Final Senate Bills List for 2009

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15 Dec 2009
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Bills and related material may be accessed at http://www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm

As at cob 15 December 2009

(2009 Final Edition)

Abbreviations

AD Australian Democrats [Dem]

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Govt]

FFP Family First Party

Ind Independent

LP Liberal Party of Australia [Opp]

Nats The Nationals [Opp]

CID Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

PM Private member—€™s bill

PS Private senator—€™s bill

R Restored to Notice Paper

S Senate bill

SBC Selection of Bills Committee

PS A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Improved Access to Baby Bonus) Amendment Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to abolish the age restriction to enable all adoptive parents access to the baby bonus scheme.

Senate: Intro. 20/3/08; 2nd reading adjourned 20/3/08

SBC report 4/08 (tabled and adopted 14/5/08): No reference

Access to Justice (Civil Litigation Reforms) Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to: case management powers and procedural reforms; and appeal proceedings; Family Law Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Federal Magistrates Act 1999 in relation to the powers of the Chief Justices of the Federal Court and the Family Court and the Chief Federal Magistrate; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to exclude certain decisions of the head of court from judicial review.

Reps: Intro. 22/6/09; Passed 9/9/09

Senate: Intro. 10/9/09; Passed 27/10/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 17/9/09

Committee amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 1 AG/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 5, disagreed to Senate amendment no. 6 and agreed to a Govt amendment in its place 18/11/09; Senate did not insist on its amendment and agreed to the Govt amendment made by the Reps in its place 19/11/09]

Assent: 4/12/09; Act No. 117, 2009

ACIS Administration Amendment (Application) Bill 2009

Amends the ACIS Administration Amendment Act 2009 to clarify that the Act commences on 1 January 2010 so that additional assistance provided to motor vehicle producers is limited to the production of motor vehicles, engines and engine components from 1 January 2010.

Reps: Intro. 18/11/09; Passed 24/11/09

Senate: Intro. 26/11/09; Passed 26/11/09

SBC report 17/09 (tabled and adopted 19/11/09): No reference

Assent: 15/12/09; Act No. 136, 2009

ACIS Administration Amendment Bill 2009

Introduced with the Automotive Transformation Scheme Bill 2009, the bill amends the ACIS Administration Act 1999 and ACIS Administration Amendment Act 2003 to establish the Automotive Transformation Scheme from 2011 by: repealing stage 3 of the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme; and providing increased uncapped assistance for persons registered under the scheme.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 20/8/09

Senate: Intro. 7/9/09; Passed 14/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): No reference

Assent: 29/9/09; Act No. 94, 2009

PS Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

Amends the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to: establish the Responsible Advertising of Alcohol Division within the Australian Communications and Media Authority to monitor the advertising of alcohol; limit the times at which alcohol products are advertised on radio and television and impose a penalty for breaches; and provide for the labelling of alcohol products to include certain health information.

Senate: Intro. 19/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/07

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/08

SBC report 1/08 (tabled and adopted 14/2/08): Referred to Community Affairs Committee; report tabled 18/6/08

Amendments Incorporation Amendment Bill 2008

Amends the Amendments Incorporation Act 1905 to provide for the publication of Acts in electronic form.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/08; Read a 1st time 12/2/08; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Anti-Terrorism Laws Reform Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert a new definition of —€˜terrorist act—€™; remove the offences of —€˜reckless possession of a thing—€™, sedition, and associating with a terrorist organisation; amend the reference to —€˜fostering the doing of—€™ a terrorist act in the definition of —€˜terrorist organisation—€™; provide for terrorist organisations to be prescribed in regulations; and amend the —€˜supporting—€™ offence; Crimes Act 1914 to: remove —€˜investigative dead time—€™ from the calculation of dead time; and remove the presumption against bail for certain offences; and Australian Security Information Organisation Act 1979 in relation to the questioning and detention of terrorism suspects. Also repeals the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004.

Senate: Intro. 23/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 28/10/09

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2008-2009

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) 2008-2009.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/08; Passed 25/2/09

Senate: Intro. 10/3/09; Passed 20/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/passed

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 21, 2009

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2008-2009

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) 2008-2009.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/08; Passed 25/2/09

Senate: Intro. 10/3/09; Passed 20/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/passed

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 22, 2009

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2008-2009

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) 2008-2009 and Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2008-2009.

Reps: Intro. 26/2/09; Passed 16/3/09

Senate: Intro. 17/3/09; Passed 20/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/passed

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 23, 2009

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2008-2009

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) 2008-2009 and Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2008-2009.

Reps: Intro. 26/2/09; Passed 16/3/09

Senate: Intro. 17/3/09; Passed 20/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/passed

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 24, 2009

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2009-2010

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

Reps: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 22/6/09

Senate: Intro. 23/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 30/6/09; Act No. 63, 2009

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2009-2010

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

Reps: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 22/6/09

Senate: Intro. 23/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 30/6/09; Act No. 64, 2009

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2009-2010

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) 2009-2010.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2009-2010

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) 2009-2010.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to establish the Energy Efficient Homes Program to: provide free ceiling insulation for all uninsulated owner-occupied homes; provide landlords who install insulation in their rental properties with a rebate of up to $1000 until 30 June 2011 and remove the cap on the number of properties that can be insulated; and increase the maximum Solar Hot Water Rebate to $1600 for households that do not access the insulation program and who replace existing hot water systems with a solar and heat pump water system by 30 June 2012.

Reps: Intro. 4/2/09; Passed 5/2/09 a.m. (Votes and Proceedings 4/2/09)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 12/2/09 [but see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee 5/2/09; report tabled 10/2/09

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to establish the Energy Efficient Homes Program to: provide free ceiling insulation for all uninsulated owner-occupied homes; provide landlords who install insulation in their rental properties with a rebate of up to $1000 until 30 June 2011 and remove the cap on the number of properties that can be insulated; and increase the maximum Solar Hot Water Rebate to $1600 for households that do not access the insulation program and who replace existing hot water systems with a solar and heat pump water system by 30 June 2012.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 13/2/09

Assent: 18/2/09; Act No. 1, 2009

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to provide funding for: educational infrastructure; states and territories to construct approximately 20 000 new dwellings; repairs to existing social housing; infrastructure projects in local communities; roads; and regional infrastructure.

Reps: Intro. 4/2/09; Passed 5/2/09 a.m. (Votes and Proceedings 4/2/09)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 12/2/09 [but see bill below]

References: Provisions of bill referred to:

Community Affairs Committee 5/2/09; report tabled 10/2/09

Finance and Public Administration Committee 5/2/09; report tabled 10/2/09

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to provide funding for: educational infrastructure; states and territories to construct approximately 20 000 new dwellings; repairs to existing social housing; infrastructure projects in local communities; roads; and regional infrastructure.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 13/2/09

Assent: 18/2/09; Act No. 2, 2009

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2009-2010

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

Reps: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 22/6/09

Senate: Intro. 23/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

Assent: 30/6/09; Act No. 65, 2009

Appropriation (Water Entitlements and Home Insulation) Bill 2009-2010

Introduced with the Appropriation (Water Entitlements) Bill 2009-2010, the bill appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government relating to rebate payments under the Home Insulation Program and administrative costs for water buy-backs within the Murray-Darling Basin system.

Reps: Intro. 18/11/09; Passed 19/11/09

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; Passed 2/12/09

SBC report 17/09 (tabled and adopted 19/11/09): No reference

Assent: 4/12/09; Act No. 119, 2009

Appropriation (Water Entitlements) Bill 2009-2010

Introduced with the Appropriation (Water Entitlements and Home Insulation) Bill 2009-2010, the bill appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to bring forward water buy-backs from later years of the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program.

Reps: Intro. 18/11/09; Passed 19/11/09

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; Passed 2/12/09

SBC report 17/09 (tabled and adopted 19/11/09): No reference

Assent: 4/12/09; Act No. 120, 2009

Asian Development Bank (Additional Subscription) Bill 2009

The bill: allows the Treasurer to make the necessary agreement with the Asian Development Bank for the purchase by Australia of its entitlement of 16 379 paid-in shares and 393 101 additional callable shares of the capital stock of the bank; allows the Treasurer to issue promissory notes to the bank in payment; and appropriates the necessary funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to make such payments.

Reps: Intro. 13/8/09; Passed 16/9/09

Senate: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 29/10/09

SBC report 12/09 (tabled and adopted 20/8/09): No reference

Assent: 16/11/09; Act No. 109, 2009

PM Assisting the Victims of International Terrorism Bill 2009

(Introduced by Mr Abbott —€“ LP)

Establishes a framework to provide financial assistance to persons or their next of kin who are injured or killed as a result of an international terrorist act.

Reps (Main Committee): Intro. 16/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/09

PS ATMs and Cash Facilities in Licensed Venues Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Imposes civil penalties on financial institutions, corporations, body corporates and persons who install, own or operate automatic teller machines or other cash facilities in licensed venues.

Senate: Intro. 4/9/08; 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/08

SBC report 10/08 (tabled and adopted 4/9/08): Referred to Community Affairs Committee; report tabled 10/11/08

S Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2008 [2009]

(Act citation: Auditor-General Amendment Act 2009)

In response to certain recommendations of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit report on the Auditor-General Act (Report No. 386), the bill amends the Auditor-General Act 1997 to: clarify and extend the distribution of performance audit reports; provide for the inclusion of comments on proposed reports in final reports; clarify when audit information made available to entities and other parties in the course of a performance audit may be disclosed; clarify the powers of the Auditor-General when sensitive information is not to be included in a public report; and update penalty provisions.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 5/2/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

Reps: Intro. 5/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Assent: 25/2/09; Act No. 8, 2009

AusCheck Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the AusCheck Act 2007 to enable AusCheck to: undertake background checks for national security purposes; authorise and protect biometric information about an individual; and provide an online verification service.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 18/3/09

Senate: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 29/10/09

SBC report 3/09 (tabled and adopted 18/3/09): No reference

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): Order varied: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/09; report tabled 18/6/09

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/11/09]

Assent: 7/12/09; Act No. 123, 2009

Australian Astronomical Observatory Bill 2009

Introduced with the Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2009, the bill provides for the Anglo-Australian Telescope Board to be dissolved and to be re-established as the Australian Astronomical Observatory within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Australian Astronomical Observatory Bill 2009, the bill provides for transitional arrangements required to establish the Australian Astronomical Observatory within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Also repeals the Anglo-Australian Telescope Agreement Act 1970.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

Australian Business Investment Partnership Bill 2009

Introduced with the Australian Business Investment Partnership (Consequential Amendment) Bill 2009, the bill establishes the Australian Business Investment Partnership Limited as a public company limited by shares, to provide refinancing for loans relating to commercial property assets where financiers have withdrawn from debt financing arrangements as a result of the global financial crisis.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 17/3/09

Senate: Intro. 18/3/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 16/6/09

SBC report 3/09 (tabled and adopted 18/3/09): No reference

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Order varied: Referred to Economics Committee; report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed; 4 AG/passed; 7 FFP/passed; 4 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 4 AG/negatived

Australian Business Investment Partnership (Consequential Amendment) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Australian Business Investment Partnership Bill 2009, the bill amends the Corporations Act 2001 to exempt the Australian Business Investment Partnership Limited from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 17/3/09

Senate: Intro. 18/3/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 16/6/09

SBC report 3/09 (tabled and adopted 18/3/09): No reference

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Order varied: Referred to Economics Committee; report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Australian Capital Territory and Other Legislation Amendment (Water Management) Bill 2009

Amends the: Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988, Water Act 2007 and Canberra Water Supply (Googong Dam) Act 1974 to transfer the planning and management of all water extraction in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from the Commonwealth to the ACT Government; Water Act 2007 to: provide that Commonwealth use of water in the Murray-Darling Basin, particularly water used at defence facilities, is taken account of through the Basin Plan; provide that the Basin Plan and water resource plans prepared by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority may adopt or incorporate matters contained in an instrument or other writing as it is in force from time to time; and clarify the definition of —€˜referring State—€™; Water Amendment Act 2008 to clarify that the Chief Executive Officer of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is appointed for four years from 15 December 2008; and Trade Practices Act 1974 to clarify the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—€™s powers of delegation for its functions under rules made under the Water Act 2007.

