Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019

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House of Representatives
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Amends: the Corporations Act 2001 to: introduce new criminal offences and civil penalty provisions for company officers that fail to prevent the company from making creditor-defeating dispositions and other persons that facilitate a company making a creditor-defeating disposition; allow liquidators to apply for a court order in relation to a voidable creditor-defeating disposition; enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to make orders to recover, for the benefit of a company’s creditors, company property disposed of or benefits received under a voidable creditor-defeating disposition; and prevent directors from improperly backdating resignations or ceasing to be a director when this would leave a company with no directors; the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to collect estimates of anticipated goods and services tax (GST) liabilities and make company directors personally liable for their company's GST liabilities in certain circumstances; the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to authorise the commissioner to retain tax refunds where a taxpayer has failed to lodge a return or provide other information that may affect the amount of a refund; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04 Jul 2019
Second reading moved 04 Jul 2019
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2019
Second reading agreed to 27 Nov 2019
Consideration in detail debate 27 Nov 2019
Third reading agreed to 27 Nov 2019
Introduced and read a first time 27 Nov 2019
Second reading moved 27 Nov 2019
Second reading debate 05 Feb 2020
Second reading agreed to 05 Feb 2020
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Opposition agreed to
05 Feb 2020
Third reading agreed to 05 Feb 2020
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
05 Feb 2020
Finally passed both Houses 05 Feb 2020
  • Act no: 6
  • Year: 2020
17 Feb 2020

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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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.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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