Senate Bills List

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Senate
Parl No.
45
Date
22 Mar 2019
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties, stages and committees

AC

Australian Conservatives

LDP

Liberal Democratic Party

AG

Australian Greens

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Opp]

Nats

The Nationals [Govt]

CA

Centre Alliance (formerly Nick Xenophon Team)

NXT

Nick Xenophon Team

DHJP

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

FFP

Family First Party

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

Ind

Independent

SC

House of Representatives Selection Committee

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

UAP

United Australia Party

KAP

Katter's Australian Party


A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018

(Mr Clare MP —€“ ALP)

The bill: prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions; requires the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles; prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia; requires the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and provides for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/10/18

A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018 [No. 2]

(Senator Carr —€“ ALP)

The bill: prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions; requires the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles; prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia; requires the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and provides for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/10/18
  • 2nd reading agreed to 12/11/18

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Amendment (Make Electricity GST Free) Bill 2017

(Senator Leyonhjelm —€“ LDP)

Amends the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to remove goods and services tax from the supply of electricity.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/9/17
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 7/9/17
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/8/18

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2018

(Act citation: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 2019)

(Previous title: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2017)

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to: enable certain Kakadu and Urapunga land to be granted as Aboriginal land; and provide for the leaseback of the Kakadu land to the Director of National Parks.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/12/17
  • Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed
  • Passed 26/11/18

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/11/18
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 19/2/19

Assent: 12/3/19 (Act No. 9, 2019)

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Land Scheduling) Bill 2018

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to enable an area of land that is detailed in the Ammaroo Indigenous Land Use Agreement, National Native Title Tribunal Number DI2014/003 (Ammaroo Land), to be granted as Aboriginal land.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/12/18
  • Passed 14/2/19

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/19
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 20/2/19; 2nd reading agreed to 21/2/19; Bill to be reported to House without amendment 21/2/19

Aged Care Amendment (Movement of Provisionally Allocated Places) Bill 2019

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to enable the Secretary of the Department of Health (or their delegates) to allow approved providers of residential aged care to move provisionally allocated residential aged care places from one region to another, within a state or territory.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19

Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017

(Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to prescribe a mandated ratio of skilled staff to care recipients in government-funded aged care residential facilities.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/9/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17, 7/9/17

Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to require approved residential care service providers to notify the secretary of the ratios of aged care recipients to staff members, broken down into categories of staff members, on a quarterly basis.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 20/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 20/8/18, 18/2/19
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee 22/8/18 (SC report no. 29); report tabled 12/2/19

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to simplify reporting requirements for annual returns; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: enable the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to manage errors in an application at the preliminary assessment stage, grant part of a variation application, and vary a label approval where that approval is suspended; enable the APVMA and Food Standards Australia New Zealand to agree on appropriate timeframes for notifications about variations to the Maximum Residue Limits Standard; and clarify that the 'expiry date' is the date after which a chemical product must not be used; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: establish civil pecuniary penalties for providing false or misleading information; and make minor and technical amendments, including the removal of redundant provisions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/10/17
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 12/2/18

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/18, 13/2/19

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 in relation to: approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; the definition of 'registered chemical product'; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; supply of registered chemical products with unapproved label; variation of approval of registration during suspension; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; notice requirements for notices provided to Food Standards Australia New Zealand by the APVMA; and amendment of an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: enable the APVMA to prescribe an accreditation scheme for third party assessment providers; and make minor and machinery changes including the removal of unnecessary and redundant provisions; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 to align the timing of reviews of agvet legislation. Also repeals the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014.

