Final Senate Bills List for 2014

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15 Dec 2014
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As at cob 15 December 2014

(2014 Final Edition)

Abbreviations

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Opp]

CLP Country Liberal Party [Govt]

DLP Democratic Labour Party

FFP Family First Party

Ind Independent

KAP Katter—€™s Australian Party

LDP Liberal Democratic Party

LP Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

Nats The Nationals [Govt]

PUP Palmer United Party

CID Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

ED Exposure draft

PM Private member—€™s bill

PS Private senator—€™s bill

R Restored to Notice Paper

SBC Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC House of Representatives Selection Committee

PS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (A Stronger Land Account) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

Amends the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to: clarify the purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account; provide for excess returns from Land Account investments to be equally shared between the Account and the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC); provide that the minister may have regard to advice provided by the ILC about its financial requirements; provide for parliamentary review of any proposed changes to the ILC and the Land Account; provide for the establishment of a Nomination Committee to make recommendations about appointments to the ILC Board; require the ILC Board to establish a Risk and Audit Management Committee; limit the tenure and reappointments of directors; require the chair and directors to disclose all pecuniary interests; and require the ILC Board to determine a code of conduct.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/14

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/6/14; extensions of time to report 17/7/14, 2/10/14, 27/11/14; report due 4/3/15

ACT Government Loan Bill 2014

The bill: enables the Commonwealth to enter into a loan agreement with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for the purpose of the ACT undertaking an asbestos remediation program and for purposes related to that program; and appropriates the Consolidated Revenue Fund for $750 million for the loan of money to the ACT.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 2/12/14

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 4/12/14

Assent: 12/12/14; Act No. 132, 2014

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014

Amends the: Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to: amend the short title of the Act to the Legislation Act 2003 to reflect the consolidation of the legislative frameworks of the publication of Commonwealth Acts and the registration of Commonwealth instruments; clarify the definitions of —€˜legislative instrument—€™ and —€˜legislative character—€™; provide that certain instruments are notifiable instruments which are registrable but not subject to parliamentary scrutiny or sunsetting; establish the Federal Register of Legislation; and allow the First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial changes to Acts and instruments in the Register; Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to: clarify references to ministers, departments and other government authorities; and confirm the continued validity of the exercise of powers, functions and duties under Commonwealth agreements following machinery of government changes. Also consequentially repeals four Acts and amends 51 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 2/12/14

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; extension of time to report 24/11/14; report tabled 2/12/14

PS Adelaide Airport Curfew Amendment (Protecting Residents—€™ Amenity) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Wright —€“ AG)

Amends the Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000 to: prevent the minister from approving international aircraft movements at Adelaide Airport during curfew shoulder periods; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/14

Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Introduced with the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges (Amendment) Bill 2014, the bill amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 to remove the workforce supplement from the list of primary supplements provided for by the Subsidy Principles; Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to make consequential amendments; Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to enable the recovery of past home care costs under the compensation payment reduction scheme; and Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 to allow the collection, use and disclosure of information, including healthcare identifiers, for specified aged care purposes.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; Passed 27/10/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; Passed 24/11/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 4/12/14; Act No. 126, 2014

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill 2014

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: prevent the expiry of active constituent approvals and the application of dates after which a registration cannot be renewed; remove the requirement for applications to be made to re-approve active constituents or re-register chemical products; enable the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to require information to be provided about substances supplied as a chemical product; simplify how variations to approvals and registrations are processed by APVMA; and enable APVMA to charge a fee when it provides copies of documents in its possession; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994, Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994, Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 27/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 14/7/14

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 21/7/14; Act No. 91, 2014

Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Albury-Wodonga Development Act 1973 to abolish the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation (AWDC); provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of AWDC—€™s property management functions, and assets and liabilities, to the Commonwealth; and makes consequential amendments to the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 and Urban and Regional Development (Financial Assistance) Act 1974.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/10/14; Passed 23/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; Passed 30/10/14

Assent: 11/11/14; Act No. 117, 2014

Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals 1120 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1901 to 1969.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 15/5/14

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 28, 2014

Amending Acts 1970 to 1979 Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals 656 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1970 to 1979.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 29/10/14

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/14

PS Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012 [2013]

R (Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: provide that poker machine payouts of more than $1000 and the cashing of transferred cheques are threshold transactions which are reportable to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; require gaming machine venues to issue cheques for payouts of winnings or gaming machine credits over $1000 with an indication that they have been issued for that purpose; and impose penalties for failure to issue cheques in those circumstances.