Reps: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

PS Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to repeal the provision which enables the Governor-General to disallow and recommend amendments to any Act made by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): No reference

Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Bill 2009

Establishes the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Board (ACRE) and the position of the Chief Executive Officer of ACRE to advise on the development of funding and promotion strategies for renewable energy development, commercialisation and use.

Reps: Intro. 18/11/09; Passed 25/11/09

Senate: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

SBC report 17/09 (tabled and adopted 19/11/09): No reference

S Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to implement recommendations of the Australian Citizenship Test Review Committee by providing that: certain people may be eligible for citizenship without sitting the citizenship test; the citizenship test must be completed within a specified period; and applicants for citizenship by conferral under 18 years of age must be permanent residents at both the time of application and time of decision. Also amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007 to provide for a special residence requirement.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/09; Passed 16/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/9/09

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 4 AG/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 1 item opposed (AG)/item agreed to

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 17/9/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 21/9/09; Act No. 90, 2009

Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), the bill establishes the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority as an independent statutory body to administer the CPRS, the Renewable Energy Target and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System. Also contains a regulation making power.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

CID amendments: 11 Ind (Oakeshott)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), the bill establishes the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority as an independent statutory body to administer the CPRS, the Renewable Energy Target and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System. Also contains a regulation making power.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

CID amendments: 11 Ind (Oakeshott)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009

[Exposure draft of bill]

Proposes to establish the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority as an independent statutory body to administer the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the Renewable Energy Target and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System. Also contains a regulation making power.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 11/3/09

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Economics Committee 11/3/09; interim report presented 14/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report presented 16/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Australian Energy Market Amendment (AEMO and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and Trade Practices Act 1974 to replace references to the National Energy Market Management Company Limited with the Australian Energy Market Operator Limited, to reflect the commencement of a single national energy market operator for both the electricity and gas sectors from 1 July 2009. Also amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Australian Energy Market Act 2004 to amend references to Western Australian gas legislation to reflect the delayed commencement of the National Gas Access Law in that state.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 11/3/09

Senate: Intro. 11/3/09; Passed 11/3/09

SBC report 2/09 (tabled and adopted 12/2/09): No reference

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 17, 2009

Australian National Preventive Health Agency Bill 2009

Establishes the Australian National Preventive Health Agency as a statutory body and provides for: the terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer; staff and consultants; committees; strategic and annual operational plans; finance and reporting requirements; and grants by the agency. Also establishes the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Advisory Council and provides for: the terms and conditions of appointment of members to the Council; and meeting procedures.

Reps: Intro. 10/9/09; Passed 26/10/09

Senate: Intro. 27/10/09; 2nd reading adjourned 27/10/09, 28/10/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

PS Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: limit banking and credit card penalty fees by ensuring fees are for cost recovery only; prevent fees being charged for third party dishonoured cheques; and enhance the powers of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to monitor penalty fees and investigate customer complaints.

Senate: Intro. 14/2/08; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): Referred to Economics Committee; report tabled 16/9/08

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 and Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 to: create the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to replace the office of ASADA Chair; establish an Advisory Group to provide advice to the ASADA CEO on sports doping matters; establish an Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel (ADRVP) to replace the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Committee; and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 to: maintain consistency with the World Anti-Doping Code; and make transitional arrangements to enable ASADA and ADRVP to carry out their functions under the National Anti-Doping Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 28/10/09

Senate: Intro. 29/10/09; Passed 29/10/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Assent: 16/11/09; Act No. 113, 2009

Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the: Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to bring the Australia—€“European Community Agreement on Trade in Wine into force; and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 in relation to: the Label Integrity Program; compliance; and penalty units.

Reps: Intro. 22/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/09

Main Committee: Referred 23/6/09

Senate:

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): No reference

Automotive Transformation Scheme Bill 2009

Introduced with the ACIS Administration Amendment Bill 2009, the bill establishes the framework for the Automotive Transformation Scheme which will replace the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme from 2011.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 20/8/09

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 7/9/09; Passed 14/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendment 15/9/09; Senate did not insist on its amendment 16/9/09]

Assent: 29/9/09; Act No. 93, 2009

Aviation Legislation Amendment (2008 Measures No. 2) Bill 2008

(Act citation: Aviation Legislation Amendment (2008 Measures No. 2) Act 2009)

Amends the: Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 to: broaden information collection powers to enable the secretary to require aviation industry participants to provide aviation security information; and allow the secretary to delegate powers and functions to another agency whose responsibilities include functions relating to national security; Civil Aviation Act 1988 to allow for copying and disclosure of aircraft Cockpit Voice Recorder information for maintenance purposes; and Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 to amend penalty and offence provisions relating to failure to report prescribed aviation, marine and rail accidents and incidents and provide that extra information is required in relation to those accidents and incidents.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 20/3/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 2 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 20/3/09]

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 26, 2009

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009

Amends the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 to: designate categories of security controlled airports according to their risk profiles; allow unannounced inspections of businesses involved in air cargo; allow the secretary to enter into enforceable undertakings with aviation industry participants; and expand the scope of compliance control directions to include security controlled airports, screening authorities and screening officers.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 9/9/09

Senate: Intro. 9/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 9/9/09

SBC report 11/09 (tabled and adopted 12/8/09): No reference

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (2009 Measures No. 2) Bill 2009

Amends the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 to enable cargo to be certified for security purposes earlier in the supply chain by: expanding the definitions of —€˜cargo—€™ and —€˜certified—€™; aligning certification processes with examinations to allow certification of cargo by air cargo agents and aircraft operators; enabling the secretary to issue a notice prescribing the circumstances in which cargo may be certified; and providing for transitional arrangements for transport security programs.

Reps: Intro. 29/10/09; Passed 25/11/09

Senate: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

SBC report 17/09 (tabled and adopted 19/11/09): No reference

PS Banking Amendment (Keeping Banks Accountable) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to enable the Treasurer to determine that the Financial Claims Scheme no longer apply to a bank which either withholds an interest rate cut or increases its variable standard rate in response to an official interest rate reduction.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/09

SBC report 11/09 (tabled and adopted 12/8/09): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 24/11/09

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the Bankruptcy Act 1966 in relation to: remuneration of registered trustees administering bankrupt estates; civil penalties; Bankruptcy Districts; creditor—€™s petitions; the stay period that follows the filing of a declaration of intent to file a debtor—€™s petition; and the debt, income and assets test thresholds for debt agreements.

Reps: Intro. 28/10/09; Passed 30/11/09

Senate: Intro. 2/12/09; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 2/2/10

PS Britt Lapthorne Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

The bill: requires the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to identify and contact a person—€™s next of kin when that person is in a foreign country and believed to be missing; provides for the department and its agencies to offer assistance in such circumstances; and requires the minister to report annually on the development and implementation of international agreements relating to Australian citizens believed to be missing overseas.

Senate: Intro. 17/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/09

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Deferred

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2009

Amends the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 to: abolish the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and create the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate; remove existing building industry specific laws; enable the Inspectorate to compulsorily obtain information or documents relevant to an investigation from certain persons; provide for safeguards in relation to the Inspectorate—€™s powers to obtain information and documents (including a five-year sunset provision); and create the office of the Independent Assessor.

Reps: Intro. 17/6/09; Passed 13/8/09

Senate: Intro. 17/8/09; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/09

SBC report 9/09 (tabled and adopted 18/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 10/9/09

PS Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

Repeals the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 and Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2005.

Senate: Intro. 28/8/08; 2nd reading adjourned 28/8/08

SBC report 9/08 (tabled and adopted 3/9/08): Referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee; report due 30/11/08; report presented 28/11/08 and tabled 1/12/08

Car Dealership Financing Guarantee Appropriation Bill 2009

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of paying claims under the Australian Government Guarantee to support interim funding to car dealerships.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 28/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): No reference

Reference: Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 16/6/09; report tabled 23/6/09

Assent: 6/7/09; Act No. 67, 2009

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Amendment (Household Assistance) Bill 2009

Consequent on the implementation of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: increase pensions, income support allowances and family payments by 2.8 per cent over two years, commencing on 1 July 2011; and make adjustments to indexation arrangements; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 to: increase certain family tax benefit rates (FTB) additional to the usual indexation; and introduce a FTB combined supplement; Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to: increase disability, war widow and widower, and service pensions by 2.8 per cent over two years, commencing on 1 July 2011; and provide for increases to payment rates and adjustments to indexation by legislative instrument; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to increase the maximum rate weekly permanent impairment compensation, weekly compensation for wholly dependant partners and Special Rate Disability Pension by 2.8 per cent over two years, commencing on 1 July 2011; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the low income tax, Senior Australians tax, dependency tax, dependent spouse, housekeeper and child-housekeeper, invalid relative, and parent/parent-in-law offsets, and Medicare levy low-income thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference (see item 26, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 28/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Amendment (Household Assistance) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Consequent on the implementation of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: increase pensions, income support allowances and family payments by 2.8 per cent over two years, commencing on 1 July 2011; and make adjustments to indexation arrangements; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 to: increase certain family tax benefit rates (FTB) additional to the usual indexation; and introduce a FTB combined supplement; Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to: increase disability, war widow and widower, and service pensions by 2.8 per cent over two years, commencing on 1 July 2011; and provide for increases to payment rates and adjustments to indexation by legislative instrument; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to increase the maximum rate weekly permanent impairment compensation, weekly compensation for wholly dependant partners and Special Rate Disability Pension by 2.8 per cent over two years, commencing on 1 July 2011; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the low income tax, Senior Australians tax, dependency tax, dependent spouse, housekeeper and child-housekeeper, invalid relative, and parent/parent-in-law offsets, and Medicare levy low-income thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

Committee amendments: 43 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 2 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

[Reps made Senate requests for amendments 2/12/09]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill gives effect to Australia—€™s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol by outlining: entities and emissions covered by the scheme; liable entities—€™ obligations to surrender emission units corresponding to their emissions; limits on the number of emissions units that will be used; the nature and allocation of Australian emissions units; mechanisms to contain costs; linking to other emissions trading schemes; assistance in relation to emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities and coal-fired electricity generators; voluntary inclusion of reforestation activities under the scheme; the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units; and monitoring and enforcement. Also contains a regulation making power.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 144 Govt/passed; 19 Ind (Oakeshott)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill gives effect to Australia—€™s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol by outlining: entities and emissions covered by the scheme; liable entities—€™ obligations to surrender emission units corresponding to their emissions; limits on the number of emissions units that will be used; the nature and allocation of Australian emissions units; mechanisms to contain costs; linking to other emissions trading schemes; assistance in relation to emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities and coal-fired electricity generators; voluntary inclusion of reforestation activities under the scheme; the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units; and monitoring and enforcement. Also contains a regulation making power.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 11 Ind (Oakeshott)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

Committee amendments: 123 Govt/passed; 3 Nats/negatived; 55 AG/negatived; 15 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 7 Cormann-Cash-Back-Eggleston-Adams/negatived; 2 Parts opposed (AG)/Parts agreed to; 6 clauses opposed (AG)/clauses agreed to

