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Final Senate Bills List for 1999

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39
Date
01 Feb 2000
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AS AT 1 FEBRUARY 2000

(1999 Final Edition —€” Revised)

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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Aged Care Compensation Measures Legislation Amendment) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendment: 2 items negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 58, 1999


A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Bill 1998

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 84, 1999

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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Australian Business Number Consequential Amendments) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 85, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Bonuses for Older Australians) Act 1999)

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; Passed 29/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 14 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 10 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps made Senate requests 29/6/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 30/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 67, 1999

A New Tax System (Closely Held Trusts) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to provide for trustees of closely held trusts with a trustee beneficiary to identify ultimate beneficiaries of certain net income of trusts and tax-preferred amounts of the trusts within a specified period after the end of the year of income. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/99; Passed 8/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 28/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 70, 1999


A New Tax System (Commonwealth-State Financial Arrangements) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill: entitles States and Territories to receive goods and services tax (GST) revenue grants from 1 July 2000; provides that the GST rate and GST base are not to be altered without unanimous agreement of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments; provides for States and Territories to continue to receive competition payments and franchise fees windfall tax reimbursement payments; and makes transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 23/8/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 5 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps made Senate requests and agreed to 11 Government amendments 12/8/99; Senate agreed to further Reps amendments 23/8/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 24/8/99]

Assent: 10/9/99; Act No. 110, 1999

A New Tax System (Commonwealth-State Financial Arrangements—€” Consequential Provisions) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill amends the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 to provide for local government funding transitional payments in 1999-2000 and provides for its repeal and that of the States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994, with effect from the commencement of the proposed A New Tax System (Commonwealth-State Financial Arrangements) Act 1999.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendment, agreed to 1 Government amendment in place thereof, and agreed to 4 further Government amendments 12/8/99; Senate did not insist on amendment, agreed to Reps amendment made in place thereof, and agreed to further Reps amendments 23/8/99]

Assent: 10/9/99; Act No. 111, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Compensation Measures Legislation Amendment) Act 1999)

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; Passed 29/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 40 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 10 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps made Senate requests 29/6/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 30/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 68, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (End of Sales Tax) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 86, 1999

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill provides administrative, procedural and technical rules in relation to administration of the new family assistance payments introduced by the proposed A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

Reps: Intro. 9/6/99; Passed 22/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/99; Passed 28/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/negatived; 1 clause negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 81, 1999


A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill provides for the simplification of the structure and administration of family assistance by: replacing 12 existing forms of assistance with three: family tax benefit Parts A and B, including family tax benefit for 18-20 year olds, and childcare benefit; and moving the maternity allowance and maternity immunisation allowance from the Social Security Act 1991 to the proposed A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 13/5/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 24/5/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 7/99 (tabled and adopted 28/4/99): Deferred

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 29/4/99; report tabled 25/5/99

Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 9 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate requests 29/6/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 30/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 80, 1999

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Consequential and Related Measures) Bill (No. 1) 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: repeal the 12 current forms of family assistance; repeal provisions in relation to maternity allowance and maternity immunisation allowance; revise income test tapering arrangements for certain parenting payment recipients; and ensure that, for the purposes of the parental means test for youth allowance, the non-grossed up value of a person—€™s fringe benefits is used in assessing entitlements. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Rates Act 1986 and Medicare Levy Act 1986; repeals the Child Care Payments Act 1997, Child Care Payments (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and Childcare Rebate Act 1993 and contains transitional provisions resulting from the repeal of the Child Care Payments Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 13/5/99

Senate: Intro. 24/5/99; Passed 28/6/99

SBC report 7/99 (tabled and adopted 28/4/99): Deferred

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 29/4/99; report tabled 25/5/99

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 82, 1999


A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Consequential and Related Measures) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill: makes consequential amendments to 20 Acts (including the proposed A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999) to reflect the new family assistance regime; amends the proposed: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 in relation to calculation of family tax benefit Part A and child care benefit; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Consequential and Related Measures) Act (No. 1) 1999 in relation to use or disclosure of information between certain agencies for the purpose of identifying shared customers; and makes technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 9/6/99; Passed 22/6/99

Senate: Intro. 22/6/99; Passed 28/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 83, 1999

A New Tax System (Fringe Benefits Reporting) Bill 1998

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Fringe Benefits Reporting) Act 1999)

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. Also makes consequential amendments to 5 other Acts.

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

Senate: Intro. 10/12/98; Passed 30/3/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

3

References withdrawn 23/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

19/4/99

Committee amendments: 15 Govt (1 amended by Govt; 1 amended by Opp)/passed; 8 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 31/3/99]

Assent: 19/4/99; Act No. 17, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Administration) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 5 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 56, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 GWA/negatived; 1 GWA to Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 154 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 1 Opp to Govt/negatived; 31 Dem/negatived; 1 Dem to Govt/withdrawn; 6 GWA/negatived; 1 GWA to Dem/negatived; 18 GWA-AG/negatived; 3 GWA-AG to Govt/negatived; 4 AG/negatived; 1 Division negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 55, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition—€”Customs) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee request: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 73, 1999

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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition—€”Excise) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee request: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 74, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition—€”General) Act 1999)

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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee request: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 75, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Act 1999)

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. 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; Passed 29/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp (reconsidered)/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 17 Govt/passed

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps made Senate request 29/6/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 30/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 57, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Income Tax Laws Amendment) Act 1999)

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. 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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 60, 1999

A New Tax System (Indirect Tax Administration) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide for administration and collection of wine equalisation tax and luxury car tax.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 59, 1999


A New Tax System (Indirect Tax and Consequential Amendments) Bill 1999

Clarifies the operation of the goods and services tax and makes technical amendments to the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999, A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999, Customs Act 1901, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Trade Practices Act 1974, A New Tax System (Indirect Tax Administration) Act, Tax Administration Act 1953, A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax and Luxury Car Tax Transition) Act 1999; and makes consequential amendments to 5 Acts. Also amends the Sales Tax Assessment Act 1992, Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Act 1992, A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999 in relation to the proposed new tariff export concession scheme (Tradex scheme).

Reps: Intro. 30/9/99; Passed 20/10/99

CID amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 20/99 (tabled and adopted 30/11/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/12/99

Committee amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 176, 1999

A New Tax System (Indirect Tax and Consequential Amendments) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Amends the: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999 to make technical amendments; A New Tax System (Good and Services Tax) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Act 1999 in relation to the treatment of insurance; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Act 1999 in relation to indirect tax transition; A New Tax System (Commonwealth-State Financial Arrangements) Act 1999 in relation to goods and services tax (GST) revenues to States and Territories; A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 to ensure that overseas businesses that are required to register for GST purposes are able to obtain an Australian business number; Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1972, Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967, International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 and Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995 in relation to diplomatic, consular and related privileges and immunities regarding taxation; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 to make consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 25/11/99

CID amendments: 119 Govt/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 6/12/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 20/99 (tabled and adopted 30/11/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/12/99

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 9/12/99]

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 177, 1999


A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill introduces a luxury car tax to replace the existing wholesale sales tax on taxable supplies and importations of luxury cars made on or after 1 July 2000. Includes a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 76, 1999

A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax Imposition—€”Customs) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes a 25 per cent luxury car tax on taxable supplies and importations of luxury cars, calculated on the value that exceeds the luxury car tax threshold, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 77, 1999

A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax Imposition—€”Excise) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes a 25 per cent luxury car tax on taxable supplies and importations of luxury cars, calculated on the value that exceeds the luxury car tax threshold, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 78, 1999

A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax Imposition—€”General) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes a 25 per cent luxury car tax on taxable supplies and importations of luxury cars, calculated on the value that exceeds the luxury car tax threshold, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 79, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Act 1999)

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; Passed 30/3/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

3

References withdrawn 23/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

19/4/99

Assent: 19/4/99; Act No. 18, 1999

A New Tax System (Pay As You Go) Bill 1999

(Previous title: A New Tax System (Taxation Laws Amendment) Bill (No. 1) 1999)

Further to the introduction of the new tax system, the bill amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to introduce pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and instalment arrangements which will replace the existing pay as you earn (PAYE), prescribed payments, reportable payments, provisional tax and company tax instalment systems and draw together all other withholding arrangements; and makes consequential amendments to 6 other Acts. Also introduces the concept of a single activity statement to reduce the number of dealings businesses have with the Australian Taxation Office by amending: the Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to running balance accounts arrangements, including consequential amendments to 3 Acts; 7 Acts in relation to general interest charges; and the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 in relation to fringe benefits tax instalment arrangements. Also contains certain application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 1/9/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/9/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 18/99 (tabled and adopted 20/10/99): No reference

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 178, 1999


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

(Act citation: A New Tax System (Personal Income Tax Cuts) Act 1999)

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. 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; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 2/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 69, 1999


A New Tax System (Tax Administration) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the new tax system, the bill amends the: Taxation Administration Act 1953 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to rules for pay as you go (PAYG) withholding; Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to collection and recovery of tax-related liabilities; and consequential amendments to 11 other Acts; Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to: binding oral advice from the Commissioner; introduction of a reporting, verification and identification system for certain transactions; and PAYG withholding registration; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Social Security Act 1991, Social Security Administration Act 1999, Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to tax file number declarations and certain annual reports; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to shorter period of review taxpayers; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: endorsement of deductible gift recipients and tax exempt charities; A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 in relation to: Australian business numbers for government entities, tax deductible gifts and a technical correction; Taxation Administration Act 1953, proposed A New Tax System (Pay As You Go) Act 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to the PAYG income tax instalments system; and consequential amendments to 4 other Acts; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to civil penalties; Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983 in relation to delayed refund interest; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to make a technical correction in relation to the savings rebate and a consequential amendment in relation to binding oral advice from the Commissioner. Also contains application and saving provisions and makes consequential amendments to 15 Acts.

