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Productivity Commission Amendment (Addressing Inequality) Bill 2017

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Before Senate
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Amends the Productivity Commission Act 1998 to: expand the functions of the Productivity Commission to include the undertaking of research on inequality and its effects on the Australian economy and community; require the commission to have regard in the exercise of its functions to the need to mitigate the negative effects of inequality; and provide for reporting requirements.


Introduced and read a first time 14 Jun 2017
Second reading moved 14 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 22 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 10 Aug 2017
Second reading debate 05 Feb 2018
Second reading debate 17 Sep 2018
Second reading debate 12 Nov 2018
Second reading agreed to 12 Nov 2018
Third reading agreed to 12 Nov 2018
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26 Nov 2018
Lapsed at dissolution 11 Apr 2019
Restored to Notice Paper 17 Oct 2019
Second reading moved 17 Oct 2019
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2019

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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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