Final Senate Bills List for 2011

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43
Date
08 Dec 2011
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Bills and related material can be accessed at http://www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm

Committee reports can be accessed at http://www.aph.gov.au/committee/index.htm

As at cob 8 December 2011

(2011 Final Edition)

Abbreviations

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Govt]

CLP Country Liberal Party [Opp]

FFP Family First Party

Ind Independent

LP Liberal Party of Australia [Opp]

Nats The Nationals [Opp]

Nats WA The Nationals WA

CID Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

Dft Draft bill

ED Exposure draft

PM Private member—€™s bill

PS Private senator—€™s bill

R Restored to Notice Paper

S Senate bill

SBC Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC House of Representatives Selection Committee

PM Abolition of Age Limit on Payment of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mrs Bronwyn Bishop —€“ LP)

Amends the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to abolish the current age limit of 70 years for the payment of the superannuation guarantee.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/2/11; Removed from Notice Paper 22/11/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Access to Justice (Federal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends: the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to clarify that the Federal Court or judge may make orders for the costs of discovery during litigation and for pre-trial oral examination about discovery; five Acts to clarify the circumstances in which suppression and non-publications orders can be made, what information they can cover and details they should contain; the Family Law Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, Federal Magistrates Act 1999 and Judiciary Act 1903 to clarify the circumstances in which vexatious proceedings orders can be made and the kinds of orders that can be made, without affecting the courts—€™ other powers; the Family Law Act 1975 to align the jurisdictional limit for matters heard by family law magistrates in Western Australia with the Federal Magistrates Court; and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to change the way fees are paid in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/11

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 22/3/12

Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends: the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to restructure the Act by: co-locating and listing alphabetically definitions; ensuring powers in relation to instruments apply to all types of instruments; enabling section 19B and 19BA Orders to apply retrospectively; providing that an action by a minister other than a minister authorised to perform that action is not invalid merely on that basis; clarifying actions done by a person purporting to act under an appointment; providing that everything in an Act should be considered part of the Act; and modernising concepts; the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 in relation to the construction of legislative instruments; and 248 Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 25/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 46, 2011

Aged Care Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 in relation to: consumer protection for accommodation bonds paid to aged care services; and Complaints Principles replacing Investigation Principles; and Aged Care Act 1997, Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to remove redundant provisions. Also repeals the Aged or Disabled Persons Care Act 1954 and the Nursing Home Charge (Imposition) Act 1994.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 2/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 26/7/11; Act No. 86, 2011

PS Air Navigation and Civil Aviation Amendment (Aircraft Crew) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Air Navigation Act 1920 and Civil Aviation Act 1988 to provide that an Australian airline, or a subsidiary of an Australian airline, is not issued an international aviation licence unless it provides the same wages and conditions to overseas-based flight and cabin crew operating its flights as if they were directly employed by the airline.

Senate: Intro. 17/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 21/11/11; report due 29/2/12

PM Air Services (Aircraft Noise) Amendment Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mrs Moylan —€“ LP)

Amends the: Air Services Act 1995 to: require Airservices Australia (AA) to consult and cooperate with government, sectors of the aviation industry and communities when modifying or creating flight paths; require AA to provide a complaints mechanism during the consultation process; provide that AA publish details of consultations; provide that AA must request the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities possibly affected by changed flight paths; provide for the composition of the AA Board; and require AA to include details of any complaints in the annual report; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to require the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 31/10/11

PS Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

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

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Amendment Bill 2011

Implements Australia—€™s obligations under three Measures adopted under Article IX of the Antarctic Treaty and Article 9 of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol) by amending the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 to: amend the long title of the Act; provide for the minister to grant safety and environmental protection approvals and impose conditions on such approvals; implement new offences and civil penalties; establish a liability regime for environmental emergencies in the Antarctic; establish an Antarctic Environmental Liability Special Account; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/11

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

PS Anti-Terrorism Laws Reform Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2010-2011

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) 2010-2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 25/3/11

Assent: 31/3/11; Act No. 7, 2011

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2010-2011

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) 2010-2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 25/3/11