[Amendments to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived; 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009

[Exposure draft of bill]

Proposes to give effect to Australia—€™s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol by outlining: entities and emissions covered by the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme; liable entities—€™ obligations to surrender emission units corresponding to their emissions; limits on the number of emissions units that will be used; the nature and allocation of Australian emission units; assistance in relation to emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities and coal-fired electricity generators; voluntary inclusion of reforestation activities under the scheme; the National Registry of Emissions Units; and monitoring and enforcement. Also contains a regulation making power.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 11/3/09

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Economics Committee 11/3/09; interim report presented 14/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report presented 16/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”Customs) Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”Customs) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”Customs) Bill 2009

[Exposure draft of bill]

Proposes to impose a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 11/3/09

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Economics Committee 11/3/09; interim report presented 14/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report presented 16/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”Excise) Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”Excise) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”Excise) Bill 2009

[Exposure draft of bill]

Proposes to impose a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 11/3/09

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Economics Committee 11/3/09; interim report presented 14/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report presented 16/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”General) Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”General) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—€”General) Bill 2009

[Exposure draft of bill]

Proposes to impose a tax on Australian emissions units issued as a result of an auction or for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 11/3/09

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Economics Committee 11/3/09; interim report presented 14/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report presented 16/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill: amends 11 Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 consequent on the introduction of the scheme; and makes transitional arrangements to transfer the functions of the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer and the Renewable Energy Regulator to the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill
2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bill: amends 11 Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 consequent on the introduction of the scheme; and makes transitional arrangements to transfer the functions of the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer and the Renewable Energy Regulator to the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

CID amendment: 1 Ind (Windsor)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

Committee amendments: 19 Govt/passed; 11 AG/negatived

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

[Exposure draft of bill]

Proposes to: amend 11 Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 consequent on the introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme; and make transitional arrangements to transfer the functions of the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer and the Renewable Energy Regulator to the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 11/3/09

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Economics Committee 11/3/09; interim report presented 14/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report presented 16/4/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) Bill 2009

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) fuel credits, the bill establishes a CPRS fuel credits program to provide transitional assistance to eligible businesses and gaseous fuels suppliers to offset the impact of the scheme emissions unit charge.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) fuel credits, the bill establishes a CPRS fuel credits program to provide transitional assistance to eligible businesses and gaseous fuels suppliers to offset the impact of the scheme emissions unit charge.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

Committee requests: 13 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

[Reps made Senate requests for amendments 2/12/09]

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme fuel credits, the bill amends the Fuel Tax Act 2006, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 consequent on the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) Act 2009.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme fuel credits, the bill amends the Fuel Tax Act 2006, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 consequent on the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) Act 2009.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2009

Introduced with the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment Bill 2009, the bill amends the: Civil Aviation Act 1988 and Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 to: establish a Civil Aviation and Safety Authority Board appointed by the minister; and provide for the board—€™s functions and powers; and Civil Aviation Act 1988 to: create an offence for negligently consigning or carrying dangerous goods on an aircraft; extend the period of Enforceable Voluntary Undertakings from six to 12 months; and clarify certain provisions in relation to: entitlements to certain protections for reporting information, the demerit points scheme, automatic stay, investigative powers, search and seizure procedures, and oversight of foreign aircraft operations.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 11/3/09

Senate: Intro. 11/3/09; Passed 11/3/09

SBC report 2/09 (tabled and adopted 12/2/09): No reference

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 19, 2009

PM Clean Energy Security Bill 2009

(Introduced by Mr Tuckey —€“ LP)

Amends the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to: limit the issue of renewable energy certificates to mature renewable energy technologies to one-third of the total certificates issued; and provide for the creation of certificates for building efficient long distance transmission systems.

Reps: Intro. 14/9/09

Main Committee: Referred 16/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/09

PM Climate Protection Bill 2008

(Introduced by Mr Windsor —€“ Ind)

Provides for: a mandatory national target and strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which require public consultation; an annual report on the strategy; a scheme to be established to coordinate energy efficiency; government agencies to purchase accredited renewable energy; the preparation of Greenhouse Impact Statements and annual reporting; and recycling companies to be credited for emissions under any carbon pollution reduction scheme. Also amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Reps: Intro. 10/11/08; Removed from Notice Paper 23/6/09

PS Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senators Allison and Bartlett —€“ AD, Senator Bishop —€“ ALP and Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Prohibits the manufacture, possession and use of cluster munitions and provides for decommissioning of cluster munitions held by the Australian Defence Force.

Senate: Intro. 5/12/06; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/06

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee; extensions of time to report 29/3/07, 10/5/07; report presented 31/5/07 and tabled 12/6/07

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992 to: provide that employers are reimbursed from the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Fund for long service leave payments they make to employees which are preserved by the Fair Work Act 2009 and paid under industrial instruments and contracts; and preserve existing long service leave entitlements for employees in the black coal industry.

Reps: Intro. 18/11/09; Passed 24/11/09

Senate: Intro. 26/11/09; Passed 26/11/09

SBC report 17/09 (tabled and adopted 19/11/09): No reference

Assent: 10/12/09; Act No. 127, 2009

PS Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to repeal provisions relating to group voting tickets and provide for preferential above-the-line voting for Senate elections.

Senate: Intro. 14/5/08; 2nd reading adjourned 14/5/08

Reference: Referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (as part of inquiry into the 2007 federal election) 14/5/08; report tabled in Reps (22/6/09) and Senate (23/6/09)

S Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009]

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to the lesser amount of either the actual electoral expenditure or the amount awarded per vote where the four per cent threshold is satisfied; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate: Intro. 15/5/08; Negatived at 2nd reading 11/3/09 [but see bill below]

SBC report 5/08 (tabled and adopted 18/6/08): Deferred

Reference: Referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (as part of inquiry into the 2007 federal election) 18/6/08; report due 30/6/09; report tabled in Reps (23/10/08) and Senate (10/11/08)

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to the lesser amount of either the actual electoral expenditure or the amount awarded per vote where the four per cent threshold is satisfied; include five additional categories of electoral expenditure in relation to the rental of premises, payment of additional staff, purchase and hire of office equipment, consumables and running costs for equipment and travel and accommodation; prevent sitting members of Parliament from claiming electoral expenditure if allowances, entitlements or benefits received are used to meet that expenditure; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 16/3/09

Senate: Intro. 17/3/09; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/09

SBC report 3/09 (tabled and adopted 18/3/09): No reference

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to authorise the Treasurer to increase the cap on the face value of Commonwealth Government Securities on issue by $125 billion in special circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 4/2/09; Passed 5/2/09 a.m. (Votes and Proceedings 4/2/09)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 12/2/09 [but see bill below]

SBC report 1/09 (tabled and adopted 5/2/09): Deferred

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee 5/2/09; report tabled 10/2/09

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to authorise the Treasurer to increase the cap on the face value of Commonwealth Government Securities on issue by $125 billion in special circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 13/2/09

Assent: 18/2/09; Act No. 3, 2009

PS Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

Repeals the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 and makes a consequential amendment to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/08; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/08

SBC report 12/08 (tabled and adopted 25/9/08): Referred to Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee; extensions of time to report 14/10/08, 2/12/08; report presented 18/12/08 and tabled 3/2/09

PS Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the
R Government) 2001 [2008]

(Introduced by Senators Stott Despoja and Murray —€“ AD)

Amends 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. 26/6/01; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/01

SBC report 15/01 (tabled and adopted 26/9/01): Deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04, 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

PS Constitution Alteration (Electors—€™ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and
R Qualification of Members) 2000 [2008]

(Introduced by Senator Murray —€“ AD)

Amends the Constitution in relation to: elector-initiated constitutional change; dissolution of the House of Representatives; term of service of senators; increased duration of the House of Representatives to a four-year fixed term; holding of simultaneous elections for both Houses; recognition of the office of Prime Minister; dismissal of the Prime Minister; and qualification, and grounds for disqualification, of members of Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 4/4/00; 2nd reading adjourned 4/4/00

SBC report 6/00 (tabled and adopted 12/4/00): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04, 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services Bill 2009

The bill: creates the statutory position of Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services to coordinate the Remote Service Delivery Strategy; and provides for: the functions and general powers of the position; terms and conditions and staffing support; and regular and annual reporting requirements.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 18/6/09

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 25/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): No reference

Assent: 8/7/09; Act No. 68, 2009

Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Termination Payments) Bill 2009

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: lower the threshold at which termination payments to company executives (including senior executives or key management personnel) must be approved by shareholders; specify the types of benefits which are subject to shareholder approval; require unauthorised termination benefits to be repaid immediately; provide that retiree shareholders cannot participate in a vote on their termination benefit (except as a proxy); and increase the penalties applicable to unauthorised termination benefits.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 9/9/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/9/09; Passed 26/10/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report due 7/8/09; interim report presented 28/7/09 and tabled 11/8/09; extension of time for final report 11/8/09; final report tabled 7/9/09

Committee amendments: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 3 Opp/negatived; 6 AG/negatived; 1 FFP/negatived; 6 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 1 subsection opposed (AG)/subsection agreed to

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendment 29/10/09; Senate did not insist on its amendment 16/11/09]

Assent: 23/11/09; Act No. 115, 2009

S Corporations Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2008 [2009]

(Act citation: Corporations Amendment (No. 1) Act 2009)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to provide a mechanism for recognising disqualifications from managing corporations that occur in prescribed foreign jurisdictions.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 4/2/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 5/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Assent: 25/2/09; Act No. 9, 2009

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Financial Services Modernisation) Bill 2009

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: set a national regulatory regime for margin loans; require that promissory notes valued at $50 000 or over are subject to the same regulatory regime as debentures; require the establishment of a public register of debenture trustees; and provide that Australian Capital Territory courts have jurisdiction for certain offences; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001 to transfer the regulation of trustee companies from the states and territories to the Commonwealth.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/09; Passed 15/9/09

Main Committee CID amendments: 14 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 26/10/09; Passed 26/10/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report due 7/8/09; interim report presented 28/7/09 and tabled 11/8/09; extension of time for final report 11/8/09; final report tabled 7/9/09

Assent: 6/11/09; Act No. 108, 2009

Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—€”Criminal History) Bill 2009

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to: enable pardoned, quashed and spent convictions to be disclosed and taken into account by Commonwealth, state and territory screening agencies in determining whether a person is suitable to work with children; specify the criteria screening units must meet before obtaining and dealing with this information; and require the Minister for Home Affairs to conduct a review of these disclosures no later than 30 June 2011 and table the review report in Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving the report.

Reps: Intro. 20/8/09; Passed 18/11/09

Senate: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

SBC report 13/09 (tabled and adopted 10/9/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 29/10/09, 17/11/09; report tabled 19/11/09

PS Crimes Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Child Protection from Predatory Tourism Offences) Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Bernardi —€“ LP)

Amends the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002, Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 in relation to child sex tourism offences, by: relocating existing offences (currently in the Crimes Act) to the Criminal Code; creating new grooming, procuring and preparatory offences; making penalties consistent with like offences in the Criminal Code; introducing new offences relating to Australians overseas accessing child pornography or child abuse material; and providing for forfeiture of such material. Also makes consequential amendments to the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.

