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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
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce mandatory reporting requirements for sponsors of mainly prescription medicines to report shortages of, and any decision to permanently discontinue, their products; and make miscellaneous amendments in relation to: enabling standards to adopt other documents as in force from time to time; enabling the Secretary to require priority pathway applicants to provide supporting information; streamlining of health practitioner notifications under the Special Access Scheme and certain advertising requirements; variations to registered medicines through notification; and a minor technical amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998
    to: increase from 15 per cent to 20 per cent the ownership restriction applying to life insurance and general insurance companies, authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and relevant holding companies; and create a streamlined path for owners of qualifying domestically incorporated companies with assets less than the relevant threshold applying to become a financial sector company; and
    Banking Act 1959
    to: enable the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to grant a new entrant to the banking sector a time limited ADI licence; and correct a drafting error. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cyber Security 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: remove customs duty on rodenticides, fungicides, anti-sprouting products, plant growth regulators, disinfectants containing a specific range of active substances, and all herbicides and pesticides, imported from Indonesia under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement; remove customs duty on eligible blinded clinical trial kits and placebos imported for use in clinical trials; and remove a redundant item from the table of preferential custom duty rates for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. 

    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
    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

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes the Regional, Rural and Remote Education Commissioner to establish a national focus for education, training and research to enhance access, outcomes and opportunities in regional Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: require owners and occupiers of land to be notified of a proposal to build or modify a telecommunications tower within 500 metres of their property; provide that notified owners and occupiers have 30 days in which to respond to the proposed development; provide that new telecommunications towers cannot be declared to be low impact; prevent the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) from considering commercial interests when determining the importance of a facility in a telecommunications network; require the ACMA, when considering developments near community sensitive sites, to be satisfied that all alternative sites are unfeasible; and enable appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision made by the ACMA to issue a facility installation permit. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Gives effect to the National Cooperative Scheme on Unexplained Wealth by amending the:
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to: extend the scope of Commonwealth unexplained wealth restraining orders and unexplained wealth orders to territory and state offences; enable state and territory law enforcement entities to apply for production orders and issue notices to financial institutions; ensure the continued operation of state and territory confiscation regimes; provide for the equitable sharing of recovered proceeds between Commonwealth, state, territory and foreign law enforcement entities; and provide for a review after the fourth anniversary of the commencement of the national scheme;
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to facilitate information-sharing in relation to unexplained wealth investigations and proceedings between Commonwealth, territory and state law enforcement agencies; and Proceeds of Crime Regulations 2002 to clarify that the definition of ‘unexplained wealth legislation’ extends to particular provisions of the
    Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990
    (NSW) and the
    Criminal Property Forfeiture Act
    (NT). 

    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

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