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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
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to require national broadband network corporations to provide emergency service organisations with access in certain circumstances to towers and associated sites and facilities; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to enable the Minister for Communications to specify temporary towers as low-impact facilities in certain circumstances. 

    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
    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
    20 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    30 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: expand the cashless debit card arrangements to a further trial site, the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area, to run until 30 June 2020; specify the class of trial participants for the area and increase the total number of trial participants overall to 15 000; provide for an exception from the restrictive trade practices provisions of the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    for merchants that implement product level blocking systems to identify that a cashless debit card is being used for payment and, if any restricted products are being purchased, decline the transaction; and limit the use of the restricted portion of a payment to prevent the portion being used to obtain cash-like products which could be used to obtain alcohol or gambling. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Space Activities Act 1998
    to: broaden the current regulatory framework to include arrangements for launches from aircraft in flight and launches of high power rockets; and reduce barriers to participation in the space industry by streamlining processes and insurance requirements for launches and returns; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018
    ; and
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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