Assent: 31/3/11; Act No. 8, 2011

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 69, 2011

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-2012

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure. Also amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to: increase the cap on the face value of stock and securities that can be on issue under the Treasurer—€™s standing borrowing authority to $250 billion; remove the requirement for the Treasurer to declare that there are special circumstances before increasing the cap; and create two special appropriations for costs and expenses incurred by the Commonwealth in relation to the issue or sale of stock and the repurchase and redemption of stock prior to maturity.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 70, 2011

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 71, 2011

PM Assisting the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Abbott —€“ LP)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/2/11; Discharged from Notice Paper 24/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

PS Assisting Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Brandis —€“ LP)

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

Senate: Intro. 26/11/10; Discharged from Notice Paper 10/5/11

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

PM Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Oakeshott —€“ Ind)

Amends the Auditor-General Act 1997 to provide that the Auditor-General may, or the Auditor-General may at the request of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit: audit performance indicators and conduct assurance reviews of Commonwealth agencies, authorities and companies; conduct assurance reviews of government business enterprises; and conduct performance audits of Commonwealth partners.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/2/11; Passed 15/9/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

CID amendments: 1 D—€™Ath/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro 22/9/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 13 Opp/negatived

Assent: 7/12/11; Act No. 190, 2011

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to provide that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the sole provider of Commonwealth funded international broadcasting services.

Senate: Intro. 10/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Consideration deferred

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010 —€” see Territories Self-Government Legislation Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment of Laws) Bill 2011

Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010

(Act citation: Australian Civilian Corps Act 2011)

Establishes the Australian Civilian Corps (to work in crisis environments overseas for specified periods) and provides for the employment and management of Corps employees.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 28/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 15/11/10; Passed 21/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; report tabled 17/11/10

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 22/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 18, 2011

Australian Energy Market Amendment (National Energy Retail Law) Bill 2011

Establishes a national regime for the regulation of non-economic distribution and retail regulation of gas and electricity by amending the: Australian Energy Market Act 2004 to: apply the National Energy Retail Law and the National Energy Retail Regulations in Australia—€™s offshore areas; and provide that the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Energy Market Commission, the Australian Competition Tribunal and the minister undertake a range of functions and powers to regulate the energy retail regime; Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide that decisions made under the regime are subject to judicial review; and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 17/8/11

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 19/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 119, 2011

Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill provides for: the purposes and functions of the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units; rules for opening and closing accounts in the registry; different types of registry accounts; procedures and requirements relating to Kyoto and non-Kyoto international units in the registry; publication of information; voluntary cancellation of emissions units; prevention or rectifying non-compliance with registry requirements; and merits review of decisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 23/5/11

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/8/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 20/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; final report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 23/8/11]

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 99, 2011

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011

Introduced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill establishes the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as a statutory body responsible for the funding and administration of existing renewable energy funding and technology innovation projects currently administered by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Australian Solar Institute Limited, and provides for ARENA—€™s governance and financial arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

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

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/11/11

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 151, 2011

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011, the bill: determines the arrangements and timings for the transfer of existing renewable energy technology projects from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Australian Solar Institute Limited (ASI) to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); enables the deregistration of ASI and the abolition of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Board; and provides for the early appointment of the first Chief Executive Officer of ARENA by the minister. Also makes consequential amendments to the proposed Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 and repeals the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Act 2010.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

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

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/11/11

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 152, 2011

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2010

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act (No. 1) 2011)

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2010, 2011 and 2012; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2013.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/11/10; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 21/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 14/10 (tabled and adopted 18/11/10): No reference

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 30, 2011

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2011, 2012 and 2013; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills, the bill imposes a levy on certain entities regulated by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) to enable AUSTRAC to recover the costs of its supervisory activities from 1 July 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 30/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 6/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/11; report tabled 20/6/11

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 54, 2011

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills, the bill: enables the collection and administration of the supervisory cost recovery levy; imposes a penalty for late payment; and provides for the levy or late payment penalty to be waived in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 30/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 6/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/11; report tabled 20/6/11

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 55, 2011

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills, the bill amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to provide: the administrative procedures for enrolment and maintenance of the Reporting Entities Roll; and for penalties for failure to enrol or maintain the enrolment record.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 30/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 6/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/11; report tabled 20/6/11