Senate: Intro. 17/6/08; 2nd reading adjourned 17/6/08

SBC report 6/08 (tabled and adopted 25/6/08): No reference

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill 2009

Amends the: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Crimes Act 1914 to introduce a regime for unexplained wealth; Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Crimes Act 1914 and Family Law Act 1975 to introduce freezing orders to ensure assets are not dispersed; Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to: remove the six-year limit on orders for non-conviction-based restraint and forfeiture of proceeds of crime; provide for non-conviction-based restraint and forfeiture of instruments of serious crime; enable the disclosure of certain information; and enable legal aid commissions to recover certain costs from the Confiscated Assets Account; Crimes Act 1914 and Customs Act 1901 to: harmonise the controlled operations, assumed identities and protection of witness identity regimes across Australia; and make a consequential amendment; Criminal Code Act 1995 to extend criminal liability to the joint commission of criminal offences; and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to enable telecommunications interception to be available for certain offences for state and territory law enforcement agencies.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 16/11/09

CID amendments: 64 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 17/9/09

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill (No. 2) 2009

Amends the: Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002 in relation to criminal asset confiscation and money laundering; Crimes Act 1914 to: enable seized material to be used by, and shared between, Commonwealth, state and territory law enforcement agencies; allow law enforcement agencies to access and search electronic equipment; and preserve the right of a person accused of a federal offence in Victoria to appeal a finding that he or she is unfit to plead; Witness Protection Act 1994 to: clarify the application of the Act to witnesses involved in state and territory matters; update the concept of identity; extend protection to former participants and related persons; and update and extend the scope of non-disclosure offences; Criminal Code Act 1995 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: introduce offences into the Criminal Code to target persons involved in serious and organised crime; and ensure that telecommunications interception warrants are available for the investigation of the new offences; Criminal Code Act 1995 and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: extend the geographical jurisdiction and the scope of money laundering offences; and expand the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre—€™s ability to take enforcement action against non-complying reporting entities; Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to: expand the Australian Crime Commission—€™s powers to deal with uncooperative witnesses; clarify procedural powers for issuing summons and notices to produce; and require a five-yearly review of the operation of the Act; Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make consequential amendments; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to: increase the penalties for bribing foreign and Commonwealth public officials; and provide that drug importation offences apply to offenders engaged in activity connected to the importation of drugs into Australia. Also amends 23 Acts consequent upon the joint commission offence being included in the Criminal Code; and amends 20 Acts consequent on provisions of the Crimes Act 1914 being repealed.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 18/11/09

Senate: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 17/9/09; report tabled 16/11/09; errata tabled 17/11/09

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Bill 2009

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to replace the existing offence of torture in the Crimes (Torture) Act 1988 with a new offence of torture in the Criminal Code to fulfil Australia—€™s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; and Death Penalty Abolition Act 1973 to provide that the death penalty cannot be reintroduced anywhere in Australia. Also repeals the Crimes (Torture) Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

Customs Amendment (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (ASEAN-Australian-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2009 to give effect to Australia—€™s obligations under the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide preferential rates of duty for ASEAN and New Zealand originating goods; and impose certain obligations on Australian exporters and producers of goods who claim preferential tariff treatment.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 16/9/09

Senate: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 17/9/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Assent: 2/10/09; Act No. 97, 2009

Customs Amendment (Enhanced Border Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2008

(Act citation: Customs Amendment (Enhanced Border Controls and Other Measures) Act 2009)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 in relation to: arrival, stores and prohibited goods reporting requirements; infringement notices; failing to make a cargo report; missing goods and goods delivered without authority; harmonising the boarding powers with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; impending arrival reporting requirements for pleasure craft; devices used to enable boarding of ships subject to a —€˜hot pursuit—€™; powers to request aircraft to land; seizure of unaccounted goods without a warrant; powers of arrest; warrants; obstruction or interference with Customs equipment; powers to moor a Customs vessel to man-made structures; enabling Customs officers to board ships; entering places other than ports or airports; right of access for patrols; and technical corrections.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 10/3/09; Passed 14/5/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

Assent: 22/5/09; Act No. 34, 2009

Customs Legislation Amendment (Name Change) Bill 2009

Amends the Customs Administration Act 1985 to rename the Australian Customs Service as the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Also amends 24 other Acts to reflect the name change.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 19/3/09

Senate: Intro. 20/3/09; Passed 14/5/09

SBC report 3/09 (tabled and adopted 18/3/09): No reference

Assent: 22/5/09; Act No. 33, 2009

Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: increase the customs duty rate applying to certain alcoholic beverages (—€˜alcopops—€™) from $39.36 to $66.67 per litre of alcohol content; and alter the taxation definitions of —€˜beer—€™ and —€˜grape wine product—€™.

Reps: Intro. 11/2/09; Passed 25/2/09

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 11/3/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 18/3/09 [but see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill and related matter referred to Community Affairs Committee 12/2/09; extension of time to report 12/3/09; report presented and tabled 16/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee requests: 18 Opp/passed; 1 FFP/negatived

[Reps did not make Senate requests for amendments 17/3/09; Senate did not press its requests for amendments (amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted:
1 AG-Opp/passed) 18/3/09]

Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [No. 2], the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: increase the customs duty rate applying to certain alcoholic beverages (—€˜alcopops—€™) from $39.36 to $66.67 per litre of alcohol content; and alter the taxation definitions of —€˜beer—€™ and —€˜grape wine product—€™.

Reps: Intro. 22/6/09; Passed 22/6/09

Senate: Intro. 23/6/09; Passed 13/8/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): No reference

Assent: 27/8/09; Act No. 74, 2009

Customs Tariff Amendment (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2009 to give effect to Australia—€™s obligations under the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide duty-free and preferential rates of customs duty for certain goods of ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand origin; maintain rates of customs on certain goods (alcohol, tobacco and petroleum products); and phase the preferential rates of customs duty to zero by 2020.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 16/9/09

Senate: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 17/9/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Assent: 2/10/09; Act No. 98, 2009

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme fuel credits, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to ensure reductions made to excise rates on fuels also apply to relevant imported products.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme fuel credits, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to ensure reductions made to excise rates on fuels also apply to relevant imported products.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2009

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide duty free entry into Australia for goods used in the testing, quality control, manufacturing evaluation or engineering development of motor vehicles designed or engineered in Australia by motor vehicle producers registered under the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme; increase the rates of duty for certain alcohol and tobacco products imported under the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement; and increase the rates of customs duty for certain beer and grape wine products.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 23/11/09

Senate: Intro. 24/11/09; Passed 26/11/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

Assent: 10/12/09; Act No. 128, 2009

Customs Tariff Validation Bill 2009

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Validation Bill 2009, the bill validates all customs duties demanded or collected before 14 May 2009 to ensure the duties have been lawfully imposed and lawfully demanded or collected.

Reps: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 12/5/09

Senate: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 13/5/09

Assent: 13/5/09; Act No. 29, 2009

PS Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett —€“ AD)

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

Senate: Intro. 13/2/08; 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/08

SBC report 2/08 (tabled and adopted 12/3/08): No reference

PS Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 [No. 2]

(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.

Senate: Intro. 17/9/08; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/08

SBC report 11/08 (tabled and adopted 18/9/08): No reference

SBC report 12/09 (tabled and adopted 20/8/09): Order varied: Referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 17/11/09; report due 25/2/10

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2009

Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to introduce a Tactical Payment Scheme to provide for no-liability payments to persons who are adversely affected by Australian Defence Force operations outside Australia; and Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008 in relation to: rejoining members, subsidy certificates and service credits, subsidy lump sums, shared ownership and liability, and delegations to senior employees.

Reps: Intro. 18/3/09; Passed 16/6/09

Senate: Intro. 17/6/09; Passed 18/6/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): No reference

Assent: 24/6/09; Act No. 46, 2009

Defence Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2008

(Act citation: Defence Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2009)

Amends the: Geneva Conventions Act 1957 to establish a third universal emblem, the —€˜Red Crystal—€™, for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement; Criminal Code Act 1995 to ensure the emblem is covered by existing offence provisions relating to the improper use of emblems of the Geneva Conventions; Defence Act 1903 to enable the making of regulations to provide medical and dental treatment (including pharmaceuticals) to an Australian Defence Force member or cadet or their family; and Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 to: provide that the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap is a special defence undertaking and a prohibited area; clarify that the Defence power is not the only constitutional basis relied upon to support the Act; and make technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 10/2/09

Senate: Intro. 11/2/09; Passed 11/3/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): Provisions of bill referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee; report presented 20/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 18, 2009

Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

(Act citation: Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2009)

Amends: the Age Discrimination Act 2004 to remove the —€˜dominant reason—€™ test; the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to: provide an explicit and positive duty to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities (which responds to the 2003 High Court decision of Purvis); respond to the Full Federal Court case of Forest in relation to carers, assistants and aids; clarify the defence of unjustifiable hardship; and replace the —€˜proportionality test—€™ in the definition of indirect discrimination; 24 Acts to reflect the name change of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to the Australian Human Rights Commission; and the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 25/6/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; extension of time to report 11/2/09; report presented 26/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 25/6/09]

Assent: 8/7/09; Act No. 70, 2009

Do Not Call Register Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the: Do Not Call Register Act 2006 to extend the regulatory framework so that individuals and organisations can register their preference not to receive telemarketing calls or marketing faxes; and Telecommunications Act 1997 to make consequential amendments, including enabling the Australian Communications and Media Authority to develop an industry standard for the fax marketing industry.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee; report due 24/2/10

PS Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

Requires producers, distributors and industry groups to submit to the minister a beverage container stewardship plan to manage the collection and recycling of beverage containers. The bill also sets minimum recovery rates for containers; requires public consultation on draft plans; and provides for annual reporting.

Senate: Intro. 13/3/08; 2nd reading adjourned 13/3/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): Deferred

Reference: Referred to Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee 20/3/08 (as part of inquiry into the management of Australia—€™s waste streams); order varied 17/6/08: report due 28/8/08; extension of time to report 27/8/08; report tabled 3/9/08

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997 to: require the re-registration of all institutions currently registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students by 31 December 2010; introduce two new registration criteria; require providers to maintain and publish a list of persons/agents who represent them; provide the minister with a discretion to enable a suspended provider to accept monies in certain circumstances; enable national alignment of regulatory actions; and provide for regulations to be made in relation to: providers—€™ agents, and criteria to be applied when consideration is given to whether a course is a suitable alternative course.

Reps: Intro. 19/8/09; Passed 19/10/09

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

Senate: Intro. 26/10/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/09

SBC report 12/09 (tabled and adopted 20/8/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report presented 16/10/09 and tabled 26/10/09

PS Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senator Murray —€“ AD)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political advertising that is inaccurate and misleading to a material extent.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/03; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/03

SBC report 5/03 (tabled and adopted 14/5/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04, 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

PS Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senator Murray —€“ AD)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to: accountability; political advertising; and electoral funding and disclosure; and Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to: voting by prisoners; closure of the electoral roll; nomination deposits; use of Commonwealth facilities; and conduct of state referenda and ballots.

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

PM Emergency Assistance Fund for the Lower Lakes and Coorong Region of South Australia Bill 2008

(Introduced by Dr Nelson —€“ LP)

Requires the responsible minister to determine, by legislative instrument, guidelines for the operation of the Lower Lakes and Coorong Assistance Scheme, and gives the secretary responsibility for the administration of the scheme.

Reps: Intro. 1/9/08; Removed from Notice Paper 24/2/09

PS Emergency Assistance Fund for the Lower Lakes and Coorong Region of South Australia Bill 2008 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Minchin —€“ LP)

Requires the responsible minister to determine, by legislative instrument, guidelines for the operation of the Lower Lakes and Coorong Assistance Scheme, and gives the secretary responsibility for the administration of the scheme.

