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Final Senate Bills List for 1997

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23 Jan 1998
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AS AT 23 JANUARY 1998

(1997 Final Edition)

S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 [1997]

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

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

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 1997

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

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment (TSRA) Bill 1997

To amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 to remove the budget for the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) from the budget for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission effective from the 1997-98 budget.

Senate: Intro. 17/6/97; Passed 19/6/97

Reps: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 25/6/97

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 98, 1997

S Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 1996 [1997]

(Act citation: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to add three parcels of land described as Bauhinia Downs, Brumby Plains and Western Desert (North) Locality to Schedule 1 of the Act.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 26/6/97

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

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

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 117, 1997


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

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

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

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

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

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

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

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

R (Introduced by Senator Harradine —€“ Ind)

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

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

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

Administrative Decisions (Effect of International Instruments) Bill 1997

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

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

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

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


Aged Care Bill 1997

As foreshadowed by the Aged Care Income Testing Bill 1997, the bill introduces a uniform approach to the classification, funding and operation of hostels and nursing homes and changes financial accountability requirements. It implements income testing of residents and provides for: an external accreditation process; an accommodation bond; protection for concessional residents and older people; funding for flexible care services; extra service arrangements; improved administration; and evaluation of these reforms within 2 years of implementation.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 5/6/97

CID amendments: 43 Govt/passed; 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

SBC report 9/97 (29/5/97): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 9 Opp/passed; 10 Opp/negatived; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 2 clauses negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 11 and 13 and 14, disagreed to amendment no. 12 and made 1 Govt amendment in place thereof 27/6/97; Senate did not insist on its amendment and agreed to amendment made by Reps in place thereof 27/6/97]

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 112, 1997

Aged Care (Compensation Amendments) Bill 1997

Consequential upon the Aged Care Bill 1997, the bill amends the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges Act 1995 to reflect nursing homes becoming part of the new residential care system and to extend the coverage of the legislation to all residential care recipients.

Reps: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 5/6/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 113, 1997

Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1997

Consequential upon the Aged Care Bill 1997, the bill: repeals certain provisions of the National Health Act 1953 and the Aged or Disabled Persons Care Act 1954; limits the application of certain sections to the period immediately prior to the commencement of the proposed Aged Care Act and contains transitional provisions for the transfer of a number of functions. Also makes consequential amendments to the Social Security Act 1991, the Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986, and 6 other Acts, and repeals the proposed Aged Care Income Testing Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 5/6/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 114, 1997


Aged Care Income Testing Bill 1997

In anticipation of the Aged Care Bill 1997 which will implement income testing for people in a residential aged care service, this bill allows the Departments of Social Security and Veterans—€™ Affairs to commence income testing residents in nursing homes and hostels so they can be advised of the level of charges they may face after the introduction of the proposed Aged Care Act. This proposed Act will cease to have effect after the commencement of the proposed Aged Care Act.

Reps: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 25/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 26/6/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): No reference

Committee amendments: 14 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/6/97]

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 103, 1997

AIDC Sale Bill 1997

To: establish a framework to effect the sale of AIDC Ltd; provide for the winding up and eventual abolition of the Australian Industry Development Corporation; and repeal the Australian Industry Development Corporation Act 1970 once the corporation—€™s post-sale responsibilities are fulfilled. Also makes consequential amendments to that Act and 6 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 20/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/3/97; Passed 26/5/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 6/3/97; report tabled 20/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/5/97]

Assent: 5/6/97; Act No. 67, 1997

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

R Movements) Bill 1995 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

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

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

SBC report 11/95 (15/11/95): No reference

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


Airports Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate:

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

ANL Sale Bill 1997

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

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1996-97

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 1996-97, for the service of the year ending on 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro 5/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

Main committee: Referred 25/2/97

Senate: Intro. 6/3/97; Passed 25/3/97

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 35, 1997

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1996-97

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 1996-97, for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro 5/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

Main committee: Referred 25/2/97

Senate: Intro. 6/3/97; Passed 25/3/97

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 36, 1997


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1997-98

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for service of the year ending on 30 June 1998.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/97; Passed 19/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Main committee: Referred 3/6/97, 17/6/97; unresolved question 17/6/97

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 24/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee requests: 1 GWA/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 89, 1997

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1997-98

To appropriate a sum of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1998.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/97; Passed 19/6/97

Main committee: Referred 3/6/97

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 24/6/97

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 90, 1997

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 1997-98

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

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1997-98

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

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

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 1996-97

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act 1996-97, for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1997.

Reps: Intro 5/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

Main committee: Referred 25/2/97

Senate: Intro. 6/3/97; Passed 25/3/97

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 37, 1997


Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1997-98

To appropriate a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending 30 June 1998.

Reps: Intro. 13/5/97; Passed 19/6/97

Main committee: Referred 3/6/97

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 24/6/97

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 88, 1997

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

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

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

Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 1996)

To repeal the Audit Act 1901 and deal with transitional and consequential matters arising from that repeal and the enactment of the following replacement legislation: the Auditor-General Bill 1996, the Financial Management and Accountability Bill 1996 and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Bill 1996. Included in the amendments is a name change for the Joint Committee of Public Accounts.

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

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 29/9/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 83 Dem/passed; 2 Dem/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 29/9/97: 1 Dem (as amended)/agreed to]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/10/97]

Assent: 24/10/97; Act No. 152, 1997


Auditor-General Bill 1996

(Act citation: Auditor-General Act 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills to replace the Audit Act 1901. The bill deals with: creation, powers, functions and independence of the office of Auditor-General; establishment of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO); and appointment of an Independent Auditor to audit ANAO. The bill also provides for an enhanced role for the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 29/9/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): Clauses 35 and 37 referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 6/3/97; report due 16/5/97; report tabled 15/5/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 4 Dem/negatived; 3 GWA/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 29/9/97: 1 Dem (as amended)/agreed to]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment no. 1 and disagreed to amendment no. 2 1/10/97; Senate did not insist on its amendment (1 GWA [in place of amendment disagreed to by Reps]/negatived) 2/10/97]

Assent: 24/10/97; Act No. 151, 1997

Australia New Zealand Food Authority Amendment Bill 1996

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

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

Main committee: Referred 18/3/97

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

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

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


S Australia New Zealand Food Authority Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

To amend the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991 to: facilitate the cooperative uniform food standards system; provide for a full-time Chief Executive Officer of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) and make the office of Chairperson part-time; confer on ANZFA certain powers and functions, including the ability to market its expertise and to employ staff on its own terms and conditions; expand ANZFA—€™s regulations power to impose fees for certain services; and extend ANZFA—€™s immunity in relation to all foods, not just those covered by a standard.

Senate: Intro. 28/5/97; Passed 19/11/97

SBC report 9/97 (29/5/97): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 29/5/97; extension of time to report 16/6/97; report tabled 23/6/97

Committee amendments: 12 Govt/passed; 2 items negatived

Reps: Intro. 20/11/97; Passed 27/11/97

Main committee: Referred 25/11/97

Assent: 16/12/97; Act No. 201, 1997

Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Amendment Bill 1997

Complementary to the Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Amendment Bill 1997, the bill provides for the levy to be imposed by the Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Act 1986 to be directed to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 14/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 29/5/97

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

Assent: 23/6/97; Act No. 83, 1997

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

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

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

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

R (Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

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

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

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


Australian Communications Authority Bill 1996

(Act citation: Australian Communications Authority Act 1997)

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill establishes the Australian Communications Authority (the ACA) by merging the Spectrum Management Agency and the Australian Telecommunications Authority, from 1 July 1997.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; Passed 24/2/97

Senate: Intro. 25/2/97; Passed 24/3/97

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; extension of time to report 24/2/97; report tabled 5/3/97

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 26/3/97]

Assent: 24/4/97; Act No. 52, 1997

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry, this bill, to replace the Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1995, provides for: the continued control of meat and live-stock exports by the Department of Primary Industries and Energy; distribution of levy funds and relevant Commonwealth matching payments (for marketing, promotion, and research and development); Ministerial directions in certain circumstances; appropriate delegations; compensation for acquisition of property; and regulation-making powers.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 206, 1997


Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Repeals and Consequential Provisions) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry, and consequent upon the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Bill 1997, the bill: amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock (Quotas) Act 1990 and Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1995 to provide for the transfer of power to administer the meat and live-stock export quota and export licensing systems from the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation to the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and to allow for administrative costs to be recovered; makes consequential amendments to reflect the new arrangements to the: Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996, National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account Act 1991, National Residue Survey (Livestock Slaughter) Levy Act 1992 and Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991; repeals 8 other Acts; and contains transitional, saving and consequential provisions.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 1 item negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 4/12/97]

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 207, 1997

Australian National Railways Commission Sale Bill 1997

To amend the Australian National Railways Commission Act 1983 to: provide a framework to effect the sale of the non-interstate mainline track rail assets of Australian National (AN), including authority to repeal, replace or amend rail agreements with South Australia and Tasmania; effect transitional arrangements; and enable abolition of the commission and transfer of assets, liabilities and contracts to the Commonwealth. Also repeals the Australian National Railways Commission Act 1983 and 6 other Acts following the sale and makes consequential amendments to 11 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/97; Passed 18/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 4 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 23/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 4 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem to Opp/passed; 3 Dem/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

1 item opposed/item agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 23/6/97: 1 Dem/negatived]

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 96, 1997


Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the: Air Navigation Act 1920 in relation to: approval of international charter flights; and the creation of a national register of encumbered aircraft; Airports Act 1996 in relation to: variable penalties for breaches of environmental standards; new offences for deliberate harm to the environment; pre-existing contamination; prohibiting sub-leasing to trusts; requiring airport-lessees to seek public comment prior to submitting certain plans to the Minister for approval; and a statutory requirement for an airport operator to use an airport site as an airport; and authorising the ACCC to publish accounts and reports provided to it; and Airports Transitional Act 1986 to correct a minor typographical error.

Reps: Intro. 26/2/97; Passed 18/3/97

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/3/97; Passed 26/3/97

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

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/negatived; 5 GWA/negatived

3 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 26/3/97]

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 30, 1997

Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

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

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

Senate: Intro. 25/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/97

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

Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Bill 1997

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

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

Senate: Intro. 25/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/97

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


Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Collection Bill 1997

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

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

Senate: Intro. 25/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/97

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

Bankruptcy Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Bankruptcy Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and the Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 1996: consequential on the Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Bill 1996 and the Bankruptcy (Registration Charges) Bill 1996 that give effect to changes for the imposition of fees; and in relation to: the collection of charges by the Inspector-General in Bankruptcy and administration of accounts by registered trustees.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; Passed 5/3/97

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

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 2 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 13/3/97; Act No. 11, 1997

Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Act 1997)

To introduce charges in respect of the estate administration function carried out by registered trustees and the Official Trustee.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; Passed 5/3/97

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

Assent: 13/3/97; Act No. 12, 1997

Bankruptcy (Registration Charges) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Bankruptcy (Registration Charges) Act 1997)

To impose charges in respect of applications for registration of trustees in bankruptcy, registration of trustees, re-registration and applications to vary conditions on registration.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 2/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; Passed 5/3/97

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

Assent: 13/3/97; Act No. 13, 1997


Beef Production Levy Amendment Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry, the bill amends the Beef Production Levy Act 1990 to: redirect slaughter levy funds paid by processors to newly declared marketing and research bodies; repeal the definition of the Meat Industry Council; and allow for regulations to provide that no levy may be payable (once non-statutory collection arrangements are in place).

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 208, 1997

Bounty Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Bounty Legislation Amendment Bill 1996)

To amend the: Bounty (Books) Act 1986 and Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985 to terminate the bounties effective from 20 August 1996 and allow limited eligibility for the bounties for production after 20 August 1996 until 20 February 1997; Bounty (Ships) Act 1989 to allow bounty eligibility for certain ships; and Bounty (Computers) Act 1984 to terminate the bounty with effect from 1 July 1997.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/96; Passed 6/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed

6 items opposed/items agreed to

Senate: Intro. 17/3/97; Passed 20/6/97

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 10/10/96; extensions of time to report 7/11/96, 21/11/96; report tabled 28/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp (as amended)/passed

Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 5 Opp/negatived; 9 items negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 and 8 to 13 and disagreed to amendments nos 2 to 7 24/6/97; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 2, 6 and 7 and insisted on amendments nos 3, 4 and 5 27/6/97; Reps agreed to amendments insisted on by Senate 27/6/97]

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 105, 1997

S Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill 1996 [1997]

(Act citation: Broadcasting Services Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to enable the Minister to direct the Australian Broadcasting Authority to conduct an investigation, particularly into matters relating to the future regulation or operation of telecommunications services, such as —€œon-line—€ information and entertainment services.

Senate: Intro. 10/10/96; Passed 29/5/97

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

Reps: Intro. 2/6/97; Passed 25/6/97

Main committee: Referred 17/6/97

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 115, 1997


S Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

To amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: prohibit programs that have been refused classification or classified as X-rated on narrowcasting services; apply to open narrowcasting services the same level of regulation in relation to R-rated programs that applies to commercial television broadcasting services; and apply to industry groups representing providers of open narrowcasting television services the same requirements in relation to the development of codes of practice that apply to commercial and community television broadcasting licensees.

