What is a bill?

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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TOTAL RESULTS: 241

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee
    HINCH, Sen Derryn
    STORER, Sen Tim 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Export Control Act 1982
    and proposed
    Export Control Act 2018
    to restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer months of July, August or September in a five year transitional period, or at any time after that period, where the voyage is by ship and of duration exceeding 10 days, and where a place in that voyage is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea (regardless of whether it is the final destination). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    FITZGIBBON, Joel, MP 
    Summary
    Provides for the appointment of an Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports to review the operation of the
    Export Control Act 1982
    and the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    so far as they relate to the regulation of live animal exports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes the Asia Pacific Asylum Seeker Solution (APASS) as a regional framework for the Australian Government, in partnership with other countries within the Asia Pacific region, to provide for the protection and processing of asylum seekers and refugees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Confirms the validity of the appointment of a proclaimed port in the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands contained in the
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette
    No. GN 3, 23 January 2002, by: clarifying the geographical coordinates of the area of waters within the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands specified in the appointment; ensuring that there was a properly proclaimed port at Ashmore and Cartier Islands at all relevant times; and ensuring that things done under the
    Migration Act 1958
    which relied directly or indirectly on the terms of the appointment are valid and effective. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to: prevent trustees of superannuation funds from charging certain fees and costs exceeding 3 per cent of the balance of a MySuper or choice product annually where the balance of the account is below $6000; and prevent trustees from providing opt out insurance to new members aged under 25 years, members with balances below $6000 and members with inactive MySuper or choice accounts, unless a member has directed otherwise; and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to: require the transfer of all superannuation savings with a balance below $6000 to the Commissioner of Taxation if an account related to a MySuper or choice product has been inactive for a continuous period of 13 months; and enable the commissioner to consolidate amounts that have been paid as unclaimed money, inactive low-balance accounts and lost member accounts into an active superannuation account where the reunited balance would be greater than $6000; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Enforces the separation of retail commercial banking activities involving the holding of deposits from wholesale and investment banking activities, such as financial advice, wealth management, stock broking and insurance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911
    to limit the amount the government can borrow, by providing that the Australian Office of Financial Management cannot issue further stock if it would result in the value of stock and securities on issue to be an amount greater than 35% of Australia’s gross domestic product. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to increase the national minimum wage to at least 60 per cent of the median full-time weekly wage, as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHORTEN, Bill, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide that modern awards cannot be varied to reduce penalty rates or the hours to which penalties rates apply if the variation is likely to result in a reduction in the take-home pay of an employee; and provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 21 June 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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