Senate: Intro. 4/9/08; 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/08

SBC report 11/08 (tabled and adopted 18/9/08): No reference

PS Emergency Water (Murray-Darling Basin Rescue) Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Provides the minister with power to direct the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to establish an Interim Basin Plan to provide for emergency measures to ensure the environmental and economic sustainability of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Senate: Intro. 28/8/08; 2nd reading adjourned 28/8/08

Reference: Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 28/8/08 (as part of inquiry into the management of the Murray-Darling Basin system); extension of time to report 25/9/08; interim report presented 3/10/08 and tabled 13/10/08; final report presented 10/10/08 and tabled 13/10/08

Employment and Workplace Relations Amendment Bill 2008

(Act citation: Employment and Workplace Relations Amendment Act 2009)

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to increase lump sum compensation to $400 000 and to $110 a week (to be increased annually) for benefits paid to each prescribed child in the event of a work-related death; Social Security Act 1991 to: extend the Sickness Allowance and Parenting Payment (single) which prevents a person from receiving payment while there is an Assurance of Support in force; and clarify rent assistance entitlements for Austudy and ABSTUDY receipts. Also makes technical amendments to the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999 and Social Security Legislation Amendment (2007 Budget Measures for Students) Act 2007.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 14/5/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate requests for amendments 14/5/09; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 25/5/09]

Assent: 3/6/09; Act No. 37, 2009

PS Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Control of Power Station Emissions) Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Allison —€“ AD)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: provide for a set greenhouse gas emission intensity threshold to apply to all new power stations and require the responsible minister to approve the operation or construction of those power stations which meet this condition; establish a monitoring regime; and include offence and penalty provisions.

Senate: Intro. 19/6/08; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/08

SBC report 6/08 (tabled and adopted 25/6/08): No reference

PS Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

The bill: establishes the national Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme; enforces and imposes civil penalties on persons or body corporates for breaches of the scheme; provides for an annual report on the operation of the proposed Act; and contains a regulation making power.

Senate: Intro. 14/5/09; 2nd reading adjourned 14/5/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): Referred to Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 23/6/09; report tabled 17/9/09

PS Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senator Allison —€“ AD)

Repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 which prevents the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly and the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly from legalising voluntary euthanasia.

Senate: Intro. 3/3/04; 2nd reading adjourned 3/3/04

SBC report 3/04 (tabled and adopted 10/3/04): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04, 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

Evidence Amendment (Journalists—€™ Privilege) Bill 2009

Amends the Evidence Act 1995 to amend the professional confidential relationship privilege provisions available to protect confidential communications between journalists and their sources in certain circumstances by: providing that courts observe public interest considerations; requiring courts to consider any likely harm to a journalist if certain evidence were given; repealing provisions for automatic loss of privilege in cases of misconduct; and removing the requirement for courts to give the greatest weight to any risk of prejudice to national security.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 14/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; interim report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report tabled 12/5/09

Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: increase the excise duty rate applying to certain alcoholic beverages (—€˜alcopops—€™) from $39.36 to $66.67 per litre of alcohol content; and alter the taxation definition of —€˜beer—€™.

Reps: Intro. 11/2/09; Passed 25/2/09

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 11/3/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 18/3/09 [but see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill and related matter referred to Community Affairs Committee 12/2/09; extension of time to report 12/3/09; report presented and tabled 16/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee requests: 2 Opp/passed

[Reps did not make Senate requests for amendments 17/3/09; Senate did not press its requests for amendments (amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted:
1 AG-Opp/passed) 18/3/09]

Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [No. 2], the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: increase the excise duty rate applying to certain alcoholic beverages (—€˜alcopops—€™) from $39.36 to $66.67 per litre of alcohol content; and alter the taxation definition of —€˜beer—€™.

Reps: Intro. 22/6/09; Passed 22/6/09

Senate: Intro. 23/6/09; Passed 13/8/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): No reference

Assent: 27/8/09; Act No. 73, 2009

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme fuel credits, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to reduce fuel tax on 1 July 2011 to 35.688 cents per litre.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 4/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 13/8/09 [and see bill below]

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 14/5/09; report tabled 15/6/09

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of four bills to establish Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme fuel credits, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to reduce fuel tax on 1 July 2011 to 35.688 cents per litre.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 1/12/09: 1 FFP/negatived]

Excise Tariff Validation Bill 2009

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Validation Bill 2009, the bill validates all excise duties demanded or collected before 14 May 2009 to ensure the duties have been lawfully imposed and lawfully demanded or collected.

Reps: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 12/5/09

Senate: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 13/5/09

Assent: 13/5/09; Act No. 30, 2009

PS Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide 26 weeks government-funded paid parental leave for all eligible Australian parents at the level of the federal minimum wage, or average wage, with a right to return to work; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 13/5/09; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): No reference

Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 to: give effect to state references of workplace relations matters to the Commonwealth that take effect after 1 July 2009 but on or before 1 January 2010; enable states to declare employers not to be national system employers; and enable state ministers to intervene in court proceedings and make submissions in relation to matters before Fair Work Australia; and Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 and seven other Acts to transition certain employers and employees to the new national workplace relations system. Also makes technical amendments to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/09; Passed 17/11/09

CID amendments: 19 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; Passed 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 16/11/09

Assent: 9/12/09; Act No. 124, 2009

Fair Work Bill 2008

(Act citation: Fair Work Act 2009)

Implements a workplace relations system which provides for: the establishment of National Employment Standards, modern awards and national minimum wage orders; the establishment of the statutory offices of Fair Work Australia to administer the system and the Fair Work Ombudsman to promote compliance; fair work instruments; and the creation of Fair Work Divisions in the Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court to hear workplace relations matters.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/08; Passed 4/12/08

Senate: Intro. 5/12/08 a.m. (Journals 4/12/08); Passed 20/3/09 a.m. (Journals 19/3/09)

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee 25/11/08; report presented 27/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 217 Govt/passed; 2 Opp (1 as amended by FFP)/passed; 4 AG/passed; 4 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 3 clauses negatived (Govt); 1 clause negatived (AG); 6 Govt/negatived; 21 Opp/negatived; 69 AG/negatived; 12 FFP/negatived; 27 clauses opposed (AG)/clauses agreed to; 1 subclause opposed (AG)/subclause agreed to; 8 Opp/withdrawn

[Amendment to motion that the report from the committee of the whole be adopted 20/3/09 a.m. (Journals 19/3/09): 1 FFP/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 30, 35 to 93, 95 to 135 and 137 to 231 and disagreed to amendments nos 31 to 34, 94 and 136, 20/3/09; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 31 to 34, 94 and 136, 20/3/09]

Assent: 7/4/09; Act No. 28, 2009

Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Bill 2009

Amends: the Fair Work Act 2009 to: enable states to refer matters to the Commonwealth to provide for the establishment of a uniform national workplace relations system for the private sector; enable states to choose the extent to which the Act applies to the public sector; and make consequential and minor amendments; the proposed Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 and Fair Work Act 2009 to: transition Victorian employers and employees to the workplace relations system created by the Fair Work Act; and establish a framework for making state reference public sector modern awards; and 67 Acts to make transitional and consequential amendments. Also enables further transitional and consequential arrangements to be made by regulation.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 2/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 17/6/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): No reference

Assent: 25/6/09; Act No. 54, 2009

Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

The bill: repeals the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (other than Schedules relating to registered organisations and transitionally registered associations) and renames it the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009; provides for the application of the National Employment Standards and minimum wages to all national system employees from 1 January 2010; ensures no reduction in employees—€™ take home pay results from the transition to a modern award; establishes rules in relation to the treatment of existing instruments; introduces transitional bargaining and agreement-making rules; abolishes the office of Workplace Ombudsman (WO); provides for the limited, continued operation of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, WO, Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) and Australian Industrial Registry and appoints existing full-time AIRC members to Fair Work Australia (FWA); provides that existing investigations and compliance proceedings by the WO will be dealt with by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allows Fair Work Inspectors to exercise new compliance powers in relation to breaches occurring before or after 1 July 2009; gives FWA power to make representation orders in response to union demarcation disputes; and establishes rules to enable state-registered organisations to participate in the new federal workplace relations system; and amends the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Federal Magistrates Act 1999 to create Fair Work Divisions within those courts.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 2/6/09

CID amendments: 110 Govt/passed; 9 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 17/6/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee; report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Committee amendments: 18 Govt/passed; 2 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 2 items negatived (Govt); 10 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 18/6/09]

Assent: 25/6/09; Act No. 55, 2009

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2009

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Private Health Insurance Act 2007, Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983 to reduce the amount of private health insurance rebate eligible taxpayers with complying private health insurance are entitled to when their income for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 2/6/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 9/9/09 [but see bill below]

Reference (see item 17, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 27/5/09; report due 16/6/09 [but see SBC reports below]

SBC reports 6/09 and 7/09 (tabled 15/6/09; motion to adopt reports amended and agreed to 15/6/09): Reference of provisions of bill transferred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented 5/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09

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

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Private Health Insurance Act 2007, Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983 to reduce the amount of private health insurance rebate eligible taxpayers with complying private health insurance are entitled to when their income for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

Reps: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the rate of Medicare levy surcharge for certain taxpayers who do not have complying health insurance and whose income for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 2/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 9/9/09 [but see bill below]

Reference (see item 17, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 27/5/09; report due 16/6/09 [but see SBC report below]

SBC reports 6/09 and 7/09 (tabled 15/6/09; motion to adopt reports amended and agreed to 15/6/09): Reference of provisions of bill transferred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented 5/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09

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

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the rate of Medicare levy surcharge for certain taxpayers who do not have complying health insurance and whose income for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

Reps: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€“—€“Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 to increase the rate of Medicare levy surcharge for taxpayers who do not have complying health insurance and whose income (including reportable fringe benefits) for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 2/6/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Negatived at 2nd reading 9/9/09 [but see bill below]

Reference (see item 17, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 27/5/09; report due 16/6/09 [but see SBC report below]

SBC reports 6/09 and 7/09 (tabled 15/6/09; motion to adopt reports amended and agreed to 15/6/09): Reference of provisions of bill transferred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented 5/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09

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

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€“—€“Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 to increase the rate of Medicare levy surcharge for taxpayers who do not have complying health insurance and whose income (including reportable fringe benefits) for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

Reps: Intro. 19/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2009 Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to enable three additional parcels of land in the Northern Territory to be granted to the relevant Aboriginal Land Trusts; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: enable people in Cape York who receive age pension or carer payments to have their payments income managed; and make changes to the treatment of residual balances when a person again becomes subject to income management, or dies; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999, Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to the administrative functions of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal; Social Security Act 1991 to clarify that a gift that has been returned does not have to be assessed as a deprived asset for the purposes of the social security assets test; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to clarify the requirements for an individual to pass the control test in relation to a controlled private trust; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to require notification within 26 weeks to be given when a child for whom baby bonus is paid leaves an individual—€™s care. Also makes minor and technical amendments to five Acts.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 9/3/10

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2008

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 to prohibit certain pay television licensees from providing television channels that contain a large amount of R18+ programming to certain prescribed areas; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to permit the transportation of pornographic material through a prescribed area to a place outside the prescribed area; Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 to repeal permit system amendments providing public access to certain Aboriginal land; and Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 to enable community dependent roadhouses to be licensed as community stores.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/08; Passed 2/9/08

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 25 Govt/passed; 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/9/08; Passed 27/11/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee; interim report presented 7/5/08 and tabled 13/5/08; extension of time for final report 13/5/08; final report tabled 15/5/08

Committee amendments: 6 Opp/passed; 1 Schedule negatived (Opp); 12 items negatived (Opp); 1 AG/negatived; 1 clause opposed (AG)/clause agreed to

[Reps reported Senate message returning bill with amendments 1/12/08]

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2008

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable: Centrelink to make oral submissions to Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) hearings; SSAT to give oral reasons on —€˜affirmed—€™ cases; and SSAT members to be appointed for a term of up to five years; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to repeal redundant references to disability wage supplement and rehabilitation allowance; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005, Native Title Amendment (Technical Amendments) Act 2007, Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to make technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/08; Passed 4/2/09

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; 2nd reading adjourned 5/2/09

SBC report 16/08 (tabled and adopted 26/11/08): No reference

PS Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

Amends the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Act 2007, Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 and Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Act 2007 so that: provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 prevail over those Acts; those Acts do not authorise conduct inconsistent with the Racial Discrimination Act 1975; those Acts and any acts done under them are intended to qualify as special measures; and any acts done, decisions made or discretion exercised under the Acts must be consistent with the intended beneficial purpose of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Senate: Intro. 29/10/09; 2nd reading adjourned 29/10/09

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 9/3/10

Family Assistance Amendment (Further 2008 Budget Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: introduce mandatory continuous adjustment of family tax benefit rates in certain circumstances; cease fortnightly family tax benefit and past period payments in the same income year when income tax returns are not lodged; and enable information sharing between the Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink for reconciliation and debt offsetting purposes.