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 22/10/97

Reps: Intro. 22/10/97; Passed 19/11/97

Main committee: Referred 18/11/97

Assent: 27/11/97; Act No. 180, 1997

Broadcasting Services Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to commercial radio and commercial television licences, the bill amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: relocate to that Act the administration of the annual licence fees under the former Broadcasting Act 1942; provide that certain newspapers are not entered in the Associated Newspaper Register; and enable appeals on the merits to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in respect of relevant decisions relating to the administration of licence fees and entries in the Associated Newspaper Register; and Broadcasting Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1992 to repeal various redundant provisions.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/97; Passed 14/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 22/9/97

SBC report 6/97 (26/3/97): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived; 1 Opp to AG/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

3 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 8/10/97; Act No. 143, 1997

Buffalo Export Charge Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Live-stock Export Charge Act 1977, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a charge on the export of live buffaloes to be paid by producers; allows for variation of the charge by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill; and allows for regulations to provide that no charge may be payable (once non-statutory collection arrangements are in place).

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 209, 1997


Buffalo Slaughter Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Live-stock Slaughter Levy Act 1964, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a levy on the slaughter at an abattoir of buffalo for human consumption to be paid by the owner of the buffalo at slaughter; and allows for variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 210, 1997

Carriage of Goods by Sea Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1991 in relation to: a mechanism for regular review regarding international adoption of the Hamburg Rules for carrier liability; arbitration in Australia and the effect of section 11 of the Act; and to provide a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 24/6/97

Senate: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 28/8/97

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

Assent: 15/9/97; Act No. 123, 1997

Cattle (Exporters) Export Charge Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Cattle Export Charges Act 1990, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a charge on the export of live cattle to be paid by exporters; allows for variation of the charge by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill; and allows for regulations to provide that no charge may be payable (once non-statutory collection arrangements are in place).

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 211, 1997

Cattle (Producers) Export Charges Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Cattle Export Charges Act 1990, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a charge on the export of live cattle to be paid by producers; and allows for variation of the charge by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 212, 1997


Cattle Transactions Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1995, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a levy on dealings involving cattle and leviable bobby calves, including a separate lot-fed cattle component, payable by the owner of the cattle at certain specified times; provides for levy exemptions; and allows for variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 213, 1997

Charter of Budget Honesty Bill 1996

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

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; Passed 10/2/97

CID amendments: 13 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/2/97; Passed 28/10/97

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 3/3/97; report tabled 20/3/97; erratum tabled 24/3/97

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

Committee amendments: 7 Opp (1 as amended)/passed; 3 Dem/passed; 6 Opp/negatived; 9 Dem/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 30/10/97; Senate insisted on its amendments 10/11/97; Reps insisted on disagreeing to amendments insisted on by Senate and laid bill aside 19/11/97]

Charter of Budget Honesty Bill 1996 [No. 2]

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

Reps: Intro. 5/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)

Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred


Child Care Payments Bill 1997

To: centralise child care assistance and the child care rebate in one Act, for administration by the Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency; provide for approval of certain care services for child care assistance purposes; provide a review and appeals system for families and service providers; introduce a new rate of child care assistance for school age care; limit child care assistance to 20 hours per week for non-work related care; introduce a planning system for private sector long day care places; limit the number of new private sector child care places eligible for child care assistance in 1998 and 1999; and introduce immunisation as a criterion for eligibility for child care assistance and the child care rebate.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/97; Passed 23/10/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Main committee: Referred 2/10/97

CID amendments: 17 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 17/11/97

SBC report 14/97 (25/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25/9/97; report tabled 27/10/97

Committee amendments: 24 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 10 AG/passed; 3 Opp/negatived; 14 Dem/negatived; 6 Opp/withdrawn

1 Subdivision opposed/Subdivision agreed to; 1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 18/11/97]

Assent: 8/12/97; Act No. 195, 1997

Child Care Payments (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 1997

Complementary to the Child Care Payments Bill 1997, the bill implements transitional arrangements to facilitate the transfer from the existing child care assistance and child care rebate schemes to the new proposed payment arrangements. Also makes consequential amendments to 8 Acts and repeals the Childcare Rebate Act 1993.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 23/10/97

Main committee: Referred 2/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 17/11/97

SBC report 14/97 (25/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25/9/97; report tabled 27/10/97

Assent: 8/12/97; Act No. 196, 1997

PM Child Support (Assessment) Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Mr Price —€“ ALP)

To amend the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 to implement certain recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Certain Family Law Issues in relation to arrangements and obligations in respect of persons involved with child support payments.

Reps: Intro. 2/6/97; Read a 1st time 2/6/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 28/10/97


S Child Support Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996 [1997]

(Act citation: Child Support Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

To amend the: Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 to: eliminate references to the repealed Social Security Act 1947; reflect amendments to the Social Security Act 1991; and in relation to: income estimate election and recent changes made to the presumptions of parentage of the Family Law Act 1975; Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 in relation to: direct payments to the Registrar and record keeping requirements for employers; and Family Law Act 1975 in relation to consideration of child support in property and spousal maintenance proceedings.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; Passed 6/3/97

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

Reps: Intro. 6/3/97; Passed 4/6/97

Main committee: Referred 18/3/97; unresolved question 3/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 23/6/97; Act No. 84, 1997

Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Civil Aviation Amendment Act 1997)

To increase the size of the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority by the addition of a Deputy Chairperson and an additional ordinary member.

Reps: Intro. 22/5/96; Passed 27/6/96

Main committee: Referred 19/6/96; unresolved question 27/6/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Ind (Andren)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/6/96; Passed 5/3/97

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Dem to Opp/passed; 1 Opp (as amended)/passed

Committee amendments: 6 Dem/negatived

Assent: 20/3/97; Act No. 14, 1997

Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

Main committee: Referred 25/11/97

Senate: Intro. 27/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/97

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Bill 1996

(Act citation: Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills to replace the Audit Act 1901. The bill regulates certain aspects of the financial affairs of and reporting requirements for Commonwealth authorities and companies. Deals with: reporting and other obligations; banking; investment; conduct of officers; compliance with general policies of Government; subsidiaries; establishment of audit committees; tabling of certain notices in Parliament; Finance Minister—€™s orders; regulations; annual reporting and financial statement requirements; and establishment of a penalty regime.

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

Senate: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 29/9/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 29/9/97: 1 Dem (as amended)/agreed to]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 1/10/97]

Assent: 24/10/97; Act No. 153, 1997

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

(Introduced by Senator Chamarette —€“ GWA)

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

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

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


PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Freedom) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Brown —€“ AG)

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

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

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

PS Commonwealth Electoral (Printing, Publishing and Distribution of Electoral

R Matters) Amendment Bill 1990 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

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

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

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

PM Commonwealth Employees—€™ Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Mr A Morris —€“ ALP)

To amend the Commonwealth Employees—€™ Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to provide that appeals against decisions by Comcare may be made to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) as the first level of external appeal.

Reps: Intro. 10/2/97; Read a 1st time 10/2/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 1/9/97

Commonwealth Motor Vehicles (Liability) Amendment Bill 1997

Consequential upon the sale and subsequent leaseback of DASFLEET—€™s vehicles, the bill amends the Commonwealth Motor Vehicles (Liability) Act 1959 to extend the Commonwealth—€™s third party liability to motor vehicles leased to the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority and not registered in a State or Territory.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/97; Passed 18/6/97

Main committee: Referred 17/6/97

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 27/6/97

SBC report 10/97 (19/6/97): No reference

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 110, 1997


Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency Bill 1996

(Act citation: Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency Act 1997)

To establish a statutory authority to be known as the Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency, initially to deliver all programs and services currently administered by the Department of Social Security and some services currently provided by the Departments of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, and Health and Family Services.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 27/2/97

Main committee: Referred 26/2/97; unresolved question 27/2/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/3/97; Passed 26/3/97

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/96; report tabled 18/3/97

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 26/3/97]

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 31, 1997

S Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997

To make amendments, consequential on the creation of the proposed Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency, to 12 Acts to reflect that various functions currently undertaken by the Secretary or officers of the Department of Social Security will be able to be delegated to the Chief Executive Officer or employees of the Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency.

Senate: Intro. 19/3/97; Passed 26/3/97

SBC report 6/97 (26/3/97): No reference

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

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 29, 1997

Commonwealth Superannuation Board Bill 1997

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

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

Commonwealth Vehicles (Registration and Exemption from Taxation) Bill 1997

Consequential upon the sale and subsequent leaseback of DASFLEET—€™s vehicles, the bill: provides for registration of vehicles owned by or leased to the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities; and exempts from State and Territory taxation: the sale of DASFLEET assets that include the vehicle fleet; leases of vehicles back to the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities; and registration under State or Territory law of vehicles leased to the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/97; Passed 18/6/97

Main committee: Referred 17/6/97

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 27/6/97

SBC report 10/97 (19/6/97): No reference

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 111, 1997


S Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to create temporary community broadcasting licences which will be allocated by the Australian Broadcasting Authority for a maximum period of one year. Also makes consequential amendments to the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to allow the Australian Communications Authority to issue transmitter licences to temporary community broadcasting licencees.

Senate: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

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

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

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 119, 1997

Company Law Review Bill 1997

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

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

PS Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of

R the Government) Bill 1987 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

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

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

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

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

R (Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

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

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

SBC report 6/95 (8/6/95): No reference

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

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

R (Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

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

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

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


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

R (Introduced by Senator Macklin —€“ AD)

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Teague —€“ LP)

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

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

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

PS Constitution Alteration (Qualifications and Disqualifications of Members of the

R Parliament) Bill 1992 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

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

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

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

Constitutional Convention (Election) Bill 1997

To establish a process for the election of fifty per cent of delegates to the proposed Constitutional Convention which will discuss proposals for an Australian republic. The convention is scheduled to meet in December 1997.

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 15 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 26/5/97; Passed 19/6/97

SBC report 6/97 (26/3/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 26/3/97; extension of time to report 13/5/97; report tabled 15/5/97

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 46 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 5 Opp/negatived; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 2 Dem/negatived; 9 AG/negatived; 1 AG/withdrawn; 19 clauses negatived; 1 Part negatived

2 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment no. 9 and disagreed to amendments nos 1 to 8 and 10 to 68 23/6/97; Senate insisted on its amendments 24/6/97; Reps insisted on disagreeing to Senate amendments nos 1 to 8 and 10 to 68 25/8/97; Senate did not insist on its amendments (1 Ind (Harradine) amendment to motion agreed to) and made 15 further amendments (14 Govt and 1 Ind (Harradine)) 28/8/97; Reps agreed to Senate further amendments 28/8/97]

Assent: 15/9/97; Act No. 128, 1997


Copyright Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

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

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

Copyright Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

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

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

Senate: Intro. 27/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/97

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 2/12/97; report due 23/3/98

S Corporations Law Amendment (ASX) Bill 1997

To amend the Corporations Law to facilitate the conversion of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) to a public company. In particular, the bill: clarifies the responsibilities of the ASX as a self regulatory organisation whilst providing ministerial powers of direction in relation to compliance; ensures appropriate accountability including annual reporting and audit requirements; limits individual ownership or control to no more than 5 per cent of shares; and provides for ASC supervision of the ASX—€™s compliance with its listing rules.

Senate: Intro. 18/11/97; Passed 19/11/97

Reps: Intro. 19/11/97; Passed 27/11/97

Main committee: Referred 25/11/97

Assent: 16/12/97; Act No. 199, 1997


Corporations Law Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Corporations Law Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Corporations Law to: ensure that debts incurred by a company while under a deed of company arrangement are admissible to proof against the company in a subsequent liquidation of the company; and validate acts of liquidators who admitted such debts and claims on the basis that they were provable, prior to commencement of these provisions.

Reps: Intro. 6/11/96; Passed 18/3/97

Senate: Intro. 19/3/97; Passed 20/3/97

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Assent: 22/4/97; Act No. 46, 1997

Crimes Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill 1997

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

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

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

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

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

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

Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the: Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989 in relation to the cancellation of employer-funded superannuation benefits and alternative sentences; Crimes Act 1914 to increase the penalty unit to $110 in all Commonwealth law; Customs Act 1901 to permit cost recovery in relation to transportation, storage and maintenance of confiscated narcotic-related goods; Extradition Act 1988 in relation to certain bail applications and procedures following the arrest of persons believed to have escaped from custody; Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 in relation to: restrained property; the defence of —€œreasonable corporate precaution—€ for certain offences; and minor technical corrections; and Witness Protection Act 1994 in relation to certain disclosures of information by protected witnesses. Also amends 9 other Acts to remove the requirement to obtain Ministerial consent to institute prosecutions under those Acts.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 13/2/97

Main committee: Referred 11/2/97

Senate: Intro. 24/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

SBC report 2/97 (13/2/97): No reference

Assent: 7/4/97; Act No. 20, 1997


Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

Senate:

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

S Criminal Code Amendment Bill 1997

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

Senate: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Act citation: Customs Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills which provide for the imposition and collection of 13 charges and fees for import related services delivered by the Australian Customs Service. This bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to provide for: certain processing and application fees; the administrative and collection arrangements for certain charges and fees and introduces a new licensing regime for the appointment of depots.