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

Introduced with the Excise Levies Legislation Amendment (Honey) Bill 2016, the bill amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to cease the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: amend the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia New Zealand; and amend an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code; Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: remove the requirements for an export licence to export meat by-products and for certain documents to be tabled; and repeal obsolete provisions; Biosecurity Act 2015 to make minor technical amendments; Dairy Produce Act 1986, Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to remove the requirements for certain documents to be tabled; Farm Household Support Act 2014 to remove the ability of the secretary to delegate their general rule-making power; Fisheries Administration Act 1991 to cease the Fishing Industry Policy Council; Fisheries Management Act 1991 to: enable the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to renew an existing permit without existing permit holders needing to re-apply; transfer the functions of the Statutory Fishing Rights Allocation Review Panel to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and cease the panel; and remove the text of the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America; Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 to enable the secretary to delegate certain powers; Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for the chairs of the statutory research and development corporations; and Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Act 2016 to clarify dates for water-related reviews and change a commencement date. Also repeals the Rural Adjustment Act 1992 to cease the National Rural Advisory Council, makes consequential amendments to the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997 and repeals 12 redundant Acts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 1/12/16
  • Passed 13/2/17

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/17

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

Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018

(Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG, Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP and Senator Storer —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997, Export Control Act 1982 and proposed Export Control Act 2018 to restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer months of July, August or September in a five year transitional period, or at any time after that period, where the voyage is by ship and of duration exceeding 10 days, and where a place in that voyage is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea (regardless of whether it is the final destination).

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/6/18
  • Passed 10/9/18

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 10/9/18
  • Read a 1st time 10/9/18

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2018-2019

(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 Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2018-2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19, 19/2/19

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

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) 2018-2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2018-2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Appointment of Directors) Bill 2018

(Senator Storer —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to insert additional requirements in relation to the process for appointing non-executive directors to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/18, 15/11/18

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to expand the existing statutory duty of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board by including the requirement to be 'fair' and 'balanced' in relation to the gathering and presentation of news and information by the ABC.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/11/17 (SBC report 13/17); progress report presented out of sitting 9/2/18; extension of time to report 12/2/18; final report presented out of sitting 16/2/18

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Regional Australia) Bill 2017

(Senator Burston —€“ UAP)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to provide that at least 35 per cent of the money of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation applied in a financial year is applied in making payments to persons in regional, rural or remote parts of Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/8/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/17

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: require the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to maintain three domestic shortwave transmission services for the Northern Territory that were operating up until 31 January 2017; and maintain an international shortwave radio transmission service for Papua New Guinea and parts of the Pacific.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/17, 17/8/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/2/17 (SBC report 2/17); extension of time to report 9/5/17; report tabled 9/8/17

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015

(Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Charter in relation to the delivery of services to rural and regional Australia in each state and territory; impose certain requirements on the ABC and the ABC Board; and provide for the establishment, functions and membership of the Rural and Regional Advisory Council.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/12/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/15
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15 (SBC report 16/15); interim report presented out of sitting 5/5/16
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/9/16
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/9/16 (SBC report 6/16); extensions of time to report 8/11/16, 7/2/17, 21/3/17; interim report presented out of sitting 31/3/17; final report presented out of sitting 13/4/17

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2017

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter to require the ABC to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of regional and national identity, and inform and entertain, and reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of, the Australian community; require the ABC Board to have two members with a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional area through business, industry or community involvement; establish a Regional Advisory Council to advise the ABC Board; and require the ABC Board to report annually on a range of additional matters, including the total number of individuals employed in regional and metropolitan areas, and the journalist to support staff ratio of employees.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/11/17 (SBC report 13/17); report presented out of sitting 16/2/18

Australian Business Securitisation Fund Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Establishes the Australian Business Securitisation Fund (ABSF), and establishes and credits $2 billion to the ABSF special account, to increase the availability, and reduce the cost, of finance to small and medium enterprises (SME) by making targeted interventions in the SME securitisation market.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19

Senate:

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

Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

(Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion and provides for: the director to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; the director's powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening the Citizenship Loss Provisions) Bill 2018

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: remove the requirement that a person be sentenced to 6 or more years of imprisonment for a relevant terrorism offence to be eligible to lose their Australian citizenship; and replace the current requirement that a person is a national or citizen of a country other than Australia at the time the minister makes a determination that the person ceases to be an Australian citizen with the requirement that, if the minister were to determine that the person ceases to be an Australian citizen, the minister is satisfied the person will not become a person who is not a national or citizen of any country.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/11/18
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 28/11/18; report tabled in House of Representatives and Senate 14/2/19

