisional tax uplift factor to 6 per cent for the 1996-97 year of income and increase it for future years to 10 per cent; off-market share buy-backs; and tax deductibility for gifts to certain funds/organisations.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 27/5/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/5/96; Passed 19/6/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 23/5/96; report tabled 17/6/96

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendment 24/6/96; Senate did not insist on its amendment and made 3 requests in place thereof (1 Dem/negatived); Reps made Senate requests (1 Opp/negatived) 27/6/96; Senate agreed to bill as amended at request of Senate 28/6/96]

Assent: 9/7/96; Act No. 31, 1996

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to: offshore banking units; expense of investing in pooled superannuation trusts or life assurance policies; deductions for gifts; taxation of income derived from sources outside Australia; forgiveness of commercial debts; tax file numbers; and secured off-shore lending agreements; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 in relation to the Aberfoyle Limited (Superannuation) Award; Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in relation to the use of tax file numbers for superannuation purposes; Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 in relation to minor fringe benefits tax exemption; and Taxation Laws Amendment Act (No. 4) 1995 to restore certain application dates and section references.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 22/8/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 Ind (Rocher)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/9/96; Passed 12/12/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

1 schedule opposed/schedule agreed to

Assent: 18/12/96; Act No. 76, 1996


Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to: tax rebate for low income aged persons; medical expenses rebate; annuities and pensions; sale of mining rights; equity investments in small-medium enterprises; co-operative companies; tax exempt entities that become taxable; and research and development activities; Development Allowance Authority Act 1992 in relation to infrastructure borrowings; and Industry Research and Development Act 1986 in relation to the Industry Research and Development Board—€™s powers; Ministerial advice to the Board; and administrative arrangements for research and development programs.

Reps: Intro. 31/10/96; Passed 19/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; Passed 13/12/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

SBC report 14/96 (7/11/96): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 7/11/96; extension of time to report 4/12/96; report tabled 10/12/96

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 7 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/passed; 1 Dem/negatived; 1 Ind (Harradine)/negatived; 2 Parts/negatived; 1 Division/negatived

5 Divisions opposed/Divisions agreed to; 5 items opposed/items agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 13/12/96: 1 AG/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments (Amendment to motion that amendment (7) be agreed to: 1 Opp/negatived) 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)]

Assent: 19/12/96; Act No. 78, 1996

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1996

To amend the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to: special depreciation on trading ships; Commonwealth education or training payments; controlled foreign companies and foreign investment funds; employee share schemes; underlying interests in assets for capital gains tax purposes; disposals of small business assets for capital gains tax purposes; forgiveness of commercial debts; and equity investments in small-medium enterprises; Taxation Laws Amendment Act (No. 4) 1995 in relation to dividend imputation; and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in relation to tax file numbers.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/96

Taxation Laws Amendment (International Tax Agreements) Bill 1996

To amend the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give legislative authority to an agreement concerning double taxation and fiscal evasion between the Australian Commerce and Industry Office and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and makes consequential amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 21/8/96

Senate: Intro. 9/9/96; Passed 12/9/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 9/10/96; Act No. 39, 1996


Taxation Laws Amendment (Private Health Insurance Incentives) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to private health insurance, the bill amends the proposed Income Tax Assessment Act 1996 to provide for a rebate for taxpayers who take out private health insurance; and makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; imposes the Medicare levy surcharge on certain prescribed persons with dependants; and makes a minor technical amendment.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Telecommunications Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Telecommunications Act 1991 to: extend the exemptions from prosecution in relation to disclosure of customer information by employees of telecommunications carriers or eligible service providers to operators of emergency services; and to provide for the collection of charges for telecommunications services numbers, imposed by the proposed Telecommunications (Numbering Fees) Amendment Act 1996.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/96

Senate:

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Telecommunications Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill identifies carriers and carriage service providers who are subject to regulation and establishes the regulatory regime; creates obligations on carriers and carriage service providers for the benefit of consumers, the general community and the promotion of competition; provides for technical regulation and management of numbering; gives benefits to carriers in the form of certain powers and immunities; and broadens the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman scheme.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill provides for the imposition of application charges and annual charges by the ACA in relation to carrier licences granted under the proposed Telecommunications Act 1996.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97


Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Amendment Bill 1996

To allow for the regulations made under the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Act 1991 to be amended so that the Commonwealth may recover the full telecommunications carriers—€™ share of the Commonwealth—€™s contribution to the budget of the International Telecommunication Union.