Senate: Intro. 30/10/12; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/12, 28/8/14

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 1/11/12; extensions of time to report 20/11/12, 13/3/13; report tabled in House and Senate 24/6/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2013-2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 19, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2013-2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 20, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2013-2014 and Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2013-2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 26/6/14; Act No. 56, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2013-2014 and Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2013-2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 26/6/14; Act No. 57, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 63, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2014-2015

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 64, 2014

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2013-2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 21, 2014

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 65, 2014

Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014

Introduced with the Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill establishes the Asset Recycling Fund to: enable grants of financial assistance to be made to the states and territories for expenditure incurred under the National Partnership Agreements on Asset Recycling and Land Transport Infrastructure Projects; make infrastructure national partnership grants; and enable the making of infrastructure payments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Reference (see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 20 Govt/passed; 15 Opp/passed; 3 AG/passed; 1 clause negatived (Govt); 4 subclauses negatived (Opp); 1 AG/negatived; 2 LDP to Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments nos 3, 4, 7 to 11, 14, 17, 18, 22, 24 to 26, 29, 30, 35, 38 and 39 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 2, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 to 21, 23, 27, 28, 31 to 34, 36 and 37, 17/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House reported message from Senate insisting on its amendments 26/8/14]

Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, the bill makes consequential amendments to the COAG Reform Fund Act 2008, DisabilityCare Australia Fund Act 2013, Future Fund Act 2006 and Nation-building Funds Act 2008 to: enable grants to the states and territories through the COAG Reform Fund; extend the Future Fund Board—€™s duties to manage the Asset Recycling Fund (ARF); and allow for amounts to be transferred between the ARF and Future Fund.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

Senate: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Reference (see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed

[House disagreed to Senate amendments 17/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House reported message from Senate insisting on its amendments 26/8/14]

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Local Content) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to include requirements for the production and dissemination of local content in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation—€™s Charter.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report due 25/3/15

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of matters and the reporting obligations of the agency which succeeds the commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 3/12/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to provide access to citizenship for children adopted by Australian citizens through bilateral arrangements made by Australia with specific countries who are not parties to the Hague Convention on Protection and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 22/9/14

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14, 26/11/14

Reference (SBC report 6/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/6/14; report tabled 27/8/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/pending

Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: extend good character requirements; clarify residency requirements and related matters; clarify the circumstances in which a person—€™s approval as an Australian citizen may or must be cancelled; clarify the circumstances in which the minister may defer a person making the pledge of commitment to become an Australian citizen; clarify the circumstances in which a person—€™s Australian citizenship may be revoked; enable the minister to specify certain matters in a legislative instrument; enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the Migration Act 1958 or the migration regulations; and make technical amendments; and Migration Act 1958 to enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 or the citizenship regulations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/10/14; Passed 24/11/14

Senate: Intro. 25/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/14

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 1/12/14

Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Australian Education Act 2013 to: provide for the establishment of funding programs for schools by regulation; provide the authority for the Commonwealth to make payments for those programs to states and territories for eligible schools; limit capital funding for block grant authorities for 2014; clarify that a debt owed under a funding agreement can be recovered from the authority for a non-government school; provide that certain decisions are reviewable; correct errors in relation to the calculation of Commonwealth funding entitlements for certain approved authorities; and Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013 to extend the commencement date for improvement planning requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; Passed 20/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; Passed 18/11/14

Assent: 26/11/14; Act No. 120, 2014

PM Australian Education Amendment (School Funding Guarantee) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Shorten —€“ ALP)

Amends the Australian Education Act 2013 to require the minister to be satisfied that a state or territory will not reduce or has not reduced its education budget before making a determination of Commonwealth school funding to that state or territory.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/14

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 2/6/14, 23/6/14, 22/9/14

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Act 2010 to abolish the Australian National Preventive Health Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Health.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 3/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 25/11/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 14/7/14; correction tabled 16/7/14

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Industry.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 1/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 4/9/14

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act 2014)

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2013, 2014 and 2015; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2016.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 10/12/13

Senate: Intro. 10/12/13; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 1, 2014

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Abolition) Bill 2014

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: abolish the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; provide for transitional arrangements; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14

PM Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment (Restoring Merits Review) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to restore the right of asylum seekers to access merits review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal if they are subject to an adverse or qualified security assessment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/14

