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  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Northern Australia 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996
    to: facilitate the funding of emergency responses under emergency biosecurity response deeds other than the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement, including the proposed Emergency Response Deed for Aquatic Animal Diseases; provide for the Governor-General to make regulations prescribing certain matters; and remove redundant provisions that relate to honey, as honey-related levies are no longer paid to Animal Health Australia;
    Plant Health Australia (Plant Industries) Funding Act 2002
    to: broaden the scope of permissible uses for Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levies to include the promotion of maintenance of the health of an EPPR plant; provide for the secretary to determine by notifiable instrument a body in relation to a specified EPPR plant product; and remove redundant provisions that provide for the redirection of excess levies to research and development purposes; and
    Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000
    and
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: expand pre-arrival reporting requirements for aircraft and vessels; strengthen penalties for non-compliance with negative pratique requirements; create a mechanism to make a human biosecurity group direction; increase civil and criminal penalties for contraventions of certain requirements in relation to goods; amend the process for making certain determinations specifying prohibited, conditionally non-prohibited and suspended goods or granting permits based on risk assessments; and provide legislative authority for expenditure for biosecurity-related programs and activities, such as surveillance programs for pests and diseases. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill amends the:
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    ,
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    ,
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    and
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to amend or insert objects clauses to provide that, in giving effect to the objects of each Act, regard must be had to the indivisibility and universality of human rights and their equal status in international law, and the principle that every person is free and equal in their dignity and rights;
    Charities Act 2013
    to provide that otherwise charitable entities that engage in lawful activities promoting a traditional view of marriage are undertaking those activities for the public benefit and not contrary to public policy; and
    Marriage Act 1961
    to allow religious educational institutions to refuse to provide facilities, goods or services in relation to the solemnisation of a marriage in accordance with their religious beliefs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, the bill amends the:
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: extend the Australian Human Rights Commission’s complaints-handling functions to complaints of unlawful religious discrimination under the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    , when enacted; and establish the Religious Discrimination Commissioner as a member of the commission;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to allow the Inspector-General to inquire into acts or practices of intelligence agencies that may be inconsistent with or contrary to the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    , referred by the Australian Human Rights Commission;
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to provide that civil aviation regulations may be inconsistent with the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    if necessary for the safety of air navigation;
    Fair Work Act 2009
    (FWA) to recognise the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    as an anti-discrimination law for the purposes of the FWA’s general protection provisions;
    Sea Installations Act 1987
    (SIA) to recognise the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    as an anti-discrimination law for the purposes of the SIA; and
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Act 2021
    (Vic). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, the bill: prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s religious belief or activity in a range of areas of public life, including in relation to employment, education, access to premises and the provision of goods, services and accommodation; establishes general and specific exceptions from the prohibition of religious discrimination; provides that certain statements of belief do not constitute discrimination for the purposes of certain specified Commonwealth, state or territory anti-discrimination laws; creates offences in relation to victimisation and discriminatory advertisements; establishes the office of the Religious Discrimination Commissioner; confers certain functions on the Australian Human Rights Commission; and provides for miscellaneous matters including delegation of powers or functions, protection from civil actions and a review of the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends 41 Acts to replace provisions that require forms to be prescribed by regulations and reflect modern drafting practices, such as providing for the forms to be approved by a specified person or body, by notifiable instrument, or enabling regulations to directly mandate the requirements themselves rather than requiring particular forms. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exclude the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide, and the Attorney-General's Department to the extent they hold documents related to the performance and exercise of functions or powers of the commissioner, from the application of the Act; and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to allow the commissioner to be prescribed under the regulations to enable the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to voluntarily disclose information to the commissioner. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes the National Commissioner for Defence and Veterans Suicide Prevention, as an independent statutory office holder, to examine defence and veteran deaths by suicide through a broad range of functions and powers, in order to support the prevention of future deaths by suicide. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official's duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be 'not legitimately due' with the concept of 'improperly influencing' a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme to enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: establish a framework for the making, varying, revoking and application of National Environmental Standards; and establish an Environment Assurance Commissioner to undertake monitoring or auditing of the operation of bilateral agreements with states and territories and Commonwealth processes for making and enforcing approval decisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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