Committee amendments: 1 Opp (as amended)/passed; 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 56, 2011

Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010

(Act citation: Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011)

Modelled on the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945, the bill provides a framework for Australia to implement autonomous sanctions which may be applied to specific governments, individuals or entities, or specific goods and services that are responsible for, or involved with, a situation of international concern.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 27/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 28/10/10; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/11/10; report tabled 3/3/11

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 38, 2011

S Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Act 2011)

Amends the: Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 to: create three offences and penalties; and increase penalties for a number of existing offences; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970 in relation to the powers of Australian Federal Police members to investigate offences committed at certain airports.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 18/11/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 16/11/10

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/10; Passed 9/2/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

Assent: 2/3/11; Act No. 1, 2011

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Air Cargo) Bill 2011

Amends the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 in relation to: accredited air cargo agents; transport security programs; certification of cargo; security training requirements; and strict liability offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 22/11/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

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

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 23/11/11]

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 180, 2011

PS Banking Amendment (Controls on Variable Interest Rate Changes) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to require authorised deposit-taking institutions for a 24-month period to: not increase variable interest rate loans and mortgages by more than the Reserve Bank interest rate increases; and not decrease variable interest rate loans and mortgages by less than the Reserve Bank interest rate decreases.

Senate: Intro. 18/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 18/11/10

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Banking Amendment (Covered Bonds) Bill 2011

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to establish a framework for the issue of covered bonds by: enabling authorised deposit institutions to issued covered bonds; and providing that the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority set prudential standards for the issue of the bonds.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Senate: Intro. 13/10/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 17/10/11; Act No. 125, 2011

PM Banking Amendment (Delivering Essential Financial Services) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Bandt —€“ AG)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to: require banks to offer basic transaction accounts and to limit other fees to cost recovery; provide that transactions at a bank—€™s own-branded ATMs are free of charge; cap charges for the use of a bank—€™s ATMs by customers of another authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI); require ADIs to offer fixed interest gap loans and mortgages; cap mortgage and loan exit fees at cost recovery; and require uniform identification of exit fees in advertising and in mortgage and loan contracts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Removed from Notice Paper 13/9/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

PS Banking Amendment (Delivering Essential Financial Services) Bill 2010 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to: require banks to offer basic transaction accounts and to limit other fees to cost recovery; provide that transactions at a bank—€™s own-branded ATMs are free of charge; cap charges for the use of a bank—€™s ATMs by customers of another authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI); require ADIs to offer fixed interest gap loans and mortgages; cap mortgage and loan exit fees at cost recovery; and require uniform identification of exit fees in advertising and in mortgage and loan contracts.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

PM Banking and Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mobility and Flexibility) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Bandt —€“ AG)

Amends the: Banking Act 1959 to: impose certain conditions on authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) in relation to the transfer of personal transaction accounts; and require ADIs that offer term deposits to provide certain information when those deposits are due for reinvestment; and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to: require credit contracts to expressly include advice of any unjust transactions and unconscionable interest and other charges; and provide for the termination of mortgage indemnity insurance contracts when the related mortgage is terminated and the rebate of associated premiums.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/8/11; Read a 1st time 22/8/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Bankruptcy Amendment (Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the Bankruptcy Regulations 1996 to provide that payments made under the Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package on or after 1 July 2010 are exempt from bankruptcy proceedings where a final order in bankruptcy has not been finalised by the courts or the debts paid.

Senate: Intro. 5/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 5/7/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/9/11

PS Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Anti-Siphoning) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide that a notice to amend the anti-siphoning list does not come into effect until the expiration of six sitting days of each House of Parliament after the notice is tabled in that House; and Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2004 to remove the expiry date from the current anti-siphoning list.

