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Final Senate Bills List for 1998

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39
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10 Feb 1999
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AS AT 10 FEBRUARY 1999

(1998 Final Edition)

1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security and Veterans—€™ Entitlements) Bill 1998

To amend the: Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: exemption from the —€œsharers rule—€ to recipients of certain rent assistance; and removal of the 12-month waiting period for parenting payment for single foster carers; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to: change the income test for the seniors health card; and extend income limits; and National Health Act 1953 to issue health care cards to fostered children in certain circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

Main committee: Referred 24/11/98

Senate: Intro. 26/11/98; Passed 3/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Assent: 11/12/98; Act No. 116, 1998

A New Tax System (Aged Care Compensation Measures Legislation Amendment) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to quarantine the 4 per cent pension increase from the fees payable by residential aged care recipients; and to ensure that war widows and widowers pay the same amount in income tested fees as other care recipients on the same total income.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill: establishes a Register of Australian Business; and provides for a single business identifier (the Australian Business Number) which will be available to companies registered under the Corporations law, government and business entities and other bodies required to be registered for goods and services tax purposes.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Australian Business Number Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to: powers and functions of the Australian Business Registrar; requests for tax file numbers; and to make the proposed A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1998 a taxation law.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Bonuses for Older Australians) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill provides for an income-tested one-off tax-free lump sum payment to pensioners and self-funded retirees to protect the value of savings and retirement income.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


A New Tax System (Compensation Measures Legislation Amendment) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: increased income support payments and income and assets test free areas; family assistance; and taper rates; Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: increased income support payments and income and assets test free areas; senior health card income limits; eligibility for Gold Card; taper rates; and adjustment period for indexation of pensions and allowances; and National Health Act 1953 to align the rate of domiciliary nursing care benefit with the rate of child disability allowance.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (End of Sales Tax) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill abolishes wholesale sales tax with effect on 1 July 2000.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Fringe Benefits Reporting) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill amends the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: require the grossed-up taxable value of certain employee fringe benefits to be included on group certificates; and include this value in income tests used to determine liability for various tax surcharges, levies and other income related obligations. The bill also makes consequential amendments to 5 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Administration) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to the following aspects of the goods and services tax: administration; collection and recovery; penalties for breaching obligations; reliance on the Commissioner—€™s interpretation of the law; time limits on liability and credit entitlements; review of assessments and other decisions; Commissioner—€™s powers for gathering information; and confidentiality of information.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new tax system, the bill implements a broad based indirect goods and services tax to replace the wholesale sales tax and a number of State indirect taxes by providing for: basic rules relating to liability, input tax credits and payments and refunds; exemptions; modification of basic rules; Commonwealth liability; cancellation of exemptions; ministerial determinations; and a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition—€”Customs) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new tax system, the bill will impose a 10 per cent goods and services tax on importations to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition—€”Excise) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new tax system, the bill will impose a 10 per cent goods and services tax on supplies to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition—€”General) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill imposes a 10 per cent goods and services tax to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill provides for: registration of entities for goods and services tax (GST) purposes; rules for determining the appropriate tax system; special GST credit for wholesale sales tax already paid on stock on hand; certain goods to not attract the special GST credit; and phasing in of input tax credits for motor vehicles. The bill also amends the Sales Tax Assessment Act 1992 and Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Act 1992 to reduce the rate of wholesale sales tax on certain goods from 32 per cent to 22 per cent, prior to the start of the GST.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Income Tax Laws Amendment) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bills amends: the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: exempt bonus payments made to certain older Australians from income tax; and abolish the savings and investment income tax offset; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to make consequential amendments. The bill also amends the Income Tax Regulations to increase the maximum rebates for low income aged persons and certain pensioners.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill imposes a Medicare levy surcharge on persons whose taxable income, including reportable fringe benefits, exceeds specified thresholds and who do not have private health insurance.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Personal Income Tax Cuts) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 16 bills to introduce a new taxation system, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to provide for personal income tax cuts; and increased Family Tax Assistance tax-free thresholds. The bill also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 2/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99

A New Tax System (Trade Practices Amendment) Bill 1998

As a consequence of the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to provide for: price monitoring powers for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for 3 years from 1 July 1999; prohibition of price exploitation; injunctions and penalties for breaches; ACCC reporting requirements; publications of guidelines; application of Commonwealth legislation by States and Territories; establishment of the New Tax System Price Exploitation Code; and consequential amendments to apply certain existing powers and enforcement and remedy provisions to the new price monitoring functions.

Reps: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

Senate:

References:

Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 10/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); report due 19/4/99

Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs References Committee; Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee and Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 10/12/98 (reference agreed to 25 November 1998); reports due 31/3/99


S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 [1998]

To amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 to: widen the powers of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) in relation to land grants; matters to be taken into account in performing its functions; appointment of additional members; disqualification from standing for election as a commissioner or regional councillor in certain circumstances; Ministerial consent for commissioners and regional council chairpersons to engage in outside employment; internal review of the merits of a decision to refuse a loan or guarantee; delegation of Commission power to review delegates—€™ decisions; Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of the merits of a decision to refuse a loan or guarantee.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/96

SBC report 6/96 (tabled and adopted 25/6/96): No reference

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 1998

(Previous title: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 1997)

To amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 in relation to: conditions on consent of disposals of interest in ATSIC-funded properties; delegation of certain powers by ATSIC; remedies for breaches of grant or loan conditions; and minor drafting amendments.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 25/3/98

Main committee: Referred 10/3/98; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/4/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 20, 1998

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Bill 1998

To provide for the preservation and protection from injury or desecration of certain indigenous areas and objects of particular significance and provide for the accreditation of heritage protection regimes in force in States and Territories. Repeals the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 and makes related savings and transitional provisions; and amends the Archives Act 1983, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Hindmarsh Island Bridge Act 1997 in relation to disclosure of confidential indigenous information.

Reps: Intro. 2/4/98; Passed 4/6/98

Reference: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 2/4/98; extension of time to report 25/5/98; report tabled 1/6/98 (tabled in Senate 22/6/98)

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 25/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): No reference


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Bill 1998

To provide for the preservation and protection from injury or desecration of certain indigenous areas and objects of particular significance and provide for the accreditation of heritage protection regimes in force in States and Territories. Repeals the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 and makes related savings and transitional provisions; and amends the Archives Act 1983, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Hindmarsh Island Bridge Act 1997 in relation to disclosure of confidential indigenous information.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled 9/12/98; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 9/12/98): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/12/98; report due 8/3/99

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Previous title: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 1997)

To amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to provide for the disposal of Aboriginal land claims in relation to: stock routes and stock reserves into which the Aboriginal Land Commissioner had not commenced an inquiry as at 1 March 1990; situations where the Commissioner is unable to locate any traditional Aboriginal owners to the land; and claims made after the end of the statutory period for making claims (ie after 5 June 1997).

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 25/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 1/10/97

SBC report 11/97 (tabled and adopted 26/6/97): No reference

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to: raise the retiring age of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner to 70 years; and add two parcels of land described as Innesvale and Urrpantyenye to Schedule 1 of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

Main committee: Referred 9/12/98

Senate: Message reported 10/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference


Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to: enable a Minister to authorise a non-portfolio Minister or Parliamentary Secretary to act on his or her behalf; ensure that Ministers within a portfolio can exercise the statutory powers of the portfolio Minister; and provide for the Governor-General to make section 19 orders when a Minister is temporarily unavailable or changes are made to the administration of government business; and validates past orders to the extent that they may be invalid.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 26/11/98

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 125, 1998

PS Acts Interpretation (Delegated Legislation) Amendment Bill 1991 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Harradine —€“ Ind)

To amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 in relation to delegated legislation.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/91; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/91

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PM Adelaide Airport Curfew Bill 1998

(Introduced by Mrs Gallus —€“ LP)

To: establish a curfew on aircraft operations at Adelaide Airport; impose a penalty for breach of the curfew; and provide for certain aircraft movements during the curfew.

Reps: Intro. 29/6/98; Passed 2/7/98

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Message reported 7/7/98

Administrative Decisions (Effect of International Instruments) Bill 1997

To respond to the High Court decision in Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs v Teoh by providing a statutory indication that entering into a treaty by the Australian Government does not give rise to a —€œlegitimate expectation—€ in administrative law that could form the basis for challenge.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 25/6/97

Senate: Intro. 27/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/97

SBC report 11/97 (tabled and adopted 26/6/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 26/6/97; report due 28/8/97; order of Senate revised 26/6/97; extensions of time to report 22/9/97, 1/10/97; report tabled 20/10/97

Aged Care Amendment (Accreditation Agency) Bill 1998

To amend the Aged Care Act 1997 to enable the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency to charge appropriate fees for accrediting aged care services.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 30/11/98

Senate: Intro. 1/12/98; Passed 2/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 122, 1998


Aged Care Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the: Aged Care Act 1997 in relation to: accommodation charges (that will replace accommodation bonds) and consequential changes; and minor amendments to facilitate administration of the Act; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to the exclusion of certain rental income from the pension income test and certain capital assets from the pension assets test; Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Simplification Measures) Act 1997 to correct cross reference errors; and Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997 to remedy unintended effects in the original transitional measures.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 25/3/98

CID amendments: 56 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 26/3/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 11/3/98; extension of time to report 2/4/98; report tabled 6/4/98

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To: repeal the Dried Vine Fruits Equalization Act 1978 from 1 January 1999 and make a savings provision; and amend the Pig Industry Act 1986 in relation to references to the National Meat Processors—€™ Association changing to Australian Food Council—€™s Processed Meats Forum references.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

Main committee: Referred 24/11/98

Senate: Intro. 26/11/98; Passed 3/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Assent: 11/12/98; Act No. 117, 1998

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To amend the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to provide a 5-year protection for certain data submitted to the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) for evaluation of a new active constituent for an agricultural or veterinary chemical product; Dairy Produce Act 1986 in relation to special payments from the Domestic Market Support Fund to certain manufacturers and producers; Export Control Act 1982 in relation to: approval of quality assurance arrangements for the production of prescribed goods for export; revised enforcement powers; and foreign country requirements; Imported Food Control Act 1992 in relation to: food imported as trade samples; dealing with food contrary to requirements of Food Control Certificates; publication of information relating to failing food; payment of compensation in certain circumstances; and minor drafting corrections; and Plant Breeder—€™s Rights Act 1994 in relation to selection of plant variety names.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred


PS Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft

R Movements) Bill 1995 [1998]

(Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

To amend: the Air Navigation Act 1920; the Air Navigation (Aerodrome Curfew) Regulations to extend the Kingsford-Smith Airport curfew and to freeze the rate of aircraft movement while a Commission of Inquiry is conducted under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/95; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/95

SBC report 11/95 (tabled and adopted 15/11/95): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96, 23/11/98

Airports Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To facilitate the sale of remaining federal airports by amending the: Airports Act 1996 in relation to: airport-management agreements; certain Ministerial decisions not subject to AAT review; joint-user status of Canberra Airport; and declared airport services; Airports (Transitional) Act 1996 to provide for the freehold disposal of airports; and make minor amendments to the stamp duty provisions and the special income tax rules; and Federal Airports Corporation Act 1986 to enable the Federal Airports Corporation to assist in the disposal of its assets by freehold sale.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 1/10/97, 21/10/97, 22/10/97

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate:

SBC report 16/97 (tabled and adopted 23/10/97): No reference

ANL Sale Bill 1998

(Previous title: ANL Sale Bill 1997)

To facilitate the sale of the Commonwealth—€™s shares in ANL Limited, including transfer of assets and liabilities and saving and transitional provisions in relation to employee entitlements; and amends the: Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, Commonwealth Borrowing Levy Act 1987, National Crime Authority Act 1984 and Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 to remove ANL from their operation; amends the Navigation Act 1912 to amend the definition of —€œCommonwealth ship—€; Commonwealth Borrowing Levy Act 1987 to end ANL—€™s future liability under the Act; and preserves the post sale operation of certain Acts.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 12/3/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 9 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 30/3/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Anti-Personnel Mines Convention Bill 1998

To effect Australia—€™s obligations as a party to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 26/11/98

Senate: Intro. 30/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 126, 1998


Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1997-98

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1997-98, for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1998.

Reps: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)

Senate: Intro. 2/3/98; Passed 4/3/98

Assent: 27/3/98; Act No. 5, 1998

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1997-98

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1997-98, for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1998.

Reps: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)

Senate: Intro. 2/3/98; Passed 4/3/98

Assent: 27/3/98; Act No. 6, 1998

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1998-99

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for service of the year ending on 30 June 1999.

Reps: Intro. 12/5/98; Passed 4/6/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Main committee: Referred 28/5/98, 2/6/98; unresolved question 2/6/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 29/6/98

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 70, 1998

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1998-99

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1999.

Reps: Intro. 12/5/98; Passed 4/6/98

Main committee: Referred 28/5/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 29/6/98

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 71, 1998

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1998-99

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1998-99, for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1999.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1998-99

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1998-99, for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1999.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98


Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 1997-98

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1997-98, for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1998.

Reps: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)

Senate: Intro. 2/3/98; Passed 4/3/98

Assent: 27/3/98; Act No. 7, 1998

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1998-99

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1999.

Reps: Intro. 12/5/98; Passed 4/6/98

Main committee: Referred 28/5/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 29/6/98

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 72, 1998

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 1998-99

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1998-99, for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1999.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Australia New Zealand Food Authority Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991 to enable the Australia New Zealand Food Authority to manage and prioritise its workload including the implementation of a 3-year Standards Review Work Program, enabling the Authority to develop a joint Food Standards Code by 1 January 2000. The bill also enables the Authority to charge for its expertise in processing certain applications.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 19/3/97

Main committee: Referred 18/3/97

Senate: Intro. 20/3/97; 2nd reading adjourned 20/3/97

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): No reference

SBC report 7/97 (tabled and adopted 13/5/97): Revised: Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 13/5/97; extension of time to report 16/6/97; report tabled 23/6/97


Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 to increase the maximum term of an estate to 999 years and remove the provision for prescribing periods longer than 99 years.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/97; Passed 10/3/98

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 12/3/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 11/3/98; extensions of time to report 30/3/98, 2/4/98, 7/4/98; report tabled 8/4/98

PS Australian Centennial National Rail Transport Development Bill 1990 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To establish a trust fund for the purpose of the grant of financial assistance for development and maintenance of a national standard gauge rail system.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/90; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/90

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96

Australian Hearing Services Reform Bill 1998

The bill makes transitional arrangements relating to the restructure of the Australian Hearing Services (AHS) Authority as a Commonwealth company, including the transfer of AHS assets, liabilities and employees and their entitlements to the new company. Repeals the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991 following the transfer of AHS operations; and makes consequential amendments to the Hearing Services Administration Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 25/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/3/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 8/7/98; report due 11/8/98; interim report: presented 10/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/11/98; report due last sitting day of 1998; report tabled 3/12/98

Australian National Training Authority Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Australian National Training Authority Act 1992 to: reflect a new Agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories on vocational education and training for 1998 to 2000; and clarify that the Australian National Training Authority is exempt from State and Territory taxes. Also makes consequential amendments to the Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/98

Senate:

SBC report 9/98 (tabled and adopted 1/7/98): No reference


Australian National Training Authority Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Australian National Training Authority Act 1992 to: reflect a new Agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories on vocational education and training for 1998 to 2000; and clarify that the Australian National Training Authority is exempt from State and Territory taxes. Also makes consequential amendments to the Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Message reported 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill establishes the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority which will be an independent prudential regulator of banks and other deposit-taking institutions, life and general insurance companies, superannuation funds and retirement income accounts.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 23/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 50, 1998

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills to introduce regulatory controls for all Commonwealth radiation and nuclear safety activities, the bill establishes: the office of the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency; licensing schemes for the regulation of nuclear installations and ionising sources operated by, or dealt with by, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth entities; and a Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 14/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98; unresolved question 14/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/5/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference


Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills to introduce regulatory controls for all Commonwealth radiation and nuclear safety activities, the bill establishes: the office of the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency; licensing schemes for the regulation of nuclear installations and ionising sources operated by, or dealt with by, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth entities; and a Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council.

Reps: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 12/11/98

Main committee: Referred 11/11/98

Senate: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/11/98; extension of time to report 1/12/98; report tabled 2/12/98

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 8 GWA (1 as divided)/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 12 Dem/negatived; 10 GWA (1 as divided)/negatived; 2 GWA to Opp/negatived

2 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 10/12/98]

Assent: 24/12/98; Act No. 133, 1998

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills to introduce regulatory controls for all Commonwealth radiation and nuclear safety activities, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 and provides for transitional arrangements to cover the operation of controlled facilities and the handling of radiation sources. Also provides for the abolition of the Safety Review Committee and the Nuclear Safety Bureau as their functions will be transferred to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 14/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98; unresolved question 14/5/98

Senate: Intro. 25/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/5/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills to introduce regulatory controls for all Commonwealth radiation and nuclear safety activities, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 and provides for transitional arrangements to cover the operation of controlled facilities and the handling of radiation sources. Also provides for the abolition of the Safety Review Committee and the Nuclear Safety Bureau as their functions will be transferred to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and repeals the Environment Protection (Nuclear Codes) Act 1978.

Reps: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 12/11/98

Main committee: Referred 11/11/98

Senate: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/11/98; extension of time to report 1/12/98; report tabled 2/12/98

Assent: 24/12/98; Act No. 135, 1998


Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills to introduce regulatory controls for all Commonwealth radiation and nuclear safety activities, the bill enables annual charges to be levied in respect of licences issued under the proposed Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 14/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98; unresolved question 14/5/98

Senate: Intro. 25/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/5/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills to introduce regulatory controls for all Commonwealth radiation and nuclear safety activities, the bill enables annual charges to be levied in respect of licences issued under the proposed Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998.

Reps: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 12/11/98

Main committee: Referred 11/11/98

Senate: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/11/98; extension of time to report 1/12/98; report tabled 2/12/98

Assent: 24/12/98; Act No. 134, 1998

Australian Science, Technology and Engineering Council Repeal Bill 1998

To repeal the Australian Science, Technology and Engineering Council Act 1978, thereby abolishing the Council. Also makes provision for: final reporting requirements; continuation of secrecy provisions; and protection from actions, suits or other proceedings for Council members and others associated with the Council.

Reps: Intro. 1/4/98; Passed 13/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Assent: 17/6/98; Act No. 42, 1998

Australian Sports Drug Agency Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Australian Sports Drug Agency Act 1990 to streamline the legislative framework under which the Agency operates and provide it with greater flexibility in providing drug testing and safety checking services. The bill also provides for: the establishment of an Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee; framework for complementary State and Territory legislation; supply by the Australian Customs Service of certain information; and preservation of athletes—€™ rights and safeguarding of their interests.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference


Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Act 1993 in relation to: increasing the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Board from 9 to 11 members; qualification requirements of the Chairman and his role in selecting Board members; Board selection committee membership; Annual General Meetings; wool-tax ballots; development of the Corporate Plan; voluntary register of wool growers; charging fees for certain services; licensing arrangements; and administrative amendments.

Reps: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Act 1993 in relation to: increasing the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Board from 9 to 11 members; qualification requirements of the Chairman and his role in selecting Board members; Board selection committee membership; Annual General Meetings; wool-tax ballots; development of the Corporate Plan; voluntary register of wool growers; charging fees for certain services; licensing arrangements; and administrative amendments.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/98

Senate:

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill imposes a levy on authorised deposit-taking institutions.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 22/6/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 4/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 51, 1998

Authorised Non-operating Holding Companies Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill imposes a levy on authorised non-operating holding companies.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 52, 1998


Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Act citation: Aviation Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998)

To amend the: Air Navigation Act 1920 in relation to: responsibility for passenger screening; and certain definitions; Airports Act 1996 to allow fees to be levied under regulations for the purposes of environment protection activities at leased airports; Air Services Act 1995 in relation to the objectives of Airservices Australia; Civil Aviation (Carriers—€™ Liability) Act 1959 in relation to compensation available to de facto spouses of a passenger in the event of death or injury; and makes minor technical amendments; and International Air Services Commission Act 1992 in relation to: allocation of capacity available for Australian carriers operating scheduled services between two countries with whom Australia has bilateral arrangements; make consequential amendments; grandfathering of current —€œfifth freedom—€ operations; certain definitions; and revocation by the Commission of certain determinations.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 25/6/97

Senate: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 2/7/98

SBC report 11/97 (tabled and adopted 26/6/97): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 3/7/98 (Votes 2/7/98)]

Assent: 23/7/98; Act No. 95, 1998

Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Bill 1997

(Act citation: Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Act 1998)

To impose a levy on certain ships arriving at Australian ports to provide $2 million for the Strategic Ballast Water Research and Development Program. The levy will commence on 1 July 1998 and cease once $2 million has been collected.

Reps: Intro. 24/9/97; Passed 24/11/97

Senate: Intro. 25/11/97; Passed 26/3/98

SBC report 17/97 (tabled and adopted 30/10/97): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 21, 1998

Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Collection Bill 1997

(Act citation: Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Collection Act 1998)

To provide for: the collection of a levy on certain ships arriving at Australian ports to fund the Strategic Ballast Water Research and Development Program; the establishment of the Strategic Ballast Water Research and Development Fund, a regulation-making power; and the cessation of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 24/9/97; Passed 24/11/97

Senate: Intro. 25/11/97; Passed 26/3/98

SBC report 17/97 (tabled and adopted 30/10/97): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and made 3 Govt amendments 8/4/98; Senate agreed to Reps amendments 28/5/98]

Assent: 4/6/98; Act No. 38, 1998


S Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: impose a new licence condition on commercial television broadcasting licencees, and an obligation on licencees—€™ program suppliers and national broadcasters to use, rather than hoard, rights acquired by them to live television coverage of designated events; and impose restrictions on the provision of certain broadcasting services in regional areas; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the proposed National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to: establish a new regime for the retransmission of radio and television programs; and make transitional and consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 8/7/98; report due 9/9/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 12/11/98; extension of time to report 30/11/98; report tabled 8/12/98

1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security and Veterans—€™ Entitlements) Bill 1998 (see Page 1)

PS Captioning for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Bill 1998

R (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To amend the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to require captioning of: certain television programs, including news and current affairs television programs, from 1 July 2000, all television sets and videos sold or for hire from 1 July 2002 and every program from 1 July 2010; and Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to provide that televisions and videos which do not meet captioning requirements after 1 July 2002 may be used as a basis for a discrimination claim.

Senate: Intro. 28/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 28/5/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

Charter of Budget Honesty Bill 1996 [No. 2]

(Act citation: Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998)

Implements a framework which requires that governments provide regular fiscal and economic reports. Also provides for the Secretaries to the Departments of the Treasury and Finance to release pre-election reports providing updated fiscal and economic projections and costings showing fiscal impact of announced election commitments as requested by the Government and the Opposition.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/97; Passed 5/3/98

CID amendments: 10 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/3/98; Passed 25/3/98

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 22, 1998


Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Amendment Bill 1997

(Act citation: Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 to: simplify compliance obligations for entities requiring a permit; clarify the legislative basis for Australia—€™s implementation of the Convention; and correct drafting errors and simplify certain procedures.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 12/3/98

Main committee: Referred 10/3/98

Senate: Intro. 24/3/98; Passed 26/3/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 6/4/98; Act No. 9, 1998

Cheques and Payment Orders Amendment Bill 1998

Introduced with the Cheques and Payment Orders Amendment (Turnback of Cheques) Bill 1998, the bill amends the Cheques and Payments Orders Act 1986 to: expand the range of institutions that can issue cheques in their own name; repeal provisions relating to payment orders; and make miscellaneous amendments to rectify limitations and increase flexibility. Also makes consequential amendments to the Bills of Exchange Act 1909 and Debits Tax Administration Act 1982.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 28/5/98

Main committee: Referred 27/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 76, 1998

Cheques and Payment Orders Amendment (Turnback of Cheques) Bill 1998

Introduced with the Cheques and Payment Orders Amendment Bill 1998 and together with the Payment Systems and Netting Bill 1998, the bill resolves legal uncertainties that could arise if a participant in the payments system became insolvent. The bill amends the Cheques and Payment Orders Act 1986 to transfer the risk of insolvency of a participant from the collecting institution and its customers to the customers of the failed participant.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 28/5/98

Main committee: Referred 27/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 77, 1998


Child Care Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

To defer implementation of the Child Care Payments Act 1997, and amend the: Child Care Act 1972 to: limit child care assistance to 20 hours per week for non-work related care; introduce a planning system for long day care places; limit the number of new places approved in 1998 and 1999; introduce immunisation as a criterion for eligibility for child care assistance; and make transitional arrangements to transfer payment of the current child care assistance program to Centrelink; and Childcare Rebate Act 1993 to introduce immunisation as a criterion for eligibility for the childcare rebate. Also makes technical and consequential amendments to the Child Care Payments (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 4/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/3/98; Passed 1/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 16/4/98; Act No. 13, 1998

Child Support Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to reform the Child Support Scheme, particularly in respect of parents—€™ capacity to provide financial support, parents—€™ rights and responsibilities and streamlining administration and providing greater flexibility; and Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: child support deductions from social security pensions and benefits; and family allowance income credit for persons paying child maintenance.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 14/5/98

Main committee: Referred 31/3/98

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 5 LP/negatived; 9 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 27/5/98

SBC report 4/98 (tabled and adopted 31/3/98): No reference

Child Support Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to reform the Child Support Scheme, particularly in respect of parents—€™ capacity to provide financial support, parents—€™ rights and responsibilities, credit for certain non agency payments, and streamlining administration and providing greater flexibility; and Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: child support deductions from social security pensions and benefits; and family allowance income credit for persons paying child maintenance.

Reps: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 12/11/98

Main committee: Referred 11/11/98; CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 30/11/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/passed; 1 Dem to Opp/passed; 4 Opp/negatived (1 as amended); 13 GWA/negatived; 2 GWA to Opp/negatived

Committee request: 1 Opp/negatived

Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; Part opposed/Part agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 7 and 9, disagreed to amendment no. 8 and made 1 Government amendment 3/12/98; Senate agreed to Reps amendment 7/12/98]

Assent: 15/12/98; Act No. 120, 1998


Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to: introduce regulations that are harmonised with international civil aviation laws; enable the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to issue design standards for unusual aircraft for which common design standards are not in place; provide new powers in relation to the retention and destruction of goods seized by CASA during investigations; clarify CASA—€™s powers to impose fees by regulation; and provide for imposition of limited late-payment penalties.

Reps: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to: introduce regulations that are harmonised with international civil aviation laws; enable the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to issue design standards for unusual aircraft for which common design standards are not in place; provide new powers in relation to the retention and destruction of goods seized by CASA during investigations; clarify CASA—€™s powers to impose fees by regulation; provide for imposition of limited late-payment penalties; and make a minor technical amendment.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/98

Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Act citation: Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the: Civil Aviation (Carriers—€™ Liability) Act 1959 to simplify the mandatory passenger liability insurance regime applying to aircraft operators by: authorising the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to directly administer both the Act and complementary State legislation; allowing Australian governments to self-insure their risks under the Act; imposing conditions upon Air Operator—€™s Certificates (AOCs) which require operators to hold the mandatory non-voidable passenger liability insurance; and empowering CASA to suspend or cancel AOCs for breach of those conditions; and Civil Aviation Act 1988, Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Act 1995 and Competition Policy Reform Act 1995 to make minor corrections and technical retrospective amendments.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/97; Passed 26/11/97

Main committee: Referred 25/11/97

Senate: Intro. 27/11/97; Passed 5/3/98

SBC report 17/97 (tabled and adopted 30/10/97): No reference

Assent: 24/3/98; Act No. 1, 1998

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill 1997

Consequential on the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Charges Bill 1997, the bill amends the Classification (Publications, Film and Computer Games) Act 1995, setting out administrative provisions relating to the collection and waiver of charges and prescribes time limits for the making of classification decisions.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 4/12/97

Senate: Intro. 4/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/97

SBC report 20/97 (tabled and adopted 2/12/97): No reference


Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill 1998

Consequential on the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Charges Bill 1998, the bill amends the Classification (Publications, Film and Computer Games) Act 1995, setting out administrative provisions relating to the collection and waiver of charges and prescribes time limits for the making of classification decisions.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/98

Senate:

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Charges Bill 1997

To impose charges for applications for classification of publications, films and computer games and for related services.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 4/12/97

Senate: Intro. 4/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/97

SBC report 20/97 (tabled and adopted 2/12/97): No reference

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Charges Bill 1998

To impose charges for applications for classification of publications, films and computer games and for related services.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/98

Senate:

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (16 and 17 Year Old Voluntary Enrolment) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Chamarette —€“ GWA)

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide voluntary electoral enrolment for persons who are 16 and 17 years of age.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (tabled and adopted 12/9/96): No reference

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Freedom) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

To repeal section 329A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, that deals with the marking of House of Representatives ballot papers.

Senate: Intro. 9/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/10/96

SBC report 12/96 (tabled and adopted 17/10/96): No reference

PS Commonwealth Electoral (Printing, Publishing and Distribution of Electoral

R Matters) Amendment Bill 1990 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 with respect to the printing, publication and distribution of electoral matters.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/90; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/90

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96


Commonwealth Places (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

One of 4 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under paragraph 52(i) of the Constitution of the imposition of State stamp duty on a lease covering part of a Commonwealth place, the bill makes consequential amendments to the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exempt from income tax refunded State taxes subject to the windfall tax and deny an income tax deduction for the windfall tax; and Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970 to ensure that the provisions of the State taxing laws which will be mirrored by the proposed Commonwealth Places (Mirror Tax) Act 1998 will have effect under that Act rather than the 1970 Act.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 23/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 23, 1998

Commonwealth Places (Mirror Taxes) Bill 1998

One of 4 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under paragraph 52(i) of the Constitution of the imposition of State stamp duty on a lease covering part of a Commonwealth place, the bill mirrors the effect of a State—€™s laws concerning stamp duties, payroll taxes, financial institutions duties and debits taxes in relation to Commonwealth places in that State.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 23/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 24, 1998

Commonwealth Places Windfall Tax (Collection) Bill 1998

One of 4 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under paragraph 52(i) of the Constitution of the imposition of State stamp duty on a lease covering part of a Commonwealth place, the bill provides for the determination, collection and administration of the Commonwealth places windfall tax which applies to claims for refunds of amounts paid under State taxing laws before 6 October 1997.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 23/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 25, 1998


Commonwealth Places Windfall Tax (Imposition) Bill 1998

One of 4 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under paragraph 52(i) of the Constitution of the imposition of State stamp duty on a lease covering part of a Commonwealth place, the bill imposes the Commonwealth places windfall tax at a rate of 100 per cent.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 23/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 26, 1998

Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service Reform Bill 1998

The bill makes transitional arrangements relating to the restructure of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS) as a Commonwealth company, including the transfer of CRS assets, contracts and liabilities to the new company. Amends and repeals certain provisions of the: Defence (Re-establishment) Act 1965, Disability Services Act 1986, Freedom of Information Act 1982, Hearing Services Administration Act 1997, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945, Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 14/5/98; extension of time to report 27/5/98; report tabled 23/6/98

Commonwealth Superannuation Board Bill 1998

(Previous title: Commonwealth Superannuation Board Bill 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to superannuation arrangements for Commonwealth employees, the bill establishes a new Commonwealth Superannuation Board to administer certain Commonwealth superannuation schemes for civilian employees and manage the Funds of those schemes.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 13/5/98

CID amendments: 25 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 26/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 26/5/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 3/3/98; extension of time to report 26/3/98; report tabled 1/4/98

Commonwealth Superannuation Board Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to superannuation arrangements for Commonwealth employees, the bill establishes a new Commonwealth Superannuation Board to administer certain Commonwealth superannuation schemes for civilian employees and manage the Funds of those schemes.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 1/12/98

Senate: Intro. 7/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference


Company Law Review Bill 1997

(Act citation: Company Law Review Act 1998)

To amend the Corporations Law to rewrite core company law rules in relation to: registering companies; meetings; share capital transactions; financial reporting; annual returns; deregistering and reinstating defunct companies; and company names. Also makes consequential amendments to the Corporations Law and 7 other Acts and amends the Corporations Law and 3 other Acts in relation to nominal value and share capital reductions.

[Note: The exposure draft of this bill, then known as the Second Corporate Law Simplification Bill 1996, was considered by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities; report tabled 18/11/96]

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 4/3/98

Senate: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 25/6/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities 3/3/98; extensions of time to report 23/3/98, 30/3/98; report tabled 1/4/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Govt (1 as amended)/passed; 6 Opp (1 as amended)/passed; 28 Dem/passed; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 16 Dem/negatived; 2 Dem/withdrawn

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 25/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 61, 1998

Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Bill 1998

To effect Australia—€™s obligations as a party to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 2/6/98

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 78, 1998

PS Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of

R the Government) Bill 1987 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution to ensure that if the Senate fails to pass a proposed law appropriating revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government in respect of that year, an amount of money is appropriated for those services equal to the amount appropriated for those services in the preceding year.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/87; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/87

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (Ecology, Diversity and Sustainability) Bill 1995 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution to ensure that when making laws the Parliament takes into account the effect of such laws on the maintenance of ecosystems and of essential ecological processes; the biological diversity of Australia; and the utilisation of the living natural resources on a sustainable basis.

Senate: Intro. 29/3/95; 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/95

SBC report 6/95 (tabled and adopted 8/6/95): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96


PS Constitution Alteration (Electors—€™ Initiative) Bill 1989 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To provide a method of altering the Constitution on the initiative of the electors.

Senate: Intro. 12/4/89; 2nd reading adjourned 12/4/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (Fixed Term Parliaments) Bill 1987 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution in relation to the duration of the House of Representatives, the terms of service of Senators, the holding of elections for the Senate and House of Representatives, and the office of Prime Minister.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/87; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/87

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (President of the Commonwealth of Australia) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Teague —€“ LP)

To alter the Constitution to provide for a President of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (tabled and adopted 12/9/96): No reference

PS Constitution Alteration (Qualifications and Disqualifications of Members of the

R Parliament) Bill 1992 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To alter the Constitution with respect to the qualifications for membership of the Parliament and the disqualifications of members of the Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/92; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/92

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—€”Qualification of Members and Candidates) Bill 1998

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

To amend section 44 of the Constitution to allow persons who hold an —€œoffice of profit under the Crown—€ or who are not Australian citizens to nominate for election to Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/98

SBC report 9/98 (tabled and adopted 1/7/98): No reference

PS Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—€”Qualification of Members and Candidates) Bill 1998 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

To amend section 44 of the Constitution to allow persons who hold an —€œoffice of profit under the Crown—€ or who are not Australian citizens to nominate for election to Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/98, 3/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference


Copyright Amendment Bill 1997

(Act citation: Copyright Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998)

To amend the Copyright Act 1968 to: introduce moral rights provisions for authors of copyright works and directors and producers of films; ensure newspaper and magazine publishers have electronic and residual rights in employed journalists—€™ works and a right to restrain large scale photocopying; prevent use of ownership of copyright in packaging and labelling of imported goods as a means to prevent their importation; render certain remedies for copyright infringement to be subject to court discretion; introduce a sampling scheme for copying done by governments to determine equitable remuneration payable to a relevant collecting society; make minor amendments relating to: the Copyright Tribunal; border interception of infringing imports; and statutory licences for copying by educational institutions and institutions assisting people with a disability; and also makes consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 25/6/97

Senate: Intro. 27/6/97; Passed 11/7/98

SBC report 11/97 (tabled and adopted 26/6/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 26/6/97; report due 28/8/97; order of Senate revised 26/6/97; extensions of time to report 4/9/97, 30/9/97, 2/10/97; report tabled 27/10/97

Committee amendments: 25 Govt/passed; 8 Opp/negatived; 2 Dem/negatived; 1 Schedule negatived; 3 items negatived

1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 15/7/98]

Assent: 30/7/98; Act No. 104, 1998

Copyright Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Act citation: Copyright Amendment Act (No. 2) 1998)

To amend the Copyright Act 1968 to: allow importation of legitimate copies of sound recordings (including compact discs) without the licence of the copyright owners; make copyright piracy penalties uniform for all categories of copyright materials; and increase maximum penalties for infringement of copyright.

Reps: Intro. 20/11/97; Passed 26/11/97

Senate: Intro. 27/11/97; Passed 12/7/98 a.m. (Journals 11/7/98)

SBC report 20/97 (tabled and adopted 2/12/97): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 2/12/97; extensions of time to report 10/3/98, 26/3/98; report tabled 1/4/98

Committee amendments: 8 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 15/7/98]

Assent: 30/7/98; Act No. 105, 1998


Corporate Law Economic Reform Bill 1998

To amend the: Corporations Law in relation to: directors—€™ duties and corporate governance; takeovers; fundraising; accounting standards; and consequential and miscellaneous amendments; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 1989 in relation to: accounting standards; and consequential and miscellaneous amendments; Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1998 and Corporations Act 1989 to make consequential amendments; and Financial Sector Reform (Consequential Amendments) Act 1998 to make miscellaneous amendments.

Reps: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Bill 1998

To amend the: Corporations Law in relation to: directors—€™ duties and corporate governance; takeovers; fundraising; accounting standards; and consequential and miscellaneous amendments; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 1989 in relation to: accounting standards; and consequential and miscellaneous amendments. Also makes consequential and miscellaneous amendments to 10 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities 10/12/98; report due 22/4/99

S Corporations Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Corporations Law to provide that sections 249HA and 250BA do not apply to a meeting of the members of a listed company if notice of the meeting was given before the sections commence.

Senate: Intro. 29/6/98; Passed 30/6/98

Reps: Intro. 30/6/98; Passed 30/6/98

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 86, 1998

S Crimes Amendment (Enforcement of Fines) Bill 1998

To amend the Crimes Act 1914 to ensure that the full range of State and Territory fine enforcement procedures are available in respect of federal offenders.

Senate: Intro. 1/4/98; Passed 14/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): No reference

Reps: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 22/6/98

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 49, 1998


Crimes Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill 1997

(Act citation: Crimes Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Act 1998)

To amend the Crimes Act 1914 to: establish a regime for forensic procedures during the investigation of Commonwealth offences and for the storage, use and destruction of material derived from those procedures; provide that when magistrates exercise non-judicial functions they do so in a personal capacity; and makes consequential amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970 and the Crimes at Sea Act 1979.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 15/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 26/5/97; Passed 2/7/98

SBC report 7/97 (tabled and adopted 13/5/97): No reference

Reference: Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/10/97; report due first sitting day in 1998; report tabled 24/11/97

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 13 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 3/7/98 (Votes 2/7/98)]

Assent: 23/7/98; Act No. 96, 1998

Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Amendment Bill 1998

(Previous title: Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Amendment Bill 1997)

To amend the Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989 and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to improve the operation of superannuation orders against corrupt Commonwealth employees, that cancel their Commonwealth funded superannuation benefits, and provide for more efficient recovery of benefits that have been paid by Commonwealth schemes; and makes a consequential amendment to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 5/3/98

Main committee: Referred 3/3/98; CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 12/3/98

SBC report 20/97 (tabled and adopted 2/12/97): No reference

S Criminal Code Amendment Bill 1997 [1998]

(Act citation: Criminal Code Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to bring forward the commencement of provisions relating to the proof of an offence where the accused is intoxicated.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 5/3/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 25/3/98

Main committee: Referred 24/3/98

Assent: 13/4/98; Act No. 12, 1998

Criminal Code Amendment (Slavery and Sexual Servitude) Bill 1998

To amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create offences relating to slavery and sexual servitude. Also repeals 6 Imperial Acts relating to slavery that still apply in Australia.

Reps: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred


PS Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Introduced by Senator Margetts —€“ GWA)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 to phase out diesel fuel rebates for mining operations.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/96

SBC report 18/96 (tabled and adopted 12/12/96): No reference

Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

(Previous title: Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997)

To amend the: Customs Act 1901 to clarify that the Act does not extend to the Australian external Territories; and make minor technical amendments; Customs Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997 to remove the reduced entry threshold for goods imported by the post; Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 in relation to Customs—€™ powers of examination of mail arriving into Australia from the external Territories; and Excise Act 1901 to make minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 4/3/98

Main committee: Referred 3/3/98; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 26/3/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Assent: 31/3/98; Act No. 8, 1998

Customs (Anti-dumping Amendments) Bill 1998

Introduced with the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide an approach for determining normal values of allegedly dumped goods from countries that are in the process of transition to a market economy in certain circumstances; clarify provisions of the Act which relate to the manner in which interim dumping and countervailing duties are collected; and replace certain terms to ensure consistency.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the: Customs Act 1901 to provide Australian Customs Service (ACS) officers with increased powers in relation to the detection of illicit drugs; and Customs Administration Act 1985 in relation to the use made of information obtained or held by the ACS.

Reps: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

S Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998 (No. 2)

To amend the: Customs Act 1901 to provide Australian Customs Service (ACS) officers with increased powers in relation to the detection of illicit drugs; and Customs Administration Act 1985 in relation to the use made of information obtained or held by the ACS.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/98

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred


Customs Legislation (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1997

Introduced with the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1997, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide an approach for determining normal values of allegedly dumped goods from countries that are in the process of transition to a market economy in certain circumstances; and clarify provisions of the Act which relate to the manner in which interim dumping and countervailing duties are collected. Also makes a minor technical amendment to the Anti-Dumping Authority Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 27/11/97

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/97

SBC report 13/97 (tabled and adopted 4/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 29/9/97; report tabled 1/10/97

Customs Legislation (Anti-dumping Amendments) Bill 1998

Introduced with the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1998, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: give sole responsibility for the conduct of dumping investigations to the Australian Customs Service; establishes the office of Trade Measures Review Officer; and makes consequential amendments. Also provides for transitional arrangements; amends the Anti-Dumping Authority Act 1988 and provides for the repeal of that Act and the subsequential abolition of the Anti-Dumping Authority.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 79, 1998

Customs Legislation (Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme) Bill 1998

To amend the: Customs Act 1901 to establish the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme which will replace the Export Facilitation Scheme from 1 January 2001; and Customs Tariff Act 1995 to reduce the rates of customs duty on passenger motor vehicles and certain related componentry from 15 per cent to 10 per cent on 1 January 2005.

Reps: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

PS Customs Legislation (Economies in Transition) Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Cook —€“ ALP)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 in relation to determination of normal values of allegedly dumped goods from countries that are in the process of transition to a market economy.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/97

SBC report 20/97 (tabled and adopted 2/12/97): No reference


PM Customs Legislation (Economies in Transition) Amendment Bill 1997 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 in relation to determination of normal values of allegedly dumped goods from countries that are in the process of transition to a market economy.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/97; Read a 1st time 24/11/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 22/6/98

PS Customs Legislation (Willett Review of Anti-Dumping Measures) Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Murphy —€“ ALP)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to implement recommendations of the Willett Inquiry into Australia—€™s Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Measures. The bill: provides for a reduction from 215 to 155 days for dealing with anti-dumping applications; introduces a new requirement and timetable for the provision of information and submissions by interested parties; establishes a Review Panel to review draft final findings in relation to anti-dumping applications; continues the use of dumping notices; and makes consequential amendments. Also repeals the Anti-Dumping Authority Act 1988, thereby abolishing the Anti-Dumping Authority.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/97

SBC report 20/97 (tabled and adopted 2/12/97): No reference

PM Customs Legislation (Willett Review of Anti-Dumping Measures) Amendment Bill 1997 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to implement recommendations of the Willett Inquiry into Australia—€™s Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Measures. The bill: provides for a reduction from 215 to 155 days for dealing with anti-dumping applications; introduces a new requirement and timetable for the provision of information and submissions by interested parties; establishes a Review Panel to review draft final findings in relation to anti-dumping applications; continues the use of dumping notices; and makes consequential amendments. Also repeals the Anti-Dumping Authority Act 1988, thereby abolishing the Anti-Dumping Authority.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/97; Read a 1st time 24/11/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 22/6/98

PS Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Introduced by Senator Cook —€“ ALP)

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide that the tariff on passenger motor vehicles and certain vehicle parts remain at 15 per cent until at least 31 December 2004; and maintain the export facilitation scheme until 31 December 2004.

Senate: Intro. 26/5/97; 2nd reading adjourned 26/5/97

SBC report 12/97 (tabled and adopted 28/8/97): No reference


PM Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1997

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to maintain the rates of textile, clothing and footwear tariffs applicable at 1 July 2000 until 31 December 2004.

Reps: Intro. 22/9/97; Read a 1st time 22/9/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 23/3/98

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 6) 1997

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to reduce the rate of customs duty on: aviation gasoline by 0.6 cents per litre retrospectively from 3 July 1997; passenger motor vehicles and certain components by 5 per cent from 1 January 2005; and textiles, clothing and footwear articles from 1 January 2005.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/97

Senate:

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: reduce the rate of customs duty on aviation gasoline by 0.6 cents per litre retrospectively from 3 July 1997; reinstate the $0.17403 per litre rate of duty on aviation gasoline retrospectively from 31 January 1998; allow non-personal and non-commercial goods to be imported into Australia duty-free by non-Australian Olympic and Paralympic Family members for the 2000 Olympics, Paralympics and associated events; and make administrative and technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 2/4/98; Passed 2/6/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): No reference

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 73, 1998

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: phase out customs duty from inputs to the manufacture of information industry equipment with effect from 1 July 1998; allow the duty free importation of certain other inputs to the manufacture of information industries equipment; and make technical and consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/98; Passed 22/6/98

Senate: Intro. 23/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1997

Introduced with the Customs Legislation (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1997, the bill amends the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Act 1975 to clarify provisions of the Act and the Customs Act 1901 which relate to the manner in which interim dumping and countervailing duties are collected.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 27/11/97

Senate: Intro. 4/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/97

SBC report 13/97 (tabled and adopted 4/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 29/9/97; report tabled 1/10/97


Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1998

Consequential on the Customs Legislation (Anti-Dumping Amendments) Bill 1998, the bill amends the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Act 1975 to remove provisions that allow for the imposition of countervailing duties on particular goods exported to Australia.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 80, 1998

Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

Introduced with the Customs (Anti-dumping Amendments) Bill 1998, the bill amends the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Act 1975 to clarify provisions of the Act and the Customs Act 1901 which relate to the manner in which interim dumping and countervailing duties are collected.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Bill 1998

Complementary to the Television Broadcasting Services (Digital Conversion) Bill 1998, the bill imposes a charge in relation to the provision of datacasting (information/data) services by commercial and national free-to-air television broadcasters.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 3/6/98

Senate: Intro. 23/6/98; Passed 3/7/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 14/5/98): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 14/5/98; extension of time to report 22/6/98; report tabled 23/6/98

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

[Amendments to motion that report from committee be adopted 3/7/98: 1 NPA/passed (reference to committee); 1 GWA/negatived]

Reference: Implications of retaining, repealing or amending paragraph 160(d) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 3/7/98; extension of time to report 10/12/98; report due 8/2/99

Assent: 27/7/98; Act No. 98, 1998

Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 to repeal the sunset clause (due to take effect on 22 January 1999) to enable continuation of the data-matching program.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

Main committee: Referred 27/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 29/5/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference


S Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Amendment Bill 1998 (No. 2)

To amend the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 to repeal the sunset clause (due to take effect on 22 January 1999) to enable continuation of the data-matching program.

Senate: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 11/11/98

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

Main committee: Referred 24/11/98

Assent: 7/12/98; Act No. 111, 1998

PS Defence Amendment Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator McLean —€“ AD)

To repeal the Defence Act 1903 to provide for Parliamentary approval for overseas service by members of the Defence Force.

Senate: Intro. 22/2/88; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/88

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Defence Cooperation Control Amendment Bill 1997 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To prohibit transfer of military equipment to, or defence cooperation between, the Australian Defence Forces and the armed forces of any State that uses its armed forces to suppress basic human rights.

Senate: Intro. 24/2/97; 2nd reading adjourned 24/2/97

SBC report 5/97 (tabled and adopted 20/3/97): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

PS Delegated Legislation Review Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator McLean —€“ AD)

To establish a Joint Committee to examine Commonwealth delegated legislation and to report to the Parliament regularly.

Senate: Intro. 15/3/88; 2nd reading adjourned 15/3/88

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS D—€™Entrecasteaux National Park Protection Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Margetts —€“ GWA and Senator Murray —€“ AD)

To protect land that is or was a part of the D—€™Entrecasteaux National Park from mining, exploration, excavation or other prescribed operations.

Senate: Intro. 8/10/96; 2nd reading adjourned 8/10/96, 17/10/96

SBC report 12/96 (tabled and adopted 17/10/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98


Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Act 1991 to extend the sunset clause from 1 January 1999 to 1 January 2002.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/98

Senate:

SBC report 9/98 (tabled 1/7/98; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 1/7/98): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 1/7/98; report: presented 13/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

S Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill 1998 (No. 2)

To amend the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Act 1991 to extend the sunset clause from 1 January 1999 to 1 January 2002.

Senate: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 23/11/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Reps: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 2/12/98

Main committee: Referred 1/12/98

Assent: 11/12/98; Act No. 115, 1998

Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill 1998

(Previous title: Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill 1997)

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to effect changes to electoral administration and operational procedures for the conduct of elections and referendums.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 24/3/98

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

Senate: Intro. 30/3/98; Passed 30/6/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 20 Govt/passed; 5 Opp/negatived (1 as amended); 19 Dem/negatived

14 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/7/98]

Assent: 17/7/98; Act No. 94, 1998

S Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to: security of enrolment and voting processes; integrity of electoral system; electoral administration; political donations; and operational procedures for the conduct of elections and referendums.

Senate: Intro. 14/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 14/5/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled 27/5/98; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 27/5/98): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 27/5/98; report tabled 23/6/98


Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to: security of enrolment and voting processes; integrity of electoral system; electoral administration; political donations; and operational procedures for the conduct of elections and referendums.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/98; Passed 3/12/98

CID amendments: 32 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 7/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

PM Employee Protection (Wage Guarantee) Bill 1998

(Introduced by Mrs Crosio —€“ ALP)

To establish and provide for the administration of a scheme to guarantee the payment of wages and certain other liabilities owed to employees in the event of employer insolvency.

Reps: Intro. 23/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 6/4/98

PS Employee Protection (Wage Guarantee) Bill 1998 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Forshaw —€“ ALP)

To establish and provide for the administration of a scheme to guarantee the payment of wages and certain other liabilities owed to employees in the event of employer insolvency.

Senate: Intro. 14/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 14/5/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

S Employment, Education and Training Amendment Bill 1996 [1998]

To amend the Employment, Education and Training Act 1988 to: abolish the National Board of Employment, Education and Training, the Australian Language and Literacy Council, the Employment and Skills Council and the Schools Council and provide for final reports on their operations; continue mechanisms for the appointment of committees and counsellors to assist the Higher Education Council and the Australian Research Council; and makes consequential amendments to the Bounty (Books) Act 1986 and Overseas Student (Refunds) Act 1990.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

Reference: Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 27/6/96; extension of time to report 22/8/96; report tabled 19/9/96

PM Employment Security Bill 1998

(Introduced by Mr McMullan —€“ ALP)

To amend the: Workplace Relations Act 1996 in relation to: powers of the Commission or the Court in relation to orders for reinstatement of employees; and liability of a —€œrelated body corporate—€ for the payment of legal entitlements of employees; and Corporations Law in relation to: liability of a —€œrelated body corporate—€ for debts of a company being wound up in insolvency; and recovery of profits, and compensation for loss, resulting from contravention of civil penalty provisions.

Reps: Intro. 1/6/98; Read a 1st time 1/6/98; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting


PS Employment Security Bill 1998 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Mackay —€“ ALP)

To amend the: Workplace Relations Act 1996 in relation to: powers of the Commission or the Court in relation to orders for reinstatement of employees; and liability of a —€œrelated body corporate—€ for the payment of legal entitlements of employees; and Corporations Law in relation to: liability of a —€œrelated body corporate—€ for debts of a company being wound up in insolvency; and recovery of profits, and compensation for loss, resulting from contravention of civil penalty provisions.

Senate: Intro. 26/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 26/5/98, 25/6/98

SBC report 8/98 (24/6/98): No reference

S Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998

The bill implements a national scheme of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation and contains provisions in relation to: Commonwealth involvement and responsibility; environmental assessment and approval processes relating to the Commonwealth marine area, world heritage properties, certain Ramsar wetlands, threatened species and ecological communities, certain migratory species, environmentally significant nuclear actions, and certain actions made by the Commonwealth and its agencies; accreditation of State processes and systems; conservation and sustainable use of Australia—€™s biodiversity; and establishes the Australian Whale Sanctuary. The bill will also replace the: Endangered Species Protection Act 1992, Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974, National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975, Whale Protection Act 1980 and World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983.

Senate: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

SBC report 10/98 (tabled 8/7/98; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 8/7/98): Referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 8/7/98; report due 7/10/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 12/11/98; report due first sitting day in second sitting week in March 1999

S Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 (No. 2)

The bill implements a national scheme of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation and contains provisions in relation to: Commonwealth involvement and responsibility; environmental assessment and approval processes relating to the Commonwealth marine area, world heritage properties, certain Ramsar wetlands, threatened species and ecological communities, certain migratory species, environmentally significant nuclear actions, and certain actions made by the Commonwealth and its agencies; accreditation of State processes and systems; conservation and sustainable use of Australia—€™s biodiversity; and establishes the Australian Whale Sanctuary. The bill will also replace the: Endangered Species Protection Act 1992, Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974, National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975, Whale Protection Act 1980 and World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983.

Senate: Intro. 12/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/98


S Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1998

Further to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 (No. 2), the bill: repeals the: Endangered Species Protection Act 1992, Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974, National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975, Whale Protection Act 1980 and World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983; amends 10 Acts to effect schemes established by the proposed Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1998; makes consequential amendments to 19 Acts; and makes saving and transitional arrangements.

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: reduce the rate of excise duty on aviation gasoline retrospectively from 3 July 1997; reinstate the $0.17403 per litre rate of duty on aviation gasoline retrospectively from 31 January 1998; and make technical amendments in relation to fuel substitution minimisation.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 27/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 28/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 64, 1998

Family Law Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the Family Law Act 1975 to enable regulations to be made to: effect bi-lateral arrangements with other countries on intercountry adoption; and confer jurisdiction on Australian courts to make decisions on intercountry adoptions.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/98; Passed 30/6/98

Senate: Intro. 1/7/98; Passed 2/7/98

SBC report 9/98 (tabled and adopted 1/7/98): No reference

Assent: 14/7/98; Act No. 89, 1998

Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Bill 1997

(Act citation: Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Act 1998)

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to trust losses, the bill imposes the family trust distribution tax at a rate of 48.5 per cent of the amount or value of the relevant income or capital.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 23/10/97

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate: Intro. 27/10/97; Passed 23/3/98

SBC report 16/97 (tabled and adopted 23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extensions of time to report 19/11/97, 26/11/97; report tabled 2/12/97; errata tabled 2/3/98

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 23/3/98: 1 Dem/passed]

Assent: 6/4/98; Act No. 10, 1998


Family Trust Distribution Tax (Secondary Liability) Bill 1997

(Act citation: Family Trust Distribution Tax (Secondary Liability) Act 1998)

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to trust losses, the bill imposes family trust distribution tax at a rate of 100 per cent on amounts of unpaid family trust distribution tax of certain non-resident entities.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 23/10/97

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate: Intro. 27/10/97; Passed 23/3/98

SBC report 16/97 (tabled and adopted 23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extensions of time to report 19/11/97, 26/11/97; report tabled 2/12/97; errata tabled 2/3/98

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 23/3/98: 1 Dem/passed]

Assent: 6/4/98; Act No. 11, 1998

PS Federal Court (Grouped Proceedings) Bill 1989 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To provide for the grouping of proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/89; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

Film Licensed Investment Company Bill 1998

Complementary to the Taxation Laws Amendment (Film Licensed Investment Company) Bill 1998, the bill establishes a pilot scheme for the delivery of tax concessions to investors in the film industry by means of concessional investment in film licensed investment companies.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

Main committee: Referred 27/5/98; 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 27/5/98; interim report: presented 11/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 12/11/98; extension of time to report 24/11/98; report tabled 30/11/98

Film Licensed Investment Company Bill 1998

Complementary to the Taxation Laws Amendment (Film Licensed Investment Company) Bill 1998, the bill establishes a pilot scheme for the delivery of tax concessions to investors in the film industry by means of concessional investment in film licensed investment companies.

Reps: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 12/11/98

Main committee: Referred 11/11/98

Senate: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 30/11/98

Assent: 7/12/98; Act No. 107, 1998


PM Financial Accountability (Commonwealth support of non-public sector bodies) Bill 1998

(Introduced by Mr Rocher —€“ Ind)

To require governments providing $50 000 or more support to a private sector enterprise to table details of the agreement in the Parliament within seven sitting days of the support being agreed to by the Minister.

Reps: Intro. 25/5/98; Read a 1st time 25/5/98; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Financial Institutions Supervisory Levies Collection Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill enables the collection of levies imposed on financial institutions regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 53, 1998


Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill amends the: Australian Securities Commission Act 1989 to establish the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) (to replace the Australian Securities Commission) and make consequential amendments; Banking Act 1959 to: establish a single licensing and prudential regime for deposit-taking institutions (DTIs); depositor protection powers; licensing and regulation of financial conglomerates; regulatory powers of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA); and non-callable deposits with the Reserve Bank; Corporations Law to change the name of the Australian Securities Commission and make consequential amendments; Financial Corporations Act 1974 to exempt authorised DTIs from data reporting requirements; Insurance Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1991 to facilitate integration with the proposed Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998 in regard to common shareholding rules; and transfer of regulatory responsibility to APRA; Insurance Act 1973, Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984, Insurance Contracts Act 1984 and Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993 in relation to transfer of regulatory responsibility; Life Insurance Act 1995, Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to separate responsibility for administration of the Acts between ASIC and APRA; Reserve Bank Act 1959 to: establish the Payments System Board; reduce the membership of the Reserve Bank Board; and make consequential amendments. Also repeals the: Banks (Shareholdings) Act 1972, Insurance and Superannuation Commissioner Act 1987, General Insurance Supervisory Levy Act 1989, Insurance Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1989, Life Insurance Supervisory Levy Act 1989 and Retirement Savings Accounts Supervisory Levy Act 1997; makes consequential amendments to 8 other Acts and transitional provisions to 3 Acts.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 17 Govt/passed; 11 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/passed; 2 Opp to Dem/passed; 4 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 4 and 6 to 30 and disagreed to amendment no. 5 4/6/98; Senate did not insist on its amendment 22/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 54, 1998

S Financial Sector Reform (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Consequential on the package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill amends 53 Acts to amend certain references and reflect the proposed renaming of some current financial sector levy Acts.

Senate: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): Deferred

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 1 Opp to Govt/passed; 3 Dem to Govt/passed; 1 Dem to Govt/withdrawn

Reps: Intro. 3/6/98; Passed 23/6/98

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 48, 1998


Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill streamlines rules governing ownership and acquisitions in the financial system by subjecting prudentially regulated financial sector companies to a 15 per cent shareholding limit by any one person or a higher shareholding limit that the Treasurer may determine as being in the national interest.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 55, 1998

S Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the Fisheries Management Act 1991 to prohibit the commercial taking of black marlin and blue marlin in the Australian fishing zone; abolishes the compulsory promotion levies on the Australian prawn industry and repeals the Prawn Export Charge Act 1995, Prawn Boat Levy Act 1995 and Prawn Export Promotion Act 1995 (to take effect 3 years after royal assent); and makes transitional arrangements.

Senate: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 28/5/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Reps: Intro. 1/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 75, 1998

Flags Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Flags Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the Flags Act 1953 to ensure that the Australian National Flag does not cease to be the national flag unless a new national flag or flags have been submitted to the electors in each state and territory and a majority have approved the change.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 12/12/96

Senate: Intro. 13/12/96; Passed 5/3/98

SBC report 9/96 (tabled and adopted 22/8/96): No reference

Assent: 24/3/98; Act No. 2, 1998

PS Food Labelling Bill 1998

(Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To provide for food labelling which identifies each ingredient, its percentage by volume in the product and its country of origin (particularly whether it is an Australian product).

Senate: Intro. 24/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/3/98

SBC report 4/98 (tabled and adopted 31/3/98): No reference


Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Bill 1998

(Previous title: Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Bill 1997)

To implement the national third party access regime for natural gas pipelines and provide for increased competition. The bill extends the access regime to areas where State and Territory legislation cannot operate without Commonwealth assistance: that is, offshore waters, relevant external territories and the Moomba-Sydney pipeline. As a consequence, the bill amends the: Moomba-Sydney Pipeline System Sale Act 1994, Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 and Trade Practices Act 1974; and extends the application of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and makes a consequential amendment to the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 11/3/98

Main committee: Referred 3/3/98; CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 24/3/98; Passed 9/7/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Assent: 30/7/98; Act No. 101, 1998

General Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill imposes a levy on the general insurance industry.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 22/6/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 4/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 56, 1998

General Interest Charge (Imposition) Bill 1998

Introduced with the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1998, the bill imposes the new general interest charge as a tax to the extent to which the charge cannot validly be imposed as a penalty. The charge replaces existing late payment penalties in various taxation laws.

Reps: Intro. 10/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/98

PS Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998

R (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To provide for the: protection of genetic privacy; collection, storage, analysis and disclosure of DNA samples; rights and responsibilities of persons with respect to genetic information; and unlawfulness of genetic discrimination.

Senate: Intro. 11/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 11/3/98

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 25/3/98; report due 11/8/98; interim report: presented 10/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 23/11/98; extension of time to report 10/12/98; report due 18/2/99

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98


Health Care (Appropriation) Bill 1998

To appropriate money to make a Commonwealth contribution to the cost of health and emergency services that are currently or were historically provided by hospitals in the States and Territories.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/98; Passed 3/6/98

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 29/6/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 74, 1998

Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

(Previous title: Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1997)

To amend the: Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 in relation to: Ministerial approval for hedging contracts made incidental to borrowings or investments of the Commission; Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to: electronic transmission of claims for, and payments of, Medicare benefits; appointment of members to certain specialist recognition committees; recognition of specialists and consultant physicians; undertakings allowing optometrists to charge in excess of the schedule fee in certain circumstances; recovery of certain Medicare benefits; Medicare benefits for assistance at an operation; Medicare benefits for services during a domestic journey; hospital funding arrangements; release of de-identified data for research purposes from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register; referral of practitioners convicted of certain offences to a Medicare Participation Review Committee; a penalty for charging public patients for the provision of public hospital services in prescribed circumstances; transmission and use of confidential information in specific circumstances; and technical amendments; National Health Act 1953 in relation to: the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in relation to: use by private hospitals and residential care facilities of pharmaceuticals from their own stocks for patients; appointment of an additional member representing consumers on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; transmission and use of confidential information in specific circumstances; reviewable decisions of the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority; and repeal of redundant provisions; and Social Security Amendment (Family Measures) Act 1995 to correct a technical drafting error.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 25/3/98

Main committee: Referred 10/3/98; CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 19, 1998


Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Act citation: Health Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1998)

To amend the: National Health Act 1953 in relation to: the definition of health insurance business; public availability of copies of certain agreements; general professional freedom of doctors to identify appropriate treatment; payments to hospitals above the Medicare benefits schedule fee in certain circumstances; reinsurance arrangements; the Private Health Insurance Administration Council; provision of certain information by health funds; Private Health Insurance Ombudsman; waiting period for benefits for obstetrics; rights of members transferring from one health fund to another; assignment of Medicare benefits to approved billing agents; for-profit health funds; notice of premium increases; removal of redundant provisions; and technical amendments; Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to Australian overseas visitors health insurance for out-of-hospital medical services; and technical amendments; and Health Insurance Act 1973, National Health Act 1953, Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to determination of benefits for nursing-home type patients.

Reps: Intro. 27/11/97; Passed 5/3/98

Senate: Intro. 9/3/98; Passed 3/4/98

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 6/4/98]

Assent: 24/4/98; Act No. 37, 1998

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1998

To amend the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 in relation to: the consultation process for issue or approval of certain guidelines; renaming the Medical Research Committee to the Research Committee; and meetings of Principal Committees and the Executive Committee and appointment and duties of Deputy Chairpersons of those Committees.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/98; Passed 2/12/98

Main committee: Referred 1/12/98

Senate: Intro. 7/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1998

To amend the: National Health Act 1953 in relation to: discounted premiums; extension of waiting periods in certain circumstances; loyalty bonus schemes; coverage of pharmaceutical benefits costs for in-hospital treatment; benefits for certain procedures rendered in approved procedures facilities; a new benefit for certain specialist services; monitoring changes in premium rates of registered organisations; and consequential amendments; and Health Insurance Act 1973 to: simplify billing arrangements; modify certain definitions; and modify the services available through medical purchaser-provider agreements.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 9/12/98; report due 8/3/99


Health Legislation Amendment (Health Care Agreements) Bill 1998

To amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to enable the Commonwealth to enter into agreements with the States and Territories, to be known as Australian Health Care Agreements (and which will replace Medicare Agreements), for the provision of designated health care services for eligible people from 1 July 1998 to 30 June 2003.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 26/3/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Message reported 31/3/98

SBC report 4/98 (tabled and adopted 31/3/98): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 1/4/98; extension of time to report 14/5/98; report due 1/6/98; report tabled 29/5/98; additional information tabled 25/6/98

S Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 [1998]

To amend the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to cease funding from 1997 under the Student Organisation Support (SOS) program; and States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994 to make a consequential amendment in relation to SOS funding.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (tabled and adopted 22/8/96): Referred to Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 22/8/96; report tabled 10/10/96

Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding and grant levels for the 1999 and 2000 funding year for certain purposes; funding for international promotion by Australian Education International; tabling requirements for certain determinations; grants to the University of Notre Dame Australia; and funding for the James Cook University of North Queensland and the Strategic Partnerships-Industry Research and Training Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 12/11/98

Main committee: Referred 11/11/98; 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 8/12/98; Act No. 112, 1998

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding and grants levels for certain purposes; notice of decisions concerning applications for remission of higher education contribution scheme and open learning deferred payment scheme debts; and minor technical amendments; and Maritime College Act 1978 to align fee provisions with relevant provisions in the Higher Education Funding Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 9/3/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 12/3/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference


Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding and grant levels for the 1999 and 2000 funding year for certain purposes; funding for international promotion by Australian Education International; and tabling requirements for certain determinations. Also amends the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 and Employment, Education and Training Act 1988 to reflect the name change of James Cook University of North Queensland to James Cook University.

Reps: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): No reference

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1996)

To amend the: Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA); Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (HRA); Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA); and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) to: reform the functions and structure of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; remove provisions dealing with complaints relating to breaches of human rights and employment discrimination from the DDA, RDA and SDA and provide for these complaints to be made under the HRA, including provision for proceedings in the Federal Court, delegation of judicial functions of the Court to judicial registrars and referral of discriminatory awards and determinations to other bodies; and provide transitional arrangements for complaints already lodged. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976; Defence Act 1903; Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973; Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996; and Workplace Relations Act 1996.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 19/6/97

CID amendments: 22 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 27/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/97

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 6/2/97; extensions of time to report 27/5/97, 17/6/97; report tabled 26/6/97

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the: Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA); Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (HRA); Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA); and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) to: reform the functions and structure of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; remove provisions dealing with complaints relating to breaches of human rights and employment discrimination from the DDA, RDA and SDA and provide for these complaints to be made under the HRA, including provision for proceedings in the Federal Court, delegation of judicial functions of the Court to judicial registrars and referral of discriminatory awards and determinations to other bodies; and provide transitional arrangements for complaints already lodged. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976; Defence Act 1903; Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973; Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996; and Workplace Relations Act 1996.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred


Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To provide for the reorganisation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and its renaming as the Human Rights and Responsibilities Commission. The bill also provides for: the creation of an Office of the Privacy Commissioner as a separate statutory authority; intervention powers for the Commission; abolition of the Community Relations Council; removal of powers of delegation from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and consolidation into one delegation provision; removal of power to recommend payment of damages or compensation in certain circumstances; and the appointment of persons aged over 65 years as members of the new Commission. Amends 5 Acts including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and makes consequential amendments to 15 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 30/6/98

Senate: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 14/5/98; interim report: presented 10/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 12/11/98; extensions of time to report 1/12/98, 8/12/98; report due 17/2/99

PS Income Tax Assessment (Housing Loan Interest) Amendment Bill 1989 [No. 2]

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to provide a rebate on housing loan interest.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/89; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Income Tax Assessment (Savings Accounts Interest) Amendment Bill 1989

R [No. 2] [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to grant exemption from income tax of certain income from savings accounts.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/89; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/89

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

Income Tax (Untainting Tax) Bill 1998

Introduced with the Taxation Laws Amendment (Company Law Review) Bill 1998 and as a result of changes to the Corporations Law, the bill imposes a liability to untainting tax in certain circumstances where a company elects to untaint its share capital account.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 27/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 23/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): No reference

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 65, 1998


Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Amendment Bill 1997

(Act citation: Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Act 1989 to: remove the requirement for at least 10 per cent of enrolled students to be indigenous before a non-government non-systemic preschool or school or a non-government vocational education and training institution can be funded under the Act; and permit the adjustment of grants under the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Programme in line with cost increases for the period up to 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 27/8/97

Main committee: Referred 26/8/97; CID amendments: 6 Opp/unresolved question 27/8/97

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 12/97 (tabled and adopted 28/8/97): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 27, 1998

Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 in relation to: determination of the amount payable by each department and Commonwealth authority for administration costs; provision of advice on occupational health and safety by Comcare; transfer of powers concerning investigations; penalties; effect of and access to certain documents; and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in relation to: compensable injuries; determination of premiums payable by each department and Commonwealth authority; subdelegation of powers and functions; fees for certain services; reimbursement of payments and costs by the Northern Territory government; and minimum level of compensation benefits.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96, 25/6/97, 26/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 27/5/97

Industry Research and Development Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 in relation to: the application process for companies claiming tax deductions under the Research and Development Tax Concession Scheme and the Board—€™s powers when considering those applications; the Registered Research Agency scheme; Board and committee appointments; communications; and recruitment of consultants.

Reps: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

Industry Research and Development Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 in relation to: the application process for companies claiming tax deductions under the Research and Development Tax Concession Scheme and the Board—€™s powers when considering those applications; the Registered Research Agency scheme; Board and committee appointments; communications; and recruitment of consultants.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference


Insurance Laws Amendment Bill 1997

(Act citation: Insurance Laws Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the: Insurance Act 1973, Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984 and Insurance Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1989 to: amend the prudential supervisory arrangements for Lloyd—€™s of London to improve the security arrangements for Lloyd—€™s underwriters—€™ Australian policyholders; Insurance Act 1973 to streamline the processes for form setting and lodgment of accounts and statements with the Insurance and Superannuation Commissioner by authorised insurers in Australia; Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984 to remove certain technical difficulties, insert additional definitions and strengthen broker disclosure notification requirements; and Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to include non-commercial marine pleasure craft, improve information flows between contracting parties and refine the insured—€™s duty of disclosure.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/97; Passed 4/3/98

Main committee: Referred 3/3/98

Senate: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 6/4/98]

Assent: 22/4/98; Act No. 35, 1998

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 1998

(Previous title: Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 1997)

To amend the Patents Act 1990 in relation to: an extension of up to five years for pharmaceutical patents; assistance to the public by Patent Office employees; record keeping and access; and revised procedures for the payment of certain fees; and Copyright Act 1968, Designs Act 1906, Patents Act 1990 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to introduce a new regulatory regime of the patent attorney profession and deregulate professional practice in trade marks and designs.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/97; Passed 11/3/98

Main committee: Referred 10/3/98; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 9/7/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Dem/passed; 2 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 15/7/98]

Assent: 27/7/98; Act No. 100, 1998


International Monetary Agreements Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947 to: establish a framework for the provision of financial assistance by Australia to countries that are undertaking economic adjustment programs with the support of the International Monetary Fund; and makes provision to cover the Government—€™s commitments to Indonesia and Korea if agreements with these countries are reached prior to the commencement of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 26/3/98

CID amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/3/98; Passed 1/4/98

SBC report 4/98 (tabled and adopted 31/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 GWA/negatived; 1 Ind (Harradine) to GWA/negatived

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 28, 1998

Interstate Road Transport Amendment Bill 1998

Introduced with the Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 1998, the bill amends the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 to take account of self-government in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and provide for additional enforcement officers to be appointed in the ACT; and to update penalty references.

Reps: Intro. 2/4/98; Passed 14/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 25/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): No reference

Assent: 17/6/98; Act No. 43, 1998

Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 1998

Introduced with the Interstate Road Transport Amendment Bill 1998, the bill amends the Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985 to provide for a formula for calculating registration charges for periods of less than one year for heavy vehicles registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 2/4/98; Passed 14/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 25/5/98; Passed 28/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): No reference

Assent: 17/6/98; Act No. 44, 1998

Judiciary Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Judiciary Act 1903 to establish the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) as a separate statutory authority to provide legal and related services for government purposes and also makes transitional provisions. Also makes consequential amendments to 10 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 20/11/97; Passed 25/11/97

Senate: Intro. 27/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/97

SBC report 19/97 (tabled and adopted 25/11/97): No reference


Judiciary Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Judiciary Act 1903 to establish the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) as a separate statutory authority to provide legal and related services for government purposes and also makes transitional provisions. Also makes consequential amendments to 10 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference

PS Koongarra Project Area Repeal Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To repeal the Koongarra Project Area Act 1981 to prevent uranium mining in the Koongarra area.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 4/96 (tabled and adopted 20/6/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

PS Labelling of Genetically Manipulated and Other Foods Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To ensure that all food which has been genetically modified or contains genetically engineered ingredients is labelled accordingly.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 9/96 (tabled and adopted 22/8/96): No reference

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the: Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 in relation to the role and function of the Administrative Review Council; Australian Law Reform Commission (Repeal, Transitional and Miscellaneous) Act 1996 to update certain references and commencement provisions; Australian Protective Service Act 1987 to provide for charges for services rendered; Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 1996, Copyright Amendment Act 1989, Corporate Law Reform Act 1992, Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1997, Marriage Act 1961, Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 and Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996 to correct minor drafting errors; Evidence Act 1995 in relation to: taking of evidence by affadavit; evidentiary effect of certain certificates or documents; extension of the Act—€™s operation to certain proceedings; and minor drafting corrections; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to: additional judges of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital territory to be included on the Full Court of the Federal Court; administration of oaths and witnessing affadavits; and insertion of a regulation-making power; High Court of Australia Act 1979 to insert a regulation-making power; Judges—€™ Pensions Act 1968 to amend the definition of —€œprior judicial service—€; Judiciary Act 1903 in relation to: conferral of criminal jurisdiction on the Federal Court; repeal of a spent provision; and exercise of federal criminal jurisdiction by courts of summary jurisdiction; and Jury Exemption Act 1965 to update certain references.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference


Law Officers Amendment Bill 1997

(Act citation: Law Officers Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the Law Officers Act 1964 to vary the terms and conditions of service for future occupants of the office of Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth by removing the current entitlement to a judge—€™s pension and payment in lieu of unused long leave.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 10/3/98

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 14/5/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Assent: 4/6/98; Act No. 39, 1998

Legislative Instruments Bill 1996 [No. 2]

To establish a new regime for the making, registration, publication, scrutiny and sunsetting of delegated legislation. Deals with: responsibilities of Principal Legislative Counsel; consultation before making legislative instruments; Federal Register of Legislative Instruments; Parliamentary scrutiny of legislative instruments; sunsetting; instruments not dealt with before commencing day; gazettal requirements; effect on existing tabling and disallowance requirements; delegation of certain Ministerial powers; early backcapturing; review of the operation of the Act and sunsetting provision; transitional provisions; regulations; instruments that are not legislative instruments; enabling legislation; and government business enterprises. Repeals the Statutory Rules Publication Act 1903 and makes consequential amendments to 11 other Acts, in particular the Acts Interpretation Act 1901; and including amendments that establish equivalent regimes for rules of court, which are excluded from the bill.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98; unresolved question 12/3/98

Senate: Intro. 23/3/98; Passed 14/5/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/withdrawn

Committee amendments: 22 Opp/passed; 6 Dem/passed; 1 Ind (Colston)/passed; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 1 clause negatived

[Reps reported message 14/5/98]

Life Insurance (Conduct and Disclosure) Bill 1998

To introduce consumer protection initiatives for the life insurance industry, the bill: imposes product disclosure requirements and provisions relating to the conduct of life insurance advisers; introduce civil and criminal sanctions for misleading and deceptive statements or breach of requirements by a life insurance company, broker or adviser relating to the advising or selling process; provides redress for consumers who suffer loss as a consequence of receiving inappropriate advice from life insurance advisers; establishes an internal Compliance Committee; and provides for the making of regulations. Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 1989 to confer on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission the powers and functions of this proposed Act.

Reps: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred


Life Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill imposes a levy on the life insurance industry.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 22/6/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 4/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 57, 1998

Managed Investments Bill 1997

(Act citation: Managed Investments Act 1998)

To amend the Corporations Law to implement a new regime for the regulation of non-superannuation managed investment schemes. In particular, the bill: establishes a single responsible entity for each scheme; imposes certain statutory duties and responsibilities on the responsible entity; imposes certain compliance provisions; and provides for a 2-year transitional period for existing schemes to comply with the new requirements.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 4/3/98

Senate: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 23/6/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities 3/3/98; extensions of time to report 23/3/98, 30/3/98; report tabled 1/4/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Opp/passed; 3 Dem/passed; 1 GWA/passed; 11 Dem/negatived; 27 GWA/negatived; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 4 GWA/withdrawn

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 6 and 8 and agreed to amendment no. 7 with an amendment 25/6/98; Senate agreed to amendment made by Reps 25/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 62, 1998

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Act citation: Medicare Levy Amendment Act 1998)

To amend the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the: Medicare levy low income exemption thresholds for individuals, married couples and sole parents; and exemption shade-out thresholds as a result of the increased low income thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 1/12/97

Senate: Intro. 4/12/97; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 18/97 (tabled and adopted 19/11/97): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 29, 1998


Medicare Levy Consequential Amendment (Trust Loss) Bill 1997

(Act citation: Medicare Levy Consequential Amendment (Trust Loss) Act 1998)

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to trust losses, the bill makes a consequential amendment to the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to provide that the taxable income of a person for certain purposes includes an amount that is exempt from income tax because family trust distribution tax has been paid in relation to it.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 23/10/97

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate: Intro. 27/10/97; Passed 23/3/98

SBC report 16/97 (tabled and adopted 23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extensions of time to report 19/11/97, 26/11/97; report tabled 2/12/97; errata tabled 2/3/98

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 23/3/98: 1 Dem/passed]

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 30, 1998

S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 [1998]

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: ensure that certain provisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and the Ombudsman Act 1976 do not apply to immigration detainees unless they have initiated a complaint in writing to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission or to the Ombudsman; and clarify duties of the Minister and officials concerning advice relating to applications for visas and access to legal and other advice.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/96, 28/6/96

SBC report 5/96 (tabled and adopted 24/6/96): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 24/6/96; report due 20/8/96; report tabled 27/6/96

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1997

To amend the: Migration Act 1958 to enable the merger of the Migration Internal Review Office and the Immigration Review Tribunal (IRT) to form the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT); and in relation to: powers of Principal Members of the MRT and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT); appointment of acting Senior Members; MRT and RRT hearings; publication of tribunal decisions; a code of procedure for the MRT and RRT for decisions on entry and stay of non-citizens; waiver of the —€œno further stay—€ condition on temporary visas in certain circumstances; cancellation of certain visas; and to clarify existing provisions and make technical amendments; Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to align the penalty provision concerning false representations with similar offences under Commonwealth law; and makes minor technical amendments to the: Immigration (Education) Act 1971, Migration Reform Act 1992 and Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 5) 1995.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 3/9/97

CID amendments: 18 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 22/9/97; 2nd reading adjourned 22/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (tabled and adopted 4/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 20/10/97; report tabled 30/10/97


Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1997

To amend the Migration Act 1958 and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to: introduce a new judicial review scheme and apply it to the Federal Court and the High Court; and allow specified decisions to be reviewable under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977. These provisions were originally included in the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1997.

Reps: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 24/9/97

Senate: Intro. 29/9/97; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/97

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 20/10/97; report tabled 30/10/97

S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the: Migration Act 1958 to enable the merger of the Migration Internal Review Office and the Immigration Review Tribunal (IRT) to form the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT); and in relation to: powers of Principal Members of the MRT and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT); appointment of acting Senior Members; MRT and RRT hearings; publication of tribunal decisions; a code of procedure for the MRT and RRT for decisions on entry and stay of non-citizens; waiver of the —€œno further stay—€ condition on temporary visas in certain circumstances; cancellation of certain visas; and to clarify existing provisions and make technical amendments; Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to align the penalty provision concerning false representations with similar offences under Commonwealth law; and makes minor technical amendments to the: Immigration (Education) Act 1971, Migration Reform Act 1992 and Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 5) 1995.

Senate: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 30/11/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Reps: Intro. 1/12/98; Passed 2/12/98

Assent: 11/12/98; Act No. 113, 1998

S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: ensure that certain provisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and the Ombudsman Act 1976 do not apply to immigration detainees who are unlawful non-citizens unless they have initiated a complaint in writing to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission or orally or in writing to the Ombudsman; and clarify duties of the Minister and officials concerning advice relating to applications for visas and access to legal and other advice.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/12/98; report due 8/3/99

S Migration Legislation Amendment (Judicial Review) Bill 1998

To amend the Migration Act 1958 and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 in relation to judicial review of immigration decision-making. The bill introduces a new judicial review scheme and applies it to the Federal Court and the High Court; and allows specified decisions to be reviewable under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977.

Senate: Intro. 2/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/98

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/12/98; report due 22/3/99


Migration Legislation Amendment (Strengthening of Provisions relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 1997

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: increase control over the entry into, and presence in, Australia of certain non-citizens who are unable to pass the —€œcharacter test—€; and strengthen the procedures used in dealing with such people.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 19/11/97

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/97

SBC report 18/97 (tabled and adopted 19/11/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 19/11/97; extensions of time to report 9/3/98, 11/3/98; report tabled 23/3/98

S Migration Legislation Amendment (Strengthening of Provisions relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 1998

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: increase control over the entry into, and presence in, Australia of certain non-citizens who are unable to pass the —€œcharacter test—€; and strengthen the procedures used in dealing with such people.

Senate: Intro. 11/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

Reps: Intro. 26/11/98; Passed 2/12/98

Main committee: Referred 1/12/98

Assent: 11/12/98; Act No. 114, 1998

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Migration (Visa Applications) Charge Act 1997 in relation to calculation of the visa application charge limit; and makes a minor technical amendment.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/12/98; report due 8/3/99

Motor Vehicle Standards Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in relation to: the definition of —€œvehicle standard—€; administration and enforcement of the Act; appointment of Assistant Admistrators; and revocation of approvals relating to compliance plates.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference

PS Motor Vehicle Standards (Emission Quotas) Amendment Bill 1990 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To set a limit to the CO2 emissions from each fleet of motor vehicles sold by a manufacturer or importer which would be reduced by 5 per cent each succeeding year.

Senate: Intro. 16/10/90; 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/90

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96


S National Environment Protection Measures (Implementation) Bill 1997 [1998]

Complementary to the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994, the bill provides for the implementation by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities of national environment protection measures (NEPMS) by: extending the application of certain provisions of State and Territory laws to Commonwealth places and activities; the making of regulations; environmental audits and environment management plans; adequacy of implementation action; and providing for: AAT review of any reviewable decision; disclosure of certain information; exempt premises; payment of certain fees and charges; arrangements with States and Territories; annual reporting requirements; application of the criminal code; and regulation-making powers.

Senate: Intro. 21/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/97

SBC report 18/97 (tabled and adopted 19/11/97): Referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 19/11/97; extension of time to report 9/3/98; report tabled 12/3/98

S National Environment Protection Measures (Implementation) Bill 1998

Complementary to the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994, the bill provides for the implementation by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities of national environment protection measures (NEPMS) by: extending the application of certain provisions of State and Territory laws to Commonwealth places and activities; the making of regulations; environmental audits and environment management plans; adequacy of implementation action; and providing for: AAT review of any reviewable decision; disclosure of certain information; exempt premises; payment of certain fees and charges; arrangements with States and Territories; annual reporting requirements; application of the criminal code; and regulation-making powers.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/98; Passed 7/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Opp/passed; 12 Dem (6 as amended)/passed; 8 Opp/negatived; 14 Dem/negatived; 1 Dem/withdrawn; 1 clause negatived

Reps: Intro. 8/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Main committee: Referred 9/12/98

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 129, 1998

National Firearms Program Implementation Bill 1998

Further to the National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1996 and National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1997, the bill appropriates monies to: provide financial assistance to the external territories of Norfolk Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island to provide compensation to firearms owners and dealers who surrender certain firearms; and implement licensing and registration schemes in the territories.

Reps: Intro. 27/5/98; Passed 4/6/98

Main committee: Referred 3/6/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 81, 1998


National Measurement Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the National Measurement Act 1960 to: allow the appointment of certifying bodies by the National Standards Commission both for the certification of certified measuring instruments and for the certification of certified reference materials; and remove the mandatory retirement age for the Executive Director of the National Standards Commission.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 27/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; Passed 2/7/98

SBC report 7/98 (tabled and adopted 27/5/98): No reference

Assent: 14/7/98; Act No. 90, 1998

National Measurement Amendment (Utility Meters) Bill 1998

To amend the National Measurement Act 1960 to provide a national metrological control system for specified utility meters comprising mandatory pattern approval and verification systems harmonised to international standards.

Reps: Intro. 1/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 1/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

National Measurement Amendment (Utility Meters) Bill 1998

To amend the National Measurement Act 1960 to provide a national metrological control system for specified utility meters comprising mandatory pattern approval and verification systems harmonised to international standards.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference

National Residue Survey Administration Amendment Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills, the bill amends the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 to clarify that national residue survey (NRS) levies are —€œstand alone—€ levies, not dependent on other primary industry levies. Also repeals the 22 NRS levy imposition Acts to enable their consolidation into 2 new Acts, the proposed National Residue Survey Levy (Customs) Act 1998 and National Residue Survey Levy (Excise) Act 1998, and makes consequential amendments to the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991. The bill also amends the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection (National Residue Survey—€”Onion) Regulations to retrospectively validate the imposition of the NRS levy on onions.

Reps: Intro. 4/3/98; Passed 30/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 31/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 31, 1998


PS National Residue Survey Administration (Cost Sharing) Amendment Bill 1993

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To amend the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 to share the cost of the National Residue Survey between the Commonwealth and producers.

Senate: Intro. 30/8/93; 2nd reading adjourned 30/8/93

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill 1998

Part of a package of five bills to consolidate 40 levy/charge imposition Acts into two main Acts, the bill amends the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 as a consequence of the repeal of various levies and charges Acts and the enactment of the new levies and charges legislation.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills, the bill imposes levies that are duties of customs on 5 commodity groups to replace the relevant imposition Acts repealed by the National Residue Survey Administration Amendment Bill 1998.

Reps: Intro. 4/3/98; Passed 30/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 31/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 32, 1998

National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill 1998

Part of a package of five bills to consolidate 40 levy/charge imposition Acts into two main Acts, the bill amends the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998 as a consequence of the repeal of various levies and charges Acts and the enactment of the new levies and charges legislation; and removes the sunset clause applicable to National Residue Survey dairy levies.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills, the bill imposes levies that are duties of excise on 16 commodity groups to replace the relevant imposition Acts repealed by the National Residue Survey Administration Amendment Bill 1998.

Reps: Intro. 4/3/98; Passed 30/3/98

Main committee: Referred 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 31/3/98; Passed 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 33, 1998


National Road Transport Commission Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the National Road Transport Commission Act 1991 in relation to: extension of the sunset clause from 15 January 1999 to 15 January 2004; regular review of legislation; replacement of the Ministerial Council for Road Transport with the Australian Transport Council; New Zealand involvement in developing trans-Tasman vehicle standards; Defence Force exemptions; revised structure and focus for the National Road Transport Commission; and motor vehicle noise and emissions standards. Also amends the Road Transport Reform (Heavy Vehicles Registration) Act 1997, Road Transport Reform (Vehicles and Traffic) Act 1993 and Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Act 1995 to remove sunset provisions.

Reps: Intro. 8/4/98; Passed 13/5/98

Main committee: Referred 12/5/98

Senate: Intro. 14/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 82, 1998

National Transmission Network Sale Bill 1997

To facilitate the sale of the national transmission network (by the sale of shares in one or more Commonwealth-owned companies) and to implement a regulatory framework for the provision of national broadcasting and other transmission services after the sale.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 18/11/97

Senate: Intro. 19/11/97; In committee 27/5/98

SBC report 18/97 (tabled and adopted 19/11/97): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 19/11/97; extension of time to report 9/3/98; report tabled 12/3/98

S National Transmission Network Sale Bill 1998

To facilitate the sale of the national transmission network (by the sale of shares in one or more Commonwealth-owned companies) and to implement a regulatory framework for the provision of national broadcasting and other transmission services after the sale.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/98; Passed 9/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Dem/negatived; 1 Dem/withdrawn

Reps: Intro. 9/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 130, 1998

National Transmission Network Sale (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997

Consequential on the sale of the national transmission network, the bill makes amendments to the: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 in relation to: the powers of the national broadcasters in relation to the provision of transmission services; annual reporting requirements; and a mechanism for dealing with complaints about the degradation of signal quality; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to licensing provisions.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 18/11/97

Senate: Intro. 19/11/97; In committee 27/5/98

SBC report 18/97 (tabled and adopted 19/11/97): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 19/11/97; extension of time to report 9/3/98; report tabled 12/3/98


S National Transmission Network Sale (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Consequential on the sale of the national transmission network, the bill makes amendments to the: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 in relation to: the powers of the national broadcasters in relation to the provision of transmission services; annual reporting requirements; and a mechanism for dealing with complaints about the degradation of signal quality; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to licensing provisions.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/98; Passed 9/12/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): No reference

Reps: Intro. 9/12/98; Passed 10/12/98

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 131, 1998

PS Native Forest Protection Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senators Brown and Lees —€“ AD)

To: phase out woodchipping of native forests by 1 January 1999; prohibit logging of high conservation value native forests from 1 January 1997; and establish a transitional strategy for the wood-products industry.

Senate: Intro. 11/9/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/96

SBC report 11/96 (tabled and adopted 10/10/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

Native Title Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: acts affecting native title and agreements between governments and native title holders about those acts; processes for determining native title matters; registration processes for claims; enforcement of native title and compensation determinations; technical amendments, transitional provisions in relation to applications and determinations already made and correction of drafting errors. Also amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to Judicial Registrars; the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 in relation to the Commission—€™s functions under section 209.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 27/6/96; extension of time to report 17/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Reference: Proposed Government amendments referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 17/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Senate:

SBC report 9/96 (tabled and adopted 22/8/96): No reference

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 19/11/96; report tabled 12/12/96


Native Title Amendment Bill 1997 [No. 2]

(Act citation: Native Title Amendment Act 1998)

As a consequence of the High Court—€™s decision in the Wik Peoples v Queensland case, the bill amends the: Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: interaction between native title rights and interests and other rights and interests in land or waters; transitional arrangements for Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander representative bodies; a new system for selection, funding, accountability and administration of representative bodies; scheduled interests in land; and application and transitional provisions; Native Title Act 1993, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 in relation to: processes for registering and determining native title claims; and maintenance of the Register of Native Title Claims and the National Native Title Register.

Reps: Intro. 9/3/98; Passed 11/3/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/3/98; Passed 9/4/98 a.m.

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp (as amended and reconsidered)/negatived; 1 GWA-AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 89 Govt/passed (including 2 reconsidered and 1 amt superseded by an Opp amt, 3 as amended); 86 Opp/passed (including 2 reconsidered and 1 amt subsumed in an Opp amt); 8 Opp to Govt/passed; 16 Dem-GWA/passed; 7 Ind (Harradine)/passed; 1 Part/negatived; 11 items/negatived; 6 sections/negatived

5 Govt/negatived; 1 Govt/withdrawn; 7 Opp/negatived; 1 Opp to Govt/negatived; 135 Dem-GWA/negatived (5 reconsidered); 5 Dem-GWA/withdrawn; 110 Dem/negatived; 2 Ind (Harradine)/negatived; 3 AG/negatived

1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 1 Part opposed/Part agreed to; 3 Divisions opposed/Divisions agreed to; 6 Subdivisions opposed/Subdivisions agreed to; 28 items opposed/items agreed to; 15 sections opposed/sections agreed to

Reps consideration of Senate amts:

Senate amts

Outcome in Reps (9/4/98)

Outcome in Reps (3/7/98)

88 Govt

Agreed to

73 agreed to; 15 disagreed to

85 Opp (includes 1 amt as amended)

13 agreed to; 72 disagreed to

17 agreed to; 68 disagreed to

8 Opp to Govt

5 agreed to; 3 disagreed to

8 disagreed to

16 Dem-GWA

1 agreed to; 15 disagreed to

16 disagreed to

7 Ind (Harradine)

Disagreed to

Disagreed to

1 Part negatived (Govt)

Agreed to

Agreed to

4 items negatived (Govt)

Agreed to

Agreed to

2 items negatived (Opp/Dem-GWA)

Disagreed to

1 agreed to; 1 disagreed to

5 items negatived (Dem-GWA)

Disagreed to

1 agreed to; 4 disagreed to

4 sections negatived (Opp/Dem-GWA)

Disagreed to

1 agreed to; 3 disagreed to

2 sections negatived (Opp/Dem-GWA/Harradine)

Disagreed to

Disagreed to

[Reps: laid bill aside 9/4/98; rescinded resolution to lay bill aside and amended resolution in relation to Senate amendments (see table above) and agreed to 89 further Government amendments 3/7/98 (Votes 2/7/98)

Senate: Committee amendments: 3 AG to Govt/negatived; Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted: 1 Opp-Dem-AG-GWA/negatived; Senate did not insist on amendments disagreed to by Reps and agreed to amendments made by Reps 8/7/98]

Assent: 27/7/98; Act No. 97, 1998


PS Natural Heritage Trust Fund Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To establish a Natural Heritage Trust Fund for environmental programs of national significance to be funded from an amount equal to 7 per cent of Telstra—€™s pre-tax profits for the next 5 financial years.

Senate: Intro. 21/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (tabled and adopted 23/5/96): No reference

Navigation Amendment (Employment of Seafarers) Bill 1998

To amend the Navigation Act 1912 to: abolish the Marine Council; remove employment-related provisions which are inconsistent with the Workplace Relations Act 1996; and make consequential amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

Navigation Amendment (Employment of Seafarers) Bill 1998

To amend the Navigation Act 1912 to: abolish the Marine Council; remove employment-related provisions which are inconsistent with the Workplace Relations Act 1996; and make consequential amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/98

1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security and Veterans—€™ Entitlements) Bill 1998 (see Page 1)

NRS Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 1998

Part of a package of 5 bills in relation to the telecommunications industry, the bill amends the NRS Levy Imposition Act 1998 to replace a reference to the Telecommunications Act 1997 with a reference to the proposed Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1998, consequential upon the enactment of that Act.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 26/11/98

Main committee: Referred 24/11/98

Senate: Intro. 30/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/98

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 2/12/98; report due 15/2/99


NRS Levy Imposition Bill 1997

(Act citation: NRS Levy Imposition Act 1998)

Introduced with the Telecommunications Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997, the bill imposes a levy on participating carriers to provide funding for the National Relay Service (a service that provides people with hearing or speech impairment with access to standard telephone service comparable to other users).

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 4/3/98

Main committee: Referred 3/3/98

Senate: Intro. 9/3/98; Passed 12/3/98

SBC report 1/98 (tabled and adopted 3/3/98): No reference

Assent: 26/3/98; Act No. 3, 1998

PS Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Exports) Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Sanders —€“ AD)

To prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by regulating the exportation of nuclear material and certain associated items from Australia.

Senate: Intro. 1/6/88; 2nd reading adjourned 1/6/88

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/5/90, 5/5/93, 1/5/96

PS Nuclear Power, Uranium Enrichment and Reprocessing (Prohibition) Bill 1993

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To prohibit uranium enrichment, nuclear power production and replacement reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in Australia and make consequential amendments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987.

Senate: Intro 13/5/93; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/93

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PS Ombudsman Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Conroy —€“ ALP)

To amend the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the independence of the Office of Ombudsman and the creation of a Parliamentary Joint Committee to monitor and review the office—€™s performance and functions and to report to both Houses on matters concerning the Office.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (tabled and adopted 12/9/96): Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 12/9/96; extension of time to report 4/12/96; report tabled 13/2/97

S Ozone Protection Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Ozone Protection Act 1989 to effect Australia—€™s obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in relation to the importation, manufacture and export of hydrochlorofluorocarbons and methyl bromide.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/98


PS Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

To provide for parliamentary approval of international treaties and any reservations to a treaty signed by Australia.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/95; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96, 23/11/98

PS Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Security of Australia) Bill 1994 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the Security of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 30/6/94; 2nd reading adjourned 30/6/94

SBC report 13/94 (tabled and adopted 1/9/94): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

PS Parliamentary Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of Lawful Orders) Bill 1994

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To amend the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 in relation to enforcement by the Federal Court of lawful orders made by Parliament and its committees.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/94; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/94

SBC report 6/94 (tabled and adopted 9/5/94): No reference

Reference: Standing Committee of Privileges 12/5/94; extension of time to report 23/8/94; report tabled 19/9/94

Related reference: Standing Committee of Privileges 22/6/94; extensions of time to report 9/11/94, 7/12/94; report tabled 1/3/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Parliamentary Proceedings Act 1946 to alter gender specific references to non-gender specific references.

Reps: Intro. 30/4/96; Read a 1st time 30/4/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Senate:

SBC report 4/96 (tabled and adopted 20/6/96): No reference

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Parliamentary Proceedings Act 1946 to alter gender specific references to non-gender specific references.

Reps: Intro. 10/11/98; Read a 1st time 10/11/98; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting


Parliamentary Service Bill 1997 [No. 2]

To establish an independent framework for the employment of staff in the parliamentary departments. In particular, the bill: establishes the Australian Parliamentary Service; defines parliamentary service values and provides for a code of conduct; and provides for: the creation, independence, powers, appointment, suspension and termination of the Clerks and secretaries of parliamentary departments; mobility between the Parliamentary Service and the Public Service; a Parliamentary Senior Executive Service; an independent Parliamentary Service Commissioner; the establishment of parliamentary departments; annual reporting; and transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 10/3/98; Passed 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 1/4/98

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 38 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 6/4/98]

Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Passenger Movement Charge Act 1978 to increase the rate of the passenger movement charge by $3, from $27 to $30, effective from 1 January 1999.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/98; Passed 3/6/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 66, 1998

PS Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To amend the Patents Act 1990 to prohibit the patenting of naturally occurring genes or gene sequences.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (tabled and adopted 12/9/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98


Payment Processing Legislation Amendment (Social Security and Veterans—€™ Entitlements) Bill 1998

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to: change social security payments and income support payments to daily rate period-based payments rather than payday-based payments; require that bereavement periods commence on the date of a person—€™s death; change the date of effect of changes in circumstances and reduce the period within which such changes must be notified; and make consequential and transitional amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Child Care Payments Act 1997 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 1/12/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 8/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 55 Govt/passed; 23 items negatived

Committee request: 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 10/12/98]

Assent: 24/12/98; Act No. 132, 1998

Payment Systems and Netting Bill 1998

To: overcome the effect of the Zero Hour Rule in relation to payment and settlement systems approved by the Reserve Bank of Australia; and enhance legal certainty for: multilateral netting (ie multiparty set-offs of amounts due) in the payment system; netting in financial market transactions; and netting undertaken in accordance with the rules governing stock and futures exchanges and the associated clearing houses.

Reps: Intro. 1/4/98; Passed 28/5/98

Main committee: Referred 27/5/98

Senate: Intro. 29/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 6/98 (tabled 13/5/98; adopted 14/5/98): No reference

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 83, 1998

Payment Systems (Regulation) Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill provides for regulation of certain payment systems and store-of-value backed purchased payment facilities by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 58, 1998


Petroleum Retail Legislation Repeal Bill 1998

To: repeal the Petroleum Retail Marketing Sites Act 1980 and Petroleum Retail Marketing Franchise Act 1980 to enable deregulation of the petroleum products industry; and make savings and transitional provisions. The bill includes a regulation-making power for savings and transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/98

Senate:

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 26/11/98; report due 11/3/99

PS Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 1997 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Bolkus —€“ ALP and Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To provide for the holding of a national plebiscite on whether Australia should become a republic and the establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to determine the form of question to be put at the plebiscite.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/97

SBC report 12/97 (tabled and adopted 28/8/97): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

PM Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 1997 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Beazley —€“ ALP)

To provide for the holding of a national plebiscite on whether Australia should become a republic and the establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to determine the form of question to be put at the plebiscite.

Reps: Intro. 3/9/97; Read a first time 3/9/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 9/3/98


Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997

(Act citation: Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998)

To amend: 9 Acts to place responsibility for approval of terms and conditions of employment of the principal employee with individual organisations; the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to: increase the field of potential applicants for appointment as Director of the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA); and provide for the appointment of an additional director of the NRA; the Australian Horticultural Corporation Act 1987 to: remove the corporation—€™s export trading powers; and reduce the number of members on the corporation—€™s Selection Committee and the number of members required for a quorum; the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 to insert regulation-making powers in relation to the meaning of false or misleading description and presentation of wine; the Dairy Produce Act 1986 to repeal the exclusion of people aged 65 and over from membership on the board of the Australian Dairy Corporation; the Farm Household Support Act 1992 to annul Farm Household Support scheme debts; the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 to amend the description of the Adjacent Areas in respect of Western Australia and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands; the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Corporation Act 1989 to reduce Commonwealth funding to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation in the 1997-98 financial year by $3.612 million; and the Primary Industry Councils Act 1991 to abolish the Australian Pig Industry Council.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 23/3/98

CID amendments: 29 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 24/3/98; Passed 9/7/98

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/3/98; extensions of time to report 12/5/98, 28/5/98, 22/6/98, 23/6/98; report tabled 24/6/98

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 16 Dem/negatived

2 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 15/7/98]

Assent: 30/7/98; Act No. 102, 1998

Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

To amend the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to provide a 5-year protection for certain data submitted to the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) for evaluation of a new active constituent for an agricultural or veterinary chemical product; Export Control Act 1982 to: clarify the power of the Secretary to approve quality assurance arrangements for the production of prescribed goods for export; and bring enforcement powers in line with current Commonwealth legal policy; Imported Food Control Act 1992 in relation to: food imported as trade samples; dealing with food contrary to requirements of Food Control Certificates; publication of information relating to failing food; payment of compensation; and making minor drafting corrections; Plant Breeder—€™s Rights Act 1994 in relation to limited duplication of plant variety names. Also repeals the Dried Vine Fruits Equalization Act 1978 from 1 January 1999 and makes savings provisions.

Reps: Intro. 2/7/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred


Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 1998

Part of a package of five bills to consolidate 40 levy/charge imposition Acts into two main Acts, the bill: amalgamates 13 primary industries charge Acts; provides for future changes to export charges to be made by regulation; and makes minor technical amendments. The new arrangements will commence on 1 July 1999, except for the wine industry, for which the commencement is 1 January 2000.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 1998

Part of a package of five bills to consolidate 40 levy/charge imposition Acts into two main Acts, the bill: amalgamates 27 primary industries levy Acts; provides for future changes to excise levies to be made by regulation; and makes minor technical amendments. The new arrangements will commence on 1 July 1999, except for the wine industry, for which the commencement is 1 January 2000.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

Primary Industries Levies and Charges (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Part of a package of five bills to consolidate 40 levy/charge imposition Acts into two main Acts, the bill: repeals 40 levies and charges Acts; amends 10 Acts consequential on the repeal of the various levies and charges Acts and the enactment of the proposed levies and charges Acts; provides for transitional arrangements; and makes minor technical amendments, including the extension to the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory of the exemption from levies and charges that applies to States.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

PS Privacy Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To amend the Privacy Act 1988 to: establish a national legislative scheme to extend privacy protection to the private sector, corporations and trading and financial corporations by extending the operation of Information Privacy Principles and development of codes of practice by the Privacy Commissioner that are subject to Parliamentary approval.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/97; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/97

SBC report 15/97 (tabled and adopted 2/10/97): No reference

Discharged from Notice Paper 27/5/98


Privacy Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Privacy Act 1988 to extend the application of the Act to contractors holding personal information in relation to services provided to the Commonwealth. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 1/4/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/4/98; 2nd reading adjourned 2/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Reference: Aspects of bill and other related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 14/5/98; report due 12/8/98; interim report: presented 11/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

Privacy Amendment (Office of the Privacy Commissioner) Bill 1998

To amend the Privacy Act 1988 and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 to create the Office of the Privacy Commissioner as a separate statutory authority. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Crimes Act 1914.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/98

Private Health Insurance Incentives Amendment Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills which provides a non income-tested financial incentive for people who take out or maintain private health insurance, the bill amends the Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1997 to: make transitional arrangements for the move from the private health insurance incentive scheme (proposed to cease on 1 July 1999) to the incentive payments scheme and premiums reduction scheme; extend the periods for registration under the existing scheme; and repeal the Act effective from 1 July 2000.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

Senate: Intro. 30/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/11/98; extension of time to report 7/12/98; report tabled 8/12/98

2nd reading amendments: 1 Dem (as amended)/negatived; 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 127, 1998


Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 1998

Part of a package of 3 bills which provides a non income-tested financial incentive for people who take out or maintain private health insurance, the bill provides for a 30 per cent reimbursement of premiums paid or a premium reduction.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 25/11/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/11/98; Passed 10/12/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/11/98; extension of time to report 7/12/98; report tabled 8/12/98

2nd reading amendments: 1 Dem (as amended)/negatived; 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 6 Ind (Harradine)/passed; 5 Dem (2 as divided)/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 10/12/98]