Reps: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; Passed 10/2/97

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 12 Govt/passed; 12 Opp/negatived

1 item opposed/item agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 11/2/97]

Assent: 28/2/97; Act No. 3, 1997

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

(Introduced by Senator Margetts —€“ GWA)

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

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

SBC report 18/96 (12/12/96): No reference


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

(Act citation: Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 in relation to the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme to: restrict eligibility and address recent Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions in the —€œmining operations—€ category; improve accountability and reduce expenditure due to overpayments under the scheme.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; Passed 4/2/97

Senate: Intro. 10/2/97; Passed 17/6/97

SBC report 1/97 (6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; extension of time to report 5/3/97; report tabled 18/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 10 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 4 Dem (2 as amended)/passed; 11 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Govt/negatived; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 6 Dem/negatived; 2 Dem/withdrawn; 3 GWA/negatived; 6 AG/negatived; 2 items negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/6/97]

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 97, 1997

Customs and Excise Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill amends the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 to introduce offences and penalties to apply to persons who enter marked fuel as unmarked fuel and who enter unmarked fuel as marked fuel. Also makes consequential amendments to both Acts resulting from proposed amendments to the excise tariff and the customs tariff.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 167, 1997

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

To amend the: Customs Act 1901 to clarify that the Act does not extend to the Australian external Territories; and make minor technical amendments; Customs Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997 to defer by 6 months the commencement of the reduced entry threshold for goods imported by the post; Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 in relation to Customs—€™ powers of examination of mail arriving into Australia from the external Territories; and Excise Act 1901 to make minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97


Customs Depot Licensing Charges Bill 1996

(Act citation: Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills which provide for the imposition and collection of 13 charges and fees for import related services delivered by the Australian Customs Service. This bill imposes depot licensing application and annual depot licence charges associated with the new depot licensing regime.

Reps: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; Passed 12/2/97

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Opp to 4 Govt requests/negatived

Committee requests: 6 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

[Reps made Senate requests 11/2/97]

Assent: 28/2/97; Act No. 4, 1997

Customs Legislation (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

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

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

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

PS Customs Legislation (Economies in Transition) Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Cook —€“ ALP)

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

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

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


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

(Introduced by Senator Murphy —€“ ALP)

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

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

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

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Act citation: Customs Tariff Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: correct details contained in Schedules in the Act before it became operative on 1 July 1996; amend the customs duty on re-entered goods sent overseas for repairs unable to be undertaken in Australia; reduce the rate of customs and excise duty on aviation fuels; and make an administrative change in relation to the rate of duty for tariff classifications of certain textile articles.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 13/2/97

Main committee: Referred 11/2/97

Senate: Intro. 24/2/97; Passed 20/3/97

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

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 32, 1997

PS Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

(Introduced by Senator Cook —€“ ALP)

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

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

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


PM Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

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

Reps: Intro. 26/5/97; Read a 1st time 26/5/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 28/10/97

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997 (No. 3)

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: remove the Canadian margin of preference on certain petrochemicals; accord developing country preferences to imports from the territories administered by the Palestinian Authority; abolish customs duty on imported sugar and certain sugar by-products; implement Australia—€™s tariff obligations under the Information Technology Agreement; reinstate tariff assistance for surgical drapes; clarify tariff classifications of certain types of lamps and power supply units for computers; and make administrative amendments.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 3/9/97

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/9/97; Passed 26/11/97

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

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): Revised: Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extensions of time to report 20/10/97, 10/11/97, 11/11/97; report tabled 17/11/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee requests: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 8/12/97; Act No. 192, 1997

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997

One of 9 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the rates of customs duty on tobacco and certain tobacco and petroleum products.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 2/9/97

Senate: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 4/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 4/9/97: 1 Dem/negatived (reference to committee)]

Assent: 19/9/97; Act No. 136, 1997


Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1997

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to maintain the relative increases in the rates of customs duty on tobacco and certain tobacco and petroleum products proposed by the Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997, for the purposes of the proposed Customs Tariff (Fuel Rates Amendments) Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

SBC report 14/97 (25/9/97): No reference

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 168, 1997

PM Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1997

(Introduced by Mr Crean —€“ ALP)

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

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

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1997 (No. 2)

Further to the package of bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to introduce a new method of calculating the safety net surcharge component of the customs duty on certain tobacco and tobacco products.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/97; Passed 29/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 19/11/97

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

Assent: 27/11/97; Act No. 181, 1997

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 6) 1997

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

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred


Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1997

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

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

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

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

Customs Tariff (Fuel Rates Amendments) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: restructure the customs tariff applicable to petroleum products; and define those concessional petroleum products that must contain a prescribed marker, which must be added to the product prior to entry into home consumption.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97; CID amendments: 9 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 162, 1997

Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Amendment Bill 1997

Complementary to the Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Amendment Bill 1997, the bill amends the Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Act 1986 to: impose a new levy on the milk fat and protein content of manufacturing and market milk as determined on-farm, to fund the dairy industry—€™s contribution to the AAHC; and to double the maximum milk fat and protein rates of research levy.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 14/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 29/5/97

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

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 77, 1997

PS Defence Amendment Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator McLean —€“ AD)

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

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

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


PS Defence Cooperation Control Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

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

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

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

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Act citation: Defence Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

To amend the: Air Force Act 1923, Defence Act 1903 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to enable the transfer of Defence Force members between the Defence Forces; Defence Act 1903 to amend the titles of the service chiefs of staff; and makes consequential amendments to 20 other Acts. Also amends the Defence Act 1903 and Naval Defence Act 1910 in relation to: the requirement of certain officers to serve 12 months after promotion; and delegation of the Governor-General—€™s power to make limited-tenure promotions.

Reps: Intro. 21/8/96; Passed 5/2/97

Main committee: Referred 4/2/97

Senate: Intro. 6/2/97; Passed 6/2/97

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

Assent: 19/2/97; Act No. 1, 1997

Defence Service Homes Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Defence Services Homes Act 1918 in relation to the Defence Service Homes Loans Scheme to: introduce a guaranteed minimum subsidy to ensure that the scheme—€™s interest rates remain below the benchmark interest rate; simplify the scheme—€™s interest rate arrangements; reduce the interest rate on certain advances; and allow for administrative changes to the current arrangements between the Westpac Banking Corporation and the Commonwealth.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/97; Passed 29/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 10/11/97; Passed 19/11/97

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

Assent: 27/11/97; Act No. 183, 1997

PS Delegated Legislation Review Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator McLean —€“ AD)

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

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

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


PS D—€™Entrecasteaux National Park Protection Bill 1996

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

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

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

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

Education Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: University of Canberra Act 1989, Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 to effect the transfer of responsibility for the University of Canberra from the Commonwealth to the Australian Capital Territory; and Maritime College Act 1978 to provide the Council of the Australian Maritime College with the power to make statutes for, or in relation to, the regulation or control of traffic or parking.

Reps: Intro. 20/3/97; Passed 25/3/97

Main committee: Referred 24/3/97

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

SBC report 6/97 (26/3/97): No reference

Assent: 30/5/97; Act No. 66, 1997

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997)

Complementary to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996, the bill establishes an annual charge (the Provider Registration Charge scheme) on providers of education and training services to overseas students and an initial charge payable when a provider is first registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 4/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; Passed 5/3/97

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

Committee request: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate request 5/3/97]

Assent: 27/3/97; Act No. 18, 1997


Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Act citation: Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

Complementary to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Bill 1996, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Act 1991 to establish administrative arrangements for the Provider Registration Charge scheme, including provisions in relation to: a charge for reinstatement of registration of suspended providers; late payment penalties; and maintenance and provision of records.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/96; Passed 4/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; Passed 3/3/97

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

Assent: 27/3/97; Act No. 19, 1997

Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill 1997

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

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

S Employment, Education and Training Amendment Bill 1996 [1997]

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

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

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


S Environment, Sport and Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Environment, Sport and Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 1996)

To amend the: Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 to change the name of the National Capital Planning Authority to the National Capital Authority; Australian Sports Drug Agency Act 1990 in relation to: interference with drug testing samples; and imposition of fees for commercial services; Christmas Island Act 1958 and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 in relation to: repeal of certain obsolete provisions; and jurisdiction of the District Court of Western Australia; Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 to delete an incorrect reference to an ordinance; Coral Sea Islands Act 1969 in relation to incorporation of certain land areas into the Coral Sea Islands Territory; Customs Act 1901, Migration Act 1958 and Quarantine Act 1908 in relation to extension of the Acts to the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands; Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 in relation to Ministerial decisions and to correct drafting errors; Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 in relation to: the dumping or incineration at sea of certain materials, including radioactive wastes; extensions of time for a sea dumping permit application; and deletion of certain references to an international convention; Environment, Sport and Territories Legislation Amendment Act 1995 to correct drafting errors; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 in relation to: delegation of certain Ministerial powers; waste discharge offences; clarification of enforcement provisions in an area plan of management; and correction of minor drafting errors; National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 and Ozone Protection Act 1989 to correct drafting errors; and Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area Conservation Act 1994 in relation to references to an agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; Passed 26/6/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 item negatived

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

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 118, 1997


PM Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996

(Act citation: Euthanasia Laws Act 1997)

(Introduced by Mr K J Andrews —€“ LP)

To amend the: Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978, Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and Norfolk Island Act 1979 to provide that the powers of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly and the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly do not extend to making laws which permit the form of intentional killing of another called euthanasia or the assisting of a person to terminate his or her own life.

Reps: Intro. 9/9/96; Passed 10/12/96 a.m. (Votes 9/12/96)

Main committee: Referred (see terms of resolution Votes 8/10/96, page 551); unresolved questions 31/10/96, 5/12/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 CLP/negatived

CID amendments: 3 LP (on behalf of ALP)/passed; 3 LP to LP (ALP)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; Passed 25/3/97 a.m. (Journals 24/3/97)

SBC report 14/96 (7/11/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 7/11/96; motion to adopt SBC report amended 7/11/96; extensions of time to report 10/2/97, 4/3/97; report tabled 6/3/97

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

Committee amendments: 3 AG/negatived; 1 Opp to AG/negatived

3rd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 27/3/97; Act No. 17, 1997

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to ensure the continuing excisability of all beverages that contain distilled alcohol, including spirits, regardless of their alcohol content. The amendments apply retrospectively on and from 3 February 1996.

Reps: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 20/3/97

Main committee: Referred 18/3/97

Senate: Intro. 20/3/97; Passed 27/8/97

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

SBC report 7/97 (13/5/97): Revised: Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 13/5/97; extension of time to report 16/6/97; report tabled 18/6/97

Committee amendments: 3 GWA/passed; 3 Dem/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 30/10/97; Senate did not insist on its amendments 10/11/97]

Assent: 21/11/97; Act No. 178, 1997


Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

Complementary to the Petroleum Excise (Prices) Amendment Bill 1997, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to alter the calculation and payment of excise duty on crude oil; the bill also amends that Act to: remove liquid petroleum gas from the application of the Act; and decrease the excise duty on aviation gasoline and aviation kerosene by 0.75 cents per litre retrospectively from 1 September 1996.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 14/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 29/5/97

SBC report 9/97 (29/5/97): No reference

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 78, 1997

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997

One of 9 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase the rates of excise duty on tobacco and certain tobacco and petroleum products.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 2/9/97

Senate: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 4/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 4/9/97: 1 Dem/negatived (reference to committee)]

Assent: 19/9/97; Act No. 135, 1997

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1997

To amend the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to maintain the relative increases in the rates of excise duty on tobacco and certain tobacco and petroleum products proposed by the Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997, for the purposes of the proposed Excise Tariff (Fuel Rates Amendments) Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

SBC report 14/97 (25/9/97): No reference

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 169, 1997


Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1997

Further to the package of bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to introduce a new method of calculating the safety net surcharge component of the excise duty on certain tobacco and tobacco products.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/97; Passed 29/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 19/11/97

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

Assent: 27/11/97; Act No. 182, 1997

Excise Tariff (Fuel Rates Amendments) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: restructure the excise tariff applicable to petroleum products and potential fuel substitutes; and define those concessional petroleum products that must contain a prescribed marker, which must be added prior to entry into home consumption.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97; CID amendments: 8 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Committee request: 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 161, 1997

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991 to transfer Development Import Finance Facility loan liabilities from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) to the Government—€™s accounts and, as a consequence, require the EFIC to make a once only payment of $40 million to the Commonwealth.