Reps: Intro. 3/6/09; Passed 17/6/09

Senate: Intro. 17/6/09; Passed 18/6/09

Reference (see item 17, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/6/09; report tabled 16/6/09

Assent: 24/6/09; Act No. 49, 2009

Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to remove the tax system option for delivery of family tax benefit payments; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable people subject to the Northern Territory income management regime to access the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal appeal mechanisms; and Social Security Act 1991 to: provide new Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) participants, commencing on or after 1 July 2009, with access to the CDEP program while receiving income support payments; and provide that existing CDEP participants receive CDEP wages from CDEP providers and, in certain circumstances, the CDEP Scheme Participant Supplement.

Reps: Intro. 18/3/09; Passed 14/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 18/6/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee; report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to

Assent: 24/6/09; Act No. 48, 2009

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care) Bill 2009

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999, A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999, Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget and Other Measures) Act 2008 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to change —€˜child care tax rebate—€™ to —€˜child care rebate—€™ (CCR); A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: CCR in substitution; recovery of debts; civil penalties being imposed by regulations; and calculation and payment of CCR for the final quarter of an income year; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to make amendments consequential on the removal of the minimum child care benefit rate from 7 July 2008.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/09; Passed 28/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 18/6/09

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): No reference

Assent: 24/6/09; Act No. 50, 2009

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Participation Requirement) Bill 2009

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to require persons aged between 16 and 20 years to complete their final year of secondary school (or equivalent level of education) to receive family tax benefit Part A.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 19/11/09

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; Passed 26/11/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Assent: 10/12/09; Act No. 129, 2009

Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Bill 2008

(Act citation: Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 2009)

Introduced with the Trade Practices Amendment (Cartel Conduct and Other Measures) Bill 2008, the bill amends the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Judiciary Act 1903 to enable the Federal Court to apply uniform indictable criminal procedure across Australia to deal with serious cartel offences. Also makes consequential and other amendments to five other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 10/2/09

Senate: Intro. 11/2/09; Passed 17/9/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; extension of time to report 11/2/09; interim report presented 26/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09; further interim report presented 4/3/09 and tabled 10/3/09; extension of time for final report 10/3/09; final report tabled 11/3/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 30 Govt/passed; 5 items negatived (Govt); 1 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 19/10/09]

Assent: 6/11/09; Act No. 106, 2009

Federal Financial Relations Bill 2009

Introduced with the Federal Financial Relations (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2009, the bill appropriates funds to provide financial assistance to the states by implementing COAG—€™s Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations through general revenue assistance (including GST payments), National Specific Purpose Payments and National Partnership payments.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 11/3/09

Senate: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 12/3/09

SBC report 2/09 (tabled and adopted 12/2/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee; report due 3/3/09; report presented 27/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 11, 2009

Federal Financial Relations (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Federal Financial Relations Bill 2009, the bill makes amendments and repeals parts of five Acts consequent on the proposed Federal Financial Relations Act 2009. Also repeals the Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 11/3/09

Senate: Intro. 12/3/09; Passed 12/3/09

SBC report 2/09 (tabled and adopted 12/2/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee; report due 3/3/09; report presented 27/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09

Assent: 26/3/09; Act No. 12, 2009

Federal Justice System Amendment (Efficiency Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2008

(Act citation: Federal Justice System Amendment (Efficiency Measures) Act (No. 1) 2009)

Amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to: allow the Federal Court to refer all or part of a proceeding to a referee for report; and allow a single Federal Court judge to make interlocutory orders in proceedings that would otherwise be heard and determined by a Full Court; International Arbitration Act 1974 to give the Federal Court concurrent jurisdiction with state and territory Supreme Courts to enforce foreign arbitral awards; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, Family Law Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Native Title Act 1993 to remove restrictions on Chief Justices and Presidents acquiring an interest in land for the purposes of the Lands Acquisition Act 1989; Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971 to allow authorised, non-judicial officers of the Federal Court to make orders specifying that certain premises are —€˜court premises—€™; and Family Law Act 1975 to respond to the Full Family Court of Australia decision in Black v Black relating to the satisfaction of technical requirements for binding financial and termination agreements.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 5/2/09

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; Passed 26/10/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; interim report presented 17/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09; final report presented 23/2/09 and tabled 10/3/09

Committee amendments: 18 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/11/09]

Assent: 7/12/09; Act No. 122, 2009

Financial Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the: Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 to increase the general drawing rights limit for the 2008-09 financial year to $1 250 000 000 to enable the Commonwealth to provide general purpose financial assistance to the states; and Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 to enable the minister to permit a state to receive an entitlement to financial assistance before the end of the financial year to which that assistance relates.

Reps: Intro. 12/5/09; Passed 13/5/09

Senate: Intro. 13/5/09; Passed 14/5/09

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): No reference

Assent: 27/5/09; Act No. 36, 2009

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Supervision and Enforcement) Bill 2009

Amends: the Life Insurance Act 1995 to establish a prudential regulation regime for non-operating holding companies of life insurance companies to be administered by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA); 19 other Acts to make consequential amendments; and the Banking Act 1959, Insurance Act 1973, Life Insurance Act 1995, Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 and First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008 to provide APRA with power to seek court injunctions against breaches of conditions or directions issued under those Acts.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 27/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 13/8/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee; report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09

Assent: 27/8/09; Act No. 75, 2009

Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the: Fisheries Management Act 1991 to: enable the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to undertake certain administrative and licensing functions by an eLicensing system (GOFish); and provide that fisheries officers engaged in investigating suspected illegal fishing can be issued with, and carry, prescribed defensive equipment in the course of their duties; and Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 to clarify which individuals who receive fish directly from Torres Strait commercial fishers require a fish receiver licence.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Deferred

PS Flags (Protection of Australian Flags) Amendment Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Barnett —€“ LP)

Amends the Flags Act 1953 to protect the Australian National Flag and proclaimed flags from unlawful desecration or destruction by inserting offence and penalty provisions.

Senate: Intro. 3/9/08; 2nd reading adjourned 3/9/08

SBC report 10/08 (tabled and adopted 4/9/08): No reference

PS Food Safety (Trans Fats) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

The bill: prohibits the manufacture, distribution, offering for sale, selling or otherwise trading in food containing synthetic trans fatty acids; and retains the right of state and territory governments to develop their own complementary or alternative regulatory regime.

Senate: Intro. 16/3/09; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/09

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): No reference

PS Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Laws) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind, Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG and Senator Joyce —€“ Nats)

Amends the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to require Food Standards Australia New Zealand to develop and approve food product labelling standards to be used by food producers, manufacturers and distributors.

Senate: Intro. 20/8/09; 2nd reading adjourned 20/8/09

SBC report 13/09 (tabled and adopted 10/9/09): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 26/11/09

PS Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—€”Palm Oil) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind, Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG and Senator Joyce —€“ Nats)

Amends the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to require Food Standards Australia New Zealand to develop and approve labelling standards to be used by food producers, manufacturers and distributors of food containing palm oil.

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/09

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 15/6/10

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to require foreign investors to notify the Treasurer where there is a possibility, either now or in the future, that an investment arrangement will influence or control the business or assets of an Australian company.

Reps: Intro. 20/8/09; Passed 23/11/09

CID amendments: 11 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

SBC report 13/09 (tabled and adopted 10/9/09): No reference

Foreign Evidence Amendment Bill 2008

Amends the Foreign Evidence Act 1994 to: streamline the process for adducing foreign material that appears to consist of a business record; and make amendments in relation to: testimony obtained from foreign countries; non-conviction based proceeds of crime matters; court discretion when using foreign evidence; and the Attorney-General—€™s certification of foreign material. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 5/2/09

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; 2nd reading adjourned 5/2/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

SBC report 2/09 (tabled and adopted 12/2/09): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; extension of time to report 13/2/09; interim report presented 4/3/09 and tabled 10/3/09; extension of time for final report 10/3/09; final report tabled 11/3/09

Foreign States Immunities Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 to enable a foreign state and its emergency management personnel to be immune in tort proceedings for acts or omissions that occur in the course of the foreign state providing emergency management assistance to Australia. Also contains a regulation making power.

Reps: Intro. 19/8/09; Passed 10/9/09

Senate: Intro. 14/9/09; Passed 17/9/09

SBC report 12/09 (tabled and adopted 20/8/09): No reference

Assent: 18/9/09; Act No. 89, 2009

PS Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senator Murray —€“ AD)

Amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations to: extend access to information in the possession of the Commonwealth; and create an independent position of Freedom of Information Commissioner to be held by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/03; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/03

SBC report 8/03 (tabled and adopted 13/8/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04, 18/3/08

SBC report 4/08 (tabled and adopted 14/5/08): No reference

Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Information Commissioner Bill 2009, the bill amends: the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to: establish a statutory framework for a publication scheme for certain Commonwealth agencies; remove fees for applications under the Act; enable the Information Commissioner to extend time periods for processing requests in certain cases; provide for consultation processes when responding to onerous requests; provide that documents held by certain contracted service providers are subject to the Act; and limit access to certain intelligence agency information and documents of the Department of Defence; the Archives Act 1983 to reduce open access periods for certain Commonwealth records; the Archives Act 1983, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1988 to: amend exemption provisions; and provide for a public interest test; the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Ombudsman Act 1976 to provide that the Information Commissioner has: a merits review and an investigatory function; and the power to declare a person to be a vexatious applicant; and 17 Acts consequent on the establishment of the Office of the Information Commissioner. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee; report due 16/3/10

S Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009]

(Act citation: Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Act 2009)

Amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Archives Act 1983, Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to: remove the power to issue conclusive certificates; revoke existing conclusive certificates if a new access request is received; implement measures to protect sensitive information in proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/08; Passed 13/8/09

SBC report 16/08 (tabled and adopted 26/11/08): Referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee; report tabled 10/3/09

Committee amendments: 3 AG/negatived; 1 item opposed (AG)/item agreed to

Reps: Intro. 17/8/09; Passed 15/9/09

Assent: 6/10/09; Act No. 99, 2009

Fuel Quality Standards Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 to: provide the minister with a wider range of conditions that can apply to approvals to vary fuel standards; simplify procedures when an urgent approval is required to avoid a fuel supply shortfall; provide for civil penalties, infringement notices and enforceable undertakings; enable the minister to consider how fuel is to be supplied when determining a standard; extend information sharing powers; and extend the types of courts that have jurisdiction for various matters.