Assent: 15/12/98; Act No. 121, 1998

Productivity Commission Bill 1996

(Act citation: Productivity Commission Act 1998)

To establish and set out the composition, functions, powers, procedures and policy guidelines of the Productivity Commission which combines the Industry Commission, the Economic Planning and Advisory Commission and the Bureau of Industry Economics.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 12/2/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/2/97; Negatived at 3rd reading 3/9/97 [recommitted —€“ see below]

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 24/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 12 Opp (3 as amended)/passed; 21 Dem (1 as amended)/passed; 11 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived; 1 Division negatived (Division reconsidered subsequently and amended)

1 Division opposed/Division agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 3/9/97: 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed (reference to committee)]

Reference: Penalty provisions referred to the Scrutiny of Bills Committee 3/9/97; extension of time to report 28/10/97; interim report tabled 17/11/97; reference revised 19/11/97; report due last Tuesday of the winter sittings in 1998; report tabled 25/6/98

Bill recommitted (as previously amended) 30/10/97: Passed 30/3/98

Further committee amendments: 11 Dem/passed (includes: 4 amts to Opp amts previously agreed to; 1 amt to Division previously negatived; and 2 amts to omit 2 Opp amts previously agreed to); 8 Opp/negatived; 3 Ind (Harradine)/negatived

1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/4/98]

Assent: 16/4/98; Act No. 14, 1998


Productivity Commission (Repeals, Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Productivity Commission (Repeals, Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Act 1998)

Complementary to the Productivity Commission Bill 1996, the bill repeals the Industry Commission Act 1989 and the Economic Planning Advisory Commission Act 1983 and makes transitional provisions relating to those Acts. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Biological Control Act 1984; Bounty (Computers) Act 1984; Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985; and Development Allowance Authority Act 1992.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 12/2/97

Senate: Intro. 13/2/97; Negatived at 3rd reading 3/9/97 [recommitted —€“ see below]

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 24/3/97

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 3/9/97; 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed (reference to committee)]

Bill recommitted 30/10/97: Passed 30/3/98

Assent: 16/4/98; Act No. 15, 1998

PS Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium (Customs Act Amendment) Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the exportation of uranium-bearing ore or uranium ore concentrates.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (tabled and adopted 30/5/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

PS Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium to France (Customs Act Amendment) Bill

R 1995 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the exportation of uranium-bearing ore or uranium ore concentrates to France until the cessation of French nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific Region.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/95; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/95

SBC report 11/95 (tabled and adopted 15/11/95): Deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96


Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Bill 1997 [No. 2]

Deals with the consequential and transitional matters arising from the proposed repeal of the Public Service Act 1922 and the enactment of the proposed Public Service Act 1997. In particular, the bill: validates actions and decisions taken under the former legislation; covers some aspects of the transition from the old to the new employment framework; makes consequential amendments to other legislation (283 Acts) that incorporate references to the Public Service Act 1922; and repeals the Merit Protection (Australian Government Employees) Act 1984 and the Public Service Act 1922.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 1/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 6/4/98]

Public Service Bill 1997 [No. 2]

To replace the current legislative framework for the establishment and management of the Australian Public Service (APS). In particular, the bill provides for: APS employees; the Senior Executive Service; heads of missions; the Public Service Commissioner; the Merit Protection Commissioner; secretaries of departments; the Management Advisory Committee; executive agencies; administrative arrangements and reorganisations; and miscellaneous provisions in relation to certain payments of money; locally engaged employees; attachment of salaries; release of personal information; formal —€œpositions—€; delegation of powers etc; and regulations.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 11/3/98

Senate: Intro. 12/3/98; Passed 1/4/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 50 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 6/4/98]

Quarantine Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Quarantine Act 1908 in relation to: the scope of quarantine to include reference to the environment and economic activities; Ministerial consultation; Australia—€™s managed risk approach; pre border, border and post border measures; overseas vessels and aircraft travelling in the Special Quarantine Zone and Protected Zone; industry participation in quarantine activities; offence and penalty provisions; clarification of certain definitions; and powers to order particular treatments in relation to goods, to provide the period for the performance of quarantine for particular goods and to provide certain directions.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred


PS Quarantine Amendment (Ministerial Approval) Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Neal —€“ ALP)

To implement a recommendation of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to amend the Quarantine Act 1908 to place final responsibility for quarantine decisions in relation to the importation of certain products (including cooked chicken meat) with the relevant Minister.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/97

SBC report 18/97 (tabled and adopted 19/11/97): No reference

PS Radioactive Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Bill 1992 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Sowada —€“ AD)

To prohibit the import and export of radioactive waste into and out of Australia and to further restrict the trade of radioactive materials.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/92; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/92

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 5/5/93, 1/5/96

S Reform of Employment Services Bill 1996 [1998]

Part of a package of 2 bills to reform employment services, the bill: enables the engagement of entities to provide employment services; defines the criteria for participation in the employment assistance scheme; provides for referral of participants to employment placement enterprises; outlines compliance requirements for job seekers; allows for investigation of complaints about provision of employment services; provides for review of certain decisions; and ensures confidentiality of information concerning users of employment services.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; In committee 30/5/97, 16/6/97, 17/6/97

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report due 9/5/97; report tabled 18/3/97

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 11 Opp-Dem/passed; 2 Opp-Dem/negatived; 2 Opp-Dem/postponed

Discharged from Notice Paper 2/3/98

S Reform of Employment Services (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1996 [1998]

Part of a package of 2 bills to reform employment services, the bill: repeals the Employment Services Act 1994; makes transitional arrangements in relation to the cessation of the present case management system; amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the Ombudsman Act 1976 and the Privacy Act 1988 to extend the operation of those Acts to the provision of employment services; and makes consequential amendments to 7 other Acts.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; In committee 30/5/97, 16/6/97, 17/6/97

SBC report 1/97 (tabled and adopted 6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report due 9/5/97; report tabled 18/3/97

Discharged from Notice Paper 2/3/98


Regional Forest Agreements Bill 1998

To implement Regional Forest Agreements entered into between the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments in relation to native forests.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/98; Passed 15/7/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate:

SBC report 10/98 (tabled and adopted 8/7/98): Deferred

Regional Forest Agreements Bill 1998

To implement Regional Forest Agreements entered into between the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments in relation to native forests.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled 9/12/98; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 9/12/98): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 9/12/98; report due 15/2/99

PS Restitution of Property to King Island Dairy Products Pty Ltd Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To restore property to King Island Dairy Products Pty Ltd.

Senate: Intro. 9/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 9/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (tabled and adopted 30/5/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98

Retirement Savings Account Providers Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998

Part of a package of bills to introduce a new regulatory framework for the Australian financial system, the bill imposes a levy on providers of retirement savings accounts.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 22/6/98

SBC report 5/98 (tabled and adopted 8/4/98): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 8/4/98; report tabled 13/5/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 4/6/98]

Assent: 29/6/98; Act No. 59, 1998

Rural Adjustment Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Rural Adjustment Act 1992 to implement the Farm Business Improvement Program (FarmBis) to operate for three years from the 1998-99 financial year.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/98, 2/7/98

Senate:

SBC report 9/98 (tabled and adopted 1/7/98): No reference


Rural Adjustment Amendment Bill 1998

To amend the Rural Adjustment Act 1992 to introduce the Farm Business Improvement Program (FarmBis) to operate for three years from the 1998-99 financial year.

Reps: Intro. 26/11/98; Passed 2/12/98

Main committee: Referred 1/12/98

Senate: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): No reference

Sales Tax Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

To amend the: Sales Tax Assessment Act 1992 and Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Act 1992 to provide a sales tax exemption for: certain items of space equipment; and certain goods imported by overseas participants and delegations attending the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Paralympics and associated events; and Sales Tax Assessment Act 1992 in relation to: sales tax evasion in the computer industry; and imposition of sales tax on goods imported under a temporary importation exemption, used in Australia, exported and then re-imported.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/98

Senate:

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Deferred

Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill 1996

To amend subsections 40(2) and 40(3) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to: narrow certain existing exemptions under those subsections in relation to specified taxation legislation and the Social Services Act 1980 of Norfolk Island; implement a phasing out of the existing exemption relating to the operation of certain definitions in the National Health Act 1953; and remove an existing exemption in relation to the Gift Duty Assessment Act 1941.

Reps: Intro. 6/11/96; Passed 5/2/97

Main committee: Referred 4/2/97

Senate: Intro. 10/2/97; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/97, 13/2/97

SBC report 15/96 (tabled and adopted 21/11/96): No reference

PS Sexuality Discrimination Bill 1995 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Spindler —€“ AD)

To prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or transgender identity.

Senate: Intro. 29/11/95; 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/95, 28/5/98

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96

Reference: Aspects of bill and other related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 30/5/96; extensions of time to report 10/2/97, 27/5/97, 2/10/97; report due last day of sitting in 1997; report tabled 2/12/97

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98


Small Superannuation Accounts Amendment Bill 1997

To change the arrangements governing the early release of monies from the Superannuation Holding Accounts Reserve by amending the Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995 to: remove access to balances below $500; replace the —€œsevere financial hardship—€ test with an objective test of hardship; and release monies to non-residents only after they have reached preservation age (currently age 55).

Reps: Intro. 29/5/97; Passed 17/6/97

Senate: Intro. 18/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/97

SBC report 10/97 (tabled and adopted 19/6/97): Referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 19/6/97 extensions of time to report 27/8/97, 4/9/97; report due 25/9/97; report tabled 23/9/97

Reference: Principles relating to early release of superannuation benefits referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 26/6/97; extensions of time to report 27/8/97, 4/9/97; report due 25/9/97; report tabled 23/9/97

S Social Security Amendment (Entry Payments) Bill 1997 [1998]

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 to abolish the employment entry payment for all social security recipients and restrict the availability of the education entry payment to certain social security pensioners, from 1 January 1998.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/97

SBC report 12/97 (tabled and adopted 28/8/97): No reference

Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 1997

(Act citation: Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Act 1998)

To amend: the Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: extension of qualification for carer payment to the carers of profoundly disabled children; allowable temporary cessation of carer days; consistent treatment of lump sums; seasonal worker preclusion periods; and debt recovery provisions in relation to the exceptional circumstances relief payment and restart income support; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to the means testing of income streams; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security Legislation Amendment (Parenting and Other Measures) Act 1997 in relation to application of consistent hardship rules to income maintenance periods; and the Social Security Act 1991 and Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 in relation to the role of the Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency; and 9 Acts in relation to the change of the name of family payment to family allowance.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 3/3/98

Senate: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 30/6/98

SBC report 2/98 (tabled and adopted 11/3/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 19 Govt/passed; 8 Opp/passed; 3 Dem/negatived; 1 item negatived

Committee requests: 5 Govt (1 as reconsidered)/passed; 2 Opp to Govt/passed; 2 Dem/passed; 3 Opp (as reconsidered)/negatived

1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

[Reps made Senate requests 29/6/98; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/7/98]

Assent: 15/7/98; Act No. 93, 1998


Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Payment Processing) Bill 1998

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to: change social security payments and income support payments to daily rate period-based payments rather than payday-based payments; require that bereavement periods commence on the date of a person—€™s death; and make consequential and transitional amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Child Care Payments Act 1997 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/98; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/98

Senate:

SBC report 9/98 (tabled and adopted 1/7/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 1/7/98; report due 13/8/98; interim report: presented 10/8/98; tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/98; extension of time to report 24/11/98; report due 30/11/98; report tabled 26/11/98

Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Pension Bonus Scheme) Bill 1998

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to introduce the pension bonus scheme to entitle persons qualifying for an age pension (or equivalent veterans—€™ affairs payment) who defer claiming that payment to receive a tax free lump-sum bonus payment, under certain circumstances. Also amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exempt the pension bonus from income tax.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/98; Passed 8/4/98

Main committee: Referred 31/3/98

Senate: Intro. 13/5/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 4/98 (tabled and adopted 31/3/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 1/4/98; extension of time to report 12/5/98; report due 27/5/98; report tabled 28/5/98

Assent: 30/6/98; Act No. 67, 1998

Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Retirement Assistance for Farmers) Bill 1998

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to establish the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme (to operate until 15 September 2000) to enable pension age farmers, veterans and their partners to transfer their farm and farm assets, up to a maximum of $500,000, to the next generation without affecting their access to the age pension, other Social Security payments and Veterans—€™ Affairs income support payments.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/98; Passed 2/6/98

Senate: Intro. 22/6/98; Passed 25/6/98

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25/3/98; extension of time to report 12/5/98; report due 27/5/98; report tabled 28/5/98

Assent: 2/7/98; Act No. 84, 1998


Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance) Bill 1997

(Act citation: Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance) Act 1998)

To amend the Social Security Act 1991 to introduce the youth allowance to integrate youth training allowance, newstart allowance, sickness allowance and AUSTUDY for youths. The allowance will commence on 1 July 1998.

Reps: Intro. 2/10/97; Passed 26/11/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 3/12/97; Passed 31/3/98

SBC report 16/97 (tabled and adopted 23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 23/10/97; report tabled 10/11/97

Committee amendments: 7 Opp/passed; 13 Dem/passed; 5 GWA/passed; 3 Dem/negatived; 12 GWA/negatived

Committee requests: 6 Opp/passed; 6 Dem/passed; 5 GWA/passed; 8 Opp/negatived; 20 Dem/negatived; 19 GWA/negatived; 4 AG/negatived

1 section/opposed/section agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted: 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed (reference to committee)]

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 12/3/98; report tabled 2/4/98

[Reps made Senate requests 30/3/98; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/4/98]

Assent: 17/4/98; Act No. 18, 1998

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance Consequential and Related Measures) Bill 1998

Further to the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance) Bill 1997, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: introduction of an austudy payment for students aged 25 years and over; youth allowance; hardship rules; treatment of lump sums; pensioner education supplement; Student Financial Supplement Scheme; fares allowance; indexation of youth allowance and austudy payments; rate calculators; and transitional, saving and consequential provisions; Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973 in relation to transitional and consequential provisions; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983 in relation to taxation treatment of the new youth allowance package. Also makes consequential amendments to 11 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/98; Passed 31/3/98

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/4/98; Passed 29/5/98

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 13 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 2 GWA/passed; 1 GWA/negatived

Committee requests: 1 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/passed; 3 GWA/negatived

[Reps made Senate requests 28/5/98; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/6/98]

Assent: 17/6/98; Act No. 45, 1998


S Space Activities Bill 1998

To: establish a regulatory framework for space activities in Australia or involving Australian interests, including payment of compensation for damage caused as a result of space activities regulated by this Act; and implement certain of Australia—€™s obligations under the five UN space treaties. The bill includes a regulation-making power.

Senate: Intro. 12/11/98; Passed 30/11/98

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 5 Opp/passed; 3 Dem/passed; 2 GWA (1 as divided)/passed; 6 Dem/negatived; 5 GWA (1 as divided)/negatived

Reps: Intro. 2/12/98; Passed 3/12/98

Main committee: Referred 3/12/98

Assent: 21/12/98; Act No. 123, 1998

States Grants (General Purposes) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

Further to the package of bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill amends the States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994 to alter the States—€™ and Territories—€™ shares of revenue replacement payments for tobacco under the safety net arrangements. Also provides for any future changes in the distribution of certain revenues to be prescribed by regulation.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/97; Passed 29/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 26/11/97

SBC report 17/97 (tabled and adopted 30/10/97): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from com