Reps: Intro. 26/2/97; Passed 19/3/97

Main committee: Referred 18/3/97

Senate: Intro. 20/3/97; Passed 15/5/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): No reference

Assent: 30/5/97; Act No. 65, 1997


Export Market Development Grants Bill 1997

To replace the Export Market Development Grants Act 1974 with a new Act to: simplify the structure and readability of the current Act; increase focus on assistance to small and medium enterprise; and place an upper limit of $150 million per annum on the cost of the Export Market Development Grants Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 19/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 33 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/3/97; Passed 26/3/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): Provisions of bill referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 6/3/97; report due 21/3/97; report tabled 20/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 18 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Dem to Govt/passed; 28 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived; 2 Dem/withdrawn

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 26/3/97]

Assent: 30/4/97; Act No. 57, 1997

Export Market Development Grants (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Bill 1997

To repeal the Export Market Development Grants Act 1974 and deal with consequential matters arising from that repeal and the enactment of the proposed Export Market Development Grants Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 19/3/97

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/3/97; Passed 26/3/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): Provisions of bill referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 6/3/97; report due 21/3/97; report tabled 20/3/97

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 22/4/97; Act No. 44, 1997

Family Court of Western Australia (Orders of Registrars) Bill 1997

To create enforceable, statutory family law rights and liabilities for people who may be affected by the decision in Horne v Horne that resulted in many consent orders made by Registrars in Western Australia being ineffective.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/9/97; Passed 2/10/97

SBC report 10/97 (19/6/97): No reference

Assent: 17/10/97; Act No. 148, 1997


Family Law Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Family Law Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to the making of regulations to impose fees for voluntary counselling and mediation services provided by the Family Court and the exemption and refund of these fees in certain circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 4/12/96

Senate: Intro. 9/12/96; Passed 17/3/97

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

Assent: 10/4/97; Act No. 25, 1997

Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Bill 1997

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

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

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate: Intro. 27/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/10/97

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

Family Trust Distribution Tax (Secondary Liability) Bill 1997

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

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

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate: Intro. 27/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/10/97

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

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Farm Household Support Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Farm Household Support Act 1992 to terminate the Farm Household Support (FHS) scheme and make transitional arrangements for those people who continue to receive FHS payments on and continuously after the cut-off date.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 13/2/97

Main committee: Referred 11/2/97

Senate: Intro. 24/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

SBC report 2/97 (13/2/97): No reference

Assent: 7/4/97; Act No. 21, 1997


Farm Household Support Amendment (Restart and Exceptional Circumstances) Bill 1997

To amend the: Farm Household Support Act 1992 to introduce: the Farm Family Restart Scheme, which consists of an income support component; a professional advice component and a re-establishment component; and the exceptional circumstances relief payment which will replace the drought relief payment; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to tax treatment of the scheme and the payment; Health Insurance Act 1973 to classify recipients as disadvantaged persons to enable them to receive a health care card; Bankruptcy Act 1966 to protect scheme re-establishment grants from creditors in the event of bankruptcy; and Social Security Act 1991 to: refer to an —€œexceptional circumstances certificate—€ for the sickness allowance rate calculator; and correct a cross-reference error.

Reps: Intro. 2/10/97; Passed 22/10/97

Senate: Intro. 23/10/97; Passed 19/11/97

SBC report 16/97 (23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extension of time to report 10/11/97; report tabled 11/11/97

Assent: 25/11/97; Act No. 179, 1997

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

R (Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

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

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

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


Financial Laws Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Financial Laws Amendment Act 1997)

To amend 13 Acts and repeal the Insurance (Deposits) Act 1932 to: improve information sharing between the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission and between those organisations and other domestic and overseas financial regulators; extend by 2 years the deadline by which foreign bank subsidiaries or money market corporations can apply for, and convert to, branch banking status and qualify for the concessional taxation and other treatment provided for under the Financial Corporations (Transfer of Liabilities) Act 1993; extend the prudential controls of the Insurance Act 1973 to companies related to an insurer; enhance insurance policy holder interests by removing certain regulatory decisions from review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; adjust the balance of the respective interests of consumers and insurers under insurance contracts; remove drafting errors and technical difficulties in existing legislation; provide legislative backing to the industry based Code of Practice; make certain provisions more gender-neutral; update provisions that create offences in line with current criminal law policy; delete obsolete references to Papua New Guinea; and update definitions by reference to the Corporations Law.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; Passed 5/2/97

Main committee: Referred 4/2/97; unresolved question 5/2/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/2/97; Passed 26/6/97

SBC report 1/97 (6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 14/5/97

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 107, 1997

Financial Management and Accountability Bill 1996

(Act citation: Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills to replace the Audit Act 1901. The bill provides a regulatory, accounting and accountability framework for the management of money and property of the Commonwealth. Deals with: collection and custody of public money; fund accounting, appropriations and payments; borrowing and investment; control and management of public property; special responsibilities of chief executives; reporting and audit; operations of security organisations; advisory committees for reporting on large waivers; misuse of Commonwealth credit cards; false accounts; delegation of Ministerial powers; Ministerial orders and guidelines; and regulations.

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

Senate: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 29/9/97

SBC report 4/97 (6/3/97): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 29/9/97: 1 Dem (as amended)/agreed to]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 1/10/97]

Assent: 24/10/97; Act No. 154, 1997


Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 in relation to: access to financial transaction reports (FTR) information; definition of —€œtransaction—€; inadmissibility of suspect FTR information; reporting threshold for imported and exported currency; definition of the point at which currency is deemed to be taken out of Australia; bullion sellers; cash transaction reporting by solicitors; inspection powers of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; penalty provisions; updating of certain provisions; and correcting drafting errors.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 26/2/97

Main committee: Referred 24/2/97

Senate: Intro. 3/3/97; Passed 20/3/97

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

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 33, 1997

S Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 1996)

To amend the: Fisheries Administration Act 1991 in relation to: functions of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA); directors—€™ terms of office; establishment and operation of management advisory committees and subcommittees; definition of —€œDeductible component—€; and Ministerial power to give directions; Fisheries Management Act 1991 in relation to: certain revised definitions; statutory fishing rights; powers of courts to suspend or cancel fishing concessions; fisheries Joint Authorities; delegations to State officers and employees; powers of officers to enter premises and secure property; obtaining warrants; AFMA powers; offences; penalties; and reviewable decisions. Also amends the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 to enable the Minister to determine management plans for the zone fisheries and the provisions to be included; and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 in relation to the determination of travelling allowances payable to members of management advisory committees and subcommittees.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/96; Passed 29/5/97

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

Committee amendments: 4 Dem/passed

Reps: Intro. 2/6/97; Passed 27/6/97

Main committee: Referred 23/6/97; unresolved question 26/6/97

Assent: 7/7/97; Act No. 120, 1997

Flags Amendment Bill 1996

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

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

Senate: Intro. 13/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 13/12/96

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


Foreign Affairs and Trade Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 in relation to privileges and immunities for observers to —€œchallenge inspections—€; International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 in relation to: general administrative and policy amendments; regulation-making to coincide with a treaty coming into force; new international organisations succeeding to the privileges and immunities of the existing organisation; privileges and immunities of international law tribunals; exemption from sales tax on goods sold to certain international organisations; and makes consequential amendments to 5 other Acts; Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 to effect Australia—€™s obligations under a Protocol to the Agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Australia; and Passports Act 1938 in relation to the offence of making false statements in relation to Australian passport applications.

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

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97; CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 2/10/97

SBC report 14/97 (25/9/97): No reference

Assent: 17/10/97; Act No. 150, 1997

Franchise Fees Windfall Tax (Collection) Bill 1997

One of 9 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill provides for the determination, collection and administration of the franchise fees windfall tax which applies to claims for refunds of business franchise fees paid before 5 August 1997.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 2/9/97

Senate: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 4/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 4/9/97: 1 Dem/negatived (reference to committee)]

Assent: 19/9/97; Act No. 132, 1997

Franchise Fees Windfall Tax (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997

One of 9 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exempt from income tax refunded business franchise fees subject to the windfall tax. Also denies an income tax deduction for the windfall tax.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 2/9/97

Senate: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 4/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 4/9/97: 1 Dem/negatived (reference to committee)]

Assent: 19/9/97; Act No. 134, 1997


Franchise Fees Windfall Tax (Imposition) Bill 1997

One of 9 bills resulting from the High Court decision in relation to the invalidity under section 90 of the Constitution of NSW business franchise fees on tobacco, the bill imposes the franchise fees windfall tax at a rate of 100 per cent.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 2/9/97

Senate: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 4/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): No reference

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

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 4/9/97: 1 Dem/negatived (reference to committee)]

Assent: 19/9/97; Act No. 133, 1997

Fuel Blending (Penalty Surcharge) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill imposes penalty surcharge on the blending of marked fuel and unmarked fuel which results in a blend that is itself marked fuel.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 165, 1997

Fuel Misuse (Penalty Surcharge) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill imposes penalty surcharge on the use of marked fuel in an internal combustion engine.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 163, 1997


Fuel (Penalty Surcharges) Administration Bill 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill contains administrative provisions concerning: the times at which penalty surcharges will become payable; the record creation and record keeping obligations which apply to all persons dealing in petroleum products; the notification requirements in relation to the sale or disposal of marked fuel; and the audit powers of authorised officers to ensure compliance with the requirements of the proposed Act and to obtain evidential material concerning breaches. Also includes offences and penalties related to failure to comply with the proposed Act.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 166, 1997

Fuel Sale (Penalty Surcharge) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 7 bills to provide for the addition of chemical markers to concessional petroleum products to combat revenue loss and to improve compliance in the payment of customs and excise duty. The bill imposes penalty surcharge on the sale of marked fuel for use in an internal combustion engine.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 24/9/97

Main committee: Referred 23/9/97

Senate: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 27/10/97

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

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 164, 1997

Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Bill 1997

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

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred


General Insurance Supervisory Levy Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: General Insurance Supervisory Levy Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the General Insurance Supervisory Levy Act 1989 to: increase the statutory upper limit of the annual supervisory levy imposed on Australia—€™s 166 general insurers to $35 000 for the financial year commencing on 1 July 1997; and provide for indexation of the upper limit for subsequent financial years based on the Consumer Price Index.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; Passed 5/2/97

Main committee: Referred 4/2/97

Senate: Intro. 10/2/97; Passed 13/2/97

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

Assent: 5/3/97; Act No. 9, 1997

PM Health and Other Services (Compensation) Amendment Bill 1996 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Mr Lee —€“ ALP)

To amend the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to withhold an amount equal to the total medicare benefits paid to the claimant since their claim began until any debt to the Commonwealth is calculated and repaid.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/96; Read a 1st time 24/6/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 25/2/97

Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

To amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to: recognition of medical practitioners and temporary resident doctors for Medicare benefit purposes; multiple service rules for general medical services and diagnostic imaging services; increasing the maximum gap between a scheduled fee and the Medicare benefit to $50; and fees for services of unusual length or complexity.

Reps: Intro. 17/10/96; Passed 6/11/96

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

Senate: Intro. 18/11/96; Passed 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96)

SBC report 12/96 (17/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee upon introduction in Reps (17/10/96); extensions of time to report 29/10/96, 19/11/96, 25/11/96; report tabled 26/11/96

Committee amendments: 5 Dem/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

23 items opposed/items agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96): 1 Opp/passed (reference to committee)]

Reference: Opposition amendments in relation to access to medical records referred to Community Affairs References Committee 14/12/96 a.m. (Journals 13/12/96); extension of time to report 19/3/97; report tabled 26/6/97

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 14/12/96 a.m. (Votes 12/12/96)]

Assent: 17/12/96; Act No. 75, 1996


Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 to clarify certain aspects of the Professional Services Review Scheme, particularly in relation to the separation of judicial and executive powers; sanctions; and the process of reviewing a practitioner—€™s conduct.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 24/6/97

Senate: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 4/9/97

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

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 22/9/97]

Assent: 9/10/97; Act No. 146, 1997

Health Insurance Commission (Reform and Separation of Functions) Bill 1997

To provide for the transfer of Medibank Private from the Health Insurance Commission (HIC) to a newly created Medibank Private corporation; confer new functions on the HIC; and effect corporate goverance changes concerning the HIC. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Health Insurance Commission Act 1973, Hearing Services Administration Act 1997, Commonwealth Borrowing Levy Act 1987 and the Health Insurance Commission Regulations.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/97; Passed 25/9/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/9/97; Passed 20/10/97

SBC report 12/97 (28/8/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/97; extension of time to report 24/9/97; report tabled 25/9/97

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 Opp to Govt/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 22/10/97]

Assent: 11/11/97; Act No. 159, 1997

Health Insurance (Pathology Services) Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to: the licensing scheme for pathology specimen collection centres; payment of Medicare benefits for pathology services when the necessary approvals for pathology providers are overdue for renewal in certain circumstances; and provides a regulation-making power concerning imposition of penalties for minor pathology offences.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/97; Passed 27/8/97

Main committee: Referred 26/8/97

Senate: Intro. 28/8/97; Passed 4/9/97

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

Assent: 17/9/97; Act No. 129, 1997


Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 in relation to: Ministerial approval for hedging contracts made incidental to borrowings or investments of the Commission; Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to: electronic transmission of claims for, and payments of, Medicare benefits; recognition of specialists and consultant physicians; undertakings allowing optometrists to charge in excess of the schedule fee in certain circumstances; recovery of certain Medicare benefits; Medicare benefits for services during a domestic journey; hospital funding arrangements; release of de-identified data for research purposes from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register; referral of practitioners convicted of certain offences to a Medicare Participation Review Committee; a penalty for charging public patients for the provision of public hospital services in prescribed circumstances; transmission and use of confidential information in specific circumstances; and technical amendments; National Health Act 1953 in relation to: the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in relation to: private hospitals and residential care facilities; appointment of an additional member representing consumers on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; transmission and use of confidential information in specific circumstances; reviewable decisions of the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority; and repeal of redundant provisions; and Social Security Amendment (Family Measures) Act 1995 to correct a technical drafting error.

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

To amend the: National Health Act 1953 in relation to: the definition of health insurance business; public availability of copies of certain agreements; general professional freedom of doctors to identify appropriate treatment; payments to hospitals above the Medicare benefits schedule fee in certain circumstances; reinsurance arrangements; the Private Health Insurance Administration Council; provision of certain information by health funds; Private Health Insurance Ombudsman; waiting period for benefits for obstetrics; rights of members transferring from one health fund to another; assignment of Medicare benefits to approved billing agents; for-profit health funds; notice of premium increases; removal of redundant provisions; and technical amendments; Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to Australian overseas visitors health insurance for out-of-hospital medical services; and technical amendments; and Health Insurance Act 1973, National Health Act 1953, Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to determination of benefits for nursing-home type patients.