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2014

Aligns Australia—€™s anti-doping legislation with the revised World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards that come into force on 1 January 2015 by amending the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 in relation to: an additional prohibited association anti-doping rule violation (ADRV); extending the period to 10 years in which action can be commenced on a possible ADRV; expanding the membership of the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee; information management; a requirement for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to maintain a public record of ADRVs and sanctions; public disclosure of information by ASADA; removal of the requirement for the ADRV Panel to maintain a Register of Findings; and technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/7/14; Passed 30/10/14

Senate: Intro. 17/11/14; Passed 17/11/14

Reference (SBC report 10/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; report tabled 28/10/14

Assent: 26/11/14; Act No. 121, 2014

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2014

Introduced with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Amendment Bill 2014, the bill amends the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2011 to implement a new industry contribution to fund the regulatory and financial intelligence unit functions of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre by: enabling the minister to determine the amount of levy payable by legislative instrument; and setting a statutory limit on the contribution amount levied.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 30/9/14

Senate: Intro. 1/10/14; Passed 2/10/14

Assent: 21/10/14; Act No. 111, 2014

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Amendment Bill 2014

Introduced with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2014, the bill amends the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Act 2011 to implement a new industry contribution to fund the regulatory and financial intelligence unit functions of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre by: creating the liability for a leviable entity for a financial year to pay the industry contribution levy in that financial year; enabling the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre CEO to specify the date for payment of levy instalments; providing for late payment penalties; and requiring an independent review of the levy to be undertaken.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 30/9/14

Senate: Intro. 1/10/14; Passed 2/10/14

Assent: 21/10/14; Act No. 112, 2014

Australian War Memorial Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Australian War Memorial Act 1980 to prohibit the imposition of charges for entry to or parking at the Australian War Memorial in Campbell in the Australian Capital Territory.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/10/14; Passed 27/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 27/11/14

Assent: 4/12/14; Act No. 128, 2014

Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Act 2008 to abolish the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

Reference (see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/6/14; report tabled 16/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 76, 2014

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to reduce the total amount of capped assistance available by $900 million, in anticipation of the scheme ceasing on 1 January 2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 2/10/14

Senate: Intro. 2/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/10/14

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 24/11/14

Biosecurity Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908) to: manage biosecurity risks, the risk of contagion of a listed human disease, the risk of listed human diseases entering Australian territory, and risks related to ballast water, biosecurity emergencies and human biosecurity emergencies; and give effect to Australia—€™s international rights and obligations, including the International Health Regulations 2005, the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

Biosecurity (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908), the bill: repeals the Quarantine Act 1908 and Quarantine Charges (Collection) Act 2014; makes consequential amendments to 20 Acts to update references to managing biosecurity risk under the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014, and substitute references to the Quarantine Act 1908 with the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014; and makes transitional arrangements in relation to the management of biosecurity risks from the Quarantine Act 1908 to the new biosecurity framework under the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove certain requirements that related to the initial planning of services in the broadcasting services bands spectrum; remove the requirement for reports made by certain subscription television licensees and channel providers under the New Eligible Drama Expenditure Scheme to be independently audited; remove the requirement for codes of practice to be periodically reviewed; remove the requirement for certain licensees to provide an annual list of their directors and captioning obligations; clarify the calculation of media diversity points in overlapping licence areas; provide for grandfathering arrangements for certain broadcasting licensees; and make technical amendments for references to legislative instruments; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to remove redundant licensing and planning provisions that regulated the digital switchover and restack processes; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005, Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 22/10/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report due 9/2/15

Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, the bill: repeals the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012; makes consequential amendments to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987; amends the proposed Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013 as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 12/12/13

Senate: Intro. 11/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/14

References:

SBC report 9/13: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13; correction tabled 3/12/13

Provisions of bill and related matter referred to Senate Education and Employment References Committee 4/12/13; report tabled 27/3/14

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to self-incrimination, protection of liability against officials, admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information, powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings, and jurisdiction of courts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 12/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/14

References:

SBC report 9/13: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13; correction tabled 3/12/13

Provisions of bill and related matter referred to Senate Education and Employment References Committee 4/12/13; report tabled 27/3/14

Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 to: enable building owners who receive unsolicited offers for the sale or lease of their office space and transactions between wholly-owned subsidiaries to be excluded from energy efficiency disclosure obligations; enable certain auditing authorities to directly provide or approve ratings used in Building Energy Efficiency Certificates (BEEC); enable businesses to nominate a commencement date for a BEEC which is later than the date of issue; remove the need for new owners and lessors to reapply or pay the application fee for fresh exemptions if there is an existing one in place for a building; and remove the standard energy efficiency guidance from each BEEC.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 3/12/14

Senate: Intro. 5/12/14 a.m.; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/14 a.m. (Journals of the Senate 4/12/14)

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014

Introduced with the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill responds to the Federal Court—€™s decision in Nojin v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] FCAFC 192 by establishing a payment scheme for supported employees with intellectual impairment in Australian Disability Enterprises who previously had their wages assessed under the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 24/11/14 [Question—€”That the bill, as amended, subject to requests, be agreed to—€”negatived]

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; extension of time to report 26/8/14; report tabled 27/8/14

Committee amendments: 11 Govt/passed; 3 PUP/passed; 7 Opp/negatived

Committee requests for amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 18 Opp/negatived

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Social Security Act 1991, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 24/11/14 [Question—€”That the bill be agreed to—€”negatived]

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; extension of time to report 26/8/14; report tabled 27/8/14

Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014

Establishes the Emissions Reduction Fund to replace the carbon tax and provide a transition for the Carbon Farming Initiative by amending the: Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 to: provide for the Clean Energy Regulator to conduct auctions and enter into contracts to purchase emissions reductions; enable a broader range of emissions reduction projects to be approved; and amend the project eligibility criteria and processes for approving projects and crediting carbon credit units; and Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011, Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 and National Greenhouse Energy and Reporting Act 2007 to make consequential amendments. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to: the Register of Offsets Projects, which will be renamed the Emissions Reduction Fund Register and will include information about contracts to purchase emissions reductions; and existing Carbon Farming Initiative projects and methodologies and applications for new projects.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 31/10/14 a.m. (Journals of the Senate 30/10/14)

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 14 PUP/passed; 8 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 3 items negatived (PUP); 8 AG/negatived; 2 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 1 Part opposed (AG)/Part agreed to; 1 Division opposed (AG)/Division agreed to; 30 items opposed (28 AG; 2 Ind (Xenophon))/items agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 24/11/14]

Assent: 25/11/14; Act No. 119, 2014

Civil Aviation Amendment (CASA Board) Bill 2014

Amends the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to: enable the appointment of two additional members to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Board; and make consequential amendments in relation to the board—€™s quorum and ad hoc meeting requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/3/14; Passed 19/3/14

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 27, 2014

S Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 in relation to: the Official Trustee; the Official Receiver; the National Disability Insurance Scheme; the offence of concealment; declarations in statements received electronically; indictable and summary offences; and the location of certain offences in the Act; International Arbitration Act 1974 to clarify the application of the Act to certain international arbitration agreements; Family Law Act 1975 to: make technical amendments; clarify the appeal rights available for court security orders; and create access to the Family Court of Australia for court security orders made by the Family Court of Western Australia; Court Security Act 2013 to: provide for the disposal of unclaimed items seized by or given upon request to court security officers; and clarify the processes by which court security orders can be varied and revoked; Evidence Act 1995 to: reflect changes to the Model Uniform Evidence Bill; remove all references to the Australian Capital Territory; and make technical amendments; Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 to enable the National Cultural Heritage Committee to continue to function when membership falls below the maximum number; and Copyright Act 1968 to extend the legal deposit scheme to include work published in electronic format.

Senate: Intro. 29/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 29/10/14

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to: enable certain content (including online and mobile device content) to be classified using classification tools; enable the secretary (or their delegate) to notify law enforcement authorities about certain content without first having the content classified; establish additional exempt film categories for certain films covering natural history and the social sciences; provide that publishers will no longer be able to apply for exemption certificates for unclassified films or computer games; provide for exemptions for unclassified content to be screened at festivals, special events and by cultural institutions; remove the need to have classified content reclassified when certain modifications are made to the content; enable the minister to determine display and consumer advice requirements for classified content; and make technical amendments; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 25/3/14

Senate: Intro. 26/3/14; Passed 28/8/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 27/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extension of time for final report 16/6/14; final report tabled 27/8/14

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 99, 2014

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

The bill: repeals the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; abolishes the CEFC Transitional Special Account established as a temporary measure; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 27/3/14

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 18/6/14 [but see bill below]