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of 'spouse' and 'de facto partner'; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; the bar on approval of citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and Migration Act 1958 to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/2/18 (SBC report 2/18); extension of time to report 3/12/18; report presented out of sitting 15/3/19

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016

(Justice portfolio)

Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by: amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC's functions, including carrying out, sharing and publishing of criminology research, and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the Criminology Research Act 1971 to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/9/16
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Senate:

Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017

(Senator Burston —€“ UAP)

Amends the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to: require the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake a preliminary assessment of a complaint before proceeding to a full inquiry and attempt to conciliate; set out the steps of the preliminary assessment process; and provide for the termination of a complaint at any time during the preliminary assessment process.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/17, 16/2/17

Australian Human Rights Commission Repeal (Duplication Removal) Bill 2018

(Senator Bernardi —€“ AC)

Repeals the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/18

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

Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018

(Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio)

Amends the Australian Passports Act 2005 to enable the minister to make Australian travel document data available for the purposes of, and by the automated means intrinsic to, the identity-matching services to which the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed in the Intergovernmental Agreement on Identity Matching Services, agreed by COAG on 5 October 2017.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/18
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 6/3/18

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

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia's Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019

(Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation portfolio)

Implements certain recommendations of the Report of the Review of Australia's Sports Integrity Arrangements (the Wood review) by amending the: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 and Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 to abolish the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel; and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 to: extend statutory protection against civil actions to national sporting organisations and their staff in the exercise of anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) functions; extend the current protection that allows an entrusted person to resist production of protected information to a court or tribunal to any person in possession of protected information; change the statutory threshold at which the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO may issue a disclosure notice from 'reasonably believes' (that a person has information, documents or things that may be relevant to administration of the national anti-doping scheme) to 'reasonably suspects'; allow a person entitled to inspect or view a document produced pursuant to a disclosure notice to do so only at such times and places as the CEO thinks appropriate; increase the penalty for non-compliance with a disclosure notice from 30 to 60 penalty units; and provide that a person is not excused from complying with the requirement to answer a question, give information or provide a document or thing on the grounds that doing so may incriminate them or expose them to a penalty.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19

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.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19

Senate:

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive Component Industry) Bill 2015

(Senators Rice and Simms —€“ AG)

Amends the: Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to: broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to: broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/11/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Banking Amendment (Rural Finance Reform) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to impose certain obligations and requirements on authorised deposit-taking institutions in relation to loans of up to $5 million to small primary production businesses.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/2/19
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Economics Committee 21/2/19 (SC report no. 36)

Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Enforces the separation of retail commercial banking activities involving the holding of deposits from wholesale and investment banking activities, such as financial advice, wealth management, stock broking and insurance.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 14/2/19 (SBC report 1/19); report due 13/5/19

Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends the Bankruptcy Act 1966 to: provide that, where a bankrupt becomes a bankrupt again, the income contribution obligations and contribution assessment period for the first bankruptcy will cease; provide that ceasing income contributions to a trustee in an earlier bankruptcy in the event of a second bankruptcy does not limit the ability of the trustee in the later bankruptcy to exercise certain powers; amend notification requirements to provide that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt must notify the trustee within 10 business days of changes to their name, address and phone number during the 'prescribed period'; clarify the period for which eligible discharged bankrupts must continue to make income contribution payments to the bankrupt estate; extend the requirement to make certain income contribution payments to persons who are eligible to make these payments, but have been automatically discharged after one year; ensure that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt will ordinarily be liable for income contributions for at least three contribution assessment periods; provide that determinations regarding supervised account regimes apply post discharge and throughout the contribution assessment periods, and only cease when the bankrupt is no longer liable to pay a contribution; extend the obligations and duties on a bankrupt to keep and produce records of income, employment and financial transactions or dealings; provide for an automatic discharge after one year of bankruptcy and related transitional arrangements; and enable the extension of a period of bankruptcy on the basis of an objection by a trustee or official receiver.