Reps: Intro. 27/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/97

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred


Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Incentives) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Incentives) Act 1997)

Part of a package of 4 bills concerning the Private Health Insurance Incentives Scheme, the bill makes consequential amendments to: the National Health Act 1953 in relation to registration of health benefits organisations; functions of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council; and complaints; and the Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 in relation to administration of the Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; Passed 26/2/97

Senate: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 4/3/97

SBC report 3/97 (26/2/97): No reference

Assent: 22/4/97; Act No. 45, 1997

Hearing Services Administration Bill 1997

To establish a voucher system for the provision of government-funded hearing services from 1 July 1997.

Reps: Intro 5/2/97; Passed 27/2/97

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

SBC report 3/97 (26/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/2/97; report tabled 24/3/97

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 28/5/97]

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 81, 1997

Hearing Services and AGHS Reform Bill 1997

The bill makes transitional arrangements relating to the corporatisation of the Australian Government Health Service (AGHS), including the transfer of AGHS assets, contracts, liabilities and records to the new company. Amends the Hearing Services Act 1991 to effect changes in eligibility for the Hearing Services Program and to reflect the establishment of the hearing services voucher system; and proposes consequential amendments to the Social Security Act 1991, the Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 and the Privacy Act 1988.

Reps: Intro 5/2/97; Passed 27/2/97

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

2 items opposed/items agreed to

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

SBC report 3/97 (26/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/2/97; report tabled 24/3/97

Committee amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 2 items negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments (1 consequential Opp/negatived) 28/5/97]

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 82, 1997


S Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 [1997]

To amend the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to cease funding from 1997 under the Student Organisation Support (SOS) program; and States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1994 to make a consequential amendment in relation to SOS funding.

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

SBC report 9/96 (22/8/96): Referred to Employment, Education and Training Legislation Committee 22/8/96; report tabled 10/10/96

Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: adjustment of funding and grants levels for the 1998 funding year for certain purposes; introduction of the Rationalisation and Restructuring Program; introduction of a 25 per cent discount for partial up-front higher education contribution scheme (HECS) payments of $500 or more; and streamlining application arrangements for remission of HECS and open learning deferred payment scheme debts.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/97; Passed 17/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 27/8/97

SBC report 10/97 (19/6/97): No reference

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

Assent: 15/9/97; Act No. 125, 1997

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding and grants levels for certain purposes; notice of decisions concerning applications for remission of higher education contribution scheme and open learning deferred payment scheme debts; and minor technical amendments; and Maritime College Act 1978 to align fee provisions with relevant provisions in the Higher Education Funding Act 1988.

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred


Hindmarsh Island Bridge Bill 1996

(Act citation: Hindmarsh Island Bridge Act 1997)

To enable the construction and operation of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge without any further action being taken under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984.

Reps: Intro. 17/10/96; Passed 7/11/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 18/11/96; Negatived at 3rd reading 10/2/97

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 31/10/96; extension of time to report 19/11/96; report tabled 5/12/96

Bill recommitted 25/3/97; Passed 26/3/97

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 26/3/97: 1 GWA/passed (reference to committee)]

Reference: Certain matters in relation to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 26/3/97; extension of time to report 19/11/97; report due first sitting week in April 1998

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 27/3/97 a.m. (Votes 26/3/97); Senate did not insist on its amendments 12/5/97]

Assent: 22/5/97; Act No. 60, 1997

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1996)

To amend the: Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA); Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (HRA); Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA); and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) to: reform the functions and structure of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; and 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 and referral of discriminatory awards and determinations to other bodies. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976; Defence Act 1903; Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973; Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996; and Workplace Relations Act 1996.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 19/6/97

CID amendments: 22 Govt/passed

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

SBC report 1/97 (6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 6/2/97; extensions of time to report 27/5/97, 17/6/97; report tabled 26/6/97


Immigration (Education) Charge Amendment Bill 1996

Complementary to the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Bill 1996 and the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996, the bill amends the Immigration (Education) Charge Act 1992 to: ensure that the English Education Charge will no longer apply to visa applications that are made after the introduction of the proposed visa application charge; and increase the ceiling for the English Education Charge to $5 500, for visa applications not finalised before the commencement of this bill.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/97; 2nd reading adjourned 5/2/97, 25/2/97

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 31/10/96; report due 2/12/96; order of Senate revised 31/10/96: no reference of bill

Discharged from Notice Paper 3/3/97

Import Processing Charges Bill 1996

(Act citation: Import Processing Charges Act 1997)

Part of a package of 3 bills which provide for the imposition and collection of 13 charges and fees for import related services delivered by the Australian Customs Service. This bill imposes 7 charges dealing with the import entry and cargo reporting charges imposed on the importer of goods, or the air or sea cargo reporter in respect of the goods.

Reps: Intro. 7/11/96; Passed 21/11/96

Senate: Intro. 25/11/96; Passed 10/2/97

SBC report 15/96 (21/11/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Assent: 26/2/97; Act No. 2, 1997

Income Tax Assessment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997)

To establish a new Income Tax Assessment Act to be built up progressively to replace the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 as that Act is rewritten. Includes rewrites of the following areas: key provisions about income and deductions; deductions for current and prior year losses and company group loss transfers; rules for calculating car expenses and substantiating work-related expenses; special capital expenditure write-offs for the petroleum mining, general mining and quarrying industries; and capital allowances for buildings and other capital works.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 17/10/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 19/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Main committee: Referred 15/10/96; CID amendments: 116 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; Passed 17/3/97

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Dem/negatived; 2 Ind (Harradine)/negatived

1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 38, 1997


PS Income Tax Assessment (Housing Loan Interest) Amendment Bill 1989 [No. 2]

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to provide a rebate on housing loan interest.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/89; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/89

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

PS Income Tax Assessment (Savings Accounts Interest) Amendment Bill 1989

R [No. 2] [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Haines —€“ AD)

To amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to grant exemption from income tax of certain income from savings accounts.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/89; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/89

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

Income Tax (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Income Tax (Consequential Amendments) Act 1997)

Consequential upon the Income Tax Assessment Bill 1996, the bill proposes to amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and 36 other Acts. Deals with: public and private rulings; income derived by non-residents; losses and inter-corporate dividend rebate; losses and dividend stripping; losses from bad debts; losses and assessable foreign income; and record keeping.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 17/10/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 19/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Main committee: Referred 15/10/96; CID amendments: 50 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; Passed 17/3/97

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 39, 1997

Income Tax Rates Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 concerning family tax assistance in relation to: taxpayers with a special income component and a liability to pay complementary tax; prevention of entitlements causing an increase in the rate of penal tax on uncontrolled partnership income; and complementary tax provisions for family tax assistance and taxpayers with reduced tax-free thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 17/6/97

Senate: Intro. 23/6/97; Passed 26/8/97

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

Assent: 15/9/97; Act No. 124, 1997


Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Bill 1996

(Act citation: Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997)

Consequential upon the Income Tax Assessment Bill 1996, this bill proposes to make necessary transitional measures. Makes specific transitional provisions in relation to: substituted accounting periods; double deductions; substantiation of car expenses; tax, film and primary production losses; deductions for capital works; and mining and quarrying capital and exploration expenditure.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 17/10/96

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 19/6/96; report tabled 22/8/96

Main committee: Referred 15/10/96; CID amendments: 72 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 31/10/96; Passed 17/3/97

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): No reference

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 40, 1997

Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Indigenous Education (Supplementary Assistance) Act 1989 to: remove the requirement for at least 10 per cent of enrolled students to be indigenous before a non-government non-systemic preschool or school or a non-government vocational education and training institution can be funded under the Act; and permit the adjustment of grants under the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Programme in line with cost increases for the period up to 30 June 2000.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/97; Passed 27/8/97

Main committee: Referred 26/8/97; CID amendments: 6 Opp/unresolved question 27/8/97

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/8/97; 2nd reading adjourned 28/8/97

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

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 1997

Part of a package of 4 bills that introduces a registration charge on the importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals, the bill amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989: to replace current cost recovery arrangements for assessment of existing industrial chemicals with an industry-based charge, based on the soon-to-be established Register of Industrial Chemical Introducers; and makes a number of changes to streamline and improve the operation of the Act. Also makes consequential amendments to the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Act 1985.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 28/5/97

Main committee: Referred 27/5/97; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

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

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 99, 1997


Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—€”Customs) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 4 bills that introduces a registration charge on the importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes a charge on the importation into Australia of certain industrial chemicals.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 28/5/97

Main committee: Referred 27/5/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

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

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 100, 1997

Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—€”Excise) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 4 bills that introduces a registration charge on the importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes a charge on the manufacture of certain industrial chemicals.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 28/5/97

Main committee: Referred 27/5/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

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

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 101, 1997

Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—€”General) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 4 bills that introduces a registration charge on the importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes a charge on the manufacture of, or importation into Australia of, certain industrial chemicals to the extent that the charge is not a duty of customs or excise.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 28/5/97

Main committee: Referred 27/5/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 26/6/97

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

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 102, 1997

Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the: Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 in relation to: determination of the amount payable by each department and Commonwealth authority for administration costs; provision of advice on occupational health and safety by Comcare; transfer of powers concerning investigations; penalties; effect of and access to certain documents; and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in relation to: compensable injuries; determination of premiums payable by each department and Commonwealth authority; subdelegation of powers and functions; fees for certain services; reimbursement of payments and costs by the Northern Territory government; and minimum level of compensation benefits.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/96, 25/6/97, 26/6/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

SBC report 1/97 (6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 27/5/97


Industry, Science and Tourism Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: Australian Science and Technology Council Act 1978 to add engineering to the Council—€™s functions and title and allow Council appointments to be made by the Minister; Australian Tourist Commission Act 1987 to remove the requirement that members of the Board cease to hold office at 65 and that the Board not employ persons on terms and conditions more favourable than those of the Managing Director; National Measurement Act 1960 to require the CSIRO to maintain Co-ordinated Universal Time as determined by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures; Science and Industry Research Act 1949 to remove references to Institutes to reflect proposed restructuring of the CSIRO; and makes technical amendments to 5 other Acts. Also repeals the Australian Tourist Commission (Transitional Provisions) Act 1987.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 4/6/97

Main committee: Referred 2/6/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 19/6/97

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

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 91, 1997

Insurance Laws Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the: Insurance Act 1973, Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984 and Insurance Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1989 to: amend the prudential supervisory arrangements for Lloyd—€™s of London to improve the security arrangements for Lloyd—€™s underwriters—€™ Australian policyholders; Insurance Act 1973 to streamline the processes for form setting and lodgment of accounts and statements with the Insurance and Superannuation Commissioner by authorised insurers in Australia; Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984 to remove certain technical difficulties, insert additional definitions and strengthen broker disclosure notification requirements; and Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to include non-commercial marine pleasure craft, improve information flows between contracting parties and refine the insured—€™s duty of disclosure.

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

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Patents Act 1990 in relation to: an extension of up to five years for pharmaceutical patents; assistance to the public by Patent Office employees; record keeping and access; and revised procedures for the payment of certain fees; and Copyright Act 1968, Designs Act 1906, Patents Act 1990 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to introduce a new regulatory regime of the patent attorney profession and deregulate professional practice in trade marks and designs.

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

Senate:

SBC report 20/97 (2/12/97): Deferred


International Monetary Agreements Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947 to: enable Australia to meet its obligations to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the event of calls under the New Arrangements to Borrow; and simplify the framework for the conduct and recording of certain transactions with the IMF.

Reps: Intro. 29/5/97; Passed 18/6/97

Main committee: Referred 17/6/97

Senate: Intro. 19/6/97; Passed 1/9/97

SBC report 10/97 (19/6/97): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 15/9/97; Act No. 127, 1997

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1997

To amend the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to reflect changes to the double taxation agreement between Australia and Vietnam in relation to double taxation and fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income; and makes a minor correction to the text of the Agreement included in the Act.

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

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 26/5/97; Passed 29/5/97

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

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 80, 1997

International Transfer of Prisoners Bill 1997

(Previous title: International Transfer of Prisoners Bill 1996)

To facilitate the transfer of prisoners: between Australia and certain countries with which Australia has entered agreements so that prisoners may serve their sentences of imprisonment in their countries of nationality or in countries with which they have community ties; and to Australia from countries in which prisoners are serving sentences of imprisonment imposed by certain war crimes tribunals.

Reps: Intro. 21/11/96; Passed 25/3/97

Reference: Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 21/11/96; report tabled 3/3/97

Main committee: Referred 18/3/97; CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/5/97; Passed 29/5/97

SBC report 16/96 (28/11/96): No reference

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 75, 1997

Judiciary Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Judiciary Act 1903 to establish the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) as a separate statutory authority to provide legal and related services for government purposes and also makes transitional provisions. Also makes consequential amendments to 10 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 20/11/97; Passed 25/11/97

Senate: Intro. 27/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/97

SBC report 19/97 (25/11/97): No reference


PS Koongarra Project Area Repeal Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To repeal the Koongarra Project Area Act 1981 to prevent uranium mining in the Koongarra area.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

PS Labelling of Genetically Manipulated and Other Foods Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To ensure that all food which has been genetically modified or contains genetically engineered ingredients is labelled accordingly.