Reps: Intro. 2/9/99; Passed 11/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/10/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 13/10/99; report tabled 29/11/99

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 179, 1999

A New Tax System (Tax Administration) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Further to the introduction of the new tax system, the bill amends the: Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to pay as you go (PAYG) instalments and trusts; Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to fringe benefits tax instalments; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to certain authorised persons making oral rulings. Also makes consequential amendments to 20 Acts in relation to standardised collection and recovery rules and miscellaneous technical amendments to 5 Acts.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99

A New Tax System (Taxation Laws Amendment) Bill (No. 1) 1999 —€“ see A New Tax System (Pay As You Go) Bill 1999


A New Tax System (Trade Practices Amendment) Bill 1999

(Previous title: 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; Passed 18/2/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

References: Provisions of bill referred 10/12/98 (agreed to 25/11/98):

Committee

Report due

Report tabled

Community Affairs References Committee

31/3/99

30/3/99

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee


31/3/99


31/3/99

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee


31/3/99


29/3/99

Select Committee on a New Tax System

* related report tabled 18/2/99; addenda and corrigenda tabled 22/4/99

19/4/99

19/4/99*

SBC report 1/99 (tabled and adopted 17/2/99): Deferred

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 61, 1999

A New Tax System (Ultimate Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Bill (No. 1) 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes taxation at the highest marginal rate (48.5%) plus Medicare levy where trustees of a closely held trust fail to correctly identify ultimate beneficiaries of net income of closely held trusts within a specified period.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/99; Passed 8/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 28/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 71, 1999

A New Tax System (Ultimate Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes taxation at the highest marginal rate (48.5%) plus Medicare levy where there are no ultimate beneficiaries of net income of closely held trusts.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/99; Passed 8/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 28/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 72, 1999


A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax and Luxury Car Tax Transition) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill provides for transitional arrangements for the wine equalisation tax and luxury car tax, including a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 63, 1999

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill introduces a wine equalisation tax to replace the existing wholesale sales tax on assessable dealings and importations of wine and similar alcoholic beverages made on or after 1 July 2000. Includes a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 62, 1999

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition—€”Customs) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes a 29 per cent wine equalisation tax on assessable dealings and importations of wine to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

Committee request: 1 GWA-AG/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 64, 1999


A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition—€”Excise) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes a 29 per cent wine equalisation tax on assessable dealings and importations of wine to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

Committee request: 1 GWA-AG/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 65, 1999

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition—€”General) Bill 1999

Further to the introduction of the proposed new tax system, the bill imposes a 29 per cent wine equalisation tax on assessable dealings and importations of wine to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 31/3/99

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on a New Tax System 31/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

Committee request: 1 GWA-AG/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 28/6/99: 1 GWA/negatived]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 66, 1999

S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Amends the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 to clarify the process relating to new arrangements for the ATSIC chairperson by: providing that once a person elected to be the Commissioner to represent a zone is subsequently elected as Commission Chairperson, the person ceases to hold office as zone Commissioner and Regional Councillor, necessitating an election to fill the vacant zone Commissioner position; providing that a Commission Chairperson who resigns is taken to have also resigned as a member of the Commission; and clarifying that the Minister must appoint as members of the Commission the persons elected to represent zones.

Senate: Intro. 11/8/99; Passed 12/8/99

Reps: Intro. 23/8/99; Passed 23/9/99

Main committee: Referred 31/8/99

Assent: 1/10/99; Act No. 120, 1999


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Bill 1998

Provides 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; Passed 11/2/99

Senate: Intro. 15/2/99; Passed 26/11/99

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; extensions of time to report 8/3/99, 22/3/99; report tabled 31/3/99

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 172 Opp-Dem/passed; 6 clauses negatived; 2 Govt/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 4 to 6, 43, 45, 47, 50, 55, 61, 62, 89, 102, 106, 114, 121, 125, 126, 160, 173 and 178, disagreed to amendments nos 1 to 3, 7 to 42, 44, 46, 48, 49, 51 to 54, 56, 60, 63 to 88, 90 to 101, 103 to 105, 107 to 113, 115 to 120, 122 to 124, 127 to 159, 161 to 172, 174 to 177 and 179 and agreed to 2 Govt amendments 9/12/99; Senate reported message 9/12/99]

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

(Act citation: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999)

Amends 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: Intro. 18/2/99; Passed 18/2/99

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

Assent: 26/2/99; Act No. 1, 1999

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Invalidates the deed of grant of 5 December 1991 in favour of the Gurungu Land Trust to the extent to which it includes the Elliott stockyards land. Also amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to dispose of Aboriginal land claims: where traditional Aboriginal land owners cannot be found; over stock routes and reserves; or made after 5 June 1997.

Reps: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 12/8/99

Senate: Intro. 12/8/99; 2nd reading adjourned 12/8/99

SBC report 6/99 (tabled and adopted 21/4/99): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 21/4/99; report tabled 12/8/99

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1999

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to add three parcels of land collectively described as Rockhampton Downs to Schedule 1 of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99


ACIS Administration Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to the automotive industry post-2000, the bill establishes the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) to operate from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2005. ACIS enables participants to earn duty credits from certain production and investment, which may be used to offset customs duty on eligible imports. Also makes consequential amendments to the Customs Act 1901.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/99; Passed 28/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 12/10/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendment 13/10/99; Senate did not insist on amendment 13/10/99]

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 139, 1999

ACIS (Unearned Credit Liability) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to the automotive industry post-2000, the bill imposes a liability for unearned credit to be repaid by an Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme participant.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/99; Passed 28/6/99

Senate: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 12/10/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 140, 1999

PM Adelaide Airport Curfew Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mrs Gallus —€“ LP)

Establishes a curfew on aircraft operations at Adelaide Airport; imposes a penalty for breach of the curfew; and provides for certain aircraft movements during the curfew.

Reps: Intro. 22/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Message reported 30/6/99

Administrative Decisions (Effect of International Instruments) Bill 1999

Responds to the High Court decision in Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs v Teoh by providing the necessary statutory indication to ensure that entry into a treaty by the Australian Government does not give rise to a legitimate expectation in administrative law that the Government will act in accordance with the treaty, which could form the basis for challenge.

Reps: Intro. 13/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/99, 9/12/99

Senate:

SBC report 18/99 (tabled and adopted 20/10/99): No reference


Aged Care Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 1999

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 in relation to: payment of nursing home accommodation charges and bonds; accommodation charge exemptions for certain nursing home residents; and revocation of approved provider status; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to exclusions under the income and assets test for certain aged care residents; Veterans—€™ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Simplification Measures) Act 1997 to make technical amendments; and Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997 to remedy unintended effects and oversights in relation to: sanctions for breaches of provider responsibilities; and additional recurrent funding for new, rebuilt and upgraded nursing homes.

Reps: Intro. 10/6/99; Passed 23/6/99

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 29/9/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 8 Opp/negatived

Committee requests: 6 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate requests and agreed to Senate amendments 29/9/99]

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 132, 1999

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

(Act citation: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 18/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 8/3/99; Passed 11/3/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

Assent: 31/3/99; Act No. 4, 1999


Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Amends the: Plant Breeder—€™s Rights Act 1994 to: provide temporary relief for applications made ineligible when the Act was introduced; improve public accessibility of information; clarify aspects of prior sale and the payment of prescribed fees; and correct minor technical errors; Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 to: clarify and update customs used in rural industries; and upgrade powers for authorised persons to those used by inspectors under the Export Control Act 1982; Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992 to change the name of the National Landcare Advisory Committee to the Australian Landcare Council; Primary Industry Councils Act 1991 to abolish the Grains Industry Council; Rural Adjustment Act 1992 to change the name of the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council to the National Rural Advisory Council and change its role and functions; and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 to expand and clarify certain definitions; and make minor technical amendments. Also makes technical amendments to the Australian Horticultural Corporation Act 1987, Farm Household Support Act 1992 and Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1996.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 23/8/99

Senate: Intro. 24/8/99; Passed 30/11/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 170, 1999

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

R Movements) Bill 1995 [1998]

(Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

Amends the Air Navigation Act 1920 and 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 Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Airports Act 1996 in relation to: extension of time-periods for certain access undertakings to be approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; activities causing non-structural intrusion into prescribed airspace; and minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 11/2/99; Passed 9/3/99

Senate: Intro. 10/3/99; Passed 25/3/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 2 items negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 25/3/99]

Assent: 19/4/99; Act No. 19, 1999


Albury-Wodonga Development Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Albury-Wodonga Development Act 1973 to: simplify the structure and streamline the functions of the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation in preparation for its eventual abolition; facilitate the winding-up of the scheme between the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victoria which provided for development of the Albury-Wodonga integrated urban complex; and provide for an Albury-Wodonga Area Development Winding-up Agreement between the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victoria. Also repeals the Albury-Wodonga Development (Financial Assistance) Act 1973 and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/99

Senate:

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): Deferred

PS Anti-Genocide Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Greig —€“ AD)

Amends the Genocide Convention Act 1949 to implement Australia—€™s obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to ensure that genocide is unlawful in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 13/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/99

Reference: Bill and related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 14/10/99; report due 30/6/2000

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1998-99

Appropriates 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; Passed 24/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 19/4/99

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 24, 1999

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1998-99

Appropriates 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; Passed 24/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 19/4/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 25, 1999


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1999-2000

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for service of the year ending on 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 11/5/99; Passed 23/6/99

Main committee: Referred 7/6/99

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 30/6/99

Assent: 30/6/99; Act No. 46, 1999

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1999-2000

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 11/5/99; Passed 23/6/99

Main committee: Referred 7/6/99

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 30/6/99

Assent: 30/6/99; Act No. 47, 1999

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1999-2000

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1999-2000, for the service of the year ending on 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1999-2000

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1999-2000, for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99

Appropriation (East Timor) Bill 1999-2000

Appropriates sums out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to Australia—€™s involvement in the East Timor region in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/99; Passed 8/12/99

Senate: Intro. 9/12/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): No reference

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 180, 1999


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

Appropriates 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; Passed 24/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 19/4/99

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 23, 1999

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1999-2000

Appropriates 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 2000.

Reps: Intro. 11/5/99; Passed 23/6/99

Main committee: Referred 7/6/99

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 30/6/99

Assent: 30/6/99; Act No. 48, 1999

Appropriation (Supplementary Measures) Bill (No. 1) 1999

Appropriates sums out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the book industry assistance plan and the Support Accommodation Assistance Program for the financial years 2000-01 to 2003-04. Also makes a minor technical amendment to the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999.

Reps: Intro. 26/8/99; Passed 1/9/99

Senate: Intro. 2/9/99; Passed 11/10/99

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 20/10/99]

Assent: 11/11/99; Act No. 154, 1999

Appropriation (Supplementary Measures) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Appropriates sums out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain environment initiatives in relation to alternative fuel and renewable energy sources and greenhouse emissions. Also makes minor technical amendments to the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme Act 1999.

Reps: Intro. 26/8/99; Passed 1/9/99

Senate: Intro. 2/9/99; Passed 11/10/99

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 20/10/99]

Assent: 11/11/99; Act No. 155, 1999


Assistance for Carers Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: extend qualification for carer payments to a new category of people; combine the child disability allowance and domiciliary nursing care benefit to create the carer allowance; make transitional arrangements; and make consequential amendments. Also makes technical and consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and consequential amendments to 7 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 17/2/99; Passed 24/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 25/3/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Assent: 9/4/99; Act No. 13, 1999

S Australia New Zealand Food Authority Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991 to: streamline the food standard-setting process of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority; and enable the Authority to charge for processing certain applications and to delay processing applications if such charges are not paid. Also contains saving and transitional provisions.