Senate: Intro. 23/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/10

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Dividend and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to provide the Australian Communications and Media Authority with planning and enforcement powers for the implementation of the re-stack of digital television channels and the realisation of digital dividend spectrum; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005, Broadcasting Services Act 1992, Copyright Act 1968 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to: the operation of the digital television services provided by the satellite service licensed under section 38C of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992; and other digital television matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 23/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/3/11; correction presented 25/3/11 and tabled 10/5/11

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

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 36, 2011

S Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio) Bill 2011

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: make changes to regulatory arrangements imposed on regional commercial radio licensees in relation to the provision of local content for regional audiences; exempt remote area, racing service licensees and licensees outside the Broadcasting Services Band from the minimum local content requirement; and amend provisions relating to certain changes in ownership and control of a licence known as a —€˜trigger event—€™; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to perform its functions and exercise its powers in relation to radio local content in a manner consistent with the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Review of Future Uses of Broadcasting Services Bands Spectrum) Bill 2011

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: extend from 1 January 2012 to 1 January 2013 the review relating to the allocation of one or more additional commercial television broadcast licences (—€œthe sixth channel review—€); and expand the scope of this and any subsequent review.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

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

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 177, 2011

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11, 23/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

PS Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

S Business Names Registration (Application of Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Clarifies that consequential amendments made by the Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 to ten Acts will not apply until the national business names registration system commences.

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 172, 2011

Dft Business Names Registration Bill 2011

Proposes a national business names registration system to be administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Senate: Draft tabled 6/7/11

Reference: Draft referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/7/11; report presented out of sitting 15/8/11 and tabled 16/8/11; additional comments tabled 22/8/11

Business Names Registration Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills in relation to business names, the bill establishes a national business names registration system to be administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 126, 2011

Dft Business Names Registration (Fees) Bill 2011

Proposes to impose a tax for chargeable matters in relation to the proposed national business names registration system.

Senate: Draft tabled 6/7/11

Reference: Draft referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/7/11; report presented out of sitting 15/8/11 and tabled 16/8/11; additional comments tabled 22/8/11

Business Names Registration (Fees) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills in relation to business names, the bill imposes fees for chargeable matters in relation to the national business names registration system.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 128, 2011

Dft Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011

Proposes to make: transitional arrangements in relation to the proposed national business names registration system; and consequential amendments to 11 Acts.

Senate: Draft tabled 6/7/11

Reference: Draft referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/7/11; report presented out of sitting 15/8/11 and tabled 16/8/11; additional comments tabled 22/8/11

Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills in relation to business names, the bill makes: transitional arrangements in relation to the national business names registration system; and consequential amendments to 11 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 127, 2011

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill provides for: the types of abatement projects eligible for Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs); requirements for recognition as an offsets entity; eligibility for offsets projects; participation by holders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land; characteristics of methodology determinations; permanence arrangements for sequestration projects; reporting requirements for offsets projects; a framework for auditing offset reports; the issue and exchange of ACCUs; monitoring and enforcement powers; merits review of decisions; the establishment and functions of the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee and the Carbon Credits Administrator; and the publication of information and the treatment of confidential information.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 23/5/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/8/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 20/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; final report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

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

Committee amendments: 13 Govt/passed; 2 AG/passed; 3 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 10 Opp/negatived; 11 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 4 Ind (Xenophon)-Opp/withdrawn

[House agreed to Senate amendments 23/8/11]

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 101, 2011

Carbon Credits (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to provide that financial institutions and other persons who buy Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) are subject to reporting and other obligations; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001 in relation to the regulation of financial services for ACCUs; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 to provide for the appropriate exchange of information between administrators; and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 to extend the arrangements for reporting transfer certificates beyond 30 June 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 23/5/11

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/8/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 20/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; final report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 102, 2011

PM Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Abbott —€“ LP)

The bill: provides for a national plebiscite to be held by 26 November 2011 to ascertain whether the electorate supports the introduction of a price on carbon; requires the Electoral Commissioner to provide the minister with a statement of the results of the plebiscite; and requires the minister to table the statement in both Houses of Parliament.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/7/11; Negatived at 2nd reading 15/9/11

PS Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Abetz —€“ LP)

The bill: provides for a national plebiscite to be held by 26 November 2011 to ascertain whether the electorate supports the introduction of a price on carbon; requires the Electoral Commissioner to provide the minister with a statement of the results of the plebiscite; and requires the minister to table the statement in both Houses of Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/11, 7/7/11, 15/9/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

PM Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Hockey —€“ LP)