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; abolishes the CEFC Transitional Special Account established as a temporary measure; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/14, 26/6/14

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the tax-free threshold and second personal marginal tax rate; and Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the maximum value, withdrawal rate and threshold rate for the low-income tax offset.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/11/13; Passed 21/11/13

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [and see bill below]

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the tax-free threshold and second personal marginal tax rate; and Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the maximum value, withdrawal rate and threshold rate for the low-income tax offset.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 9/7/14 [but see Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 1) Bill 2014]

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers in relation to the repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/11/13; Passed 21/11/13

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG to Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [see bills below]

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed (Opp)/Schedules agreed to

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers in relation to the repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

CID amendments: 4 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—€”That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—€”negatived] [see bill below]

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Schedule negatived (AG) [Schedule previously agreed to]; 1 table item negatived (AG); 3 Opp/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed (Opp)/Schedules agreed to; 20 PUP/withdrawn

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of eight bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers, including taking action against businesses that do not pass on cost savings attributable to the carbon tax repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

CID amendments: 48 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed (Opp)/Schedules agreed to

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 83, 2014

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 to abolish the authority; amends the: Clean Energy Act 2011, Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; and enables the transfer of the authority—€™s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/11/13; Passed 21/11/13

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 3/3/14 [but see bill below]

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 to abolish the authority; amends the: Clean Energy Act 2011, Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; and enables the transfer of the authority—€™s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/14, 10/7/14

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: remove group voting tickets; and provide for an optional preferential system for voting above and below the line for Senate elections.

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13

References:

SBC report 9/13: Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 12/12/13

Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 12/12/13; statement discharging committee—€™s requirement to present a report made in House 24/2/14 and tabled in Senate 3/3/14

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors.

Senate: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Industry Code Penalties) Bill 2014

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to contraventions of civil penalty provisions of industry codes (the franchising code) by: enabling regulations to be made prescribing pecuniary penalties; and requiring the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to issue infringement notices.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 28/8/14

Senate: Intro. 1/9/14; Passed 4/9/14

Assent: 24/9/14; Act No. 107, 2014

PS Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to enable the Federal Court of Australia to require a corporation to reduce its market share or power within two years where the corporation is found to have misused that market share or power.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; extensions of time to report 17/6/14, 15/7/14, 4/12/14; report due 26/2/15

PS Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson —€“ AG)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to provide that the term —€˜advice—€™ can only be used when financial advice takes account of a client—€™s personal financial situation by: replacing references to —€˜general advice—€™ with references to —€˜general information—€™; and requiring that when —€˜general information—€™ is provided to a client, the client is warned that the information is not advice.

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/14

PS Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require Australian companies involved in extractive industries to disclose any payments made to foreign countries over $100 000 on a country-by-country and project-by-project basis; and require the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to publish the Publish What You Pay reports on their website within 28 days of their receipt.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Corporations Amendment (Simple Corporate Bonds and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require body corporates to issue a two-part simple corporate bonds prospectus when certain bond issuances occur; enable simple corporate bonds to be traded using simple retail corporate bonds depository interests; and provide that directors have liability for any misinformation in a disclosure document in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 16/7/14

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 28/8/14

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 100, 2014

Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: remove the seventh step (the —€œcatch all—€) from the steps an advice provider may take in order to satisfy best interest obligations; enable clients and providers to agree on the scope of advice to be provided; remove the renewal notice obligations for fee recipients; remove the requirement to provide yearly fee disclosure statements to certain clients; extend the time period within which fee disclosure statements must be provided to a client; provide for a general advice exemption to exempt benefits that relate to general advice from the ban on conflicted remuneration in certain circumstances; provide additional disclosure and information in the statement of advice in relation to existing rights of the client and obligations of the advice provider; ensure that any instructions for further or varied advice from clients are documented in writing, signed by the client, and acknowledged by the providing entity; require the statement of advice to be signed by both the advice provider and the client; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 28/8/14

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/14

References:

SBC report 3/14: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

SBC report 11/14: Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 22/9/14

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: provide that a general meeting of a company must only be arranged if members with at least five per cent of voting shares make the request; reduce the remuneration reporting requirements; clarify the circumstances in which a financial year may be determined to be less than 12 months; and exempt certain companies limited by guarantee from the need to appoint or retain an auditor; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: enable members of the Takeovers Panel to perform duties while in Australia and overseas; and provide that the Remuneration Tribunal is responsible for setting the terms and conditions of chairs and members of the Financial Reporting Council, the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 27/11/14

