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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 190

  • Date
    15 May 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to clarify that private health insurers may not enter into agreements or arrangements with primary care providers that provide preferential treatment to their members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MILNE, Sen Christine 
    Summary
    Establishes a National Integrity Commission as an independent statutory agency which will consist of the National Integrity Commissioner, the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner and the Independent Parliamentary Advisor and provide for: the investigation and prevention of misconduct and corruption in all Commonwealth departments, agencies, and federal parliamentarians and their staff; the investigation and prevention of corruption in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission; and independent advice to ministers and parliamentarians on conduct, ethics and matters of proprietary. Also provides for the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    ,
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    ,
    Privacy Act 1988
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Senator Nick
    MILNE, Sen Christine 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to: implement a national interest test to be applied against proposed foreign acquisitions of agricultural land; require any interest in agricultural land greater than five hectares to be notified to the Treasurer; require online publication of information about foreign acquisitions of interest in agricultural land; and impose penalties for not notifying the Treasurer of a proposed acquisition. 

    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

  • 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
    25 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to simplify reporting requirements for annual returns;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: enable the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to manage errors in an application at the preliminary assessment stage, grant part of a variation application, and vary a label approval where that approval is suspended; enable the APVMA and the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to agree on appropriate timeframes for notifications about variations to the Maximum Residue Limits Standard; and clarify that the ‘expiry date’ is the date after which a chemical product must not be used; and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: establish civil pecuniary penalties for providing false or misleading information; and make minor and technical amendments, including the removal of redundant provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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