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Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

Immigration and Border Protection
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: provide that if an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country, and before they enter that country the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; ensure that when that person is returned to Australia, bars on the person making a valid visa application for certain visas will continue to apply as if they had never left Australia; make technical and consequential amendments arising out of the enactment of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014; clarify that a person who has previously been refused a protection visa application that was made on their behalf cannot make a further protection visa application; ensure that fast track applicants can apply to the Administrative Review Tribunal for review of certain decisions; correct a referencing error in relation to maritime crew visas; and ensure that visa ceasing provisions operate as intended; and the Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above waters of another country in a manner consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 16 Sep 2015
Second reading moved 16 Sep 2015
Second reading debate 10 Nov 2015
Second reading agreed to 10 Nov 2015
Third reading agreed to 10 Nov 2015
Introduced and read a first time 11 Nov 2015
Second reading moved 11 Nov 2015
Second reading debate 23 Nov 2015
Second reading agreed to 23 Nov 2015
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 4 Australians Greens [1 as amended by 2 Opposition] agreed to
23 Nov 2015
Third reading agreed to 23 Nov 2015
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 23 Nov 2015
Lapsed at prorogation 15 Apr 2016

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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