Consequent on the Parliamentary Budget Office Bill 2011, the bill amends the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to remove the requirement for the Leader of the Opposition to request the Prime Minister to refer costings of election commitments to the Departments of the Treasury and Finance.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/11

Main Committee: Referred 12/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/11

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to: enable certain powers of the Child Support Registrar to be delegated to persons outside the Department of Human Services; and update certain criminal penalty provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 7/7/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 19/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 7/7/11]

Assent: 4/8/11; Act No. 88, 2011

PS Choice of Repairer Bill 2010

R (Introduced by Senator Fielding —€“ FFP)

Requires motor vehicle manufacturers to provide access to information and diagnostic tools to the vehicle repair, servicing, replacement parts and accessories sectors.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/10; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/10

SBC report 10/10 (tabled and adopted 24/6/10): Consideration deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 30/9/10

Civil Dispute Resolution Bill 2010

(Act citation: Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011)

The bill: requires civil litigants to file a genuine steps statement before legal proceedings are instituted in the Federal Court or the Federal Magistrates Court; sets out the powers of court in relation to the genuine steps requirements and awarding costs; and provides that certain categories of legal proceedings are excluded proceedings.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 20/10/10

Senate: Intro. 25/10/10; Passed 23/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 22/11/10; report presented out of sitting 2/12/10 and tabled 9/2/11

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 clause negatived (Govt); 29 Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 24/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 17, 2011

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Online Games) Bill 2011

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to remove the requirement for certain mobile phone and online games to be classified for two years while the Australian Law Reform Commission undertakes a review of the National Classification Scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Clean Energy Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill outlines the structure of, and process for the introduction of, the mechanism by providing for: entities and emissions covered by the mechanism; entities—€™ obligations to surrender eligible emissions units; limits on the number of eligible emissions units that will be issued; the nature of carbon units; allocation of carbon units; mechanisms to contain costs; linking to other emissions trading schemes; assistance for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed activities and coal-fired electricity generators; monitoring, investigation, enforcement and penalties; administrative review of decisions; and reviews of aspects of the mechanism.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 48 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp-Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 34 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 18/11/11; Act No. 131, 2011

Clean Energy (Charges—€”Customs) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued as a result of an auction, or for a fixed charge, or on a unit shortfall, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 153, 2011

Clean Energy (Charges—€”Excise) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued as a result of an auction, or for a fixed charge, or on a unit shortfall, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 154, 2011

Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: makes consequential amendments to 11 Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997; amends five taxation laws to establish the income tax and goods and services tax treatment of emission units; amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide for a conservation tillage refundable tax offset; and makes transitional arrangements for the transfer of functions to the Clean Energy Regulator and the Climate Change Authority.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 13 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 18/11/11; Act No. 132, 2011

Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the customs duty rate applying to aviation and non-transport gaseous fuels by an amount equivalent to the carbon emission price of the fuel, had the gaseous fuels been subject to carbon pricing.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 155, 2011

Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase aviation fuel excise by an amount equivalent to the carbon emission price of the fuel, had the aviation fuel been subject to carbon pricing; and Excise Act 1901, Excise Tariff Act 1921 and Excise Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to reduce the excise exemption for non-transport compressed natural gas (CNG) by an amount equivalent to the carbon emission price on CNG, had CNG been subject to carbon pricing.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 156, 2011

Clean Energy (Fuel Tax Legislation Amendment) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Fuel Tax Act 2006 and Fuel Tax (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2006 to reduce the business fuel tax credit entitlement for liquefied and gaseous transport fuels to provide a carbon emission charge on business through the fuel tax system.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 2 Nats WA/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 157, 2011

Clean Energy (Household Assistance Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999, A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999, Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, Social Security Act 1991, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide for: the payment of lump sum clean energy advances and clean energy supplements to certain pensioners, veterans, self-funded retirees and families; and the clean energy supplement to be indexed by the Consumer Price Index; Farm Household Support Act 1992 and Social Security Act 1991 to provide for the payment of the lump sum clean energy advances to recipients of the exceptional circumstances relief payment; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Social Security Act 1991, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide for an annual lump sum low income supplement; Social Security Act 1991, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide for an annual indexed payment of $140 to certain households requiring essential medical equipment; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide an annual payment of up to $300 for certain single income families; and Aged Care Act 1997 to increase the standard resident contribution received by aged care homes by approximately $3.50 per week per resident. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 22 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 141, 2011