Senate: Intro. 1/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/14

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 11/2/15

S Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: expand the grounds upon which a control order can be requested and issued; reduce the information required to be provided to the Attorney-General when seeking consent to request an interim control order; extend the time before the material provided to an issuing court must be provided to the Attorney-General where a request for an urgent interim control order has been made to an issuing court; require the Attorney-General to advise the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security before amending a regulation that lists a terrorist organisation and to allow the committee to review any proposed change during the disallowance period; and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to: provide that it is a function of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) to provide assistance to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in support of military operations and to cooperate with the ADF on intelligence matters; and remedy limitations in the arrangements for emergency ministerial authorisations which apply to ASIS, the Australian Signals Directorate and the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation.

Senate: Intro. 29/10/14; Passed 26/11/14

Reference: Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 30/10/14; report presented out of sitting 20/11/14; report tabled in Senate and House 24/11/14

Committee amendments: 26 Govt/passed; 6 items negatived (Govt); 5 AG/negatived

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 2/12/14

Assent: 12/12/14; Act No. 134, 2014

S Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014

Amends 22 Acts to respond to the threat posed by Australians engaging in, and returning from, conflicts in foreign states by: providing additional powers for security agencies; strengthening border security measures; cancelling welfare payments for persons involved in terrorism; and implementing recommendations made by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor—€™s second and fourth annual reports and the Report of the Council of Australian Governments Review of Counter-Terrorism Legislation. Also repeals the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978.

Senate: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 29/10/14

References:

Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 24/9/14; report presented out of sitting 17/10/14; report tabled in House 20/10/14 and Senate 27/10/14

SBC report 12/14: Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report presented out of sitting 17/10/14 and tabled 27/10/14

Committee amendments: 78 Govt/passed; 1 Part negatived (Govt); 2 Opp/negatived; 26 AG/negatived; 2 LDP/negatived; 3 Schedules opposed (AG)/Schedules agreed to; 10 items opposed (AG)/items agreed to; 2 sections opposed (AG)/sections agreed to

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/10/14; Passed 30/10/14

CID amendments: 10 AG/negatived

Assent: 3/11/14; Act No. 116, 2014

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction; Customs Act 1901 to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances; International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, Criminal Code Act 1995, Customs Act 1901, Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 24/11/14

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

Senate: Intro. 26/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/14

Reference (SBC report 9/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/7/14; report tabled 2/9/14

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Unexplained Wealth and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to respond to eight of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement report Inquiry into Commonwealth unexplained wealth legislation and arrangements by: including a statement in the objects clause about undermining the profitability of criminal enterprise; ensuring that evidence relevant to unexplained wealth proceedings can be seized under a search warrant; addressing duplication in affidavit requirements; allowing the time limit for serving notice of a preliminary unexplained wealth order to be extended by a court in certain circumstances; harmonising provisions relating to the payment of legal expenses for unexplained wealth cases; allowing charges to be created over restrained property to secure payment of an unexplained wealth order; removing a court—€™s discretion to make unexplained wealth restraining orders, preliminary unexplained wealth orders and unexplained wealth orders once relevant criteria are satisfied; and expanding the parliamentary joint committee—€™s oversight of unexplained wealth investigations and litigation. Also amends the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to: make amendments consequential on the unexplained wealth changes; expand information sharing arrangements with state, territory and foreign authorities; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 25/9/14

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/14

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 6/3/14; extension of time to report 14/5/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to extend provisions that make it an offence to murder, commit manslaughter or intentionally or recklessly cause serious harm to an Australian citizen or resident outside Australia to conduct that occurred before 1 October 2002.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/13

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extension of time to report 4/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extensions of time for final report 16/6/14, 3/12/14; final report due 12/2/15

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties.