Reps: Intro. 18/3/09; Passed 14/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 17/9/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 20/10/09]

Assent: 6/11/09; Act No. 107, 2009

PS Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2008]

R (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

Provides for the: protection of genetic privacy; collection, storage, analysis and disclosure of DNA samples; rights and responsibilities of persons with respect to genetic information; and unlawfulness of genetic discrimination.

Senate: Intro. 11/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 11/3/98, 5/10/00

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee; report due 11/8/98; interim report presented 10/8/98 and tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 23/11/98; extensions of time to report 10/12/98, 16/2/99, 30/3/99; report tabled 31/3/99

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98, 14/5/02, 17/11/04, 14/2/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

PM Geothermal and other Renewable Energy (Emerging Technologies) Amendment Bill 2009

(Introduced by Mrs Bishop —€“ LP)

Amends the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to: require regulations to be made to determine that food processing activities, to the extent they are trade exposed, be given a 90 per cent partial exemption from the additional renewable source electricity acquisition obligation for 2010 and later years; and provide that certain emerging renewable energy sources gain a share of the guaranteed renewable energy market.

Reps: Intro. 14/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/09

PS Geothermal and Other Renewable Energy (Emerging Technologies) Amendment Bill 2009 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Minchin —€“ LP)

Amends the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to provide that certain emerging renewable energy sources gain a share of the guaranteed renewable energy market.

Senate: Intro. 16/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 16/9/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Guarantee of State and Territory Borrowing Appropriation Bill 2009

Provides for: a standing appropriation to pay claims under the Guarantee of State and Territory Borrowing; and a borrowing power enabling money to be borrowed to pay those claims should there be insufficient funds in the Consolidated Revenue Fund at the time claims are to be paid.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 17/6/09

Senate: Intro. 18/6/09; Passed 18/6/09

Reference (see item 17, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 27/5/09; report tabled 16/6/09

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 18/6/09]

Assent: 29/6/09; Act No. 61, 2009

Health Insurance Amendment (Compliance) Bill 2009

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: enable the Chief Executive Officer of Medicare Australia to require certain documents to be produced by a medical practitioner during a compliance audit; and provide that a practitioner unable to substantiate an amount paid for a service may be liable to pay a penalty.

Reps: Intro. 17/9/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Passed 23/11/09

SBC report 15/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Committee amendments: 7 Opp (1 as amended)/passed; 2 Opp-FFP-Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 1 subsection negatived (Opp); 3 AG/negatived; 1 FFP/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 2 to 9 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 1 and 10, 24/11/09; Senate insisted on its amendments nos 1 and 10, 26/11/09; Reps reported Senate message insisting on its amendments 26/11/09]

Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation) Bill 2009

Amends the Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation) Act 2007 to: broaden the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme to require practices providing non-radiology services, or a combination of radiology and non-radiology services, to obtain accreditation; and provide transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Deferred

Health Insurance Amendment (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2009

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, the maximum increase of benefit payable under the Extended Medicare Safety Net for specified Medicare Benefits Schedule items.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/09; Passed 15/6/09

Senate: Intro. 16/6/09; Passed 16/9/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented 5/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp-FFP-Ind (Xenophon)/passed

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 1 AG/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 17/9/09]

Assent: 7/10/09; Act No. 101, 2009

Health Insurance Amendment (New Zealand Overseas Trained Doctors) Bill 2009

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: enable certain New Zealand permanent resident and citizen doctors to provide professional services that attract Medicare benefits without being subject to a ten-year waiting period (the —€˜moratorium—€™ period); remove the requirement for overseas trained doctors to have both Australian permanent residency or citizenship and medical registration before the moratorium period commences; and provide for a 90-day period in which medical practitioners can appeal against a refusal for an exemption from the moratorium period.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/09; Passed 30/11/09

Senate: Intro. 2/12/09; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

PS Health Insurance Amendment (Revival of Table Items) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Cormann —€“ LP, Senator Fielding —€“ FFP and Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to provide that if an item in the general medical services table is disallowed under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, the corresponding item in the previous regulations is taken to apply from the time of disallowance.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/09; Passed 28/10/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): No reference

Reps: Intro. 28/10/09; Read a 1st time 28/10/09; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to: enable nurse practitioners and appropriately qualified and experienced midwives to request appropriate diagnostic imaging and pathology services for which Medicare benefits may be paid; and allow those health professionals to prescribe certain medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Also makes consequential amendments to the Health Insurance Act 1973, Medical Indemnity Act 2002, Medicare Australia Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 8/9/09

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 9/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; interim report presented 7/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09; extension of time for final report 11/8/09; final report tabled 17/8/09

Reference: Bill and Government amendments referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 23/11/09; report due 1/2/10

Health Workforce Australia Bill 2009

Establishes Health Workforce Australia as an independent statutory body to implement Council of Australian Governments (COAG) health workforce initiatives agreed to in November 2008 including funding, planning and coordinating clinical training, supporting clinical training supervision and health workforce research and planning, funding simulation training, and providing advice to Health Ministers. Also contains a regulation making power.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/09; Passed 27/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 24/6/09

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 15/6/09; report tabled 16/6/09

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 24/6/09]

Assent: 22/7/09; Act No. 72, 2009

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: allow higher education providers to impose an annual capped compulsory student services and amenities fee of $250 from 1 July 2009; establish the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP): Services and Amenities-HELP (SA-HELP) to enable eligible students to access a loan for the fee; require higher education providers that receive funding for student places under the Commonwealth Grants Scheme to implement National Access to Services Benchmarks; and Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: broaden the guidelines-making powers to vary the VET FEE-HELP debt; allow different requirements to apply to different students undertaking VET units of study; and provide that officers of Tertiary Admission Centres have the same status and duty of care as those of higher education providers in relation to processing student information.

Reps: Intro. 11/2/09; Passed 19/3/09

Senate: Intro. 20/3/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 18/8/09 [but see Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2009 below]

SBC report 2/09 (tabled and adopted 12/2/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee; report tabled 10/3/09

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 4 AG/negatived; 6 Joyce-Nash-Williams/negatived

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2009

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: allow higher education providers to impose an annual capped compulsory student services and amenities fee of $250 from 1 July 2009; establish the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP): Services and Amenities-HELP (SA-HELP) to enable eligible students to access a loan for the fee; and require higher education providers that receive funding for student places under the Commonwealth Grants Scheme to implement National Access to Services Benchmarks.

Reps: Intro. 9/9/09; Passed 26/11/09

Senate: Intro. 30/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/09

SBC report 13/09 (tabled and adopted 10/9/09): No reference

Higher Education Support Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: revise the maximum funding amounts for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme, Other Grants, and Commonwealth Scholarships; include a funding cluster for education and provide increased funding for all clusters; increase the maximum additional funding certain eligible higher education providers can receive; vary the purposes for which Other Grants may be made and eligibility for those grants; change maximum student contribution amounts for certain students; remove the OS-HELP loan fee from 2010; and apply new indexation arrangements to maximum student contribution amounts in 2011.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/09; Passed 19/8/09

Senate: Intro. 19/8/09; Passed 7/9/09

Reference (see item 17, Journals 14/5/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee 28/5/09; report due 16/6/09 [but see SBC report 7/09 below]

SBC report 6/09 (presented 1/6/09 and tabled 15/6/09): No reference

SBC report 7/09 (presented 4/6/09 and tabled 15/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 24/6/09; report presented 5/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09

Assent: 18/9/09; Act No. 86, 2009

Higher Education Support Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 in relation to the FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP assistance schemes by: removing the need for certain organisations to have tuition assurance arrangements when applying for approval to offer assistance; and allowing recommendations from certain agencies to be used as part of the assessment and approval of training organisations to deliver assistance.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 16/9/09

Senate: Intro. 17/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): No reference

Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP and Providers) Bill 2009

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: clarify that students cannot access VET FEE-HELP assistance to undertake a vocational education and training (VET) unit of study that is not essential to the student—€™s course; ensure that the minister can revoke the approval of a VET provider of a body corporate that does not meet certain requirements; and allow higher education and VET provider notices of approval to take effect the day following registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Reps: Intro. 18/3/09; Passed 27/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 15/6/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): No reference

Assent: 23/6/09; Act No. 39, 2009

Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP and Tertiary Admission Centres) Bill 2009

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: broaden the guidelines-making powers to vary the VET FEE-HELP debt; allow different requirements to apply to different students undertaking VET units of study; and provide that officers of Tertiary Admission Centres have the same status and duty of care as those of higher education providers in relation to processing student information.

Reps: Intro. 9/9/09; Passed 19/11/09

Senate: Intro. 23/11/09; Passed 26/11/09

SBC report 13/09 (tabled and adopted 10/9/09): No reference

Assent: 7/12/09; Act No. 121, 2009

Horse Disease Response Levy Bill 2008

Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill imposes a levy on the first registration of horses, to enable the horse industry to repay amounts paid by the Commonwealth on behalf of the horse industry in the event of an outbreak of an emergency horse disease.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/08; Passed 3/9/08

Senate: Intro. 3/9/08; Negatived at 3rd reading 4/2/09

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

Reference: Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 4/9/08; interim report presented 3/10/08 and tabled 13/10/08; extension of time for final report 13/10/08; final report tabled 13/11/08

Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Bill 2008

Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill: enables the collection and administration of a horse disease response levy from horse registration bodies; imposes penalties for unpaid levies and the remission of any penalties resulting from late payments; introduces information gathering powers to allow for the collection of information and documents as specified by the Commonwealth; and provides for regulations to prescribe details for the collection of the levy.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/08; Passed 3/9/08

Senate: Intro. 3/9/08; Negatived at 3rd reading 4/2/09

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

Reference: Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 4/9/08; interim report presented 3/10/08 and tabled 13/10/08; extension of time for final report 13/10/08; final report tabled 13/11/08

Horse Disease Response Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill amends the Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996 to enable horse disease response levies to be appropriated to the Australian Animal Health Council to repay amounts paid by the Commonwealth due to an outbreak of an emergency horse disease. Any excess levies are to be used for research and development activities or the promotion or maintenance of horse health.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/08; Passed 3/9/08

Senate: Intro. 3/9/08; Negatived at 3rd reading 4/2/09

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

Reference: Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 4/9/08; interim report presented 3/10/08 and tabled 13/10/08; extension of time for final report 13/10/08; final report tabled 13/11/08

Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for the payment of a one-off $950 bonus to: eligible students returning to study or training in 2009 and certain other income support recipients; and farmers and farm-related small business owners receiving exceptional circumstances related income support payments; Social Security Act 1991 to: reduce the qualification period for the education entry payment from 12 months to four weeks of continuous receipt of income support payments; and provide for an education entry payment supplement of $950 to those eligible for the education entry payment; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide for the payment of a one-off $950 per child bonus to families eligible for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A and certain children who receive a carer payment or disability support pension; and provide for a single income family bonus payment of $950 for families entitled to the FTB Part B. Also: enables the establishment of administrative schemes to provide bonus payments in circumstances where the statutory regime does not produce an appropriate result; and makes consequential amendments to four other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 4/2/09; Passed 5/2/09 a.m. (Votes and Proceedings 4/2/09)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/09; Negatived at 3rd reading 12/2/09 [but see Household Stimulus Package Bill (No. 2) 2009 below]

SBC report 1/09 (tabled and adopted 5/2/09): Deferred

References: Provisions of bill referred to:

Community Affairs Committee 5/2/09; report due 10/2/09; reference withdrawn 5/2/09

Finance and Public Administration Committee 5/2/09; report tabled 10/2/09

Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Household Stimulus Package Bill (No. 2) 2009

Part of a package of six bills to give effect to the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for the payment of a one-off $950 bonus to: eligible students returning to study or training in 2009 and certain other income support recipients; and farmers and farm-related small business owners receiving exceptional circumstances related income support payments; Social Security Act 1991 to: reduce the qualification period for the education entry payment from 12 months to four weeks of continuous receipt of income support payments; and provide for an education entry payment supplement of $950 to those eligible for the education entry payment; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide for the payment of a one-off $950 per child bonus to families eligible for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A and certain children who receive a carer payment or disability support pension; and provide for a single income family bonus payment of $900 for families entitled to the FTB Part B. Also: enables the establishment of administrative schemes to provide bonus payments in circumstances where the statutory regime does not produce an appropriate result; and makes consequential amendments to four other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Senate: Intro. 13/2/09; Passed 13/2/09

Assent: 18/2/09; Act No. 4, 2009

Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2009, the bill imposes a withholding tax on employees who have not quoted a Tax File Number or Australian Business Number to their employer by the end of the income year in relation to employee share schemes.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/09; Passed 16/11/09

Senate: Intro. 17/11/09; Passed 2/12/09

SBC report 16/09 (tabled and adopted 29/10/09): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 16/11/09

Assent: 14/12/09; Act No. 132, 2009

PS Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senators Troeth and Humphries —€“ LP)

Provides for the appointment of an independent person to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of laws relating to terrorism.