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to raise the tax-free threshold and adjust marginal tax rates from 1 July 2012 and again from 1 July 2015.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 150, 2011

Clean Energy (International Unit Surrender Charge) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on eligible international emissions units surrendered by liable entities for the financial years commencing 1 July 2015, 2016 and 2017, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 158, 2011

Clean Energy Regulator Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill establishes the Clean Energy Regulator as an independent statutory body to administer the mechanism included in the Clean Energy Plan, the Carbon Farming Initiative, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System, the Renewable Energy Target and the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 163, 2011

Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: transfer $1050 from the low income tax offset (LITO) into income tax rates from 1 July 2012; and transfer a further $145 from the LITO into income tax rates from 1 July 2015; A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€“—€“Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the Medicare levy low income thresholds and phase in limits; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to combine the pensioner tax offset with the senior Australians tax offset.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 159, 2011

Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge—€”Auctions) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued as a result of an auction, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 160, 2011

Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge—€”Fixed Charge) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 161, 2011

Clean Energy (Unit Shortfall Charge—€”General) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on a unit shortfall for a financial year, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 162, 2011

Climate Change Authority Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill establishes: the Climate Change Authority as an independent statutory body to review the carbon pricing mechanism, the Renewable Energy Target Scheme, the Carbon Farming Initiative, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System and other matters as requested by the minister or by both Houses of Parliament; and the Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board to provide advice on key performance indicators and the implementation of land sector and biodiversity measures associated with climate change and undertaken by the Biodiversity Fund.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia—€™s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 143, 2011

S Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992 to: provide for a minimum long service leave entitlement for all eligible employees in the black coal mining industry; require the Board of the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation to make rules relating to the calculation of amounts employers are to be reimbursed; amend the long and short titles of the Act; change the structure and representation of the Board; increase the terms of directors; and make consequential amendments; Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Act 1992 and Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992 to make consequential amendments; Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992 to: amend definitions to reflect remuneration practices in the black coal mining industry; and place requirements on employers relating to the levy, including submitting returns and annual reports to the Board; Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Amendment Act 2009 to: clarify the calculation of long service leave entitlements for non-award employees; and provide for: transitional arrangements; recognition of long service before 1 January 2012; long service leave record keeping before 1 January 2012; and the Board to seek actuarial advice about the adequacy of the levy.

Senate: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 142, 2011

Combating the Financing of People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2011

Amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: extend the regulatory regime for remittance dealers and providers of remittance networks; and expand the agencies with which Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) can share financial intelligence; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and Privacy Act 1988 to enable reporting entities to use credit reporting data to verify the identity of their customers; and Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 to enable the Chief Executive Officer of AUSTRAC to exempt a person from provisions of the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/2/11; Passed 22/3/11

SC report no. 12 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 60, 2011

PS Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010

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

Creates the independent statutory position of Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People and provides for: the functions and general powers of the position; terms and conditions and staffing support; regular and annual reporting requirements; and a review of the operation of the Act after a two-year period.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; order varied 26/10/10: bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 26/10/10; report tabled 12/5/11

PS Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2010

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 returns within specified time periods; ensure that for the purposes of the threshold related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and certain anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to the lesser amount of either the actual electoral expenditure or the amount awarded per vote where the four per cent threshold is satisfied; include five additional categories of electoral expenditure in relation to the rental of premises, payment of additional staff, purchase and hire of office equipment, consumables and running costs for equipment and travel and accommodation; prevent sitting members of Parliament from claiming electoral expenditure if allowances, entitlements or benefits received are used to meet that expenditure; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/10/10; Passed 17/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 17/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 17/11/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Tobacco Industry Donations) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to create offences to prohibit political parties or candidates from receiving donations from manufacturers or wholesalers of tobacco products.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

PS Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam —€“ AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Competition and Consumer Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2011