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 31/3/99

SBC report 6/99 (tabled and adopted 21/4/99): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 21/4/99; extension of time to report 28/6/99; report due 12/8/99; report tabled 11/8/99

Discharged from Notice Paper 8/12/99

Australia New Zealand Food Authority Amendment Bill 1999 [No. 2]

Amends the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991 to: streamline the food standard-setting process of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority; and enable the Authority to charge for processing certain applications and to delay processing applications if such charges are not paid. Also contains saving and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 14/10/99; Passed 23/11/99

CID amendments: 19 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 6/12/99; Passed 8/12/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/passed; 1 Dem (amended)/negatived

2 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 9/12/99]

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 200, 1999

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“AD)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to establish a parliamentary joint committee on the ABC to: approve appointments to the ABC Board; examine the ABC annual report; and review and make recommendations in relation to its annual appropriation.

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 25/3/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): No reference


S Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Amendment Bill 1999

Amends 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.

Senate: Intro. 17/2/99; 2nd reading adjourned 17/2/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

Australian Federal Police Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to provide a framework for increased use of industrial agreements by: abolishing the current rank-based structure; abolishing the statutory fixed term appointment regime; clarifying the Commissioner—€™s command powers; empowering the Commissioner to amend or revoke determinations in relation to the Australian Federal Police Adjustment Scheme. Also makes consequential amendments to 24 other Acts and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 30/9/99; Passed 21/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/99

SBC report 18/99 (tabled and adopted 20/10/99): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/10/99; extension of time to report 6/12/99; report tabled 8/12/99

Australian National Training Authority Amendment Bill 1998

Amends 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: Intro. 11/10/99; Passed 11/10/99

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 21/10/99; Act No. 135, 1999


Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the: Australian Security Intelligence Organization Act 1979 in relation to: search warrants; collection of foreign intelligence; charging fees for advice or services; provision of certain security assessments; communication of foreign criminal intelligence; regulations for review of decisions affecting staff; penalty provisions; and changing the spelling of —€œorganization—€ to —€œorganisation—€; Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 in relation to access to information held by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 in relation to: monitoring role of Inspector-General; removal of certain information from reports to Ministers; clearances procedures when responding to complainants; and disclosure of information in certain circumstances; Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to disclosure of tax information in certain circumstances. Also makes consequential amendments to 26 Acts in relation to the changed spelling of —€œorganisation—€.

Reps: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 11/8/99

CID amendments: 2 Opp/passed

Reference (referred by Attorney-General): Provisions of bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Security Intelligence Organization 13/4/99; report tabled 13/5/99

Senate: Intro. 30/8/99; Passed 25/11/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): No reference

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 161, 1999

Australian Sports Commission Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 to provide for: exchange of information between the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Customs Service in relation to the importation or attempted importation into Australia of performance enhancing drugs or substances that can conceal use of those drugs; disclosure of information by the ASC to a national or international sporting organisation in relation to a breach of that organisation—€™s anti-doping policy; and imposition of secrecy obligations on ASC officials.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/99; Passed 30/6/99

Main committee: Referred 29/6/99

Senate: Intro. 9/8/99; Passed 12/8/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 31/8/99; Act No. 106, 1999

Australian Sports Drug Agency Amendment Bill 1998

(Act citation: Australian Sports Drug Agency Amendment Act 1999)

Amends 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. 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; Passed 18/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 8/3/99; Passed 11/3/99

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

Assent: 31/3/99; Act No. 5, 1999


Australian Tourist Commission Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Australian Tourist Commission Act 1987 to clarify the Australian Tourist Commission—€™s role in relation to protecting Australia from adverse environmental and social impacts of international tourism.

Reps: Intro. 23/6/99; Passed 12/8/99

Main committee: Referred 10/8/99; CID amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/8/99; Passed 23/9/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 11/10/99]

Assent: 11/11/99; Act No. 148, 1999

Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Amendment Bill 1998

Amends 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 Non-operating Holding Companies Supervisory Levy Determination Validation Bill 1999

Part of a package of 5 bills, the bill validates a determination made under the Authorised Non-operating Holding Companies Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1998.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 23/9/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 29/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Amendment Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to aviation fuel revenues, the bill amends the Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 1988 to: expand the definition of —€œeligible aviation fuel—€ to include aviation kerosene from 12 May 1999; repeal the requirement for mandatory consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Airservices Australia in relation to certain Ministerial determinations; and adjust amounts payable to CASA in relation to amounts appropriated between 12 May 1999 and the commencement date.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/99; Passed 8/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 97, 1999


PM Aviation Noise Ombudsman Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mr Albanese —€“ ALP)

Provides for the establishment of an Aviation Noise Ombudsman. Also provides for a regulation-making power and makes consequential amendments to the Ombudsman Act 1976 and Civil Aviation Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 20/9/99; Read a 1st time 20/9/99; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Border Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 and Migration Act 1958 to effect Australia—€™s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary international law by providing for the boarding and searching of ships and aircraft in certain circumstances; pursuit of ships in certain circumstances; and moving and/or destroying of unseaworthy ships of ships which pose serious risks; Customs Act 1901 to enable Customs officers to carry and use approved firearms and other approved personal defence items in certain circumstances; Fisheries Management Act 1991 to: authorise Customs officers as officers for the purposes of the Act; enable Customs Officers to carry and use approved personal defence firearms and other approved personal defence items in certain circumstances; and enable an officer to detain and search suspected illegal foreign fishermen; Migration Act 1958 to: provide for automatic forfeiture of ships and aircraft used in people smuggling operations; revise offence provisions relating to bringing unauthorised arrivals into Australia; ensure that, where the Commonwealth arranges for a person without a visa to be brought into Australia, those involved in doing so are not guilty of offences under the Act; ensure that refugee claimants who arrive unlawfully in an Australian territory are brought to the mainland promptly to have those claims considered and be detained as unlawful non-citizens; and make consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 22/9/99; Passed 22/11/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 15 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/11/99; Passed 25/11/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

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

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 25/11/99]

Assent: 8/12/99; Act No. 160, 1999

Bounty (Ships) Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Bounty (Ships) Act 1989 to: extend the shipbuilding construction bounty at the rate of 3 per cent until 31 December 2000; introduce a 3-year phase-out period for the bounty; provide transitional arrangements; and establish the Shipbuilding Innovation Scheme (SIS) effective from 1 July 1999, for construction and modification completed on or before 30 June 2004.

Reps: Intro. 10/2/99; Passed 10/3/99

Senate: Intro. 10/3/99; Passed 25/3/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Assent: 9/4/99; Act No. 14, 1999


Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Amends 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; impose restrictions on the provision of certain broadcasting services in regional areas; and increase the period allowed for broadcasting of sponsorship announcements; Broadcasting Services Act 1992, Copyright Act 1968, 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.

Reps: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 7/12/99

CID amendments: 26 Govt/passed; 14 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/12/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 197, 1999

Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Consequential on the Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 1999, the bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to suspend cost recovery arrangements applying to expenses incurred by the Australian Broadcasting Authority under the commercial television conversion scheme over the next 3 years.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 24/8/99

Senate: Intro. 25/8/99; Passed 23/9/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 122, 1999

Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1999

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: impose licence conditions on subscription television broadcasting licensees in relation to expenditure on drama programs on subscription television drama services; and limit the scope of international obligations applicable to the Australian Broadcasting Authority. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 6/12/99; Passed 7/12/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/12/99; Passed 9/12/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 198, 1999

Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1999

Amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to establish a scheme for the regulation of international broadcasting services that are transmitted from Australia. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99


S Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Bill 1999

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide for regulation of Internet service providers and content hosts. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Crimes Act 1914.

Senate: Intro. 21/4/99; Passed 26/5/99

Reference: Referred to Select Committee on Information Technologies 23/4/99; report tabled 11/5/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 29 Govt/passed; 3 Opp/passed; 11 Opp (1 amended by AG)/negatived

1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

Reps: Intro. 31/5/99; Passed 30/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 90, 1999

PS Captioning for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Bill 1998

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

Amends 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

PS Child Care Legislation Amendment (High Need Regions) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Evans —€“ ALP)

Amends the Child Care Act 1972 to provide for the continuation of a system of child care planning and allocation of resources for regions of high need. Also amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Consequential and Related Measures) Act 1999 in relation to commencement of certain provisions.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/99, 25/11/99


Choice of Superannuation Funds (Consumer Protection) Bill 1999

The bill introduces consumer protection initiatives for the life insurance industry, including: product disclosure requirements and provisions relating to the conduct of life insurance companies, advisers and brokers; injunctions for contravention of the proposed Act; civil and criminal sanctions for misleading and deceptive statements made by a life insurance company, broker or adviser; the requirement for life companies to have a compliance committee; and provides for the making of regulations. Also 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; and Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1999 to remove redundant cross references.

Reps: Intro. 23/9/99; Passed 21/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/99

SBC report 18/99 (tabled 20/10/99; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 20/10/99): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation and Financial Services 20/10/99; report tabled 22/11/99

Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 1998

Amends 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; Passed 30/3/99

Senate: Intro. 19/4/99; 2nd reading adjourned 19/4/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): 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, Films 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; Passed 11/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/2/99; 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 24/3/99; extension of time to report 29/3/99; interim report tabled 29/3/99; report tabled 19/4/99


Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to: abolish the X classification for videotapes and create a non-violent erotica (NVE) classification; expand the range of films exempt from classification; and expand the range of persons and organisations that can be considered to be —€œa person aggrieved—€ for the purposes of seeking a classification review. Also makes consequential amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99

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

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

Reps: Intro. 25/11/98; Passed 11/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 15/2/99; 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 24/3/99; extension of time to report 29/3/99; interim report tabled 29/3/99; report tabled 19/4/99

Coal Mining Legislation Amendment (Oakdale Collieries and others) Bill 1999

(Previous title: Coal Mining Legislation Amendment (Oakdale Collieries) Bill 1999)

Amends the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992 and Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Payroll Levy Act 1992 to provide for the payment of unpaid entitlements to former employees of Oakdale Collieries Pty Limited in respect of their employment by the company.

Reps: Intro. 26/8/99; Passed 31/8/99

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 2/9/99; Passed 2/9/99

SBC report 14/99 (tabled and adopted 1/9/99): No reference

Assent: 22/9/99; Act No. 113, 1999

Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973 to enable the Commission to report and make recommendations in relation to the distribution of funding to meet the needs of indigenous people.

Reps: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 21/6/99

Senate: Intro. 22/6/99; Passed 2/9/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 AG/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 2/9/99]

Assent: 12/9/99; Act No. 112, 1999


Commonwealth Superannuation Board Bill 1998

Part of a package of three 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

Compensation for Non-economic Loss (Social Security and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Legislation Amendment) Bill 1999

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to modify the treatment of certain payments of compensation made solely for non-economic loss by treating such payments as ordinary income.