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

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


Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

(Previous title: Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 1996)

To amend the: Administrative Appeals Act 1975 to: establish a Small Taxation Claims Tribunal; and provide for the reconstitution of a tribunal; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 in relation to classification of certain films or computer games; alignment of certain criterion for approval of advertisements; and correction of a defect in transitional provisions; Complaints (Australian Federal Police Act) 1981 in relation to remuneration for certain members of the Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal; and to correct drafting errors; Crimes Act 1914 to correct a cross-reference; Death Penalty Abolition Act 1973 to repeal an obsolete provision; Evidence Act 1995 in relation to: admissibility of certain evidence; certificates in relation to self-incriminating evidence; and correction of drafting and minor technical errors; Family Law Act 1975 in relation to: rules of court; correction of drafting and technical anomalies; and amendments consequential on the Family Law Reform Act 1995; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to: appointment of Marshals as officers of court; reference appeals; and conversion of Australian and New Zealand currency; Foreign Judgments Act 1991 in relation to conversion of Australian and foreign currency; Judges—€™ Pensions Act 1968 in relation to pensions and Territorial judicial office of retired judges; Judiciary Act 1903 in relation to jurisdiction of the Federal Court and recovery of costs by government lawyers; Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 in relation to application of that Act in the Australian Capital Territory; Privacy Act 1988 in relation to: definition of —€œguarantee—€; powers of the Privacy Commissioner; and allowing an overdue payment to be listed on a guarantor—€™s credit information file; Service and Execution of Process Act 1992 in relation to: bail justices; warrants; application of the Act; appearance by an interstate defendant; interstate warrants; and transfer of prisoners through transit states; Superannuation Act 1976 in relation to eligibility of certain Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) members to hear applications for review under the Act; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to: privacy of AAT hearings into taxation matters; and amendments consequential on the establishment of the Small Taxation Claims Tribunal.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; Passed 27/2/97

Main committee: Referred 24/2/97; CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 5/3/97; Passed 20/3/97

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

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 26/3/97]

Assent: 17/4/97; Act No. 34, 1997

Law Officers Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the Law Officers Act 1964 to vary the terms and conditions of service for future occupants of the office of Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth by removing the current entitlement to a judge—€™s pension and payment in lieu of unused long leave.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97


Legislative Instruments Bill 1996

To establish a new regime for the making, registration, publication, scrutiny and sunsetting of delegated legislation. Deals with: responsibilities of Principal Legislative Counsel; consultation before making legislative instruments; Federal Register of Legislative Instruments; Parliamentary scrutiny of legislative instruments; sunsetting; instruments not dealt with before commencing day; gazettal requirements; effect on existing tabling and disallowance requirements; delegation of certain Ministerial powers; early backcapturing; review of the operation of the Act and sunsetting provision; transitional provisions; regulations; instruments that are not legislative instruments; enabling legislation; and government business enterprises. Repeals the Statutory Rules Publication Act 1903 and makes consequential amendments to the following Acts: Acts Interpretation Act 1901, Amendments Incorporation Act 1905, Family Law Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, Industrial Relations Act 1988, Judiciary Act 1903.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/96; Passed 11/9/96

Main committee: Referred 10/9/96; CID amendments: 23 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 8/10/96; Passed 25/9/97

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

Report by Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances: tabled 21/11/96

Committee amendments: 18 Govt/passed; 26 Opp/passed; 5 Dem/passed; 3 GWA/passed; 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed; 4 Govt/negatived; 2 Govt/withdrawn; 5 Dem/withdrawn; 1 Part negatived; 1 clause negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 2, 3, 23, 28, 35, 37, 40 to 46, 48 and 50 to 53, disagreed to amendments nos 1, 4 to 22, 24 to 27, 29 to 34, 36, 38 and 39, 47, 49 and 54 and made 6 further Government amendments 17/11/97; Senate insisted on its amendments and agreed to further amendment nos 1 and 4 to 6 and did not agree to further amendment nos 2 and 3 made by Reps 3/12/97; Reps insisted on disagreeing to Senate amendments, insisted on its further amendments nos 2 and 3, and laid bill aside 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)]

Live-stock (Exporters) Export Charge Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Live-stock Export Charge Act 1977, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a charge on the export of live sheep, lambs and goats to be paid by exporters; allows for variation of the charge by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill; and allows for regulations to provide that no charge may be payable (once non-statutory collection arrangements are in place).

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 216, 1997


Live-stock (Producers) Export Charges Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Live-stock Export Charge Act 1977, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a charge on the export of live sheep, lambs and goats to be paid by producers; and allows for variation of the charge by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 217, 1997

Live-stock Slaughter (Processors) Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Live-stock Slaughter Levy Act 1964, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a levy on the slaughter of sheep, lambs and goats to be paid by processors; allows for variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate of levy prescribed in the bill; and allows for regulations to provide that no charge may be payable (once non-statutory collection arrangements are in place).

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 214, 1997

Live-stock Transactions Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Live-stock Slaughter Levy Act 1964, the bill: imposes a levy on dealings involving sheep, lambs and goats, payable by the owner of the animal at certain specified times; provides for levy exemptions; and allows for variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 4/12/97

SBC report 16/97 (23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extensions of time to report 17/11/97, 18/11/97, 19/11/97, 24/11/97; report tabled 25/11/97

Committee request: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps made Senate request 4/12/97]

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 215, 1997


Managed Investments Bill 1997

To amend the Corporations Law to implement a new regime for the regulation of non-superannuation managed investment schemes. In particular, the bill: establishes a single responsible entity for each scheme; imposes certain statutory duties and responsibilities on the responsible entity; imposes certain compliance provisions; and provides for a 2-year transitional period for existing schemes to comply with the new requirements.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

S Marine Personnel Legislation Amendment Bill 1996 [1997]

(Act citation: Marine Personnel Legislation Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 and the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 to improve the administration of the maritime industry—€™s workers—€™ compensation and occupational health and safety schemes by addressing a number of inconsistencies and anomalies in the current legislation.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/96; Passed 6/2/97

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

Reps: Intro. 6/2/97; Passed 26/2/97

Main committee: Referred 24/2/97

Assent: 8/3/97; Act No. 10, 1997

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Act citation: Medicare Levy Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to private health insurance, the bill amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to: raise the Medicare levy low income exemption threshold and the upper limits of the income threshold for individuals, married couples and sole parents; and impose an additional 1 per cent Medicare levy on single people with taxable incomes greater than $50 000 and families with combined taxable incomes greater than $100 000 who do not have private patient hospital cover.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; Passed 26/2/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 13 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 6/5/97

SBC report 3/97 (26/2/97): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Dem to Opp/passed; 1 Opp (as amended)/negatived

Committee requests: 13 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps did not make Senate requests 5/3/97; Senate did not press requests and made 9 further Govt requests 26/3/97; Reps made Senate further requests 27/3/97 a.m. (Votes 26/3/97)]

Assent: 30/5/97; Act No. 64, 1997

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

To amend the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the: Medicare levy low income exemption thresholds for individuals, married couples and sole parents; and exemption shade-out thresholds as a result of the increased low income thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 1/12/97

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

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): No reference


Medicare Levy Consequential Amendment (Trust Loss) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to trust losses, the bill makes a consequential amendment to the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to provide that the taxable income of a person for certain purposes includes an amount that is exempt from income tax because family trust distribution tax has been paid in relation to it.

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

Main committee: Referred 21/10/97

Senate: Intro. 27/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 27/10/97

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

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Bill 1997

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to statutory-based self-regulation of the migration advice industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Migration Agents Registration (Application) Levy Act 1992, the bill: imposes a charge on applications by individuals for registration as migration agents; establishes a ceiling for the maximum amount of charge; and provides for indexation of the ceiling amount.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 30/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 11/11/97; Passed 1/12/97

SBC report 16/97 (23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extension of time to report 17/11/97; report tabled 18/11/97

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 203, 1997

Migration Agents Registration Renewal Charge Bill 1997

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to statutory-based self-regulation of the migration advice industry. Consequent on the repeal of the Migration Agents Registration (Renewal) Levy Act 1992, the bill: imposes a charge on renewals of registration as migration agents; establishes a ceiling for the maximum amount of charge; and provides for indexation of the ceiling amount.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 30/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 11/11/97; Passed 1/12/97

SBC report 16/97 (23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extension of time to report 17/11/97; report tabled 18/11/97

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 204, 1997


S Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 [1997]

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: ensure that certain provisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and the Ombudsman Act 1976 do not apply to immigration detainees unless they have initiated a complaint in writing to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission or to the Ombudsman; and clarify duties of the Minister and officials concerning advice relating to applications for visas and access to legal and other advice.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/96, 28/6/96

SBC report 5/96 (24/6/96): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 24/6/96; report due 20/8/96; report tabled 27/6/96

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996

(Act citation: Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

Complementary to the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Bill 1996 and the Immigration (Education) Charge Amendment Bill 1996, the bill amends the: Immigration (Education) Act 1971, Migration Act 1958 and Migration (Health Services) Charge Act 1991 in relation to the introduction of the proposed visa application charge; Migration Act 1958 in relation to limits on the number of visas granted; and marital status; and the Migration Act 1958 and Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to enable Australian citizenship to be withdrawn from naturalised citizens who have made fraudulent claims.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/97; Passed 3/3/97

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 31/10/96; extension of time to report 19/11/96; report tabled 5/12/96

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/negatived; 3 AG/negatived; 1 Schedule negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments and made 1 consequential Govt amendment 6/3/97; Senate agreed to consequential amendment 17/3/97]

Assent: 10/4/97; Act No. 27, 1997

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to extend the sunset clause relating to the Migration Agents Registration Scheme from 21 September 1997 to 21 March 1998.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/97; Passed 4/6/97

Main committee: Referred 2/6/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 19/6/97

SBC report 10/97 (19/6/97): No reference

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 92, 1997


Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1997

To amend the: Migration Act 1958 to enable the merger of the Migration Internal Review Office and the Immigration Review Tribunal (IRT) to form the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT); and in relation to: powers of Principal Members of the MRT and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT); MRT and RRT hearings; publication of tribunal decisions; a code of procedure for the MRT and RRT for decisions on entry and stay of non-citizens; waiver of the —€œno further stay—€ condition on temporary visas in certain circumstances; cancellation of certain visas; and clarify existing provisions and make technical amendments; Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to align the penalty provision concerning false representations with similar offences under Commonwealth law; and makes minor technical amendments to the: Immigration (Education) Act 1971, Migration Reform Act 1992 and Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 5) 1995.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 3/9/97

CID amendments: 18 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 22/9/97; 2nd reading adjourned 22/9/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 20/10/97; report tabled 30/10/97

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 5) 1997

To amend the Migration Act 1958 and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to: introduce a new judicial review scheme and apply it to the Federal Court and the High Court; and allow specified decisions to be reviewable under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977. These provisions were originally included in the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1997.

Reps: Intro. 3/9/97; Passed 24/9/97

Senate: Intro. 29/9/97; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/97

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 20/10/97; report tabled 30/10/97


Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Agents) Bill 1997

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to statutory-based self-regulation of the migration advice industry. The bill amends the Migration Act 1958 in relation to the creation of a Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and administration of the regulatory scheme for the immigration assistance industry, including: a sunset provision on the statutory self-regulatory scheme; consumer protection; and transitional arrangements. Also repeals the Migration Agents Registration (Application) Levy Act 1992 and Migration Agents Registration (Renewal) Levy Act 1992 and provides for the eventual repeal of the proposed Migration Agents Registration Renewal Charge Act 1997.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 30/10/97

Main committee: Referred 28/10/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/11/97; Passed 1/12/97

SBC report 16/97 (23/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 23/10/97; extension of time to report 17/11/97; report tabled 18/11/97

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

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 2/12/97]

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 205, 1997

Migration Legislation Amendment (Strengthening of Provisions relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 1997

To amend the Migration Act 1958 to: increase control over the entry into, and presence in, Australia of certain non-citizens who are unable to pass the —€œcharacter test—€; and strengthen the procedures used in dealing with such people.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 19/11/97

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

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

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 19/11/97; report due 10/3/98

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Bill 1996

(Act citation: Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997)

Complementary to the Immigration (Education) Charge Amendment Bill 1996 and the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996, the bill imposes a visa application charge on applications for visas and establishes a ceiling of $12 500 for the charge.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/96; Passed 13/12/96 (Votes 12/12/96)

Senate: Intro. 5/2/97; Passed 3/3/97

SBC report 13/96 (31/10/96): No reference

Assent: 10/4/97; Act No. 26, 1997


PS Motor Vehicle Standards (Emission Quotas) Amendment Bill 1990 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To set a limit to the CO2 emissions from each fleet of motor vehicles sold by a manufacturer or importer which would be reduced by 5 per cent each succeeding year.

