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  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    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 which will 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
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: strengthen enforcement and recovery options to deter and penalise company directors and other persons who engage in, or facilitate, transactions that are aimed at preventing, avoiding or significantly reducing employer liability for employee entitlements in insolvency; enable the recovery of unpaid employee entitlements of an insolvent company from certain entities in limited circumstances; and enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to disqualify company directors and other officers (either directly or on application to the Court) ,where they have a track record of corporate contraventions and inappropriately using the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme to pay outstanding employee entitlements; and
    Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to require an email address to be included on a register of members of a company or registered scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to amend the scope of the online copyright infringement scheme by: amending the threshold for capturing overseas online locations to those with the primary purpose or effect of infringing copyright; including a rebuttable presumption that the online location is outside Australia, to reduce the evidentiary burden on copyright owners; enabling copyright owners to seek injunctions requiring online search engine providers to take such steps as the Federal Court considers reasonable so as not to provide search results that refer users to online locations blocked under the scheme; clarifying that the Federal Court may make blocking orders which follow copyright infringing activity where operators of an overseas online location attempt to avoid the application of an injunction by creating new pathways to online locations; and enabling the minister to declare that particular online search engine providers be exempt from the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to require the minister to make an information standard for goods containing palm oil and ensure that the information standard is in force at all times. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MILNE, Sen Christine
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    ,
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; and amend two statutory publication requirements;
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to provide that NBN Co may dispose of surplus non-communications goods;
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development;
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to remove duplication in the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC;
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    ,
    Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
    and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to make technical amendments; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017, the bill implements the Commonwealth’s response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s
    Redress and Civil Litigation Report
    by establishing the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse which is intended to operate for a 10-year period from 1 July 2018 and includes: providing a payment of up to $150 000 to survivors; providing access to counselling and psychological services to survivors; and facilitating a direct personal response to survivors from the responsible institution, should the survivor request one. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that payments made under the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse are exempt from the income test;
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to ensure that payments made under the Commonwealth redress scheme are quarantined from the divisible property of a bankrupt; and
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997
    to exempt decisions made under the Commonwealth redress scheme from judicial review. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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