Senate:

  • Introduced 19/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/11/17 (SBC report 14/17); extension of time to report 19/3/18; report tabled 21/3/18

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the '75% audience reach rule', which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the '2 out of 3 cross-media control rule', which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 1/9/16
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 30/11/16

Senate:

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

Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019, Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill amends the Business Names Registration (Fees) Act 2011 to allow the registrar to collect fees related to the performance of registry functions or the exercise of a registry power.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19

Senate:

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Bill 2017

(Environment and Energy portfolio)

Amends the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 to: remove the obligation to obtain consent of eligible interest holders from existing area-based emissions-avoidance projects; clarify that state and territory government Crown lands ministers and Commonwealth ministers responsible for land rights legislation have consent rights for projects conducted on exclusive possession native title land that is Torrens system land or land rights land; provide for legislative rules or regulations to allow parts of a sequestration offsets project to be removed and credits surrendered for the carbon stored in that area; ensure a sequestration project's net total liability under the scheme does not include credits issued for emissions avoidance or credits that have already been relinquished; clarify that requirements to relinquish carbon credits if carbon stores are lost apply to sequestration projects that store carbon and avoid emissions; provide for projects to transfer between methods so as to move between emissions-avoidance and sequestration; ensure that relinquishment requirements apply to projects whose crediting period extends beyond their permanence period; and allow legislative rules or regulations to provide for the removal of regulatory approval or consent conditions on declarations obtained after the end of the first reporting period for the project.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/17

Senate:

Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

(Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Amends the: Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to: require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/3/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2019

(Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 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.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/2/19

Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Carbon Capture and Storage) Bill 2017

(Environment and Energy portfolio)

Amends the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to remove the prohibition on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in carbon capture and storage technologies.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 31/5/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/17

Senate:

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

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2018

(Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase of, or providing indirect assistance to, a coal-fired power station.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/12/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/18

Coal Prohibition (Quit Coal) Bill 2019

(Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to limit, and prohibit from 2030, the importation and exportation of thermal coal unless it is being used for research, analysis or display; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/2/19

Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017

(Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio)

Amends the: Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 to: remove the five-voyage minimum requirement to apply for a temporary licence; allow the minister to determine that consultation must be undertaken on the movement of certain kinds of cargoes and passengers when applied for under a temporary licence or a variation to a temporary licence; create a single variation process for temporary licences; provide that notifications are only required when voyage details have changed from that approved on a licence; amend the tolerance provisions for temporary licence voyages; allow for temporary licences to be issued in emergency situations; amend the definition of 'coastal trading' to include voyages commencing and concluding at the same port, ships engaged in dry-docking, and voyages between ports and other defined places in Australian waters; allow vessels to be covered by a coastal trading licence while dry-docking; clarify that applications for a variation to a temporary licence must be made by the temporary licence holder and that agents may apply for a temporary licence on behalf of vessel owners or masters; and require temporary licence holders to provide a vessel's International Maritime Organization number in voyage reports; and Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/9/17
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 14 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 15/8/18

Senate:

Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Implements a number of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by amending the: Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 to: introduce two new offences, and related defences, court rules and protections, for failure to protect a child at risk of a child sexual abuse offence and failure to report child sexual abuse; and introduce a new offence, and related defences and changes to the definition of 'child pornography material', of possessing a doll or other object that resembles a child or part of a child intended to be used by a person to simulate sexual intercourse; Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the import and export of child-like sex dolls and similar objects; Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to allow applications for the emergency authorisation for use of a surveillance device to be made in relation to the new offence of possession of child-like sex dolls or other objects; Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to provide that the new offence of possession of child-like sex dolls or other objects is a serious offence for the purposes of that Act; Criminal Code Act 1995 to: introduce two new offences, and related presumptions and defences, for the possession or control of both 'child pornography material' and 'child abuse material' in the form of data held in a computer or on a data storage device; provide that the existing offence of persistent sexual abuse of a child outside Australia applies to the commission of two or more separate occasions of underlying child sex offences overseas over any period of time; amend the existing definition of 'forced marriage' to explicitly capture all marriages involving children under 16; remove the rebuttable presumption that a person under 16 is presumed to be incapable of understanding the nature and effect of a marriage ceremony; require the Attorney-General's consent to commence proceedings in relation to the offences of causing a person to enter a forced marriage and being a party to a forced marriage; clarify that forced marriage offences involving a child under 16 will automatically attract the aggravated maximum penalty of nine years' imprisonment; and narrow the existing defence to offences involving engaging in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity with a child or young person outside Australia, and procuring or 'grooming' a child for sexual activity outside Australia; and Crimes Act 1914, Criminal Code Act 1995, Customs Act 1901 and Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Act 2019 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Act 2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 14/2/19 (SBC report 1/19); report presented out of sitting 22/3/19

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Transparency) Bill 2016

(Senator Farrell —€“ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; 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 declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate:

  • Introduced 28/11/16
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/11/16

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

(Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/12/14
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14, 3/3/16
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

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 due 29/3/19

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2016

(Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or 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; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/3/16
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 3/3/16 (SBC report 3/16); report due 17/6/16
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

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

(Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/3/14
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment (Restoring the Debt Ceiling) Bill 2018

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to limit the amount the government can borrow, by providing that the Australian Office of Financial Management cannot issue further stock if it would result in the value of stock and securities on issue to be an amount greater than 35% of Australia's gross domestic product.

Senate:

  • Introduced 25/6/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/18

Commonwealth Places and Services (Facial Recognition) Bill 2018

(Senator Bernardi —€“ AC)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in Commonwealth places and territories in prescribed circumstances, including while attending a Centrelink office and while participating in a citizenship ceremony.

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/9/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/18

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017

(Social Services portfolio)

Introduced with the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017, the bill implements the Commonwealth's response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's Redress and Civil Litigation Report by: establishing the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse to operate for a 10-year period from 1 July 2018; providing a payment of up to $150 000 to survivors; providing access to counselling and psychological services to survivors; and facilitating a direct personal response to survivors from the responsible institution, should the survivor request one.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/17

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 30/11/17 (SBC report 14/17); progress report presented out of sitting 13/3/18; extension of time to report 19/3/18; final report tabled 28/3/18

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

(Social Services portfolio)

Introduced with the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 to provide that payments made under the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse are exempt from the income test; Bankruptcy Act 1966 to ensure that payments made under the Commonwealth redress scheme are quarantined from the divisible property of a bankrupt; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997 to exempt decisions made under the Commonwealth redress scheme from judicial review.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/17

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 30/11/17 (SBC report 14/17); progress report presented out of sitting 13/3/18; extension of time to report 19/3/18; final report tabled 28/3/18

Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019, Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill: provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the registrar; and sets the framework for protecting and disclosing information held by the registrar.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19

Senate:

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2018

(Previous title: Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017)

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; and amend two statutory publication requirements; National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to provide that NBN Co may dispose of surplus non-communications goods; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove duplication in the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/3/17
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 7 Govt/passed
  • Passed 28/2/18

Senate:

  • Introduced 19/3/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/18

Communications Legislation Amendment (Executive Remuneration) Bill 2017

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989, Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co.

