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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012
    to: remove the five-voyage minimum requirement to apply for a temporary licence; allow the minister to determine that consultation must be undertaken on the movement of certain kinds of cargoes and passengers when applied for under a temporary licence or a variation to a temporary licence; create a single variation process for temporary licences; provide that notifications are only required when voyage details have changed from that approved on a licence; amend the tolerance provisions for temporary licence voyages; allow for temporary licences to be issued in emergency situations; amend the definition of ‘coastal trading’ to include voyages commencing and concluding at the same port, ships engaged in dry-docking, and voyages between ports and other defined places in Australian waters; allow vessels to be covered by a coastal trading licence while dry-docking; clarify that applications for a variation to a temporary licence must be made by the temporary licence holder and that agents may apply for a temporary licence on behalf of vessel owners or masters; and require temporary licence holders to provide a vessel’s International Maritime Organization number in voyage reports; and
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: insert community safety as a factor that can be taken into account to revoke the parole of a federal offender without notice; remove the requirement to seek leave before a recorded interview of a vulnerable witness can be admitted as evidence in chief; remove the requirement for vulnerable witnesses to be available to give evidence at committal proceedings; introduce mandatory minimum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and offenders; require a court to state and record the reasons for granting bail; insert a presumption against bail for certain Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert additional factors which must be taken into account when sentencing federal offenders; require the court to have regard to certain rehabilitation considerations when sentencing Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert presumptions in favour of cumulative sentences and actual terms of imprisonment for Commonwealth child sex offenders; impose certain requirements on Commonwealth child sex offenders under a recognizance release order; add ‘residential treatment orders’ as a sentencing alternative for intellectually disabled offenders; allow certain information to be withheld from an offender in national security circumstances; reduce the amount of ‘clean street time’ that can be credited against the outstanding sentence following commission of an offence by a person on parole and licence; and require a period of time to be served in custody if a federal offender’s parole order is revoked;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: clarify the scope of the definition of ‘engage in sexual activity’; insert a range of new aggravated offences for child sexual abuse; insert new offences relating to ‘grooming’ and the provision of electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material online; increase the maximum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and breaches of reporting requirements; and insert new additional factors for mandatory consideration at sentencing; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to replace references to ‘child pornography material’ in Commonwealth legislation with ‘child abuse material’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things in relation to immigration detention facilities; allow authorised officers and assistants to search Commonwealth immigration detention facilities without a warrant; strengthen the screening and seizure powers of authorised officers; and allow the use of dogs for screening detainees and persons about to enter a Commonwealth immigration detention facility, and for searching these facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017
    to enable Senators and Members to opt-out of receiving any or all of their parliamentary entitlements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    ; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HINCH, Sen Derryn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to prescribe a mandated ratio of skilled staff to care recipients in government-funded aged care residential facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to remove goods and services tax from the supply of electricity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Establishes a High Speed Rail Planning Authority to advise on, plan and develop high speed rail on the east coast of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to fund the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the bill amends the
    Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Act 1998
    to increase from 47 per cent to 47.5 per cent the rate of family trust distribution tax. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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