Senate: Intro. 16/10/90; 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/90

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

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency Bill 1996

To enable Australia—€™s payments to the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency to be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, or alternatively, for securities to be issued to the Agency in lieu of any payment due.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/96; Passed 13/2/97

Main committee: Referred 11/2/97

Senate: Intro. 24/2/97; Passed 28/8/97

SBC report 2/97 (13/2/97): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 GWA/negatived

Assent: 15/9/97; Act No. 126, 1997

S National Environment Protection Measures (Implementation) Bill 1997

Complementary to the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994, the bill provides for the implementation by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities of national environment protection measures (NEPMS) by: extending the application of certain provisions of State and Territory laws to Commonwealth places and activities; the making of regulations; environmental audits and environment management plans; adequacy of implementation action; and providing for: AAT review of any reviewable decision; disclosure of certain information; exempt premises; payment of certain fees and charges; arrangements with States and Territories; annual reporting requirements; application of the criminal code; and regulation-making powers.

Senate: Intro. 21/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/97

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): Referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 19/11/97; report due 10/3/98

National Firearms Program Implementation Bill 1997

Complementary to the National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1996, the bill appropriates monies out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for financial assistance to the States, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory to extend compensation to firearm owners and dealers who surrender firearms or other weapons not explicitly referred to in the national firearms program but which are historically prohibited weapons.

Reps: Intro. 24/9/97; Passed 1/10/97

Main committee: Referred 30/9/97

Senate: Intro. 2/10/97; Passed 2/10/97

SBC report 15/97 (2/10/97): No reference

Assent: 17/10/97; Act No. 149, 1997


PS National Residue Survey Administration (Cost Sharing) Amendment Bill 1993

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Bell —€“ AD)

To amend the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 to share the cost of the National Residue Survey between the Commonwealth and producers.

Senate: Intro. 30/8/93; 2nd reading adjourned 30/8/93

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

National Residue Survey (Buffalo Slaughter) Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on amendments to the National Residue Survey (Livestock Slaughter) Levy Act 1992, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a national residue survey levy on the slaughter at an abattoir of buffalo for human consumption, to be paid by the owner of the buffalo at slaughter; and allows for the variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 218, 1997

National Residue Survey (Cattle Export) Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the National Residue Survey (Cattle Export) Levy Act 1995, the bill: provides for the continued imposition of a national residue survey levy on the export of cattle, to be paid by producers; and allows for the variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 220, 1997

National Residue Survey (Cattle Transactions) Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on the repeal of the National Residue Survey (Cattle Transaction) Levy Act 1995, the bill provides for the continued imposition of a national residue survey levy for dealings involving cattle, payable by certain persons; provides for levy exemptions; and allows for the variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 219, 1997


National Residue Survey (Ratite Slaughter) Levy Bill 1997

To impose a national residue survey levy on the slaughter of the ratite emu for human consumption.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 28/5/97

Main committee: Referred 27/5/97

Senate: Intro. 29/5/97; Passed 19/6/97

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

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 93, 1997

National Residue Survey (Sheep, Lambs and Goats Export) Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on amendments to the National Residue Survey (Livestock Slaughter) Levy Act 1992, the bill provides for the continued imposition of a national residue survey levy on export of live sheep, lambs and goats, to be paid by producers; and allows for the variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 222, 1997

National Residue Survey (Sheep, Lambs and Goats Transactions) Levy Bill 1997

Part of a package of 17 bills to provide a framework to facilitate the move from statutory to new company structures and operational arrangements for the Australian red meat and live-stock industry. Consequent on amendments to the National Residue Survey (Livestock Slaughter) Levy Act 1992, the bill provides for the continued imposition of a national residue survey levy for dealings involving sheep, lambs and goats, payable by certain persons; provides for levy exemptions; and allows for the variation of the levy by regulation up to a maximum rate prescribed in the bill.

Reps: Intro. 1/10/97; Passed 28/10/97

Senate: Intro. 29/10/97; Passed 3/12/97

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

Assent: 17/12/97; Act No. 221, 1997

National Road Transport Commission Amendment Bill 1997

To amend the National Road Transport Commission Act 1991 to extend the sunset clause of the Act from 14 January 1998 to 14 January 1999. As a consequence, the operation of the Road Transport Reform (Heavy Vehicles Registration) Act 1997, Road Transport Reform (Vehicles and Traffic) Act 1993, Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Act 1995 and Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Act 1993 will also be extended.

Reps: Intro. 25/9/97; Passed 1/10/97

Main committee: Referred 30/9/97

Senate: Intro. 2/10/97; Passed 23/10/97

SBC report 15/97 (2/10/97): No reference

Assent: 3/11/97; Act No. 158, 1997


National Transmission Network Sale Bill 1997

To facilitate the sale of the national transmission network (by the sale of shares in one or more Commonwealth-owned companies) and to implement a regulatory framework for the provision of national broadcasting and other transmission services after the sale.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 18/11/97

Senate: Intro. 19/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/97

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 19/11/97; report due 10/3/98

National Transmission Network Sale (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997

Consequential on the sale of the national transmission network, the bill makes amendments to the: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 in relation to: the powers of the national broadcasters in relation to the provision of transmission services; annual reporting requirements; and a mechanism for dealing with complaints about the degradation of signal quality; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to licensing provisions.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/97; Passed 18/11/97

Senate: Intro. 19/11/97; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/97

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 19/11/97; report due 10/3/98

PS Native Forest Protection Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senators Brown and Lees —€“ AD)

To: phase out woodchipping of native forests by 1 January 1999; prohibit logging of high conservation value native forests from 1 January 1997; and establish a transitional strategy for the wood-products industry.

Senate: Intro. 11/9/96; 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/96

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference


Native Title Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: acts affecting native title and agreements between governments and native title holders about those acts; processes for determining native title matters; registration processes for claims; enforcement of native title and compensation determinations; technical amendments, transitional provisions in relation to applications and determinations already made and correction of drafting errors. Also amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 in relation to Judicial Registrars; the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 in relation to the Commission—€™s functions under section 209.

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

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 27/6/96; extension of time to report 17/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Reference: Proposed Government amendments referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 17/10/96; report tabled 18/11/96

Senate:

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

Reference: Certain provisions referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 19/11/96; report tabled 12/12/96


Native Title Amendment Bill 1997

As a consequence of the High Court—€™s decision in the Wik Peoples v Queensland case, the bill amends the: Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: interaction between native title rights and interests and other rights and interests in land or waters; transitional arrangements for Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander representative bodies; a new system for selection, funding, accountability and administration of representative bodies; scheduled interests in land; and application and transitional provisions; Native Title Act 1993, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 in relation to: processes for registering and determining native title claims; and maintenance of the Register of Native Title Claims and the National Native Title Register.

Reps: Intro. 4/9/97; Passed 29/10/97

Reference: Proposed changes to the Native Title Act 1993 and other Acts contained in the bill referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund 4/9/97; report tabled in Reps 27/10/97; report tabled in Senate 28/10/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 27 NPA/negatived; 2 NPA to Govt/negatived; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/11/97; Passed 5/12/97 (Journals 4/12/97)

SBC report 15/97 (2/10/97): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 2/10/97; report tabled 10/11/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

[Instruction to committee: 1 GWA/negatived]

Committee amendments: 98 Govt/passed; 87 Opp/passed (including 3 reconsidered); 2 GWA/passed; 19 Ind (Harradine) (including 1 subsumed in an Opp amt)/passed; 5 Dem-GWA/passed; 1 Opp-Dem-GWA-AG/passed; 1 GWA to Opp/passed (Opp amt as amended subsequently negatived); 4 items negatived; 6 sections negatived (1 reconsidered)

3 Govt/negatived (2 reconsidered); 1 Govt/withdrawn; 156 Opp/negatived (1 as amended, 8 reconsidered); 3 Opp/withdrawn; 28 Dem-GWA/negatived; 2 Dem-GWA/withdrawn; 33 Opp-Dem-GWA/negatived

36 items opposed/items agreed to; 20 sections opposed/sections agreed to (3 reconsidered); 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 1 Part opposed/Part agreed to; 3 Divisions opposed/Divisions agreed to; 3 Subdivisions opposed/Subdivisions agreed to

[Reps consideration of Senate amts on 6/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97):

Senate amts

Outcome in Reps

98 Govt

Agreed to

84 Opp

20 agreed to; 64 disagreed to

2 GWA

Disagreed to

18 Ind (Harradine)

5 agreed to; 13 disagreed to

5 Dem-GWA

Disagreed to

1 Opp-Dem-GWA-AG

Disagreed to

2 items negatived (Govt)

Agreed to

1 item negatived (Opp/Dems-GWA/Harradine)

Disagreed to

1 item negatived (Opp/Dems-GWA)

Disagreed to

3 sections negatived (Harradine/Opp/Dems-GWA)

Disagreed to

2 sections negatived (Opp/Dems-GWA)

Disagreed to

1 section negatived (Harradine)

Disagreed to

Reps laid bill aside 6/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)]


Native Title Amendment (Tribunal Appointments) Bill 1997

To amend the Native Title Act 1993 concerning the qualifications for appointment of presidential members of the National Native Title Tribunal and provide for the temporary appointment of the Registrar to the Tribunal by the President.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/97; Passed 1/9/97

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/9/97; Passed 29/10/97

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

Committee amendment: 1 item negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment (item negatived) 30/10/97]

Assent: 16/11/97; Act No. 170, 1997

PS Natural Heritage Trust Fund Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To establish a Natural Heritage Trust Fund for environmental programs of national significance to be funded from an amount equal to 7 per cent of Telstra—€™s pre-tax profits for the next 5 financial years.

Senate: Intro. 21/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 21/5/96

SBC report 2/96 (23/5/96): No reference

Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Bill 1996

(Act citation: Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997)

To: establish the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia for the protection and rehabilitation of Australia—€™s environment; and provide for $1 billion from the proceeds of the partial privatisation of Telstra to be paid into the Trust—€™s Reserve.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/96; Passed 29/10/96

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/10/96; Passed 29/5/97

SBC report 6/96 (25/6/96): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 25/6/96; extensions of time to report 21/8/96, 18/9/96; report tabled 10/10/96

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/passed; 19 Dem/passed; 1 AG/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 24 Dem/negatived; 11 AG/negatived; 2 AG to Dem/negatived

Committee requests: 7 Govt/passed; 2 Govt/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

[Reps made Senate requests 27/5/97; Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/5/97]

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 76, 1997

NRS Levy Imposition Bill 1997

Introduced with the Telecommunications Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997, the bill imposes a levy on participating carriers to provide funding for the National Relay Service (a service that provides people with hearing or speech impairment with access to standard telephone service comparable to other users).

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97


PS Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Exports) Bill 1988 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Sanders —€“ AD)

To prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by regulating the exportation of nuclear material and certain associated items from Australia.

Senate: Intro. 1/6/88; 2nd reading adjourned 1/6/88

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

PS Nuclear Power, Uranium Enrichment and Reprocessing (Prohibition) Bill 1993

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To prohibit uranium enrichment, nuclear power production and replacement reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in Australia and make consequential amendments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987.

Senate: Intro 13/5/93; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/93

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

PS Ombudsman Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Conroy —€“ ALP)

To amend the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the independence of the Office of Ombudsman and the creation of a Parliamentary Joint Committee to monitor and review the office—€™s performance and functions and to report to both Houses on matters concerning the Office.

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

SBC report 10/96 (12/9/96): Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 12/9/96; extension of time to report 4/12/96; report tabled 13/2/97

PM Ombudsman Amendment Bill 1996 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Price —€“ ALP)

To amend the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the independence of the Office of Ombudsman and the creation of a Parliamentary Joint Committee to monitor and review the office—€™s performance and functions and to report to both Houses on matters concerning the Office.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/96; Read a 1st time 24/6/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 25/2/97

PS Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Bourne —€“ AD)

To provide for parliamentary approval of international treaties and any reservations to a treaty signed by Australia.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/95; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/95

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


PS Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Security of Australia) Bill 1994 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Woodley —€“ AD)

To establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the Security of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 30/6/94; 2nd reading adjourned 30/6/94

SBC report 13/94 (1/9/94): No reference

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

PS Parliamentary Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of Lawful Orders) Bill 1994

R [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To amend the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 in relation to enforcement by the Federal Court of lawful orders made by Parliament and its committees.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/94; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/94

SBC report 6/94 (9/5/94): No reference

Reference: Standing Committee of Privileges 12/5/94; extension of time to report 23/8/94; report tabled 19/9/94

Related reference: Standing Committee of Privileges 22/6/94; extensions of time to report 9/11/94, 7/12/94; report tabled 1/3/95

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

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1996

To amend the Parliamentary Proceedings Act 1946 to alter gender specific references to non-gender specific references.

Reps: Intro. 30/4/96; Read a 1st time 30/4/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Senate:

SBC report 4/96 (20/6/96): No reference

Parliamentary Service Bill 1997

To establish an independent framework for the employment of staff in the parliamentary departments. In particular, the bill: establishes the Australian Parliamentary Service; defines parliamentary service values and provides for a code of conduct; and provides for: the creation, independence, powers, appointment, suspension and termination of the Clerks and secretaries of parliamentary departments; mobility between the Parliamentary Service and the Public Service; a Parliamentary Senior Executive Service; an independent Parliamentary Service Commissioner; the establishment of parliamentary departments; annual reporting; and transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/97; Passed 30/10/97

CID amendments: 8 Govt/passed; 40 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/11/97; Passed 19/11/97

Report by Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing: tabled 23/10/97

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): No reference

Committee amendments: 38 Opp/passed; 5 Dem/passed; 12 Opp/negatived; 7 Dem/negatived; 3 GWA/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)]


Parliamentary Service (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997

Deals with consequential matters arising from the proposed repeal of the Public Service Act 1992 and the enactment of the proposed Parliamentary Service Act 1997. In particular, the bill amends the Archives Act 1983, Audit Act 1901, Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976, Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 and proposed Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1997 to continue the application of those Acts to the parliamentary departments.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/97; Passed 30/10/97

Senate: Intro. 10/11/97; Passed 19/11/97

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): No reference

Assent: 7/12/97; Act No. 189, 1997

PS Patents Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To amend the Patents Act 1990 to prohibit the patenting of naturally occurring genes or gene sequences.