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit the private disclosure of pricing information to a competitor; prohibit disclosure of that or other information if the disclosure is made to substantially lessen competition; provide that the prohibitions only apply to goods and services prescribed by regulations; provide exceptions to the prohibitions; and extend existing authorisation and notification regimes to enable businesses to obtain immunity from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from the prohibitions where a public net benefit results.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 7/7/11

SC report no. 19 (tabled 11/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 185, 2011

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Horticultural Code of Conduct) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Katter —€“ Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: establish a mandatory code of conduct to regulate the commercial relationships between agents/merchants and sellers of horticultural produce; and establish the Horticultural Code Management Committee to implement, monitor and develop the code.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/9/11; Read a 1st time 19/9/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee

Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to the: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—€™s (ACCC) consideration of acquisitions in local markets (including creeping acquisitions); ACCC—€™S consideration of multiple markets when assessing mergers; and reform of the prohibition on anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010, in response to recommendations of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee, to: insert a statement of interpretative principles into the unconscionable conduct provisions; and provide that the statutory concept of unconscionable conduct is consistently applied to both consumers and businesses; and Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/11; Passed 17/8/11

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 184, 2011

PM Competition and Consumer (Price Signalling) Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Billson —€“ LP)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to prohibit corporations from engaging in price signalling.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/10; Removed from Notice Paper 13/9/11

SC report no. 8 (tabled 24/11/10): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

ComSuper Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish governance arrangements for Commonwealth superannuation schemes, the bill establishes ComSuper as a statutory body and provides for: the terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer; staff and consultants; and finance and reporting requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 15/6/11

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 57, 2011

PM Constitutional Corporations (Farm Gate to Plate) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Katter —€“ Ind)

The bill: requires certain constitutional corporations (primarily grocery retailers) to display the producer price of fruit and vegetable produce; and imposes penalties for breaching the requirement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/9/11; Read a 1st time 19/9/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee

PS Constitutional Corporations (Farm Gate to Plate) Bill 2011 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

The bill: requires certain constitutional corporations (primarily grocery retailers) to display the producer price of fruit and vegetable produce; and imposes penalties for breaching the requirement.

Senate: Intro. 13/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 25/11/11

Consumer Credit and Corporations Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2011

Amends the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to: enable certain debtors to seek a credit contract variation; provide for a remedy for unfair or dishonest conduct by credit service providers; restrict the use of particular phrases or words; expand the range of remedies available to consumers; provide the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with standing to apply to court for an order regardless of whether a civil remedy is available under another provision; and make amendments in relation to: reverse mortgage contracts; small amount credit contracts; tiered caps on costs for credit contracts; and consumer leases. Also amends the: National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009 to make application provisions; and Corporations Act 2001 in relation to voting at annual general meetings of public companies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/9/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services; report presented to Senate out of sitting 2/12/11

Senate:

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 8/11/11, 25/11/11; report presented out of sitting 7/12/11

PS Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Fees) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the: National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to provide that: credit fees or charges relating to credit contracts must be reasonable; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission may apply for a court order to annul or reduce a credit fee or charge it determines not to be reasonable; and Banking Act 1959 to require the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to prohibit banks with a market share of more than 10 per cent from imposing early termination fees in relation to loan agreements or mortgage contracts.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 14/9/11

Corporations Amendment (Further Future of Financial Advice Measures) Bill 2011

Further to the Corporations Amendment (Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients and to put their client—€™s interests ahead of their own when providing advice; ban the payment and receipt of certain remuneration which has the potential to influence the financial product advice given to retail clients; ban volume-based shelf-space fees from asset managers or product issuers to platform operators; and ban asset-based fees on borrowed client monies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/11

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Corporations Amendment (Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2011

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require financial advisers to provide a fee disclosure statement to a client when charging advice fees for longer than 12 months; require financial advisers to provide a fee disclosure statement and a renewal notice to a client when charging advice fees for longer than 24 months; and extend the Australian Securities and Investments Commission—€™s licensing and banning powers used to supervise the financial services industry.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/10/11; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/11

SC report no. 36 (tabled 13/10/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Senate:

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: provide for a —€˜two strikes and re-election—€™ process when a company—€™s remuneration report receives a 25 per cent or more —€˜no—€™ vote in two consecutive year