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/3/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/17, 17/8/17

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

(Senator Milne —€“ AG and Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and Imported Food Control Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/2/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

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

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

(Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

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

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Amendment (Strengthening Governance and Transparency) Bill 2018

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 to: make a number of changes in relation to corporations recognised under the Act (CATSI corporations) regarding: classification of CATSI corporations; the making of constitutions; review of financial reports; subsidiaries and other entities; meeting and reporting obligations; members and membership; key management personnel; related party transactions; special administration; voluntary deregistration; investigation and enforcement; publication of notices; independent directors; qualified privilege for auditors; resolutions; unanimous requests for special administration; insolvency; and conflicting duties under state or territory legislation; and make minor technical amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/12/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 6/12/18 (SBC report 15/18); report presented out of sitting 11/2/19

Corporations Amendment (Modernisation of Members Registration) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to require an email address to be included on a register of members of a company or registered scheme.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/6/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 22/6/17 (SBC report 7/17); report tabled 11/9/17

Corporations Amendment (Strengthening Protections for Employee Entitlements) Bill 2018

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: strengthen enforcement and recovery options to deter and penalise company directors and other persons who engage in, or facilitate, transactions that are aimed at preventing, avoiding or significantly reducing employer liability for employee entitlements in insolvency; enable the recovery of unpaid employee entitlements of an insolvent company from certain entities in limited circumstances; and enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to disqualify company directors and other officers (either directly or on application to the Court), where they have a track record of corporate contraventions and inappropriately using the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme to pay outstanding employee entitlements; and Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 20/9/18
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 CA to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 24/10/18

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/18

Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019, Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill amends the Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 to allow the registrar to collect fees related to the performance of registry functions or the exercise of a registry power.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19

Senate:

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to: introduce a presumption against parole for persons charged with or convicted of a terrorism offence (or previously charged with or convicted of certain offences), persons subject to a control order and persons who have made statements or carried out activities supporting, or advocating support for, terrorist acts; and provide that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration, with the protection of the community the paramount consideration, when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to rebut the presumption against bail where the person is under the age of 18 years, when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to justify a departure from the minimum non-parole period for a terrorism offence where the offender is under the age of 18 years, and when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to justify the release of a terrorist offender or terrorism-related offender on parole; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to: provide that terrorist offenders serving a term of imprisonment for a terrorism offence and another offence are eligible for consideration of a continuing detention order (CDO) at the conclusion of their term; and provide that the requirement to provide a complete copy of a CDO application to a terrorist offender is subject to any court orders made relating to the protection of information in the application or any certificate issued by the Attorney-General under the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 20/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 20/2/19
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 20/2/19

Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduces a temporary exclusion orders scheme to delay Australians of counterterrorism interest from re-entering Australia.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/2/19
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 21/2/19

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017

(Justice portfolio)

Amends: the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official's duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be 'not legitimately due' with the concept of 'improperly influencing' a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme which will enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/12/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/12/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 7/12/17 (SBC report 15/17); report presented out of sitting 20/4/18

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2018

(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 12/9/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/18
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 13/9/18; report tabled in House of Representatives 13/2/19 and Senate 14/2/19

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017

(Justice portfolio)

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to: insert community safety as a factor that can be taken into account to revoke the parole of a federal offender without notice; remove the requirement to seek leave before a recorded interview of a vulnerable witness can be admitted as evidence in chief; remove the requirement for vulnerable witnesses to be available to give evidence at committal proceedings; introduce mandatory minimum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and offenders; require a court to state and record the reasons for granting bail; insert a presumption against bail for certain Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert additional factors which must be taken into account when sentencing federal offenders; require the court to have regard to certain rehabilitation considerations when sentencing Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert presumptions in favour of cumulative sentences and actual terms of imprisonment for Commonwealth child sex offenders; impose certain requirements on Commonwealth child sex offenders under a recognizance release order; add 'residential treatment orders' as a sentencing alternative for intellectually disabled offenders; allow certain information to be withheld from an offender in national security circumstances; reduce the amount of 'clean street time' that can be credited against the outstanding sentence following commission of an offence by a person on parole and licence; and require a period of time to be served in custody if a federal offender's parole order is revoked; Criminal Code Act 1995 to: clarify the scope of the definition of 'engage in sexual activity'; insert a range of new aggravated offences for child sexual abuse; insert new offences relating to 'grooming' and the provision of electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material online; increase the maximum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and breaches of reporting requirements; and insert new additional factors for mandatory consideration at sentencing; and Crimes Act 1914,