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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  • Date
    04 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ANNING, Sen Fraser 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to: provide that authorised marriage celebrants, whether religious or non-religious, may refuse to solemnise marriages; and provide that it is not unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status in the course of providing, or offering to provide, goods, services or facilities in connection with the solemnisation of a marriage. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase of, or providing indirect assistance to, a coal-fired power station. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to grant National Heritage status to the Great Australian Bight. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    DANBY, Michael, MP 
    Summary
    Based on the precedents of the
    Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act 2016
    (US) and the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill 2018 (UK), the bill provides the minister with the discretion to impose certain sanctions for the purposes of compliance with United Nations obligations or other international obligations, or for the purposes of preventing or responding to gross human rights abuse or violations, or acts of significant corruption. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: permanently ban from 1 July 2021 the export of live animals for slaughter; and establish interim requirements to ensure that live animals are treated humanely after being exported. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Export Control Act 1982
    and proposed
    Export Control Act 1918
    to restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern 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 ten days and where a place in that voyage, regardless of whether that place is the final destination, is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    PHELPS, Kerryn, MP
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP
    BANDT, Adam, MP
    BANKS, Julia, MP
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: require the temporary transfer to Australia of transitory persons on Manus Island or Nauru, and their families, if they are assessed by two or more treating doctors as requiring medical treatment; and require the temporary transfer of all children and their families from offshore detention to Australia for the purpose of medical or psychiatric assessment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: provides for statutory codes of conduct for the members of each house of parliament and their staff; creates a statutory basis for parliamentarians’ registers of interests; establishes a Parliamentary Integrity Advisor to provide independent, confidential advice and guidance to Members and their staff in relation to the applicable codes of conduct; and establishes a Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to assist in the assessment, investigation and resolution of alleged breaches of the applicable codes of conduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHORTEN, Bill, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the capacity of bodies established for religious purposes that provide education to directly discriminate against students on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STORER, Sen Tim 
    Summary
    Establishes the Social Security Commission to advise the Parliament on the minimum levels for social security payments, such that all recipients can meet an accepted contemporary minimum standard of living, and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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