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

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extensions of time to report 12/2/14, 25/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extensions of time for final report 16/6/14, 3/12/14; final report due 12/2/15

Customs Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide that authorisations apply to offices or positions which come into existence after the authorisation to a class of offices is given; extend customs control to goods on board a ship or aircraft arriving at non-proclaimed areas of the Australian coastline; provide different reporting timeframes for the arrival of certain ships or aircraft and the details of their stores and any prohibited goods; standardise the application process for permissions to load and unload ships—€™ and aircraft—€™s stores, permissions to transfer goods between certain vessels, and applications for a Certificate of Clearance; extend customs powers of examination to the baggage of domestic passengers on international flights and voyages, and to domestic cargo that is carried on an international flight or voyage; and correct a technical error relating to the interaction of the Infringement Notice Scheme with the claims process when dealing with prohibited imports.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 26/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 10/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; report tabled 30/9/14

Customs Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 to give effect to Australia—€™s obligation under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to enable goods that satisfy new rules of origin when imported into Australia from Japan to be given preferential rates of duty.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/10/14; Passed 25/11/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/11/14; Passed 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 26/11/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 4/12/14; Act No. 124, 2014

Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 to give effect to Australia—€™s obligations under Chapter 3 of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide preferential rates of duty for Korean originating goods; and impose certain obligations on exporters and producers of Australian goods who claim preferential tariff treatment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 25/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; Passed 1/10/14

Reference (SBC report 11/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 24/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 21/10/14; Act No. 113, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/11/13; Passed 21/11/13

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [see bills below]

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—€”That the bill be agreed to—€”negatived] [see bill below]

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of eight bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 86, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the: Customs Tariff Act 1995 to index the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty applying to fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with changes in the consumer price index; and Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Customs Tariff Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 to give effect to Australia—€™s obligations under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide free rates of customs duty for goods that are Japanese originating goods; maintain customs duty rates for certain Japanese originating goods; phase the preferential rates of customs duty for certain goods to free by 2021; and provide for the preferential and phasing rates of duty and maintain excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and petroleum products.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/10/14; Passed 25/11/14

Senate: Intro. 26/11/14; Passed 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 26/11/14

Assent: 4/12/14; Act No. 125, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 to give effect to Australia—€™s obligations under Chapter 3 of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide free rates of customs duty for goods that are Korean originating goods; maintain customs duty rates for certain Korean originating goods; phase the preferential rates of customs duty for certain goods to zero by 2021; and specify excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and petroleum products.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 25/9/14

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; Passed 1/10/14

Reference (SBC report 11/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 24/9/14

Assent: 21/10/14; Act No. 114, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Product Stewardship for Oil) Bill 2014

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the excise-equivalent customs duty on new and recycled petroleum-based oils, greases and their synthetic equivalents from 5.449 cents to 8.5 cents per litre or kilogram.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Reference (see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 70, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: increase the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco through a series of four staged increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 December 2013; and index the rates of excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco to average weekly ordinary time earnings instead of the consumer price index.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/14; Passed 4/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 6/3/14

Assent: 18/3/14; Act No. 8, 2014

PS Defence Amendment (Fair Pay for Members of the ADF) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Lambie —€“ Ind)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases to either the parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index.

Senate: Intro. 2/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/14

PM Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Bandt —€“ AG)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/14

Defence Force Retirement Benefits Legislation Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2014

Amends the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 and Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1948 to: index Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) retirement pensions, invalidity pensions, and reversionary pensions from 1 July 2014 in the same way as age and services pensions are indexed; and exempt DFRB and DFRDB members from a tax liability for the one-off capitalised value of the benefit improvement relating to past service as at 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 25/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Ind (Wilkie)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/3/14; Passed 27/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 22, 2014

S Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—€”Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to: strengthen and clarify the independence, powers and privileges of the Inspector-General ADF; provide a statutory basis to support regulatory change including the re-allocation of responsibility for investigation of service-related deaths and the management of the Australian Defence Force redress of grievance process to the Inspector-General ADF; and require the Inspector-General ADF to prepare an annual report.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report due 3/3/15

PS Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and Air Force Act 1923 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 4/9/14

PS Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Farrell —€“ ALP)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; and providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13, 13/2/14, 20/3/14

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extension of time to report 11/2/14; report tabled 4/3/14

S Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014

Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA; and validating any declaration or past act under the regulations; and Defence Force Regulations 1952 to update terminology in relation to compensation for acquisition of property.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report tabled 14/5/14

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 16/7/14

Assent: 8/8/14; Act No. 95, 2014

Dental Benefits Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Dental Benefits Act 2008 and Health Insurance Act 1973 to apply the Professional Services Review Scheme to dental services provided under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS); Health Insurance Act 1973 to require the Chief Executive Medicare (CEM) to waive certain debts incurred by dentists in relation to the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme; and Dental Benefits Act 2008 to: enable the CEM or their delegate to obtain certain documents from dentists to substantiate the payments of benefits under the CDBS; delegate ministerial functions and powers; amend the definition of —€˜dental practitioner—€™; enable the disclosure of certain protected information; and make a technical amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/3/14; Passed 23/10/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; Passed 30/10/14