Reps: Intro. 25/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 25/3/99

Senate:

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 31/3/99; extension of time to report 24/5/99; report tabled 25/5/99

Constitution Alteration (Establishment of Republic) 1999

Introduced with the Presidential Nominations Committee Bill 1999, the bill implements the recommendations of the 1998 Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic with a President chosen by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Commonwealth Parliament. Also makes consequential amendments to the Constitution and inserts a new Schedule containing transitional provisions. [The bill has been passed by an absolute majority of each House of the Parliament and was subsequently submitted to the electors in a referendum —€“ see section 128 of the Constitution. Proposal rejected by the electors, 6 November 1999.]

Reps: Intro. 10/6/99; Passed 9/8/99

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

Senate: Intro. 10/8/99; Passed 12/8/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on the Republic Referendum 31/5/99; report tabled 9/8/99

Committee amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 1 AG/passed; 2 Opp (1 reconsidered)/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived; 7 Murray (1 to Opp)/negatived; 5 AG/negatived; 1 AG/withdrawn; 1 schedule clause negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 12/8/99: 1 AG/passed]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 2 and 4 to 8 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 1 and 3 12/8/99; Senate did not insist on amendments 12/8/99]


Constitution Alteration (Preamble) Bill 1999

Implements the recommendations of the 1998 Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution to insert a preamble. [The bill has been passed by an absolute majority of each House of the Parliament and will be submitted to the electors in a referendum —€“ see section 128 of the Constitution.]

Reps: Intro. 11/8/99; Passed 11/8/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/8/99; Passed 12/8/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived

PS Constitution Alteration (Proportional Representation in the Senate) 1999

(Introduced by Senator Harris —€“ PHON)

Amends the Constitution to provide that proportional representation is retained as the method of electing senators.

Senate: Intro. 24/8/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/8/99

SBC report 14/99 (tabled and adopted 1/9/99): No reference

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

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

Amends 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

PS Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

Implements Australia—€™s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol by: establishing the Greenhouse Office; and providing for Greenhouse Impact Assessments and Industry Greenhouse Plans.

Senate: Intro. 2/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/99

Reference: Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 22/9/99; report due first sitting day in August 2000

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

S Copyright Amendment (Computer Programs) Bill 1999

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to exempt from the application of copyright certain actions in relation to computer programs to promote open systems (interoperability) and facilitate error-correction and effective security testing.

Senate: Intro. 21/4/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 12/8/99

Main committee: Referred 10/8/99

Assent: 24/8/99; Act No. 105, 1999


Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Bill 1999

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to: introduce a technology-neutral right of communication to the public to replace and extend the existing wireless broadcasting rights and the limited cable diffusion right; provide for exceptions to this new right of communication and to existing rights; extend the existing statutory licence for educational institutions in relation to electronic publication of certain educational material; implement a new statutory licence scheme in relation to retransmission of free-to-air broadcasts; provide for certain civil remedies and criminal sanctions; clarify copyright responsibilities of carriers and Internet service providers; and fine-tune existing protection of computer software. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 2/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/99

Reference (referred by Attorney-General): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 3/9/99; report due 9/12/99; report tabled 6/12/99

Senate:

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

S Copyright Amendment (Importation of Sound Recordings) Bill 1999

Further to the Copyright Amendment Act (No. 2) 1998, the bill amends the Copyright Act 1968 to expand the definition of —€œaccessory—€ to enable the parallel importation and sale of sound recordings (particularly —€œenhanced—€ compact discs) where ancillary copyright material accompanies the recording.

Senate: Intro. 26/5/99; 2nd reading adjourned 26/5/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 28/6/99; extension of time to report 10/8/99; report tabled 11/8/99

Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Bill 1999

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to introduce moral rights provisions for authors of copyright works and directors, producers and screenwriters of films, including remedies for infringement of moral rights; and makes consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99


Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Bill 1998

(Act citation: Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Act 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 3/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 38 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 18/10/99

SBC report 1/99 (tabled and adopted 17/2/99): No reference

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities 10/12/98; extensions of time to report 21/4/99, 29/4/99, 11/5/99; report tabled 12/5/99

Committee amendments: 66 Govt/passed; 20 Opp (2 amended by Dem)/passed; 16 Dem/passed; 6 items negatived; 1 Govt (reconsidered)/negatived; 6 Opp/negatived; 5 Dem (1 reconsidered)/negatived; 3 PHON (1 amended)/negatived

10 sections opposed/sections agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 20/10/99]

Assent: 24/11/99; Act No. 156, 1999

Crimes Amendment (Fine Enforcement) Bill 1999

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to allow State and Territory court officers to impose certain penalties on Commonwealth fine defaulters.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 25/8/99

Main committee: Referred 24/8/99

Senate: Intro. 26/8/99; Passed 23/9/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 123, 1999

Crimes at Sea Bill 1999

Provides for: implementation of a national cooperative scheme to apply Australian criminal law to offshore adjacent areas; application of the Jervis Bay Territory—€™s criminal laws to criminal conduct committed outside the area covered by the new scheme in certain circumstances; and consequential amendments to 8 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 30/9/99; Passed 6/12/99

CID amendments: 13 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): No reference


Criminal Code Amendment (Application) Bill 1999

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to amend the date of application of Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code (relating to the general principles of criminal responsibility) to all criminal offences under Commonwealth law to 15 December 2001 (from 16 March 2000).

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/99

Senate:

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): Deferred

S Criminal Code Amendment (Bribery of Foreign Public Officials) Bill 1999

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to implement Australia—€™s obligations under the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials in International Business Transactions. Provides for new offences prohibiting the bribery of foreign officials within and outside Australia by Australians or companies incorporated in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 10/3/99; Passed 13/5/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Opp/passed

Reps: Intro. 31/5/99; Passed 3/6/99

Main committee: Referred 1/6/99

Assent: 17/6/99; Act No. 43, 1999

S Criminal Code Amendment (Slavery and Sexual Servitude) Bill 1999

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create offences relating to slavery, sexual servitude and deceptive recruiting for sexual services. Also repeals 6 Imperial Acts relating to slavery that still apply in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 GWA/passed

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 12/8/99

Main committee: Referred 10/8/99

Assent: 24/8/99; Act No. 104, 1999

Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences) Bill 1999

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new provisions in relation to general principles of criminal responsibility; replace existing offences under the Crimes Act 1914 in relation to theft, fraud, bribery, forgery and related offences; provide for geographical jurisdictional options to apply to all offences; provide for additional protection for Commonwealth public officials from violence and harassment; and protection of the national infrastructure for which the Commonwealth has constitutional power. Also makes consequential amendments to 123 other Acts and 5 regulations to repeal offences which are covered by the proposed new offences.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/99

Senate:

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): Deferred


PS Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the importation of radioactive waste for storage in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 20/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 20/10/99

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): Deferred

S Customs Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

As a consequence of a recent Supreme Court of Queensland decision that customs duty is not payable on goods that are not required to be formally entered for home consumption, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: clarify that duty must be paid on imported goods that do not require a formal entry before those goods can be delivered into home consumption; and provide that the rate of duty is to be fixed at the time information in relation to these goods is given to Customs or the time when the goods were imported into Australia, whichever is the later. These amendments apply retrospectively from 1 September 1992.

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 12/8/99

SBC report 14/99 (tabled and adopted 1/9/99): No reference

Reps: Intro. 23/8/99; Passed 1/9/99

Main committee: Referred 31/8/99

Assent: 10/9/99; Act No. 108, 1999

Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Introduced with the Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 1999, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to introduce a registration and electronic cargo reporting scheme (High Volume Low Value Reporting Scheme) for owners of ships and aircraft bringing high volume low value consignments into Australia.

Reps: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 12/5/99

Main committee: Referred 11/5/99

Senate: Intro. 24/5/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/5/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

S Customs Amendment (Temporary Importation) Bill 1999

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: set 31 December 2000 as the final date for re-exportation of goods temporarily imported for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games or related events; introduce a formal application requirement for temporary importation of goods that are not accompanied by temporary admission papers; and make technical amendments.

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; Passed 12/8/99

SBC report 14/99 (tabled and adopted 1/9/99): No reference

Reps: Intro. 23/8/99; Passed 1/9/99

Main committee: Referred 31/8/99

Assent: 10/9/99; Act No. 109, 1999


Customs Amendment (Warehouses) Bill 1999

Introduced with the Import Processing Charge Amendment (Warehouses) Bill 1999, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: establish the concept of —€œManufacturing in Bond—€ (MiB) warehouses; remove the requirement for operators of MiB warehouses to pay a warehoused goods entry fee if the goods are subsequently exported; and remove any doubt about the establishment by regulation of the previous MiB warehouse regime.

Reps: Intro. 3/6/99; Passed 10/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 28/6/99; extension of time to report 10/8/99; report tabled 12/8/99

Customs and Excise Amendment (Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme) Bill 1999

Introduced with the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme Bill 1999, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 to extend the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme to 30 June 2002 to provide a diesel fuel rebate for the use of diesel and other alternative fuels for rail transport or for marine uses in the course of carrying on an enterprise.

Reps: Intro. 22/6/99; Passed 23/6/99

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 87, 1999

Customs (Anti-dumping Amendments) Bill 1998

(Act citation: Customs (Anti-dumping Amendments) Act 1999)

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; Passed 24/3/99

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 22/4/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): No reference

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 26, 1999


S Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

(Previous title: Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998)

(Previously referred to as Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998 (No. 2))

Amends 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; Passed 14/10/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 18/2/99; report tabled 10/3/99

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Reps: Intro. 18/10/99; Passed 21/10/99

Main committee: Referred 21/10/99

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 137, 1999

Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: introduce an electronic lodgment and payments system for refunds of customs duty; clarify the time at which payment of customs duty is required and provide a mechanism for deferral of such payments; and amend the Customs Brokers Licensing System to: extend the term of customs agents and corporate customs agents licences; change renewal date for licences; and rename —€œcustoms agents—€ as —€œcustoms brokers—€.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 29/9/99

Main committee: Referred 20/9/99

Senate: Intro. 30/9/99; Passed 14/10/99

SBC report 14/99 (tabled and adopted 1/9/99): No reference

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 142, 1999

Customs Legislation Amendment (Criminal Sanctions and Other Measures) Bill 1999

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 in relation to: increased penalties for certain import and export offences; new technology for use in personal searches; retention of evidential material; disposal of abandoned goods; and technical amendments in relation to prohibited goods provisions; Customs Act 1901 and Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 in relation to the detection of illicit drugs; and Customs Administration Act 1985 in relation to the term of appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs Service.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/99

Senate:

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 8/12/99; report due 16/2/2000


Customs Tariff Amendment (ACIS Implementation) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to the automotive industry post-2000, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: reduce the rates of customs duty on passenger motor vehicles (PMV) and certain related components from 15 per cent to 10 per cent on 1 January 2005; enable duty credits earned under ACIS to be used to reduce the customs duty payable on eligible imports; and clarify classifications of certain PMV components.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/99; Passed 28/6/99

CID amendments: 9 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 12/10/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 9 Opp/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 13/10/99; Senate did not insist on amendments 13/10/99]

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 141, 1999

Customs Tariff Amendment (Aviation Fuel Revenues) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to aviation fuel revenues, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the rate of customs duty on aviation gasoline and aviation kerosene to $0.0271 per litre from 12 May 1999.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/99; Passed 8/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 98, 1999

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Introduced with the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Investment Program Bill 1999, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: phase down the rates of customs duty on textiles, clothing and footwear from 1 January 2005; and repeal the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Import Credits Scheme from 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 11/2/99; Passed 23/3/99

CID amendments: 8 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 190, 1999

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: reduce the customs duty on aviation gasoline by 2.6 cents per litre (from 25 May 1998) and a further reduction of 13.092 cents per litre (from 1 July 1998); remove customs duty from inputs to the manufacture of information industry equipment; create a free rate of duty for: certain inputs to the manufacture of information industry equipment; certain medical and scientific equipment; certain clothing components; and certain parts of machine tools and robots; and makes technical amendments and corrections.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/99; Passed 25/8/99

Main committee: Referred 24/8/99

Senate: Intro. 26/8/99; Passed 23/9/99

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 124, 1999


Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1999

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: clarify tariff classifications of textile mats, rugs and similar articles; reinstate the 5 per cent customs duty on certain medical and scientific equipment; and remove customs duty on certain steel tinplate and aluminium cansheet.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99

Customs Tariff Amendment (Tradex) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills to implement a new tariff export concession scheme, the Tradex Scheme. The scheme allows goods to be imported duty free and tax free, provided the goods are subsequently exported or incorporated in other exported goods. This bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to allow for the importation, without payment of customs duty, of goods included in a —€œtradex order—€, where those goods are imported by the holder of the order.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/99

Discharged from Notice Paper 14/10/99

Senate:

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Customs Tariff Amendment (Tradex) Bill 1999 [No. 2]

Part of a package of five bills to implement a new tariff export concession scheme, the Tradex Scheme. The scheme allows goods to be imported duty free and tax free, provided the goods are subsequently exported or incorporated in other exported goods. This bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to allow for the importation, without payment of customs duty, of goods included in a —€œtradex order—€, where those goods are imported by the holder of the order.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 25/11/99

Main committee: Referred 23/11/99

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): No reference

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 189, 1999

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

(Act citation: Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999)

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; Passed 24/3/99

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 22/4/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): No reference

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 27, 1999


S Customs (Tariff Concession System Validations) Bill 1999

Validates certain decisions made by officers of the Australian Customs Service between 15 July 1996 and 31 May 1999, exercising powers delegated by the Chief Executive Officer of Customs in relation to the Tariff Concession System.

Senate: Intro. 23/6/99; Passed 14/10/99

SBC report 18/99 (tabled and adopted 20/10/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Dem/negatived

Reps: Intro. 14/10/99; Passed 21/10/99

Main committee: Referred 21/10/99

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 138, 1999

Damage by Aircraft Bill 1999

Improves compensation arrangements for third parties on the ground suffering death, injury or damage from aircraft that come within Commonwealth jurisdiction subjecting such aircraft to strict and unlimited liability. Also repeals the Civil Aviation (Damage by Aircraft) Act 1958 to end Australia—€™s obligations under the Convention on Damage Caused by Foreign Aircraft to Third Parties on the Surface 1952.

Reps: Intro. 24/3/99; Passed 28/6/99

Main committee: Referred 1/6/99

Senate: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 12/8/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): No reference

Assent: 31/8/99; Act No. 107, 1999

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; extensions of time to report 10/12/98, 15/2/99; report tabled 17/2/99

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


PS Defence Cooperation Control Amendment Bill 1997 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

Prohibits 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, 27/5/99

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

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

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to introduce a urinalysis drug testing scheme for members of the Australian Defence Force; Defence Act 1903 and Naval Defence Act 1910 in relation to: transfer of certain senior officers to the Reserves; and delegation of certain powers in relation to termination and retirement of officers; Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 in relation to the time limitation on charges under the Act; and to remove an obsolete provision. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Merit Protection (Australian Government Employees) Act 1984, Public Service Act 1922, Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 and Sex Discrimination Act 1984, makes technical amendments to the Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990 and Defence Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997 and repeals the Supply and Development Act 1939.

Reps: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 11/8/99

Senate: Intro. 11/8/99; Passed 2/9/99

SBC report 6/99 (tabled and adopted 21/4/99): No reference

Assent: 22/9/99; Act No. 116, 1999

PM Defence (Re-establishment) Amendment Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mr Beazley —€“ ALP)

Amends the Defence (Re-establishment) Act 1965 in relation to the protection of civilian employment available to members of the Reserve Forces, particularly regarding service overseas in peace-enforcement, peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations.

Reps: Intro. 18/10/99; Read a 1st time 18/10/99; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

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

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

Protects 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


Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme (Administration and Compliance) Bill 1999

Amends the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme Act 1999 to insert machinery and administrative provisions, including compliance mechanisms. Also makes consequential amendments to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999.

Reps: Intro. 23/9/99; Passed 13/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/10/99; Passed 6/12/99

SBC report 18/99 (tabled and adopted 20/10/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 20/10/99; report tabled 30/11/99

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 201, 1999

Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme Bill 1999

Introduced with the Customs and Excise Amendment (Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme) Bill 1999, the bill introduces, from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2002, grants for the use of diesel fuel and other alternative fuels by certain road transport.

Reps: Intro. 22/6/99; Passed 23/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

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

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 2 AG/negatived

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): No reference

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 29/6/99]

Assent: 8/7/99; Act No. 88, 1999

PS Electoral Amendment (Optional Preferential Voting) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Harris —€“ PHON)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide for optional preferential voting for the election of members of the House of Representatives.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): No reference

PS Electoral Amendment (Senate Elections) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senator Colston —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: provide for the division of States into Wards for the purpose of choosing senators; and make consequential amendments and transitional arrangements.

Senate: Intro. 22/6/99; 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/99

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): No reference


Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

(Act citation: Electoral and Referendum Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 18/2/99

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

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 11 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 2 Opp (reconsidered)/negatived; 2 Dem/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 37 items negatived (1 reconsidered)

6 items opposed (1 reconsidered)/agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 20, 22 to 25 and 27 to 34, disagreed to Senate amendment no. 21 and agreed to 2 Govt amendments in place thereof, disagreed to Senate amendment no. 26 and agreed to 1 Govt amendment in place thereof, and agreed to 1 further Govt amendment 12/5/99; Senate insisted on amendment no. 21 and did not agree to amendments nos 1 and 3 made by Reps in place thereof, agreed to 3 further consequential amendments (10 items negatived), did not insist on amendment no. 26 and agreed to amendment no. 2 made by Reps in place thereof, and agreed to further Reps amendment 27/9/99; Reps agreed to amendment no. 21 insisted on by Senate, did not insist on amendments nos 1 and 3 disagreed to by Senate, and agreed to consequential amendments agreed to by Senate 29/9/99]

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 134, 1999

Electronic Transactions Bill 1999

Establishes a regulatory regime for the use of electronic communications in transactions (electronic commerce) and removes existing legal impediments that may prevent a person using electronic communications to satisfy obligations under Commonwealth law, with certain exceptions, including certain migration and citizenship documents.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 30/9/99

Main committee: Referred 24/8/99; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/99; Passed 25/11/99

SBC report 16/99 (tabled and adopted 29/9/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 162, 1999

PM Employee Protection (Wage Guarantee) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mrs Crosio —€“ ALP)

Establishes a scheme to guarantee the payment of wages and certain other liabilities owed to employees in the event of employer insolvency and provides for the scheme—€™s administration.

Reps: Intro. 8/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 7/6/99

Removed from Notice Paper 18/10/99


Employment, Education and Training Amendment Bill 1999

Amends 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, the Schools Council and the Higher Education Council; continue the appointment of committees and counsellors to assist the Australian Research Council; include the University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of Notre Dame Australia within the definition of —€œhigher education institution—€; and make technical and consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 10/8/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/8/99; 2nd reading adjourned 12/8/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

PM Employment Security Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mr Bevis —€“ 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. 29/3/99; Read a 1st time 29/3/99; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Discharged from Notice Paper 27/9/99

PS Employment Security Bill 1999 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Collins —€“ 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. 13/5/99; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/99

S Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the: Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to: implement the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972; clarify Commonwealth responsibility and liability in relation to artificial reefs; apply the Act to the Exclusive Economic Zone; revise offence and penalty provisions; revise the Australian and foreign defence force exemptions; simplify the provision authorising the Minister to make a declaration regarding the application of the Act to a State or the Northern Territory; include officers of the Australian Customs Service as ex officio inspectors; and simplify and provide for consistency between provisions; and Sea Installations Act 1987 to remove permit prohibitions in relation to sea installations located partly within and partly outside an adjacent area.

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 31/3/99

SBC report 7/99 (tabled and adopted 28/4/99): Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 28/4/99; report tabled 10/8/99


S Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998

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. Also replaces 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; extension of time to report 11/3/99; report tabled 27/4/99

S Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1999

(Previous title: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998)

(Previously referred to as Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 (No. 2))

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. Also replaces 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; Passed 23/6/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 507 Govt/passed; 4 clauses negatived; 187 Opp/negatived; 3 Dem/negatived; 5 AG-GWA/negatived

22 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

Reps: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

CID amendments: 248 Opp/negatived

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 91, 1999


S Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1999

(Previous title: Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1998)

Further to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1999, 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; Passed 23/6/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 24/3/99; report tabled 27/4/99

Committee amendments: 38 Govt/passed; 20 items negatived

Reps: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 92, 1999

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986 to: rename the Act to the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999; clarify objectives of the legislation; replace the —€˜eight step—€™ affirmative action program with a new emphasis on workplace priorities and achievements; change employer annual reporting to a biennial one; refocus the reporting framework to outcomes; provide for reporting exemptions in certain circumstances; and allow the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency to seek certain information from employers covered by the Act.

