Final Senate Bills List for 2023

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Parl No.
47
Date
14 Dec 2023
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties and committees

AG

Australian Greens

LNP

Liberal National Party of Queensland [Opp]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Govt]

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Opp]

CA

Centre Alliance

Nats

The Nationals [Opp]

CLP

Country Liberal Party [Opp]

PHON

Pauline Hanson—€™s One Nation

Ind

Independent

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

SC

House of Representatives Selection Committee

KAP

Katter—€™s Australia Party

UAP

United Australia Party


Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Amendment (Strengthening Land and Governance Provisions) Bill 2022

(Act citation: Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Amendment (Strengthening Land and Governance Provisions) Act 2023)

(Indigenous Australians portfolio)

Amends: the Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 to: amend the title of the Act to the Aboriginal Land and Waters (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986; exempt certain leases granted by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council from the application of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT); increase the payment amount at which the council is required to seek approval from the minister before entering into a contract; amend the council—€™s governance structure and decision making powers to align more closely with other corporate Commonwealth entities; remove the requirement for the council to enter into an agreement to lease with the Director of National Parks before land in the Booderee National Park can be declared as Aboriginal land; clarify that the functions of the council relate only to registered members and eligible children; and update the wording of the term —€˜physical or mental incapacity—€™; and eight Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/10/22
  • Passed 29/11/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/11/22
  • Committee amendments: 4 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 10/8/23

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 10/8/23

Assent: 21/8/23 (Act No. 57, 2023)

Acts Interpretation Amendment (Aboriginality) Bill 2023

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 in relation to references to a person or member of the Aboriginal race of Australia or a descendant of an indigenous habitant of Australia or the Torres Strait Islands.

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/5/23
  • Negatived at 1st reading 11/5/23, 14/6/23

Administrative Review Tribunal Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Introduced with the Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 1) Bill 2023, the bill establishes the Administrative Review Tribunal as a replacement for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Also re-establishes the Administrative Review Council.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/12/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/23
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 14/12/23

Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 1) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Introduced with the Administrative Review Tribunal Bill 2023, the bill: abolishes the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by repealing the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975; and makes amendments to 138 Acts consequential on the establishment of the Administrative Review Tribunal.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/12/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/23
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 14/12/23

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment (Making Gambling Businesses Accountable) Bill 2022

(Mr Wilkie —€“ Ind)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: require gambling companies to report to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre if they have reason to suspect a person is paying for gambling services with money obtained illegally; and enable the Federal Court to make compensation orders where gambling companies have provided gambling services to a person who they suspect has paid for the gambling service using money obtained illegally.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 5/9/22
  • Removed from Notice Paper 21/3/23

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2022-2023

(Finance portfolio)

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 Supply Act (No. 1) 2022-2023, Supply Act (No. 3) 2022-2023 and Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2022-2023.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/5/23
  • Passed 25/5/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 16/6/23

Assent: 19/6/23 (Act No. 20, 2023)

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2022-2023

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Supply Act (No. 2) 2022-2023, Supply Act (No. 4) 2022-2023 and Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2022-2023.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/5/23
  • Passed 25/5/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 16/6/23

Assent: 19/6/23 (Act No. 21 2023)

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2023-2024

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/5/23
  • Passed 15/6/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/23
  • Passed 22/6/23

Assent: 28/6/23 (Act No. 31, 2023)

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2023-2024

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/5/23
  • Passed 15/6/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/23
  • Passed 22/6/23

Assent: 28/6/23 (Act No. 32, 2023)

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2022-2023

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to appropriations provided for by the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2022-2023, Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 2) 2022-2023 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2022-2023.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/5/23
  • Passed 25/5/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 16/6/23

Assent: 19/6/23 (Act No. 22, 2023)

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2023-2024

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/5/23
  • Passed 15/6/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/23
  • Passed 22/6/23

Assent: 28/6/23 (Act No. 30, 2023)

Attorney-General—€™s Portfolio Miscellaneous Measures Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Corporations Act 2001, Judiciary Act 1903, National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to confer jurisdiction on the Federal Court of Australia to hear and determine a range of summary and indictable offences relating to conduct within the remit of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to enable the Sheriff of the Federal Court to require a state or territory jury official to prepare and provide a jury panel; Marriage Act 1961 to make technical amendments in relation to the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants Program and the notice of intended marriage; and Family Law Act 1975, Native Title Act 1993, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to make minor and technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/23, 28/11/23
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 28/11/23

Senate:

Australia Council Amendment (Creative Australia) Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Gives effect to certain elements of the Government—€™s National Cultural Policy by amending the: Australia Council Act 2013 to: enable the transfer of the functions of Creative Partnerships Australia Ltd to the Australia Council and provide that it may operate as either the Australia Council or Creative Australia; and clarify the constitutional basis for the Act; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove Creative Partnerships as a deductible gift recipient.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/23
  • Passed 8/3/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/3/23
  • Passed 23/3/23

Assent: 11/4/23 (Act No. 15, 2023)

Australia Day Bill 2023

(Mr Pike —€“ LNP)

Declares Australia Day as the national day of Australia to be observed on 26 January each year.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/3/23
  • Removed from Notice Paper 14/11/23

Australian Capital Territory Dangerous Drugs Bill 2023

(Senator Cash —€“ LP)

Provides that the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Act 2022 (ACT) has no force or effect as a law of the Australian Capital Territory.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/9/23
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 19/10/23

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment Bill 2023

(Senator Canavan —€“ Nats)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to require the Australian Capital Territory Government to conduct an inquiry into the Health Infrastructure Enabling Act 2023 (ACT) and report by 30 June 2024.

Senate:

  • Introduced 19/6/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 22/6/23 (SBC report no. 7 of 2023); extension of time to report 8/8/23; report tabled 6/9/23
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 13/9/23

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Repudiation) Bill 2023

(Home Affairs portfolio)

In response to the High Court—€™s judgments in Alexander v Minister for Home Affairs [2022] HCA 19 and Benbrika v Minister for Home Affairs [2023] HCA 33, the bill amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to remove certain invalid provisions and enable the minister to make an application to request that a court exercise its power to make an order to cease a dual citizen—€™s Australian citizenship, where the person has been convicted of a serious offence or offences; Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to provide for reviews; and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 1 Ind (Ms Tink) to Opp negatived; 1 Ind (Ms Daniel) to Ind (Ms Tink) negatived
  • Passed 29/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp agreed to
  • Committee amendments: 5 Opp negatived; 3 Ind (Senator Thorpe) negatived; 6 Ind (Senator David Pocock) negatived
  • Passed 6/12/23

Assent: 7/12/23 (Act No. 109, 2023)

Australian Education Amendment (Save Our Public Schools) Bill 2023

(Senator Allman-Payne —€“ AG)

Amends the Australian Education Act 2013 to: redefine the Commonwealth share of funding for a government school to 25%; and introduce an obligation on the minister to be satisfied when determining the Commonwealth share that it is consistent with the objective that every school-aged child in Australia has access to a fully-funded government school.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/23

Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008 to require the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to ensure that school education provides a balanced presentation of opposing views on political, historical and scientific issues; and Australian Education Act 2013 to make financial assistance to a state or territory conditional on the state or territory having certain laws in force.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/20, 31/8/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 10/12/20 (SBC report no. 12 of 2020); report presented out of sitting 5/7/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/8/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/22

Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Costs Protection) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to insert a modified —€˜equal access—€™ cost protection provision in relation to federal unlawful discrimination court proceedings; and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/23, 28/11/23
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 28/11/23; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/23; bill to be returned to House with unresolved question 7/12/23

Senate:

Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Introduced with the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill establishes a framework to regulate the nuclear safety aspects of Australia—€™s nuclear-powered submarine enterprise.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/23

Senate:

Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Introduced with the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Bill 2023, the bill enables certain licences issued by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency to be treated as Australian naval nuclear power safety licences for the purposes of the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Act 2023.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/23

Senate:

Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Amendment (Disclosure of Information) Bill 2023

(Health and Aged Care portfolio)

Amends the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008 to enable the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, DonateLife Agencies, grant recipients and authorised family members to publish, disseminate or disclose information about deceased organ or tissue donors or recipients without breaching state or territory legislation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/5/23
  • Passed 1/6/23

Senate:

Assent: 21/8/23 (Act No. 58, 2023)

Australian Research Council Amendment (Review Response) Bill 2023

(Education portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: amend the object of the act in relation to the role and mission of the Australian Research Council (ARC); establish the Australian Research Council Board; amend the current funding arrangements; specify new requirements for the ARC annual report; and enable the minister to make transitional rules.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Senate:

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2023

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Security Intelligence Organisations Act 1979 to: provide the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) with additional security vetting and security clearance functions, includin3 to make security clearance decisions for ASIO and non-ASIO personnel and conduct security vetting and assessment on an ongoing basis, to communicate with a sponsoring agency in relation to the ongoing suitability of a person to hold a security clearance, to furnish security clearance suitability assessments (SCSAs), and to assume responsibility for a security clearance granted to a person by another security vetting agency; enable ASIO and security clearance sponsors to share certain information; and provide for internal, independent and external merits review of ASIO—€™s SCSAs and security clearance decisions; Office of National Intelligence Act 2018 to enable the Office of National Intelligence to provide quality assurance, reporting, advice and assistance in relation to the highest-level of security clearances issued by the Commonwealth; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to enable security clearance decisions and SCSAs to be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to update a cross reference.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/3/23
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 30/3/23; report tabled in House of Representatives and Senate 13/6/23
  • Passed 15/6/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/23
  • Passed 22/6/23

Assent: 28/6/23 (Act No. 33, 2023)

Bankruptcy Amendment (Discharge from Bankruptcy) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 to regularise and validate the administrative processes of the Australian Financial Security Authority and its predecessors in relation to determining when a statement of affairs is taken to have been filed for the purposes of a debtor—€™s petition or as required in relation to a sequestration order; and Bankruptcy Regulations 2021 to align the dates that the Official Receiver is required to enter in the National Personal Insolvency Index with the amendments to the Bankruptcy Act 1966.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/11/23
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • Passed 17/11/23

Assent: 22/11/23 (Act No. 94, 2023)

Biosecurity Amendment (Advanced Compliance Measures) Bill 2023

(Agriculture. Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to: enable the Director of Biosecurity to require each person who intends to enter, or enters, Australian territory on an incoming aircraft or vessel to provide information and produce a passport or other travel document for the purpose of assessing the level of biosecurity risk associated with the person and any goods that the person has with them; enable the director to scan any passport or travel document so produced and collect and retain personal information; create a civil penalty provision for persons who do not comply with the requirement to produce a passport or travel document; introduce a procedural fairness requirement for the relevant director to give notice of a proposed variation to the biosecurity industry participant covered by an approved arrangement and invite the participant to given a written submission within 14 days in relation to the proposed variation; streamline existing notice requirements in relation to a proposed suspension or revocation of an approved arrangement; introduce an alternative sanction of a reprimand which may be given if the relevant director does not consider it appropriate to vary, suspend or revoke an approved arrangement after receiving the biosecurity industry participant—€™s written submission; increase civil penalties for certain contraventions or failure to comply with certain requirements; make a technical amendment to clarify the Act—€™s intent; and insert new strict liability offences.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/6/23
  • Passed 2/8/23

Senate:

Assent: 13/9/23 (Act No. 62, 2023)

Brisbane Airport Curfew and Demand Management Bill 2023

(Ms Watson-Brown —€“ AG)

The bill: imposes a curfew and certain related restrictions on aircraft movements at Brisbane Airport; provides for the development of a long term operating plan for managing aircraft movements and airspace at Brisbane Airport; and provides for consultation procedures in certain circumstances. Also makes consequential amendments to the Airports Act 1996 and National Emergency Declaration Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/10/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/23

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Audio Description) Bill 2019

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirement.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Ban on Gambling Advertisements During Live Sport) Bill 2023

(Senator Henderson —€“ LP)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ban gambling advertisements during the broadcast of live sporting events on television, radio and live streaming and for one hour before and after the event.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/6/23, 21/6/23, 22/6/23

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Healthy Kids Advertising) Bill 2023

(Dr Scamps —€“ Ind)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to prohibit the broadcasting of marketing relating to certain food or drink products on television and radio broadcasting services, and online services.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 19/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/23

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Prohibition of Gambling Advertisements) Bill 2023

(Ms Daniel —€“ Ind)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: prohibit the broadcasting of gambling advertisements on certain television and radio broadcasting services; and prohibit the provision of gambling advertisements on certain online content services

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/5/23
  • Removed from Notice Paper 28/11/23

Childhood Gender Transition Prohibition Bill 2023

(Senator Antic —€“ LP, Senator Canavan —€“ Nats, Senator Roberts —€“ PHON and Senator Babet —€“ UAP)

The bill: prohibits health practitioners from performing gender clinical interventions intended to transition a minor—€™s biological sex, subject to limited exemptions; and prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into arrangements involving the expenditure or payment of money that provides or facilitates the provision of such a procedure or treatment.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/23

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Industry Self-Classification and Other Measures) Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the: Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to: enable content providers to use accredited classifiers to self-classify film and computer game content; extend the powers of the Classification Board to quality assure industry self-classification decisions, including revocation of those decisions as necessary; enable the Classification Board to publish a list of approved words and phrases to use in consumer advice, along with guidance on their appropriate use; expand classification exemptions to include films in languages other than English distributed through public libraries; broaden the application of conditional cultural exemptions for classifiable content to include routine exhibitions at approved cultural institutions; and enable certain content that has already been classified under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to be deemed as classified for distribution on other platforms, where no substantial changes have been made to the classifiable content; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 14 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 9/8/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/8/23
  • Passed 4/9/23

Assent: 14/9/23 (Act No. 65, 2023)

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Loot Boxes) Bill 2022

(Mr Wilkie —€“ Ind)

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to: require the Classification Board to classify computer games which contain —€˜loot boxes—€™ as either R 18+ or RC; and require a warning to displayed when games contain loot boxes or similar features.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/11/22
  • Removed from Notice Paper 1/8/23

Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill 2023

(Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Climate Change Act 2022 to: require decision-makers to consider the health and wellbeing of children in Australia when making significant decisions; and require decision-makers not to make significant decisions in relation to the exploration or extraction of coal, oil or natural gas if the decision poses a material risk of harm to the health and wellbeing of children in Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/8/23 (SBC report no. 8 of 2023); extension of time to report 7/8/23; report due 1/3/24

COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

(Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio)

Amends the COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 and 23 other Acts to update references to COAG and Ministerial Councils to reflect the cessation of the Council of Australian Governments and changes to intergovernmental architecture.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2022

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit political donations from the fossil fuel industry, property developers, the tobacco industry, the banking industry, liquor and gambling businesses, pharmaceutical companies and representative organisations for these industries; impose a cumulative limit on political donations from any source of $3,000 per election term; and extend the definition of —€˜gift—€™ to include subscription and membership fees, as well as attendance at fundraising events.

Senate:

  • Introduced 24/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/22, 1/12/22

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Cleaning up Political Donations) Bill 2023

(Mr Wilkie —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: lower the donation disclosure threshold from $13,800 to $1,000 for individual donations and require aggregation under the threshold; expand the definition of —€˜gift—€™; introduce a cap of $50,000 on the total amount of donations a donor can provide during an electoral cycle; require real-time disclosure by gift recipients to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) within two business days of the donation threshold being reached or exceeded; require the AEC to publish donation returns by reporting entities on the Transparency Register as soon as reasonably practicable; introduce an electoral expenditure cap to limit the amount of money that can be spent on federal election campaigns; prohibit political donations from particular industries, including fossil fuel entities, gambling companies, liquor companies and the tobacco industry; and increase certain penalties for corporations.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/23
  • Removed from Notice Paper 5/9/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering the Donation Disclosure Threshold) Bill 2023

(Ms Sharkie —€“ CA)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $16,300 to $1,000 and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold; and expand the definition of —€˜gift—€™ to include electoral expenditure and gift-in-kind to a political entity where the value is over $1,000 and include amounts paid to attend political fundraisers or functions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/6/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/18, 21/6/18
  • Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 25/6/18; extensions of time to report 20/9/18, 28/11/18; report presented out of sitting 29/3/19; report tabled in House of Representatives 2/4/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22
  • Discharged from Notice Paper 8/2/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Real Time Disclosure of Political Donations) Bill 2023

(Ms Sharkie —€“ CA)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: require political parties, state branches of political parties, significant third parties and candidates to provide a notice to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) of political donations received over the disclosure threshold amount of $13,800 within 5 business days of receiving the donation; and require annual returns to be provided to the AEC where political donations made by a single person exceeds the annual disclosure threshold amount.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Voter Protections in Political Advertising) Bill 2023

(Ms Steggall —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit misleading or deceptive electoral or referendum matter.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Stop the Lies) Bill 2022

(Ms Steggall —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit misleading or deceptive electoral or referendum matter; prohibit persons or bodies corporate from deceptively impersonating, or falsely attributing material to, a person, candidate, campaigner, political party or entity; and give the Australian Electoral Commissioner the power to investigate possible breaches, order retractions, publish corrections, and pursue complaints through the courts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/11/22
  • Removed from Notice Paper 1/8/23

Communications Legislation Amendment (Prominence and Anti-siphoning) Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to establish a framework to regulate the accessibility and prominence of free-to-air television services on certain internet connected television devices supplied in Australia; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to expand the anti-siphoning scheme to include online services.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Senate:

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Continuing ACCC Monitoring of Domestic Airline Competition) Bill 2023

(Senator Dean Smith —€“ LP and Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

The bill: amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to continue its price monitoring of domestic air passenger transport services and related goods and services for 3 years; and repeals the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—€”Domestic Air Passenger Transport) Direction 2020.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/23, 8/11/23

Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice) 2023

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Proposes an alteration to the Constitution to recognise First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to make representations to the Parliament and the Executive Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/3/23
  • Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum 30/3/23; report presented to Senate out of sitting 12/5/23; report tabled in House of Representatives 22/5/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 Mr Leeser negatived
  • Passed 31/5/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • Committee amendments: 1 Ind (Senator Thorpe) negatived; 2 Senator Colbeck negatived
  • Passed 19/6/23

[The bill was passed by an absolute majority of each House of the Parliament. The proposal was not approved at the subsequent referendum on 14 October 2023.]

Copyright Legislation Amendment (Fair Pay for Radio Play) Bill 2023

(Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to remove restrictions limiting the Copyright Tribunal from: determining the amount payable to copyright owners, in respect of published sound recordings, to one per cent of the commercial broadcaster—€™s gross earnings; and determining the amount payable by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from to copyright owners, in respect of published sound recordings, to an amount not exceeding 0.5 cents per head of the Australian population.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/23, 9/8/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 10/8/23 (SBC report no. 9 of 2023); report due 20/6/24

Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to: extend the sunset date for certain police powers in relation to terrorism; impose certain requirements on the minister and the Australian Federal Police Commissioner in relation to prescribed security zones; and require a police officer exercising certain powers to inform a person of their right to make a complaint; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to: extend the sunset date for the control order and preventative detention order (PDO) regimes; limit the power to issues control orders to the Federal Court of Australia; align control order conditions with extended supervision conditions; enable the variation of a control order by consent; limit the classes of persons who may be appointed as an issuing authority for PDOs to superior court judges; provide for annual report requirements; and extend the operation of provisions in relation to unauthorised disclosure of information by Commonwealth officers. Also makes consequential amendments to 3 Acts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 10/8/23
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 10/8/23; report tabled in House of Representatives and Senate 19/10/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 19/10/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/11/23
  • Passed 14/11/23

Assent: 24/11/23 (Act No. 96, 2023)

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Prohibited Hate Symbols and Other Measures) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 to: establish criminal offences for the public display of prohibited Nazi and Islamic State symbols and the trading of goods that bear a prohibited Nazi or Islamic State symbol; establish criminal offences for using a carriage service for violent extremist material and possessing or controlling violent extremist material obtained or accessed using a carriage service; Criminal Code Act 1995 to: expand the offence of advocating terrorism to include instructing on the doing of a terrorist act and praising the doing of a terrorist act in specified circumstances; and increase the maximum penalty for the offence of advocating terrorism from 5 to 7 years imprisonment; and Criminal Code Act 1995 and Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 to remove the sunsetting requirement for instruments which list terrorist organisations and bolster safeguards.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/6/23
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 21/6/23; report tabled in House of Representatives 15/11/23 and Senate 16/11/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 34 Govt agreed to; 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 30/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/12/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 AG negatived; 1 Ind (Senator David Pocock) negatived; 1 Ind (Senator Thorpe) negatived
  • Committee amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 6 AG negatived; 3 PHON negatived
  • Passed 6/12/23

Assent: 11/12/23 (Act No. 113, 2023)

COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2022

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Prohibits discrimination based on a person—€™s COVID-19 vaccination status by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, statutory authorities, local governments, and private enterprises.

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 9/2/23 (SBC report no. 1 of 2023); extension of time to report 15/6/23; report presented out of sitting 25/8/23

Creative Australia Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Introduced with the Creative Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill establishes Creative Australia by providing for the body corporate previously known as the Australia Council to continue in existence under the name Creative Australia with expanded functions, responsibilities and a new governance structure.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/5/23
  • Passed 1/6/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • Passed 16/6/23

Assent: 23/6/23 (Act No. 24, 2023)

Creative Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Introduced with the Creative Australia Bill 2023, the bill: repeals the Australia Council Act 2013; and provides for transitional provisions relating to the establishment of Creative Australia.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/5/23
  • Passed 1/6/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • Passed 16/6/23

Assent: 23/6/23 (Act No. 25, 2023)

Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: clarify the application of civil penalties to ongoing failure to enrol with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) before providing a designated service; allow automated decision-making for certain decisions; and reinstate protections on the use and disclosure of sensitive AUSTRAC information in connection with courts and tribunal proceedings; Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to relocate a penalty for non compliance with the provision to which it relates; Crimes Act 1914 to: replace references to —€˜judicial officer—€™ with —€˜bail authority—€™; and make minor amendments to rectify incorrect referencing; Criminology Research Act 1971 to provide that the appointment of the Commonwealth representative to the Criminology Research Advisory Council can be made by designation of a position; Foreign Evidence Act 1994 to make technical amendments relating to the use of foreign material in Australian proceedings; International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 to: provide that the Attorney-General may refuse consent to a request or application for transfer to or from Australia at an earlier stage in the process; and make minor technical amendments; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to expand the existing mandatory ground of refusal regarding torture; Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to expand the matters on which jurisdictional public interest monitors can make submissions; and Witness Protection Act 1994 to: ensure that past participants of Australian Federal Police (AFP) witness protection programs are covered by the Act; enable participants to be temporarily suspended from the National Witness Protection Program where the AFP is unable to provide them with protection or assistance; and make minor and technical amendments. Also amends five Acts to update references to the South Australian Independent Commission Against Corruption.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/3/23
  • Passed 11/5/23

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 10/5/23; report tabled 14/6/23
  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • Committee amendments: 6 Govt agreed to; 5 AG negatived; 1 Ind (Senator Thorpe) negatived
  • Passed 4/9/23

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 4/9/23

Assent: 13/9/23 (Act No. 63, 2023)

Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment (Omnibus No. 2) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to clarify the Attorney-General—€™s duty to make, or refuse to make, a parole order after the non-parole period has ended; Criminal Code Act 1995, Customs Act 1901 and Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to enhance import controls on substances that are commonly used as illicit drugs and precursors but which also have legitimate uses in industry (dual-use substances). Also validates things done in reliance on certain authorisations or determinations by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Board.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/11/23
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • Passed 17/11/23

Assent: 27/11/23 (Act No. 98, 2023)

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: extend the foreign bribery offence to include the bribery of candidates for public office and bribery conducted to obtain a personal advantage; remove the requirement that a benefit or business advantage be —€˜not legitimately due—€™ and replace it with the concept of —€˜improperly influencing—€™ a foreign public official; remove the requirement that the foreign public official be influenced in the exercise of their official duties; clarify that the foreign bribery offence does not require the prosecution to prove that the accused had a specific business, or business or personal advantage, in mind, and that the business, or business or personal advantage, can be obtained for someone else; and create an offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to preserve the existing rule which prohibits a person from claiming as a deduction for a loss or outgoing a bribe to a foreign public official.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • Passed 5/9/23

Senate:

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Ransomware Action Plan) Bill 2022

(Mrs Andrews —€“ LP)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: amend the geographical jurisdiction provision for computer offences; introduce standalone offences for extortive conduct associated with ransomware and dealing with data obtained by unauthorised access or modification; introduce aggravated offences relating to cyber attacks on critical infrastructure assets and producing, supplying or obtaining data under arrangement for payment; and increase maximum penalties for certain other computer offences; Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to ensure that existing information gathering powers and freezing orders in relation to financial institutions can also be exercised in relation to digital currency exchanges; and Crime Act 1914 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to ensure that law enforcement agencies can seize digital assets (including cryptocurrency) discovered during the execution of a warrant and suspected to be proceeds of crime.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/9/22
  • Removed from Notice Paper 28/3/23

Criminal Code Amendment (Inciting Illegal Disruptive Activities) Bill 2023

(Senator Antic —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce three new offences relating to the incitement of trespass, property damage or theft and unlawful obstruction of traffic in central business districts and other centres of significant business or cultural activity in Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/23

Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2023

(Senator Cash —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to prohibit a person from knowingly, and without reasonable excuse, displaying a Nazi symbol.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/23; extension of time to report 30/3/23; report presented out of sitting 18/5/23

Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Mr Leeser —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to prohibit a person from knowingly, and without reasonable excuse, displaying a Nazi symbol.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/5/23
  • Removed from Notice Paper 28/11/23

Crown References Amendment Bill 2023

(Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio)

Amends 29 Acts to update certain references associated with the Crown to reflect the accession of a new Sovereign.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 KAP negatived
  • Passed 27/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/23

Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Forced Labour) Bill 2022

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods that are produced in whole or in part by forced labour.

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/22

Customs Amendment Bill 2022

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to remove a duplicate definition.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/7/22
  • Read a 1st time 26/7/22

Customs Amendment (Preventing Child Labour) Bill 2023

(Senator Roberts —€“ PHON)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit a person from importing goods involving child labour into Australia in certain circumstances where the importer has not complied with a notice in relation to the goods.

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Customs Legislation Amendment (Commercial Greyhound Export and Import Prohibition) Bill 2021

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Amends the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 and Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 to prohibit the export and import of greyhounds for racing, breeding and commercial purposes.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/9/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 11/5/23 (SBC report no. 5 of 2023); extension of time to report 16/6/23; report tabled 19/10/23

Customs Legislation Amendment (Controlled Trials and Other Measures) Bill 2022

(Act citation: Customs Legislation Amendment (Controlled Trials and Other Measures) Act 2023)

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to establish a framework to facilitate time-limited trials of trade and customs practices and technologies, with approved entities, in a controlled regulatory environment; Australian Border Force Act 2015 to provide that the Comptroller-General of Customs—€™ powers to make rules in relation to controlled trials cannot be delegated; and Customs Act 1901, Customs Regulations 2015 and Customs Tariff Act 1995 to make technical amendments to customs legislation, including to provide that Notices of Intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations will not be subject to disallowance under the Legislation Act 2003.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/22
  • Passed 9/2/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/23
  • Committee amendments: 2 AG negatived
  • Passed 5/9/23

Assent: 14/9/23 (Act No. 66, 2023)

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2023

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide for an increase in customs duties for goods that are the produce or manufacture of Russia or Belarus imported into Australian between 25 April 2022 and 24 October 2023; provide for a free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are the produce or manufacture of Ukraine imported between 4 July 2022 and 3 July 2023; permanently extend the free rate of customs duty for certain prescribed medical products and hygiene products; provide for a free rate of customs duty for certain electric and low emission vehicles with a customs value less than the luxury car tax threshold imported into Australia on or after 1 July 2022; and correct tariff references for blood-grouping reagents and herbicides, anti-sprouting products and plant-growth regulators following their reclassification.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/3/23
  • Passed 29/3/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/23
  • Passed 22/6/23

Assent: 28/6/23 (Act No. 34, 2023)

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill (No. 2) 2023

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide that goods covered by the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the European Space Agency for a Co-operative Space Vehicle Tracking Program are eligible for a free rate of customs duty; extend for a further year the free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are the produce or manufacture of Ukraine; provide a free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are imported for use in connection with an international sporting event; and extend for a further 2 years the increase in customs duties for imported goods that are the produce or manufacture of Russia or Belarus.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/23

Customs Tariff Amendment (Product Stewardship for Oil) Bill 2023

(Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water portfolio)

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Product Stewardship for Oil) Bill 2023, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: increase the specific rate of customs duty imposed on the import of petroleum based oils and their synthetic equivalents from 8.5 cents to 14.2 cents per litre or kilogram; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Customs Tariff Amendment (Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Act 2022.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/5/23
  • Passed 1/6/23

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 25/5/23; report tabled 13/6/23
  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 22/6/23

Assent: 28/6/23 (Act No. 35, 2023)

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2020

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

Defence Amendment (Safeguarding Australia—€™s Military Secrets) Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework to regulate the work that certain former defence staff members (foreign work restricted individuals) can perform without a foreign work authorisation; and the training that Australian citizens and permanent residents, other than foreign restricted individuals, may provide without a foreign work authorisation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/23

Defence Capability Assurance and Oversight Bill 2023

(Senator Fawcett —€“ LP)

The bill: establishes the Defence Capability Assurance Agency as an statutory authority to conduct capability assurance of defence materiel programs and establish a qualified workforce to conduct test and evaluation and risk assessments for defence materiel programs; establishes the Inspector-General of Defence Capability Assurance to provide oversight of the Defence Department, the Defence Force and the Defence Capability Assurance Agency; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Defence to provide overs