Senate: Intro. 23/6/08; Passed 13/11/08

SBC report 7/08 (tabled and adopted 26/6/08): No reference

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 2/9/08; order varied 2/9/08: report due 24/9/08; extension of time to report 22/9/08; report tabled 14/10/08

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 11 Troeth (1 as amended by AG, 1 as amended by 4 AG)/passed; 2 AG/passed; 1 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 24/11/08; Read a 1st time 24/11/08; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Information Commissioner Bill 2009

Introduced with the Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009, the bill: establishes and provides for the appointments and staffing of the Office of the Information Commissioner; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the two new statutory positions of Information Commissioner and Freedom of Information Commissioner, and the Privacy Commissioner; establishes the Information Advisory Committee; imposes a penalty for unauthorised disclosure of information; requires the Information Commissioner to prepare an annual report; and provides for a review of the operation of the Act after a two-year period.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee; report due 16/3/10

PS Infrastructure Australia Amendment (National Broadband Network and Other Projects) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Minchin —€“ LP)

Amends the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to: require Infrastructure Australia to assess the proposed national broadband network and provide a report to the minister to be tabled in Parliament; and enable either House of the Parliament to refer infrastructure proposals to Infrastructure Australia for analysis and assessment.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): No reference

International Arbitration Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the International Arbitration Act 1974 to: apply most of the amendments made by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in 2006 to the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration to international commercial arbitration in Australia; confine the circumstances in which courts can set aside an award made under the Model Law or refuse to enforce foreign awards under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Model Law; include additional optional provisions to be made available to the parties to an arbitration agreement; and make general amendments in relation to the operation of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

International Monetary Agreements Amendment Bill 2009

Amends the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947 to enact any amendments to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Articles of Agreement, including those recently approved by the Boards of Governors, upon their entry into force.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 7/9/09

Senate: Intro. 8/9/09; Passed 9/9/09

SBC report 5/09 (tabled and adopted 14/5/09): No reference

Assent: 10/9/09; Act No. 82, 2009

International Monetary Agreements Amendment (Financial Assistance) Bill 2009

Amends the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947 to: enable loans or currency swaps to be provided as part of a package prepared by the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank; appropriate funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for such loan or currency swaps; and provide that the Treasurer table in each House a national interest statement when an agreement to provide such financial assistance is entered into.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/09; Passed 15/6/09

Senate: Intro. 16/6/09; Passed 17/6/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): No reference

Assent: 26/6/09; Act No. 57, 2009

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2009

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give legislative authority to agreements between Australia and the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man in relation to the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 16/9/09

Senate: Intro. 17/9/09; Passed 17/9/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): No reference

Assent: 8/10/09; Act No. 105, 2009

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2009

Amends the: International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give legislative effect to: the 2009 Convention between Australia and New Zealand for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and Fringe Benefits and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion; the Second Protocol amending the Agreement between Australia and the Kingdom of Belgium for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income; and the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Jersey for the Allocation of Taxing Rights with Respect to Certain Income of Individuals and to Establish a Mutual Agreement Procedure in Respect of Transfer Pricing Adjustments; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to align the definition of dual listed company arrangements with the 2009 Australia-New Zealand Convention.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/09

Senate:

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): No reference

PS Keeping Jobs from Going Offshore (Protection of Personal Information) Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

The bill requires: Australian organisations to meet certain requirements before transferring personal information about an individual to an organisation in a foreign country; and foreign call centres to identify the city and country in which they are located when contacting customers.

Senate: Intro. 26/10/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/09

SBC report 19/09 (tabled and adopted 30/11/09): Deferred

Law and Justice (Cross Border and Other Amendments) Bill 2009

Amends the: Service and Execution of Process Act 1992 to: establish the Cross Border Justice Scheme to enable judicial officers, police and other officials to deal with offenders from any of the participating jurisdictions (Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory); and clarify that prisoners may give evidence by audio or video link when subpoenaed to give evidence in interstate court or tribunal proceedings; and Evidence and Procedure (New Zealand) Act 1994 to expand the range of proceedings covered by the scheme established between Australia and New Zealand for the service of subpoenas between the two jurisdictions.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/09; Passed 26/5/09

Senate: Intro. 15/6/09; Passed 20/8/09

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; interim report presented 7/5/09 and tabled 12/5/09; final report tabled 12/5/09

Assent: 7/9/09; Act No. 77, 2009

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2008

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert three new identity crime offences in relation to identification information; and allow a victim of identity crime to obtain a certificate which may assist in re-establishing their credit history; Crimes Act 1914 in relation to the administration of justice offences and makes consequential amendments to eight other Acts; Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 to: allow for the delegation of functions and powers to facilitate joint trial arrangements; and provide legal immunity for persons carrying out functions and duties under the Act; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 in relation to certain written notices and the disclosure of sensitive information held by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to: enable the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to use alcohol screening as a preliminary test for all random, targeted investigation and certain incident alcohol testing; and allow the Commissioner to confer awards on other AFP employees; and Judiciary Act 1903 to repeal redundant provisions in relation to eligibility to practice law in the territories. Also makes miscellaneous amendments to the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, Crimes Act 1914, Criminal Code Act 1995 and Privacy Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 23/2/09

Senate: Intro. 10/3/09; 2nd reading adjourned 10/3/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

Long Service Leave Legislation Amendment (Telstra) Bill 2009

Amends the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976, Telstra Corporation Act 1991 and Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Act 2005 to extend the application of the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976 to Telstra pending development of national long service leave arrangements in consultation with the states and territories.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/09; Passed 21/10/09

Senate: Intro. 26/10/09; Passed 29/10/09

SBC report 14/09 (tabled and adopted 17/9/09): No reference

Assent: 16/11/09; Act No. 110, 2009

PS Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: remove all discriminatory references based on sexuality and gender identity; and allow marriage regardless of sex, sexuality and gender equality.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 26/11/09

PS Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill 2008

(Introduced by Senator Nettle —€“ AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to amend the definition of —€˜marriage—€™ to include same-sex couples.

Senate: Intro. 14/2/08; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/08

SBC report 2/08 (tabled and adopted 12/3/08): No reference

Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Bill 2009

Introduced with the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Bill 2009, the bill establishes the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme to provide indemnity insurance to eligible privately practising midwives.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 8/9/09

Senate: Intro. 9/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 9/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; interim report presented 7/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09; extension of time for final report 11/8/09; final report tabled 17/8/09

Reference: Bill and Government amendments referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 23/11/09; report due 1/2/10

Midwife Professional Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Bill 2009

Introduced with the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Bill 2009, the bill imposes the run-off cover support payment as a levy on insurers—€™ premium income for providing insurance cover to eligible midwives.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/09; Passed 8/9/09

Senate: Intro. 9/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 9/9/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee; interim report presented 7/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09; extension of time for final report 11/8/09; final report tabled 17/8/09

Reference: Bill and Government amendments referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 23/11/09; report due 1/2/10

S Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove the liability for immigration detention and related costs for certain persons and liable parties and extinguish all outstanding immigration detention debts; and ensure regulations can no longer prescribe sponsorship undertakings or obligations that include payments to the Commonwealth in relation to the cost of a person—€™s immigration detention.

Senate: Intro. 18/3/09; Discharged from Notice Paper 25/6/09 [but see bill below]

SBC report 4/09 (tabled and adopted 19/3/09): No reference

Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove the liability for immigration detention and related costs for certain persons and liable parties and extinguish all outstanding immigration detention debts; and ensure regulations can no longer prescribe sponsorship undertakings or obligations that include payments to the Commonwealth in relation to the cost of a person—€™s immigration detention.

Reps: Intro. 17/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

Senate: Intro. 11/8/09; Passed 8/9/09

SBC report 9/09 (tabled and adopted 18/6/09): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 FFP/negatived

Assent: 18/9/09; Act No. 85, 2009

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2009

In response to certain recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee—€™s reports A Sanctuary under Review: An Examination of Australia—€™s Refugee and Humanitarian Determination Processes and Administration and operation of the Migration Act 1958 and the Senate Select Committee report Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to introduce complementary protection arrangements to allow all claims that may engage Australia—€™s non-refoulement obligations to be considered under a single protection visa application process.

Reps: Intro. 9/9/09; 2nd reading adjourned 9/9/09

Senate:

SBC report 13/09 (tabled and adopted 10/9/09): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; interim report presented 16/10/09 and tabled 26/10/09; final report presented 19/10/09 and tabled 26/10/09; correction presented 22/10/09 and tabled 26/10/09

S Migration Amendment (Immigration Detention Reform) Bill 2009

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to implement seven Immigration Detention Values to provide the framework for immigration detention.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/09; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/09

SBC report 10/09 (tabled and adopted 25/6/09): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; interim report presented 7/8/09 and tabled 11/8/09; extensions of time for final report 11/8/09, 13/8/09; final report tabled 20/8/09

Migration Amendment (Protection of Identifying Information) Bill 2009

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: ensure all personal identifiers obtained by the department are subject to Part 4A of the Act; and provide that personal information must only be disclosed to the extent necessary in order to obtain help from an individual to identify, authenticate the identity of, or locate the subject, in connection with the administration of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/09; Passed 18/6/09

Senate: Intro. 22/6/09; Passed 25/6/09

SBC report 8/09 (tabled and adopted 17/6/09): No reference

Assent: 8/7/09; Act No. 69, 2009

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Access to Judicial Review of Migration
R Decisions) Bill 2007 [2008]

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett —€“ AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 in relation to access to judicial review of migration decisions.

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 12/3/08

SBC report 3/08 (tabled and adopted 19/3/08): No reference

S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2008 [2009]

(Act citation: Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2009)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify that the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal may invite either orally or in writing, review applicants or third parties to give information; reinstate uniform time limits for applying for judicial review of a migration decision in the Federal Magistrates Court, Federal Court and High Court; and limit the appeals against judgments by the Federal Magistrates Court and the Federal Court that make an order or refuse to make an order to extend time to apply for judicial review of migration decisions.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/08; Passed 4/2/09

SBC report 17/08 (tabled and adopted 4/12/08): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 5/2/09; Passed 12/2/09

Assent: 25/2/09; Act No. 10, 2009

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006 [2008]
R (Introduced by Senator Bartlett —€“ AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to end the mandatory detention of visa applicants and asylum seekers.

Senate: Intro. 7/9/06; 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/06

SBC report 10/06 (tabled and adopted 14/9/06): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 12/3/08