Reps: Intro. 22/9/99; Passed 20/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 30/11/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 7 Opp (1 amended)/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 3 and 5, disagreed to amendments nos 2, 4, 6 and 7 and agreed to 2 Government amendments in place of amendments nos 4 and 6 8/12/99; Senate did not insist on its amendments and agreed to Reps amendments 9/12/99]

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 183, 1999

Excise Tariff Amendment (Aviation Fuel Revenues) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to aviation fuel revenues, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase the rate of excise duty on aviation gasoline and aviation kerosene to $0.0271 per litre from 12 May 1999.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/99; Passed 8/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): No reference

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 99, 1999


Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the: Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991 to provide for payment by the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) to the Commonwealth of a debt neutrality charge, a guarantee fee and tax-equivalent payments in relation to EFIC—€™s operations in the area of short-term insurance contracts; and Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984 and Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to remove EFIC—€™s current exemptions from the operation of those Acts in relation to such operations.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 29/9/99

Main committee: Referred 20/9/99

Senate: Intro. 30/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Export Market Development Grants Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the: Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 in relation to: extension of the Export Market Development Grants Scheme to the 2000-01 grant year; clarification of certain provisions; and administration of the scheme; Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 in relation to public identification of grant recipients; and Export Market Development Grants (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1997 in relation to the expiry of the approval for an —€œapproved body—€.

Reps: Intro. 10/3/99; Passed 24/3/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 30/6/99]

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 100, 1999

PM Fair Prices and Better Access for All (Petroleum) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mr Fitzgibbon —€“ ALP)

Ensures that franchisees in the petroleum sector are able to purchase fuels for re-sale from a variety of sources and provides for: compensation, court injunctions and penalties, for breach of this Act; Ministerial delegation; and a regulation-making power. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Reps: Intro. 30/8/99; Read a 1st time 30/8/99; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Economics References Committee 12/10/99; extension of time to report 24/11/99; report due 17/2/2000


Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (1999 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 1999

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: exclusion of income earned from employment in a family business or farm from the youth allowance Family Actual Means Test (FAMT); income support arrangements for people sharing the care of children; extension of eligibility for Student Financial Supplement Scheme loans; calculation of the concession under the FAMT in relation to student boarders; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Consequential and Related Measures) Act (No. 2) 1999 in relation to commencement of information sharing by the joint venture agencies which comprise the Family Assistance Office (FAO); and A New Tax System (Bonuses for Older Australians) Act 1999 in relation to commencement of information sharing by the FAO agencies for the purposes of establishing the bonus payment scheme in that Act.

Reps: Intro. 2/9/99; Passed 30/9/99

Senate: Intro. 11/10/99; Passed 18/10/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 items negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/11/99]

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 172, 1999

Family Law Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to: the introduction of a parenting orders compliance regime; binding financial agreements in relation to distribution of property; non-judicial dispute resolution services; transfer of proceedings between courts; child maintenance orders; application of location and recovery provisions in relation to international child abduction cases; application of separate representative provisions in international child abduction cases; and enforcement of property and financial orders. Also makes consequential amendments to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988.

Reps: Intro. 22/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 22/9/99

Senate:

SBC report 16/99 (tabled and adopted 29/9/99): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 29/9/99; extension of time to report 29/11/99; report tabled 6/12/99; additional comments tabled 8/12/99

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Farm Household Support Act 1992 to repeal the 30 November 1999 closing date for Farm Family Restart Scheme re-establishment grant applications.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; Passed 8/12/99

Senate: Intro. 9/12/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): No reference

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 184, 1999


Federal Magistrates Bill 1999

Establishes the Federal Magistrates Court, also to be known as the Federal Magistrates Service, as a court under Chapter III of the Constitution. The court will be a lower level Commonwealth court, handling less complex federal matters.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/99; Passed 19/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 14 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/10/99; Passed 23/11/99

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/6/99; extension of time to report 30/9/99; report tabled 11/10/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 7 Opp/passed; 4 clauses negatived; 3 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 2, 13 and 14 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 3 to 12 and 15 25/11/99; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 3 to 11 and insisted on its amendments nos 12 and 15 30/11/99; Reps agreed to amendments insisted on by Senate 8/12/99]

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 193, 1999

Federal Magistrates (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1999

Consequential on the Federal Magistrates Bill 1999, the bill provides the new court with its jurisdiction, concurrent with either the Federal Court of Australia or the Family Court of Australia, and makes consequential amendments to 25 Acts.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/99; Passed 19/10/99

CID amendments: 11 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/10/99; Passed 23/11/99

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/6/99; extension of time to report 30/9/99; report tabled 11/10/99

Committee amendments: 12 Govt/passed; 6 Opp/passed; 1 Schedule negatived; 2 items negatived; 2 sections negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 7, 16 to 18, 21 and 22, disagreed to Senate amendment no. 15 and agreed to 2 Govt amendments in place of it, and disagreed to amendments nos 8 to 14, 19, 20 and 23 25/11/99; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 8 to 15, agreed to amendments made in place of amendment no. 15, and insisted on its amendments nos 19, 20 and 23 30/11/99; Reps agreed to amendments insisted on by Senate 8/12/99]

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 194, 1999

Financial Management Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to facilitate introduction of a full accrual financial framework from 1 July 1999. Also repeals the Loan Consolidation and Investment Reserve Act 1955.

Reps: Intro. 10/2/99; Passed 11/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99

Senate: Intro. 22/3/99; Passed 29/3/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

Assent: 19/4/99; Act No. 20, 1999

Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill (No. 1) 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to reform of the regulation of Australia—€™s financial system, the bill amends the: Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 to enable the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to take on functions as a result of an agreement with a State or Territory; Banking Act 1959 in relation to: independence of the Reserve Bank of Australia; application of bank holidays and unclaimed moneys provisions to all authorised deposit-taking institutions; and expansion of the scope of standards and directions powers; Corporations Law in relation to registration of financial institutions and friendly societies as companies and regulation of those entities by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; cancellation of registration of transferring financial institutions under previous governing legislation; transitional and consequential amendments and a technical amendment; Life Insurance Act 1995 to provide for a single prudential regime for financial institutions (including friendly societies) that undertake life insurance business; Banking Act 1959 and Reserve Bank Act 1959 in relation to application of the Criminal Code. Also makes miscellaneous amendments to 12 Acts, consequential amendments to 38 Acts, including the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to recognise the retirement savings accounts business of friendly societies and other registered organisations; and transitional, saving and application provisions, including regulation-making powers.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/99; Passed 29/3/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 27/5/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 31/3/99; report tabled 13/5/99

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 7 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 3/6/99]

Assent: 17/6/99; Act No. 44, 1999


Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Further to the package of legislation passed in 1999 to reform the regulation of Australia—€™s financial system, the bill amends the: Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 to: exempt the Authority from paying sales tax on goods; and make technical amendments to the secrecy provisions in the Act; Banking Act 1959 in relation to demutualisation by authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs); Financial Corporations Act 1974 in relation to: business compliance costs; information collection provisions; superseded provisions; and delegation by the Reserve Bank of Australia of certain functions; Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Act 1993 to extend the deadline for certain foreign ADIs to obtain a banking authority, necessary for certain concessional tax treatment; Financial Laws Amendment Act 1997 in relation to the definition of —€œnewly established bank—€; and commencement of certain provisions; Life Insurance Act 1995 in relation to the assignment of an interest in a friendly society approved benefit fund; Reserve Bank Act 1959 in relation to conflict of interest provisions for ADIs concerning eligibility for Reserve Bank Board membership; Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 to remove a redundant reference; and insert a note concerning secrecy provisions; Financial Institutions Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1998, Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Act 1993 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in relation to eligibility of superannuation funds for financial assistance in certain circumstances; Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in relation to: provision of information electronically; safeguards against misuse or fraud in relation to electronic lodgment; and consequential amendments. Also makes minor technical amendments to the Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 1998, Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and contains transitional, saving and application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 23/9/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Govt (amended by Opp)/passed; 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 29/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Financial Sector (Transfers of Business) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to reform of the regulation of Australia—€™s financial system, the bill concerns the oversight by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority of voluntary and compulsory transfers of business between regulated entities.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/99; Passed 29/3/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 27/5/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 31/3/99; report tabled 13/5/99

Committee amendments: 12 Government (5 amended by Opp)/passed; 1 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 3/6/99]

Assent: 17/6/99; Act No. 45, 1999


Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Introduces measures for sustainable management of fisheries by amending the: Fisheries Management Act 1991 in relation to forfeiture and enforcement powers to combat illegal foreign fishing; and Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and Fisheries Management Act 1991 to implement Australia—€™s obligations in relation to the —€˜Fish Stocks Agreement—€™ by providing a framework to address unregulated and unreported fishing on the high seas.

Reps: Intro. 1/9/99; Passed 13/10/99

Main committee: Referred 29/9/99

Senate: Intro. 14/10/99; Passed 14/10/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 143, 1999

Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Further to the proposed Fisheries Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999, the bill introduces additional measures for sustainable management of fisheries and amends the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and Fisheries Management Act 1991 in relation to control, monitoring and enforcement of foreign and domestic fishing operations, including the collection of accurate fishing data.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/99

Further 1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security) Bill 1999

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: special maintenance income; Community Development Employment Projects; introduction of a special employment advance; abolition of the employment entry payment; modification of the education entry payment; introduction of a one-off crisis payment; periods of overseas residence and travel; definition of —€œunsuitable work—€ for the purposes of youth and newstart allowance; arrangements for unemployed persons who move to an area of lower employment prospects; liquid assets test waiting period; and pensioner education supplement; and Social Security Act 1991 and Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to newly arrived residents—€™ waiting periods. Also makes a minor technical amendment to the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Reps: Intro. 11/2/99; Passed 9/3/99

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 22/3/99; Passed 18/10/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 22 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 3 Govt (reconsidered)/negatived; 31 Opp/negatived; 1 Schedule/negatived; 1 Part/negatived

2 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 1 section opposed/section agreed to

Committee requests: 4 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 1 PHON/negatived

[Reps made Senate requests for amendments and agreed to 3 further Govt amendments 12/10/99; Senate agreed to Reps amendments 18/10/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 16 and 18 to 27 and disagreed to Senate amendment no. 17 19/10/99; Senate did not insist on amendment no. 17 and agreed to 1 Dem amendment in place thereof 21/10/99; Reps agreed to Senate amendment made in place of amendment no. 17 21/10/99]

Assent: 11/11/99; Act No. 152, 1999


General Insurance Supervisory Levy Determination Validation Bill 1999

Part of a package of 5 bills, the bill validates a determination made under the General Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1998.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 23/9/99

Senate: Intro. 29/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

General Interest Charge (Imposition) Bill 1998

(Act citation: General Interest Charge (Imposition) Act 1999)

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; Passed 16/2/99

Senate: Intro. 17/2/99; Passed 11/3/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Assent: 31/3/99; Act No. 6, 1999

PS Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998

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

Provides 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; extensions of time to report 10/12/98, 16/2/99, 30/3/99; report tabled 31/3/99

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

Gladstone Power Station Agreement (Repeal) Bill 1999

Repeals the Gladstone Power Station Agreement Act 1970 to formally extinguish the Queensland Government—€™s legal obligations under the Act.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/99

Senate:

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): Deferred


Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging Services) Bill 1999

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to the provision by medical practitioners of diagnostic imaging services under either the remote area or pre-existing diagnostic imaging practices—€™ exemptions of the Act. The bill: provides that Medicare benefits will not be payable unless medical practitioners participate in an approved continuing medical education and quality assurance program; provides for Ministerial approval (by disallowable instrument) of such programs; and establishes a register of participating medical practitioners.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 14/10/99

Senate: Intro. 18/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

Health Insurance Amendment (Professional Services Review) Bill 1999

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to implement recommendations of the Report of the Review Committee of the Professional Services Review Scheme in relation to: administrative and machinery changes to the Scheme; methods for investigating inappropriate practice by practitioners; publication of particulars of reports and determinations in relation to inappropriate practice; and consideration of medical records kept by practitioners in determining inappropriate practice. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/99; Passed 23/6/99

Main committee: Referred 22/6/99

Senate: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 29/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 95, 1999

Health Insurance (Approved Pathology Specimen Collection Centres) Tax Bill 1999

Introduced with the Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1999, the bill imposes a tax on the grant of an approval to a pathology authority to operate an eligible specimen collection centre.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1998

Amends 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. 2) 1999

(Previous title: Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1998)

Amends 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; 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; Passed 10/3/99

CID amendments: 8 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 2 items negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/3/99; Passed 30/3/99

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 9/12/98; extension of time to report 8/3/99; report tabled 9/3/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 3 Opp (1 amended)/passed; 4 Dem/passed; 2 Ind (Harradine) (1 amended by Govt)/passed; 1 Schedule negatived; 1 item negatived

Committee request: 1 Opp/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 25/3/99: 1 Govt to Ind/negatived; 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed]

[Reps did not make Senate request for an amendment 29/3/99. Senate did not insist on request for an amendment, agreed to 1 Government amendment and negatived 1 Part 30/3/99. Reps agreed to Senate amendments 30/3/99]

Assent: 19/4/99; Act No. 21, 1999

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1999

Amends the: National Health Act 1953 in relation to: prudential regulation and financial accountability of the private health insurance industry; transfer of registration, de-registration and merger functions to the Private Health Insurance Administration Council; and a new regime for dealing with registered organisations in difficulty; and Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1998, Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 retrospectively in relation to private health insurance incentives.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/99; Passed 25/3/99

Senate: Intro. 29/3/99; Passed 21/10/99

SBC report 4/99 (tabled and adopted 24/3/99): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 24/3/99; report tabled 30/4/99

Committee amendments: 13 Govt/passed; 9 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/11/99]

Assent: 8/12/99; Act No. 159, 1999


Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1999

Introduced with the Health Insurance (Approved Pathology Specimen Collection Centres) Tax Bill 1999, the bill amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: provide a framework for new specimen collection centre arrangements to apply to public and private sectors from 1 July 2000; simplify and clarify rules relating to temporary resident doctors and overseas trained doctors and the circumstances in which they can access Medicare; remove the 1 January 2002 sunset in relation to the minimum proficiency requirements for new medical practitioners to participate in Medicare; and make minor technical amendments. Also repeals the Health Insurance (Pathology) (Licence Fee) Act 1991.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99

Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding and grant levels for the 1999, 2000 and 2001 funding year for certain purposes; funding for medical places at James Cook University, Science Lectureships and research infrastructure; reductions to the Higher Education Innovation Program; phasing out Merit Equity Scholarships; and funding for University of the Sunshine Coast.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 23/9/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 28/9/99; Passed 22/11/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp (amended by Dem)/passed

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 21/10/99]

Assent: 8/12/99; Act No. 158, 1999

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to: implement voluntary student unionism; remove Ministerial discretion to approve direct funding of student organisations under the Student Organisation Support (SOS) program; further streamline arrangements for applications for remission of higher education contribution scheme and open learning deferred payment scheme debts; enable the University of the Sunshine Coast to receive Commonwealth funding as an independent institution; reflect the name change of James Cook University of North Queensland to James Cook University; and correct a technical error. Also makes a consequential amendment to the States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994 in relation to the SOS program.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/99; Passed 12/5/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/5/99; 2nd reading adjourned 12/5/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Legislation Committee 31/3/99; report tabled 25/5/99


Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

Provides for the reorganisation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and its renaming as the Human Rights and Responsibilities Commission. 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 tabled 17/2/99

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

(Previous title: Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1998)

Amends 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; allow appointment of persons aged over 65 years as commissioners; 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; Passed 11/3/99

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 27 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/3/99; Passed 20/9/99

SBC report 1/99 (tabled and adopted 17/2/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 5 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/9/99]

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 133, 1999


Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Provides for the reorganisation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and its renaming as the Human Rights and Responsibilities Commission. Also provides for: greater focus on education, dissemination of information on human rights and assistance to business and the community; prior notification to the Attorney-General of proposed interventions in court proceedings by 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 transition of existing commissioners to the new offices of deputy presidents for the remainder of their appointments. Amends six Acts including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and makes consequential amendments to 13 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 17/2/99; Passed 13/10/99

CID amendments: 10 Govt/passed; 15 Opp/negatived

Senate: Message reported 23/11/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

PS Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders) Bill 1999

(Introduced by Senators Brown —€“ AG, Bolkus —€“ ALP and Greig —€“ AD)

Effects Australia—€™s obligations under Articles 37(b) and 40(4) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing that a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory must not require a court to sentence a person to imprisonment or detention for an offence committed when that person is under 18 years of age. Also contains certain application and transitional provisions.

Senate: Intro. 25/8/99; 2nd reading adjourned 25/8/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Reference: Related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 1/9/99; report due 14/2/2000

Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 1999

Introduced with the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999, the bill amends the Import Processing Charges Act 1997 to impose a lower screening charge for owners of ships or aircraft who are registered under the High Volume Low Value Reporting Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 25/3/99; Passed 12/5/99

Main committee: Referred 11/5/99

Senate: Intro. 24/5/99; 2nd reading adjourned 24/5/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): No reference

Import Processing Charges Amendment (Warehouses) Bill 1999

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Warehouses) Bill 1999, the bill amends the Import Processing Charges Act 1997 to remove the requirement for operators of —€œManufacturing in Bond—€ warehouses to pay an import processing charge if the goods are subsequently exported.

Reps: Intro. 3/6/99; Passed 10/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/99

SBC report 10/99 (tabled and adopted 28/6/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 28/6/99; extension of time to report 10/8/99; report tabled 12/8/99


Income Tax Rates Amendment (RSAs Provided by Registered Organizations) Bill 1999

Part of a package of three bills in relation to reform of the regulation of Australia—€™s financial system, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to set the rates of tax on retirement savings accounts business of friendly societies and other registered organisations.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/99; Passed 29/3/99

Senate: Intro. 30/3/99; Passed 27/5/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 31/3/99; report tabled 13/5/99

Assent: 9/6/99; Act No. 41, 1999

Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Act 1989 to: extend the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Programme to 30 June 2001; provide funding arrangements for education providers delivering ABSTUDY approved courses during 2000, including mixed mode away-from-base courses; and allow for cost supplementation in respect of appropriated funds for 1 January 2000 to 30 June 2001. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Student Assistance Act 1973.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 30/9/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/99; Passed 22/11/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 8/12/99; Act No. 157, 1999

Industry Research and Development Amendment Bill 1998

(Act citation: Industry Research and Development Amendment Act 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 11/3/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 22/3/99; Passed 25/3/99

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

Assent: 9/4/99; Act No. 15, 1999


Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Border Interception) Bill 1999

Amends the Sydney 2000 Games (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 1996 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to enhance the customs seizure powers in relation to imported goods that carry unauthorised marketing associations with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games or bear infringing trade marks, by modifying the definition of —€œdesignated owner—€ for the purposes of goods entered other than under section 68 of the Customs Act 1901.

Reps: Intro. 25/8/99; Passed 20/9/99

Senate: Intro. 22/9/99; Passed 14/10/99

SBC report 15/99 (tabled and adopted 22/9/99): No reference

Assent: 3/11/99; Act No. 144, 1999

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to: give legislative authority to agreements between Australia and South Africa, Slovakia and Argentina, respectively, in relation to double taxation; and to an agreement to amend the existing agreement between Australia and Malaysia in relation to double taxation and fiscal evasion.

Reps: Intro. 23/9/99; Passed 14/10/99

Senate: Intro. 18/10/99; Passed 21/10/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Assent: 11/11/99; Act No. 149, 1999

Judiciary Amendment Bill 1998

(Act citation: Judiciary Amendment Act 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 9/2/99

Senate: Intro. 15/2/99; Passed 9/3/99

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

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 3 Dem (1 amended)/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 11/3/99]

Assent: 31/3/99; Act No. 7, 1999

PS Koongarra Project Area Repeal Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

Repeals 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


Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

(Previous title: Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1998)

Amends 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, Corporate Law Reform Act 1992, Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1997, Marriage Act 1961 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; Passed 28/6/99

Main committee: Referred 11/5/99; CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/8/99; Passed 23/9/99

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

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 125, 1999

PM Law Enforcement Committee Bill 1999

(Introduced by Mr Kerr —€“ ALP)

Establishes a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Commonwealth Law Enforcement. Also makes consequential amendments to the National Crime Authority Act 1984 to abolish the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority.

Reps: Intro. 30/8/99; Read a 1st time 30/8/99; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Life Insurance Supervisory Levy Determination Validation Bill 1999

Part of a package of 5 bills, the bill validates a determination made under the Life Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1998.

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 23/9/99

Senate: Intro. 29/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Medicare Levy Amendment (CPI Indexation) Bill 1999

Amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 and A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 to increase the Medicare levy low income exemption thresholds, Medicare levy surcharge low income threshold and Medicare levy shading-in thresholds, from the 1999-2000 financial year.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99


S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

(Previous title: Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998)

Amends 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; create new offences relating to people trafficking and clarify duties of the Minister and officials concerning advice relating to applications for visas and access to legal and other advice. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 in relation to people trafficking offences.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/98; Passed 30/6/99

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/12/98; extensions of time to report 8/3/99, 22/3/99; report tabled 21/4/99

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Reps: Intro. 30/6/99; Passed 30/6/99

Assent: 16/7/99; Act No. 89, 1999

S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999

Amends the Migration Act 1958 in relation to: cancellation and monitoring of business sponsorships; criteria and requirements for valid visa applications; authorisation of persons as —€œofficers—€ and —€œauthorised officers—€; transfer of certain non-citizens from prison custody into immigration detention; merits review of certain decisions refusing permanent visas to non-citizens; exemptions from limits on the number of visas; extension of the period certain visa applications may remain in the pool; the age limit for full-time members of the Refugee Review Tribunal; judicial review of decisions of the Migration Review Tribunal; and transitional provisions.

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 31/3/99

SBC report 7/99 (tabled and adopted 28/4/99): No reference

S Migration Legislation Amendment (Judicial Review) Bill 1998 [1999]

Amends 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; extension of time to report 22/3/99; report tabled 21/4/99


S Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Agents) Bill 1999

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: extend the current self-regulation framework for the migration advice industry until March 2003; change publication requirements in relation to the suspension and cancellation of the registration of migration agents; and expand the Migration Agents Registration Authority—€™s powers in relation to access of client files in certain circumstances.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/99; Passed 25/11/99

SBC report 16/99 (tabled and adopted 29/9/99): No reference

Reps: Intro. 25/11/99; Passed 9/12/99

Main committee: Referred 7/12/99

Assent: 22/12/99; Act No. 175, 1999

S Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Safe Haven Visas) Bill 1999

In response to the Kosovo conflict, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to establish a framework to provide persons with temporary safe haven in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 21/4/99; Passed 30/4/99

SBC report 7/99 (tabled and adopted 28/4/99): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 GWA/passed; 2 GWA/negatived

Reps: Intro. 11/5/99; Passed 11/5/99

Assent: 20/5/99; Act No. 34, 1999

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 1998

(Act citation: Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Act 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 17/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 18/2/99; Passed 13/5/99

SBC report 13/98 (tabled and adopted 9/12/98): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/12/98; extensions of time to report 8/3/99, 22/3/99; report tabled 21/4/99

Assent: 31/5/99; Act No. 37, 1999

Ministers of State Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Ministers of State Act 1952 to increase the limit on the sum appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the payment of salaries of Ministers.

Reps: Intro. 23/6/99; Passed 12/8/99

Main committee: Referred 10/8/99

Senate: Intro. 23/8/99; Passed 2/9/99

SBC report 12/99 (tabled and adopted 11/8/99): No reference

Assent: 22/9/99; Act No. 115, 1999


Ministers of State and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Ministers of State Act 1952 to: allow for the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries under section 64 of the Constitution; and increase the limit on the sum appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the payment of salaries of Ministers. Also repeals the Parliamentary Secretaries Act 1980 and makes consequential amendments to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 and Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99

Motor Vehicle Standards Amendment Bill 1998

(Act citation: Motor Vehicle Standards Amendment Act 1999)

Amends the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in relation to: the definition of —€œvehicle standard—€; administration and enforcement of the Act; appointment of Assistant Administrators; and revocation of approvals relating to compliance plates.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/98; Passed 18/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 8/3/99; Passed 11/3/99

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

Assent: 31/3/99; Act No. 8, 1999

National Crime Authority Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the National Crime Authority Act 1984 to clarify the ability of States and Territories to confer powers, functions and duties on the National Crime Authority in relation to the Authority—€™s investigation of relevant criminal activity.

Reps: Intro. 24/11/99; Passed 8/12/99

Main committee: Referred 7/12/99; CID amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/12/99; Passed 9/12/99

SBC report 21/99 (tabled and adopted 8/12/99): No reference

Assent: 23/12/99; Act No. 195, 1999

S National Health Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to establish an independent control regime to prevent drugs supplied under the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme from being inappropriately carried out of or exported from Australia.

Senate: Intro. 17/2/99; Passed 22/4/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

Reps: Intro. 11/5/99; Passed 13/5/99

Main committee: Referred 11/5/99

Assent: 31/5/99; Act No. 35, 1999


National Health Amendment (Lifetime Health Cover) Bill 1999

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to introduce the Lifetime Health Cover scheme which will require health funds to set different premiums depending on the age at which a member first takes out hospital cover with a fund.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/99; Passed 9/6/99

Senate: Intro. 21/6/99; Passed 27/9/99

SBC report 11/99 (tabled and adopted 30/6/99): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 30/6/99; extension of time to report 24/8/99; report tabled 25/8/99

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 8 Opp/passed; 14 Opp/negatived; 3 Opp to Govt/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 27/9/99: 1 Opp/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 28/9/99]

Assent: 13/10/99; Act No. 130, 1999

National Measurement Amendment (Utility Meters) Bill 1998

(Act citation: National Measurement Amendment (Utility Meters) Act 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 11/2/99

Main committee: Referred 10/2/99

Senate: Intro. 15/2/99; Passed 11/3/99

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

Assent: 31/3/99; Act No. 9, 1999

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill 1999

(Previous title: 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; Passed 25/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/4/99; Passed 22/4/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 28, 1999


National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill 1999

(Previous title: 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; Passed 25/3/99

Main committee: Referred 9/3/99; CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/4/99; Passed 22/4/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Assent: 14/5/99; Act No. 29, 1999

National Residue Survey Levies Regulations (Validation and Commencement of Amendments) Bill 1999

Provides for the validation and retrospective commencement on 1 August 1998 of certain regulations changing the rate of national residue survey levy imposed on certain sheep and lamb transactions.

Reps: Intro. 22/9/99; Passed 24/11/99

Main committee: Referred 23/11/99

Senate: Intro. 25/11/99; Passed 25/11/99

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 163, 1999

PS Native Forest Protection Bill 1996 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senators Brown and Lees —€“ AD)

Phases out woodchipping of native forests by 1 January 1999; prohibit logging of high conservation value native forests from 1 January 1997; and establishes 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

Navigation Amendment (Employment of Seafarers) Bill 1998

Amends 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; Passed 31/3/99

Main committee: Referred 29/3/99

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/4/99; 2nd reading adjourned 19/4/99

SBC report 2/99 (tabled and adopted 18/2/99): No reference

SBC report 9/99 (tabled and adopted 26/5/99): Revised: Referred to Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Legislation Committee 26/5/99; extension of time to report 10/8/99; report tabled 12/8/99


New Business Tax System (Capital Allowances) Bill 1999

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the new business tax system, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: disposal of plant and equipment; determination of small business taxpayers; submarine cables and depreciation of indefeasible rights to use them; re-estimation of effective life of plant in certain circumstances; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to accelerated depreciation.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 24/11/99

CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 29/11/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): Deferred

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 164, 1999

New Business Tax System (Capital Gains Tax) Bill 1999

Further to the package of bills in relation to the new business tax system, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: streamline existing capital gains tax (CGT) concessions for small businesses and provide for a further concession in certain disposal circumstances; provide for CGT roll-over relief for certain shareholders and unitholders in the case of takeovers; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Pooled Development Funds Act 1992 to provide for a CGT exemption for certain non-resident tax exempt pension funds on disposal of particular venture capital investments. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/99; Passed 25/11/99

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 29/11/99

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 165, 1999

New Business Tax System (Former Subsidiary Tax Imposition) Bill 1999

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the new business tax system, the bill imposes a tax on certain members of a wholly-owned company group.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 24/11/99

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 29/11/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): Deferred

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 166, 1999

New Business Tax System (Income Tax Rates) Bill (No. 1) 1999

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the new business tax system, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to reduce the company tax rate from 36 per cent to 34 per cent for the 2000-2001 financial year and to 30 per cent for each subsequent financial year.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 24/11/99

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 29/11/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): Deferred

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 167, 1999


New Business Tax System (Income Tax Rates) Bill (No. 2) 1999

Further to the package of bills in relation to the new business tax system, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to remove averaging of capital gains for individuals and certain trustees from 1999-2000. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 25/11/99; Passed 25/11/99

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 29/11/99

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 168, 1999

New Business Tax System (Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 1999

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the new business tax system, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 in relation to disposal of leases and leased plant; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: value shifting through debt forgiveness; removal of deduction limits on exploration and prospecting expenditure and allowable capital expenditure on mine development; transfer of assets within company groups; and deducting prepayments; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Act 1993 in relation to transfer of losses within wholly-owned groups of companies; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: changes in ownership or control of companies; limiting indexation of cost bases of capital gains tax assets; and concessions for capital gains by individuals and certain other entities.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/99; Passed 24/11/99

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/11/99; Passed 29/11/99

SBC report 19/99 (tabled and adopted 24/11/99): Deferred

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 17 Dem/negatived

1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 6/12/99]

Assent: 10/12/99; Act No. 169, 1999

New Business Tax System (Miscellaneous) Bill 1999

Introduced with the New Business Tax System (Venture Capital Deficit Tax) Bill 1999, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: intercorporate dividend rebate; refund of excess imputation credits obtained from franked dividends; dividend imputation and the infrastructure borrowings rebate consequential on the reduction in the company tax rate; venture capital franking rebates; and a scheme for pooling and depreciating plant valued at less than $1000. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99

New Business Tax System (Venture Capital Deficit Tax) Bill 1999

Introduced with the New Business Tax System (Miscellaneous) Bill 1999, the bill imposes a tax on a pooled development fund it if over-allocates venture capital franking rebates to shareholders.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/99; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/99


S Norfolk Island Amendment Bill 1999

Amends the Norfolk Island Act 1979 to: allow for Commonwealth oversight of firearms legislation; enable Deputy Administrators to be appointed by the Federal Minister responsible for Territories; extend the right to vote in Legislative Assembly elections to all Australian citizens ordinarily resident on Norfolk Island; establish Australian citizenship as a qualification for enrolment and election to the Legislative Assembly; and preserve existing enrolment rights of enrolled non-Australian citizens.

Senate: Intro. 31/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 31/3/99

SBC report 6/99 (tabled and adopted 21/4/99): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 21/4/99; extension of time to report 12/8/99; report tabled 23/8/99

NRS Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 1998

(Act citation: NRS Levy Imposition Amendment Act 1999)

Part of a package of five 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; Passed 21/6/99

SBC report 12/98 (tabled and adopted 2/12/98): Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 2/12/98; extension of time to report 15/2/99; report tabled 8/3/99

Assent: 5/7/99; Act No. 49, 1999

S Ozone Protection Amendment Bill 1998 [1999]

(Act citation: Ozone Protection Amendment Act 1999)

Amends 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; Passed 11/3/99

SBC report 3/99 (tabled and adopted 10/3/99): No reference

Reps: Intro. 11/3/99; Passed 13/5/99

Main committee: Referred 29/3/99

Assent: 31/5/99; Act No. 36, 1999

PS Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [1998]

R (Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

Provides 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


Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1998

Amends 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 1999

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. Also amends the Parliamentary Service (Consequential Amendments) Act 1997 to update certain references.

Reps: Intro. 28/6/99; Passed 27/9/99

CID amendments: 43 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 14/10/99; Passed 14/10/99

SBC report 13/99 (tabled and adopted 25/8/99): Provisions of bill referred to Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing 25/8/99; report due 21/9/99; report tabled 20/9/99

Committee amendments: 4 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 3 and 4 and disagreed to Senate amendment no. 2 19/10/99; Senate did not insist on amendment no. 2 20/10/99]

Assent: 11/11/99; Act No. 145, 1999

PS Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [1998]