Assent: 3/11/14; Act No. 115, 2014

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Act 2014)

Amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: clarify the arrangements for refunds of pre-paid tuition fees by registered providers to overseas students as a result of a default; enable the minister to make a legislative instrument to stipulate the methods of calculation for refunds to students in the case of default for the reason of visa refusal or where there is no written agreement in place; and amend the title of the National Code.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/13; Passed 11/2/14

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 2, 2014

PS End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to: prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals; amend the long title of the Act; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 18/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/14

Energy Efficiency Opportunities (Repeal) Bill 2014

Repeals the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006 to terminate the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 3/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 4/9/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 14/7/14

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 97, 2014

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014

Introduced with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill: establishes the Children—€™s e-Safety Commissioner and provides for the commissioner—€™s functions and powers; provides for a complaints system for cyber-bullying material targeted at an Australian child and a two-tiered system for rapid removal of that material from large social media services; provides for civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions; and establishes the Children—€™s Online Safety Special Account to fund the commissioner—€™s functions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report due 3/3/15

Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014, the bill amends: the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide the Children—€™s e-safety Commissioner with certain information gathering powers; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report due 3/3/15

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

The bill: addresses implications arising from the Federal Court—€™s decision in Tarkine National Coalition Incorporated v Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities [2013] FCA 694 by ensuring the validity of specified decisions made prior to 31 December 2013 that require the minister to have regard to any relevant approved conservation advice; and amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to provide additional protection for dugong and turtle populations from the threats of poaching, illegal trade and illegal transportation.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 9/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 2 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/13, 4/12/14

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 12/12/13; report tabled 12/2/14

PS Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Alpine Grazing) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale —€“ AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to deem that the minister has: received from the Victorian Government a referral of its proposal to trial cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park; and decided that the trial of alpine grazing is unacceptable.

Senate: Intro. 13/5/14; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/14

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to bilateral agreements by providing that: states and territories can be accredited for approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; all states and territories can be declared under the Act for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC); states and territories undertake to seek and take advice from the IESC for approval bilateral agreements which may have a significant impact on a water resource; the IESC provide advice to the Commonwealth about the operation of a bilateral agreement in relation to large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; an approval process can be completed when an approval bilateral agreement is suspended, cancelled or ceases to apply to a particular action; state and territory processes that meet the appropriate standards can be accredited for bilateral agreements; a relevant bilateral agreement continues to apply to an accredited state or territory management arrangement or authorisation process despite minor amendments to the arrangement or authorisation process; and proponents do not need to make referrals to the Commonwealth for actions that are covered by an approval bilateral agreement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 16/6/14

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/14, 1/9/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 23/6/14

PS Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Ludwig —€“ ALP)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: enable commercial fishing activities to be declared commercial fishing activities on an interim basis or for a period of no longer than 24 months; require written submissions of declaration affected persons to be considered before making final declarations; create penalties and offences for engaging in declared commercial fishing activities; provide for an expert panel to be established to conduct an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of declared commercial fishing activities; and require the expert panel to publish its assessments and table them in Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 28/8/14, 2/10/14, 27/11/14

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: enable the minister to set fees for environmental impact assessments and for the assessment and approval of certain action management plans; and provide for administrative requirements for applications, processes for payment and for refunds, exemptions and waivers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 23/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 75, 2014

Excess Exploration Credit Tax Bill 2014

Introduced with the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 7) Bill 2014, the bill imposes an excess exploration credit tax to recover any costs to the Commonwealth that may arise where an exploration company issues exploration credits in excess of their maximum exploration credit entitlement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/11/13; Passed 21/11/13

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [see bills below]

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—€”That the bill be agreed to—€”negatived] [see bill below]

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of eight bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 87, 2014

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the: Excise Tariff Act 1921 to index the rate of excise applying to fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with changes in the consumer price index; and Excise Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Excise Tariff Amendment (Product Stewardship for Oil) Bill 2014

Amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase the excise duty on new and recycled petroleum-based oils, greases and their synthetic equivalents from 5.449 cents to 8.5 cents per litre or kilogram.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Reference (see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 71, 2014