Reps: Intro. 22/5/96; Passed 29/5/96

Main committee: Referred 27/5/96

Senate: Intro. 30/5/96; Passed 27/6/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/6/96; Act No. 26, 1996

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Termination Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill repeals the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Act 1991 effective on 1 July 1998 and makes transitional arrangements in relation to payments of carrier licence fees on 1 July 1997 by existing telecommunications carriers.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill provides for the imposition of charges in relation to certain numbers allocated to carriage service providers.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Telecommunications (Numbering Fees) Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Telecommunications (Numbering Fees) Act 1991 in relation to payment by carriers and service providers of annual charges for numbers held by them for telecommunications services; and amend the short and long titles of the Principal Act.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/96

Senate:

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference


Telecommunications (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill contains transitional provisions and consequential amendments to 17 Acts or proposed Acts related to the proposed Telecommunications Act 1996. Includes amendments concerning the merger of the Australian Telecommunications Authority (AUSTEL) and the Spectrum Management Agency (to be known as the Australian Communications Authority) and the transfer of competition policy resources from AUSTEL to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Also repeals 6 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill imposes a levy on telecommunications carriers equal to their levy debit balance.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Telstra (Dilution of Public Ownership) Bill 1996

To amend the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 to: facilitate the sale of up to one third of the Commonwealth—€™s equity in Telstra Corporation Limited, while imposing aggregate and individual foreign ownership limits; and the Telecommunications Act 1991 to: require general telecommunications carriers to extend the option of untimed local calls to all customers; introduce a new scheme for a customer service guarantee; and extend AUSTEL—€™s functions in relation to performance standards and carrier performance.

Reps: Intro. 2/5/96; Passed 9/5/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; Passed 11/12/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): Deferred

Reference: Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts References Committee 21/5/96; extension of time to report 21/8/96; report tabled 9/9/96

[Motion to divide bill into 2 bills 18/10/96: Dem/negatived]

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 15 Dem/passed; 14 Dem (1 as amended)/negatived; 2 Dem/withdrawn; 2 GWA to Dem/negatived; 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed; 1 item/negatived

1 section opposed/section agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 11/12/96: 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed (reference to committee); 1 GWA to Ind (Harradine)/negatived]

Reference: Certain matters referred to the Economics Legislation Committee 11/12/96; report due 26/3/97

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 12/12/96]

Assent: 19/12/96; Act No. 81, 1996


S Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to: insert a definition for —€œfood—€; enable certain officers to approve supply of unevaluated drugs in certain circumstances; establish new procedures for listing drugs on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and review of decisions relating to registration; disclosure to the public in relation to unlawfully supplied goods and recovery thereof; establish the Therapeutic Goods Administration Reserve; clarify existing offence provisions and introduce new offence provisions; and update search and seizure powers and provisions relating to warrants.

Senate: Intro. 1/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 1/5/96

Discharged from Notice Paper 7/5/96

S Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 1996 (No. 2)

To amend the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to: insert a definition for —€œfood—€; enable certain officers to approve supply of unevaluated drugs in certain circumstances; establish new procedures for listing drugs on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and review of decisions relating to registration; disclosure to the public in relation to unlawfully supplied goods and recovery thereof; clarify existing offence provisions and introduce new offence provisions; and update search and seizure powers and provisions relating to warrants.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; Passed 21/5/96

SBC report 1/96 (9/5/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Ind (Harradine)/passed

Reps: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 30/5/96

Main committee: Referred 27/5/96

Assent: 11/6/96; Act No. 6, 1996

PS Toxic Chemicals (Community Right to Know) Bill 1993 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Powell —€“ AD)

To make information and reports concerning toxic chemicals freely available to the public and develop codes of practice and policies relating to the use and production of toxic chemicals.

Senate: Intro. 19/5/93; 2nd reading adjourned 19/5/93

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PM Trade Practices Amendment (Better Business Conduct) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Mr Beazley —€“ ALP)

To amend the Trade Practices Act 1974 to prohibit exploitative conduct that leads to harsh or oppressive outcomes where two parties are in a pre-existing but unequal commercial relationship.

Reps: Intro. 17/6/96; Read a 1st time 17/6/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

S Trade Practices Amendment (Industry Access Codes) Bill 1996

To amend the Trade Practices Act 1974 to incorporate a general industry access code approval process as a basis for access undertakings by network industries.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): No reference


Trade Practices Amendment (Telecommunications) Bill 1996

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to provide special rules to control anti-competitive conduct by telecommunications carriers and carriage service providers and to deal with access to telecommunications services.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/96

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; report due 25/2/97

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Bill 1996

To implement the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement to give effect to the Commonwealth component of a scheme to provide for the mutual recognition of regulatory standards for sale of goods and registration of occupations adopted in Australia and New Zealand.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/96

Senate:

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Deferred

PS Uranium Mining in Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To prohibit the mining, extraction, treatment and transport of any uranium or uranium ore on any property in Australia on the World Heritage List.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (1996-97 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 1996

To amend the: Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: transfer of carer service pension recipients and carer income support recipients to the Social Security Act 1991; appropriations; rent assistance for single persons sharing accommodation; savings provisions; and technical and consequential amendments; Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1986 to make consequential amendments relating to the change of name from carer pension to carer payment; Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986, Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment Act 1992, and Veterans—€™ Entitlements (Rewrite) Transition Act 1991 in relation to certain saved fringe benefits; and Social Security Act 1991 relating to the payment of certain pensions.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96


Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (1996-97 Budget Measures) Bill 1996

To amend the: Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: allocated pensions; earnings credits; funeral benefits; Victoria Cross allowance; lump sum compensation payments; extended deeming; service pensions and income support supplement; advance payments; and makes amendments consequential on the abolition of the earnings credits scheme under the Social Security Act 1991; and Defence Service Homes Act 1918 in relation to: eligibility for Defence Service Homes assistance for certain persons; and reduction of interest rates on new additional advances under the Defence Service Homes Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 18/9/96; Passed 5/12/96

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996

To amend the: Defence Service Homes Act 1918 to ensure loan beneficiaries under the Defence Service Homes Scheme will have consumer rights similar to those that other borrowers will have when all State and Territory Governments adopt a common Consumer Credit Code; and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to ensure that the dependant of a veteran who dies from a war-caused disability will be eligible for a pension without the need for the service relationship to be re-established.

Reps: Intro. 22/5/96; Passed 21/8/96

Main committee: Referred 20/8/96; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/9/96; Passed 17/10/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

Assent: 8/11/96; Act No. 55, 1996

Vocational Education and Training Funding Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Vocational Education and Training Funding Laws Amendment Act 1996)

To amend the Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992 in relation to: the provision of normal cost supplementation in 1996 to general funding for the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA); and the reduction of 1997 and appropriation of 1998 general funding and conditional off-the-job training funding for ANTA.

Reps: Intro. 18/9/96; Passed 16/10/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 3/12/96]

Assent: 5/12/96; Act No. 73, 1996


Wool International Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Wool International Act 1993 to: replace the current terms of the fixed disposal schedule of the wool stockpile with a more commercially flexible regime, including a requirement that Wool International sell and deliver the last bale by 31 December 2000; and clarify the functions of Wool International in relation to disposal, management and enhancing the value of the stockpile.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/96; Passed 7/11/96

Main committee: Referred 5/11/96

Senate: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

SBC report 14/96 (7/11/96): No reference

Assent: 27/11/96; Act No. 62, 1996

Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Industrial Relations Act 1988 (to be retitled the Workplace Relations Act 1996) to give primary responsibility for industrial relations and agreement making to employers and employees at the enterprise and workplace levels. Makes consequential amendments to numerous Commonwealth Acts and repeals the Trade Union Training Act 1975, thereby abolishing the Trade Union Training Authority.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/96; Passed 26/6/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 61 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 19/11/96

Reference (agreed to 23/5/96): Economics References Committee 27/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Committee amendments: 164 Govt-Dem/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 204 Opp/negatived; 62 Opp to Govt-Dem/negatived; 2 Dem/passed; 33 GWA/negatived; 24 GWA to Govt-Dem/negatived; 2 AG/negatived; 3 AG to Govt-Dem/negatived; 12 items and 1 Part (3 items) negatived

9 schedules opposed/schedules agreed to; 1 Part opposed/Part agreed to; 2 Divisions opposed/Divisions agreed to; 97 items opposed/items agreed to; 6 sections opposed/sections agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 21/11/96]

Assent: 25/11/96; Act No. 60, 1996


S Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the Workplace Relations Act 1996, using the additional Commonwealth legislative capacity to be provided by the references of certain industrial relations matters to the Commonwealth Parliament by Victoria, to: extend the operation of the Commonwealth provisions concerning termination of employment, industrial disputes, certified agreements, Australian Workplace Agreements and freedom of association; and introduce new provisions to maintain certain aspects of the current Victorian system; and makes technical amendments to the Act. Also amends the commencement provisions of the Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996.

Senate: Intro. 5/12/96; Passed 13/12/96

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation committee 5/12/96; report tabled 11/12/96

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 2 Dem/passed; 6 Opp/negatived

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; Passed 14/12/96 a.m. (Votes 12/12/96)

Assent: 19/12/96; Act No. 77, 1996

PS World Heritage Properties Conservation Amendment (Protection of Wet Tropics of Tully) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To amend the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983 to provide for the protection of the Wet Tropics area at Tully, Queensland.

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

PS World Heritage Properties Conservation (Protection of Exit Cave, Tasmania)

R Amendment Bill 1992 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To provide for protection of Exit Cave, Tasmania.

Senate: Intro. 8/10/92; 2nd reading adjourned 8/10/92

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93 and 1/5/96


KEY

S Senate bill

PS Private Senator—€™s Bill

PM Private Member—€™s Bill

R Restored to Notice Paper

AD Australian Democrats (Dem)

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party (Opp)

CLP Country Liberal Party (Govt)

GWA The Greens (WA)

Ind Independent

LP Liberal Party (Govt)

NPA National Party of Australia (Govt)

CID Consideration in Detail stage (House of Representatives)

SBC Selection of Bills Committee