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

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

Petroleum Excise (Prices) Amendment Bill 1997

Complementary to the Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997, the bill amends the Petroleum Excise (Prices) Act 1987 to require the Minister to determine the volume weighted average of realised prices for crude oil produced and sold from each of the excisable oil producing regions.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 14/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 29/5/97

SBC report 9/97 (29/5/97): No reference

Assent: 18/6/97; Act No. 79, 1997

PS Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Bolkus —€“ ALP and Senator Kernot —€“ AD)

To provide for the holding of a national plebiscite on whether Australia should become a republic and the establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to determine the form of question to be put at the plebiscite.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/97; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/97

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

PM Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 1997 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Beazley —€“ ALP)

To provide for the holding of a national plebiscite on whether Australia should become a republic and the establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to determine the form of question to be put at the plebiscite.

Reps: Intro. 3/9/97; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting


Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1996

(Act citation: Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997)

To amend the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to extend compensation provisions to cover the active constituent of a chemical product; Farm Household Support Act 1992 to prevent —€œdouble-dipping—€ in relation to the drought relief payment and other payments and allowances; and Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation Act 1993 to extend the sunset date for wool industry contributions to the Australian Animal Health Council from 30 June 1997 to 30 June 2000. Also repeals the Tobacco Marketing Act 1965 and makes minor technical amendments to 4 other portfolio Acts.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/96; Passed 13/2/97

Main committee: Referred 11/2/97

Senate: Intro. 24/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

SBC report 2/97 (13/2/97): No reference

Assent: 7/4/97; Act No. 22, 1997

Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

To amend the: Australian Horticultural Corporation Act 1987 to reduce the number of certain members on the Australian Horticultural Corporation and the number of members required for a quorum; Export Control Act 1982 concerning the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service—€™s administrative arrangements for the issue of certain certificates and for the use of electronic data transfer; Farm Household Support Act 1992 and Social Security Act 1991 to enable the recovery of drought relief payment overpayments; Imported Food Control Act 1992 to provide for regulations to exempt certain New Zealand food from the provisions of the Act; Moomba-Sydney Pipeline System Act 1994 to deal with outstanding pipeline easement issues related to the sale of the pipeline and allow disposal by the Commonwealth of residual pipeline easement interests; Quarantine Act 1908 to: require proper cleansing of ships and ballast water before vessels enter Australian ports; require samples of ballast water be available for testing and examination; animals in quarantine; compensation; and amend proclamation and regulation-making powers; Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 in relation to licensing of offshore petroleum pipelines and impact on offshore petroleum pipeline licences of territorial sea baseline changes; and Sea Installations Act 1987 to exempt all Commonwealth offshore petroleum pipelines from provisions of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 26/3/97; Passed 4/6/97

Main committee: Referred 27/5/97

Senate: Intro. 16/6/97; Passed 19/6/97

SBC report 9/97 (29/5/97): No reference

Assent: 30/6/97; Act No. 94, 1997


Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997

To amend: 9 Acts to place responsibility for approval of terms and conditions of employment of the principal employee with individual organisations; the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to: increase the field of potential applicants for appointment as Director of the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA); and provide for the appointment of an additional director of the NRA; the Australian Horticultural Corporation Act 1987 to: remove the corporation—€™s export trading powers; and reduce the number of members on the corporation—€™s Selection Committee and the number of members required for a quorum; the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 to insert regulation-making powers in relation to the meaning of false or misleading description and presentation of wine; the Dairy Produce Act 1986 to repeal the exclusion of people aged 65 and over from membership on the board of the Australian Dairy Corporation; the Farm Household Support Act 1992 to annul Farm Household Support scheme debts; the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 to amend the description of the Adjacent Areas in respect of Western Australia and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands; the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Corporation Act 1989 to reduce Commonwealth funding to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation in the 1997-98 financial year by $3.612 million; and the Primary Industry Councils Act 1991 to abolish the Australian Pig Industry Council.

Reps: Intro. 3/12/97; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/97

PS Privacy Amendment Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja —€“ AD)

To amend the Privacy Act 1988 to: establish a national legislative scheme to extend privacy protection to the private sector, corporations and trading and financial corporations by extending the operation of Information Privacy Principles and development of codes of practice by the Privacy Commissioner that are subject to Parliamentary approval.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/97; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/97

SBC report 15/97 (2/10/97): No reference

Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 1997

(Previous title: Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 1996)

Part of a package of 4 bills in relation to private health insurance, the bill implements the Private Health Insurance Incentive Scheme which provides a financial incentive to low and middle income earners to purchase or retain private health insurance.

Reps: Intro. 13/12/96; Passed 26/2/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 15 Govt/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/2/97; Passed 26/3/97

SBC report 3/97 (26/2/97): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Dem to Opp/passed; 1 Opp (as amended)/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee requests: 3 Opp/passed

[Reps did not make Senate requests 5/3/97; Senate did not press requests 26/3/97]

Assent: 30/4/97; Act No. 55, 1997


Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 to: provide for the annual transfer of the net balance of the Confiscated Assets Trust Fund to the Consolidated Revenue Fund; extend the sharing of recovered proceeds of crime currently in place between the Commonwealth and States and Territories to foreign countries; and make reciprocal provision for foreign countries to share proceeds with Australia.

Reps: Intro. 11/9/96; Passed 9/12/96

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/96; Passed 12/2/97

SBC report 11/96 (10/10/96): No reference

In committee: 1 item opposed/item agreed to

Assent: 5/3/97; Act No. 8, 1997

Productivity Commission Bill 1996

To establish and set out the composition, functions, powers, procedures and policy guidelines of the Productivity Commission which combines the Industry Commission, the Economic Planning and Advisory Commission and the Bureau of Industry Economics.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 12/2/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/2/97; Negatived at 3rd reading 3/9/97

SBC report 1/97 (6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 24/3/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 12 Opp (3 as amended)/passed; 21 Dem (1 as amended)/passed; 11 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived; 1 Division negatived

1 Division opposed/agreed to

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 3/9/97: 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed (reference to committee)]

Reference: Penalty provisions referred to the Scrutiny of Bills Committee 3/9/97; extension of time to report 28/10/97; interim report tabled 17/11/97; reference revised 19/11/97; report due last Tuesday of the winter sittings in 1998

Bill recommitted 30/10/97: In committee 30/10/97, 3/12/97

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/passed


Productivity Commission (Repeals, Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Bill 1996

Complementary to the Productivity Commission Bill 1996, the bill repeals the Industry Commission Act 1989 and the Economic Planning Advisory Commission Act 1983 and makes transitional provisions relating to those Acts. Also makes consequential amendments to the: Biological Control Act 1984; Bounty (Computers) Act 1984; Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985; and Development Allowance Authority Act 1992.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 12/2/97

Senate: Intro. 13/2/97; Negatived at 3rd reading 3/9/97

SBC report 1/97 (6/2/97): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/97; report tabled 24/3/97

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 3/9/97; 1 Ind (Harradine)/passed (reference to committee)]

Bill recommitted 30/10/97: In committee 30/10/97, 3/12/97

PS Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium (Customs Act Amendment) Bill 1996

(Introduced by Senator Lees —€“ AD)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the exportation of uranium-bearing ore or uranium ore concentrates.

Senate: Intro. 7/5/96; 2nd reading adjourned 7/5/96

SBC report 3/96 (30/5/96): No reference

PS Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium to France (Customs Act Amendment) Bill

R 1995 [1996]

(Introduced by Senator Coulter —€“ AD)

To amend the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the exportation of uranium-bearing ore or uranium ore concentrates to France until the cessation of French nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific Region.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/95; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/95

SBC report 11/95 (15/11/95): Deferred

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


Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Bill 1997

Deals with the consequential and transitional matters arising from the proposed repeal of the Public Service Act 1922 and the enactment of the proposed Public Service Act 1997. In particular, the bill: validates actions and decisions taken under the former legislation; covers some aspects of the transition from the old to the new employment framework; makes consequential amendments to other legislation (283 Acts) that incorporate references to the Public Service Act 1922; and repeals the Merit Protection (Australian Government Employees) Act 1984 and the Public Service Act 1922.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/97; Passed 30/10/97

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 26/6/97; extensions of time to report 3/9/97, 23/9/97; report tabled 29/9/97

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/11/97; Passed 19/11/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 25/9/97; report tabled 2/10/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)]

Public Service Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Public Service Amendment Act 1997)

To amend the Public Service Act 1922 to enable disciplinary action to be taken against an officer who has resumed duties in a department of the Public Service after a period of unattachment where alleged misconduct has taken place when the officer was an —€œunattached officer—€.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/96; Passed 12/2/97

Main committee: Referred 4/2/97

Senate: Intro. 13/2/97; Passed 6/3/97

SBC report 2/97 (13/2/97): No reference

Assent: 7/4/97; Act No. 23, 1997


Public Service Bill 1997

To replace the current legislative framework for the establishment and management of the Australian Public Service (APS). In particular, the bill provides for: APS employees; the Senior Executive Service; heads of missions; the Public Service Commissioner; the Merit Protection Commissioner; secretaries of departments; the Management Advisory Committee; executive agencies; administrative arrangements and reorganisations; and miscellaneous provisions in relation to certain payments of money; locally engaged employees; attachment of salaries; release of personal information; formal —€œpositions—€; delegation of powers etc; and regulations.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/97; Passed 30/10/97

Reference: Joint Committee of Public Accounts 26/6/97; extensions of time to report 3/9/97, 23/9/97; report tabled 29/9/97

CID amendments: 16 Govt/passed; 61 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/11/97; Passed 19/11/97

SBC report 13/97 (4/9/97): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 4/9/97; extension of time to report 25/9/97; report tabled 2/10/97

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 50 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/passed; 23 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp/withdrawn; 16 Dem/negatived; 6 Dem to Opp/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 5/12/97 (Votes 4/12/97)]

PM Quarantine Amendment Bill 1996

(Introduced by Mr Campbell —€“ Ind)

To amend the Quarantine Act 1908 to provide that the Commonwealth can be held liable for compensation for damages resulting from the importation of diseases or pests where an officer has acted in such a way as to allow animals, plants or goods to be imported into Australia and disease or pests have resulted from the importation.

Reps: Intro. 28/10/96; Read a 1st time 28/10/96; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 3/6/97

PM Quarantine Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996

(Introduced by Mr Fitzgibbon —€“ ALP)

To implement a recommendation of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to amend the Quarantine Act 1908 to place final responsibility for quarantine decisions with the relevant Minister(s).

Reps: Intro. 2/12/96; 2nd reading adjourned 26/5/97

Removed from Notice Paper 28/10/97

PS Quarantine Amendment (Ministerial Approval) Bill 1997

(Introduced by Senator Neal —€“ ALP)

To implement a recommendation of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to amend the Quarantine Act 1908 to place final responsibility for quarantine decisions in relation to the importation of certain products (including cooked chicken meat) with the relevant Minister.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/97; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/97

SBC report 18/97 (19/11/97): No reference


Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill 1997

Part of a package of 3 bills in relation to commercial radio and commercial television licences, the bill amends the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 to: make commercial radio broadcasting licences allocated under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 subject to the payment of annual licence fees (based on gross earnings); repeal redundant provisions in relation to access fees and licence fees for certain radio licences; and make minor and technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 19/3/97; Passed 14/5/97

Main committee: Referred 13/5/97

Senate: Intro. 15/5/97; Passed 22/9/97

SBC report 6/97 (26/3/97): No reference

Assent: 8/10/97; Act No. 142, 1997

PS Radioactive Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Bill 1992 [1996]

R (Introduced by Senator Sowada —€“ AD)

To prohibit the import and export of radioactive waste into and out of Australia and to further restrict the trade of radioactive materials.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/92; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/92

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

Radiocommunications Amendment Bill 1996

(Act citation: Radiocommunications Amendment Act 1997)

Part of a package of 11 bills to regulate the telecommunications industry, the bill amends the Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to: sale of encumbered spectrum and later clearance of incumbent users; allocation and issuing of radiocommunications licences; limitations on spectrum and licence acquisition; extension of the maximum spectrum licence period to 15 years; electromagnetic compatibility requirements; health and safety standards for radiocommunication devices; technical licence specifications; and other minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/96; Passed 24/2/97

Senate: Intro. 25/2/97; Passed 24/3/97

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee 10/12/96; extension of time to report 24/2/97; report tabled 5/3/97

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 26/3/97]

Assent: 22/4/97; Act No. 41, 1997


Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment Bill 1997

Introduced with the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Bill 1997, the bill amends the: Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Act 1983 to provide for the collection of an annual spectrum licence tax on spectrum licences issued under the Radiocommunications Act 1992; and the: