Senate Bills List

Chamber
Senate
Parl No.
46
Date
19 Jul 2019
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties and committees

AG

Australian Greens

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Opp]

Nats

The Nationals [Govt]

CA

Centre Alliance

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

Ind

Independent

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee


Agriculture Legislation Repeal Bill 2019

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Repeals the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Amendment Act 1990, National Residue Survey (Consequential Provisions) Act 1992, Wool International Act 1993 and Wool International Privatisation Act 1999.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/7/19
  • Read a 1st time 2/7/19

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

Amends the: Air Services Act 1995 to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/3/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); extension of time to report 18/6/18; report tabled 16/8/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Cannabis Agency Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale —€“ AG)

Establishes the Australian Cannabis Agency to regulate the production and distribution of recreational cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment (Assisted Reproductive Treatment Statistics) Bill 2019

(Senator Griff —€“ CA)

Amends the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to require accredited assisted reproductive technology (ART) centres to provide certain statistical information to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and require the AIHW to publish this statistical information and a list of non-complying accredited ART centres.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Australian Multicultural Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale —€“ AG)

The bill: enshrines the principles of diversity and multiculturalism; establishes the Australian Multicultural Commission and provides for its functions, powers, constitution, operation and inquiries; and provides for annual reporting requirements for Commonwealth entities.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/8/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to remove ministerial discretion in relation to the approval of research grants administered by the Australian Research Council.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment (Sunsetting of Special Powers Relating to Terrorism Offences) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to extend the operation of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's questioning and detention powers for a further 12 months to 7 September 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Australian Veterans' Recognition (Putting Veterans and Their Families First) Bill 2019

(Veterans' Affairs portfolio)

The bill: provides a general recognition of veterans and their families; sets out the Australian Defence Force Covenant; provides statements that veterans' affairs portfolio legislation will be interpreted with a beneficial intention and that the Commonwealth is committed to working cooperatively with veterans, their families and ex-service organisations to address issues facing veterans; and provides that the Commonwealth may issue pins, cards and other artefacts to veterans and their family members.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

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 provides 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

Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2019

(Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development portfolio)

Amends the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to require the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, in developing and promulgating aviation safety standards, to take into consideration the impacts of costs and the relative risk environment of the different aviation industry sectors.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017

(Senator Di Natale —€“ AG)

Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase, or assisting in the transfer of ownership, of a coal-fired power station.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/17, 19/3/18, 10/9/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report 2/19); report due 2/12/19

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

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Prevention of Exploitation of Indigenous Cultural Expressions) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to make it an offence to supply or offer commercial goods to a consumer that include Indigenous cultural expression unless supplied by, or in accordance with a transparent arrangement with, an Indigenous artist or relevant Indigenous community.

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
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report 2/19); report due 5/12/19

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Truth in Labelling—€”Palm Oil) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon —€“ Nick Xenophon Team)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to require the minister to make an information standard for goods containing palm oil and ensure that the information standard is in force at all times.

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/6/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/17, 17/8/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019

(Senators Griff and Patrick —€“ CA)

Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to provide that the Commonwealth, States and Territories must not limit freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and other media.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019

(Senator Patrick —€“ CA)

Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to: provide the Commonwealth with the power to make laws in relation to the use and management of water resources that extend beyond the limits of a state; and ensure that any Commonwealth law relating to water resources does not have an overall detrimental effect on the environment.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduced with the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019, the bill introduces a temporary exclusion orders scheme to delay Australians of counter-terrorism interest from re-entering Australia.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduced with the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019, the bill amends the: Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 to enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of the temporary exclusion orders scheme; and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to require the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to monitor and review the exercise of powers under the scheme.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to: broaden existing identity check provisions and create offences and powers in relation to identity check, move-on and ancillary directions by constables and protective services officers at Australia's major airports; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to provide that the offence of contravening an identity check or move-on direction is a protective service offence for the purposes of the Act.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce two new offences in relation to the incitement of trespass or property offences on agricultural land.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Customs Amendment (Immediate Destruction of Illicit Tobacco) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to empower the Comptroller-General of Customs to cause tobacco products seized as prohibited imports to be dealt with in a manner he or she considers appropriate, including the immediate destruction of the goods.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale —€“ AG)

Amends the: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to remove the exemption for religious educational institutions to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or relationship status or pregnancy; and Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure that religious exemptions from anti-discrimination provisions do not extend to educational institutions.

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/18, 17/10/18, 18/10/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Environment and Infrastructure Legislation Amendment (Stop Adani) Bill 2017

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to impose additional obligations on the minister in making decisions on approvals and conditions; and Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016 to: require the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to assess whether an entity is a suitable person for the purposes of providing financial assistance for Northern Australia economic infrastructure; and provide that, in undertaking an assessment, the facility consults with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Crime Commission. Also provides for a review of certain existing approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to the Adani group.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/6/17, 15/6/17, 19/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 22/6/17 (SBC report 7/17); report tabled 14/9/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

(Industrial Relations portfolio)

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 to: prohibit terms of a modern award or an enterprise agreement requiring or permitting contributions for the benefit of an employee to be made to any fund other than a superannuation fund, a registered worker entitlement fund or a registered charity; require any term of a modern award or enterprise agreement that names a worker entitlement fund or insurance product to provide for an employee to choose another fund or insurance product; prohibit any term of a modern award, enterprise agreement or contract of employment permitting or requiring employee contributions to an election fund for an industrial association; and prohibit any action with the intent to coerce an employer to pay amounts to a particular worker entitlement fund, superannuation fund, training fund, welfare fund or employee insurance scheme; Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: require registered organisations to have written financial management policies that have been approved by the committee of management; require registered organisations to report certain loans, grants and donations; require specific disclosure by registered organisations of the financial benefits obtained by them and persons linked to them in connection with employee insurance products, welfare fund arrangements and training fund arrangements; introduce a range of new penalties relating to compliance by registered organisations with financial management, disclosure and reporting requirements; and make minor technical amendments; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

(Industrial Relations portfolio)

Amends the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: include certain serious criminal offences as a new category of 'prescribed offence' for the purposes of the automatic disqualification regime in relation to registered organisations; establish an offence for a disqualified person to continue to act as an official or in a way that influences the affairs of an organisation; allow the Federal Court to disqualify officials from holding office in certain circumstances or if they are otherwise not a fit and proper person; allow the Federal Court to cancel the registration of an organisation on a range of grounds; expand the grounds on which the Federal Court may order remedial action to deal with governance issues in an organisation; expressly provide that the Federal Court may appoint an administrator to an organisation or part of an organisation as part of a remedial scheme; introduce a public interest test for amalgamations of registered organisations; and make minor and technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2019

(Agriculture portfolio)

Amends the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to: maintain the farm assets value limit for farm household assistance at $5 million; and ensure that allowable deductions are offset against the type of income to which they relate.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Freedom of Information Legislation Amendment (Improving Access and Transparency) Bill 2018

(Senator Patrick —€“ CA)

Amends the: Archives Act 1983 to require the reporting of external legal expenses incurred by the National Archives of Australia; Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to: ensure that the Information Commissioner holds specified qualifications; and require the separate appointment of the Australian Information Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner; and Freedom of Information Act 1982 to: enable the transfer of Information Commissioner reviewable decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT); require the consistent application of exemptions by decision makers in the context of a review by the Information Commissioner; prevent the Information Commissioner from making FOI decisions if he or she does not hold specified qualifications; prevent agencies from publishing FOI information until at least 10 days after the applicant has received his or her copy of the information; and require the reporting of external legal expenses for each Information Commission or AAT FOI matter that has concluded.

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/8/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 23/8/18 (SBC report 9/18); report presented out of sitting 30/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Health Insurance Amendment (Bonded Medical Programs Reform) Bill 2019

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to introduce a statutory scheme (the Bonded Medical Program) which consolidates the existing Bonded Medical Places and Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship schemes under a single legislative framework.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2019

(Education portfolio)

Introduced with the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2019, the bill amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: implement an application fee for applications for approval as higher education providers whose students are entitled to FEE-HELP assistance; and provide for the collection and administration of the annual charge on higher education providers.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2019

(Education portfolio)

Introduced with the Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2019, the bill amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to impose an annual charge on all higher education providers whose students are entitled to HECS-HELP assistance or FEE-HELP assistance.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Intelligence Services Amendment (Enhanced Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence Agencies) Bill 2018

(Senator Patrick —€“ CA)

Amends the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to expand the functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to include reviewing the activities of Australia's national security and intelligence agencies, subject to certain exclusions.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/8/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 23/8/18 (SBC report 9/18); report tabled 12/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2019

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Amends the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove provisions inserted by the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2019 (the medical transfer provisions) which created a framework for the transfer of transitory persons (and their family members, and other persons recommended to accompany the transitory person) from regional processing countries to Australia for the purposes of medical or psychiatric assessment or treatment; and provide for the removal from Australia, or return to a regional processing country, of transitory persons who are brought to Australia under the medical transfer provisions, once the temporary purpose for which they were brought to Australia is complete.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

(Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: enable the minister to specify groups of applicants who are required to provide one or more personal identifiers to have a valid visa application; render a visa application invalid if the applicant is required to provide one or more personal identifiers but does not provide them; and enable personal identifiers to be provided either by way of an identification test, or by another way specified by the minister.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019

(Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: amend the character test by providing grounds to consider visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been convicted of offences involving violence against a person, weapons, breaching of an apprehended violence order (or similar) or non-consensual sexual acts; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994 to: prevent unauthorised maritime arrivals or transitory persons (referred to as members of the designated regional processing cohort) who were at least 18 years of age and were taken to a regional processing country after 19 July 2013 from making a valid application for an Australian visa; enable the minister to permit a member of the designated regional processing cohort, or a class of persons within the designated regional processing cohort, to make a valid application for a visa if the minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so; and prevent a member of the designated regional processing cohort from being deemed to have been granted a special purpose visa or being deemed to have applied for particular visas under the Migration Regulations 1994.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single Treatment Pathway) Bill 2019

(Veterans' Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to replace the existing two treatment pathways with a single treatment pathway that enables medical treatment to be accessed and provided through a Department of Veterans' Affairs Health Card; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Ministers of State (Checks for Security Purposes) Bill 2019

(Senator Patrick —€“ CA)

Requires the Prime Minister to direct the Director-General of Security to provide a report on matters relating to security arising from examination of the personal background and circumstances of all current and future ministers of state.

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
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report 2/19); report due 11/11/19

Murray-Darling Basin Commission of Inquiry Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Establishes a commission of inquiry, with the same powers as a royal commission, to inquire into the management of the Murray-Darling Basin water resources and related matters.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report 2/19); report due 19/9/19

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Worker Screening Database) Bill 2019

(National Disability Insurance Scheme portfolio)

Amends the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 to establish a database for nationally consistent worker screening for people who provide NDIS supports and services through a registered NDIS provider.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2019

(Health portfolio)

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to: introduce a fee for applications by pharmacists for approval to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines at particular premises; and enable pharmaceutical benefits to continue temporarily to be supplied following bankruptcy or where there is an external administrator in relation to the pharmacy.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

National Rental Affordability Scheme Amendment Bill 2019

(Families and Social Services portfolio)

Amends the National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008 to: expand and clarify the object of the National Rental Affordability Scheme; expressly identify the constitutional powers being relied upon and giving the Act operation within the scope of those constitutional powers; and expand and clarify the power to make regulations under the Act.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill 2017

(Senator Bernardi —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to remove prohibitions on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/11/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/11/17, 30/11/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduced with the Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty Consequential Amendments Bill 2019 to partially implement the Treaty Between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea (New York, 6 March 2018), the bill makes consequential amendments to the Passenger Movement Charge Act 1978 to remove references to the Joint Petroleum Development Area.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Regional Forest Agreements Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2017

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

The bill: repeals the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002; and makes consequential amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/9/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/17, 8/2/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Road Vehicle Standards Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

(Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development portfolio)

Amends the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 and Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2018 to postpone the commencement of the substantive provisions of these Acts.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018

(Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: increase the maximum single rates of newstart allowance, youth allowance (away from home rates only), austudy, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance and crisis payment by $150 a fortnight; standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/9/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/9/18, 18/10/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Unsolicited Communications) Bill 2019

(Senator Griff —€“ CA)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to require voice calls communicating an electoral matter to a person must identify the use of any actors at the beginning of the call; Do Not Call Register Act 2006 to enable consumers who register on the Do Not Call Register to opt out of receiving phone calls from charities; Spam Act 2003 to require political parties to provide an unsubscribe function for all unsolicited electronic communications containing political content; and Telecommunications Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty Consequential Amendments Bill 2019

(Resources and Northern Australia portfolio)

Introduced with the Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty) Bill 2019 to partially implement the Treaty Between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea (New York, 6 March 2018), the bill amends 25 Acts to: permanently delimit the continental shelf boundary and the exclusive economic zone boundary between Australia and Timor-Leste; allow for a future adjustment of the lateral continental shelf boundaries subject to specific conditions being met; and establish the Greater Sunrise Special Regime in the Special Regime Area.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 2) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to allow regulations to provide for exemptions from the Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence requirements for the purposes of testing financial and credit products and services under certain conditions; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to amend the venture capital and early stage investor provisions to ensure that they operate as intended in relation to capital gains tax transactions, managed investment trusts and the early stage investor tax offset; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to amend the definition of public trading trusts. Also provides for an independent review of the operation of the exemptions from the Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence requirements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends: the Corporations Act 2001 to: introduce new criminal offences and civil penalty provisions for company officers that fail to prevent the company from making creditor-defeating dispositions and other persons that facilitate a company making a creditor-defeating disposition; allow liquidators to apply for a court order in relation to a voidable creditor-defeating disposition; enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to make orders to recover, for the benefit of a company's creditors, company property disposed of or benefits received under a voidable creditor-defeating disposition; and prevent directors from improperly backdating resignations or ceasing to be a director when this would leave a company with no directors; the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to collect estimates of anticipated goods and services tax (GST) liabilities and make company directors personally liable for their company's GST liabilities in certain circumstances; the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to authorise the commissioner to retain tax refunds where a taxpayer has failed to lodge a return or provide other information that may affect the amount of a refund; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: require an entity to use the value of the assets, liabilities and equity capital that are used in its financial statements; remove the ability for an entity to revalue its assets specifically for thin capitalisation purposes; and ensure that non-ADI foreign controlled Australian tax consolidated groups and multiple entry consolidated groups that have foreign investments or operations are treated as both outward investing and inward investing entities; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to require offshore suppliers of rights or options to use commercial accommodation in Australia to include these supplies in working out their GST turnover; and A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 to remove liability for luxury car tax from cars that are re-imported following service, repair or refurbishment overseas.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members' Interests First) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to prevent trustees from providing insurance on an opt out basis to members who are under 25 years old and begin to hold a new product on or after 1 October 2019, and to members who hold products with balances below $6000; and Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Senate:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Relief So Working Australians Keep More Of Their Money) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: increase the base and maximum amounts of the low and middle income tax offset to $255 and $1080, respectively, for the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years; and increase the maximum amount of the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 from the 2022-23 financial year; and Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to reduce the tax payable by individuals from the 2022-23 financial year by increasing the top threshold of the 19 per cent income tax bracket from $41 000 to $45 000, and from the 2024-25 financial year by reducing the 32.5 per cent income tax rate to 30 per cent.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/7/19
  • 2nd reading amendments:1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG to Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 5 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 2/7/19

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived
  • Committee amendments: 4 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived
  • Passed 4/7/19

Assent: 5/7/19 (Act No. 52, 2019)

Water Amendment (Indigenous Authority Member) Bill 2019

(Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management portfolio)

Amends the Water Act 2007 to provide for a standing Indigenous member position on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

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