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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
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the Review of Defence Support to National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements by amending the
    Defence Act 1903
    to: permit states and territories to request that the Commonwealth call out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in a wider range of circumstances; enable call out orders to authorise the ADF to operate in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the offshore area; authorise the ADF to respond to incidents that cross a border into a jurisdiction that has not been specified in an order in certain circumstances; allow the ADF to be pre-authorised to respond to land and maritime threats, in addition to aviation threats; increase the requirements for the ADF to consult with state and territory police where it is operating in their jurisdictions; simplify, expand and clarify the power of the ADF to search and seize, and to control movement during an incident; remove the distinction between general security areas and designated areas; for the purposes of expedited call out, clarify that acting ministers are to be treated as substantive ministers and add the Minister for Home Affairs as an alternative authorising minister; and make technical amendments. Also makes a consequential amendment to the
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: prohibit personal cross-examination where there is an allegation of family violence between the parties to the proceedings and certain circumstances are satisfied; provide that if personal cross-examination is prohibited, cross-examination must be conducted by a legal representative; and provide that, if there is an allegation of family violence and personal cross-examination is not prohibited, the court must ensure that there are appropriate protections for the party who is the alleged victim of the family violence. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to: provide a definition of ‘sitting day’; clarify the circumstances in which a House is taken to have adjourned (in addition to the ordinary concept of adjournment); clarify that certain provisions relating to amended or re-enacted Acts apply to a provision that is re-enacted as a differently numbered provision; and clarify that an instrument may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating a matter contained in a version of a document that is no longer current at the time of its incorporation; the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify that an instrument may apply, adopt or incorporate the provisions of rules of court as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to ensure that rules of the federal courts are not subject to the sunsetting framework; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify that legislative instruments that have not been laid before Parliament are repealed (and therefore removed from the statute book) rather than simply ceasing to have effect; clarify when a 15 sitting day period commences after an instrument is laid before a House; clarify that references to ‘intergovernmental bodies or schemes’ include those involving the Commonwealth and one or more territories; clarify the interaction between the disallowance, tabling and automatic repeal provisions; broaden the scope of the Attorney-General’s discretion to issue certificates of deferral of sunsetting and declarations of alignment of sunsetting, and provide for greater parliamentary scrutiny of the exercise of these discretions; remove the time restriction on Parliament’s power to roll over the sunsetting date of a legislative instrument; provide that a review of the sunsetting framework will be conducted in 2027; clarify that a legislative or notifiable instrument can commence before the instrument is registered despite any rule or principle of common law; and clarify the limits of the First Parliamentary Counsel’s power to rectify an error on the Federal Register of Legislation and the application of the parliamentary scrutiny mechanisms to instruments that have been rectified under this power; and six Acts to make consequential and contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Establishes a Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement to require certain large businesses and other entities in Australia to make annual public reports (Modern Slavery Statements) on their actions to address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018 to implement the recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review to establish an Office of National Intelligence (ONI), the bill: repeals the
    Office of National Assessments Act 1977
    ; amends 18 Acts to make consequential amendments; amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to make amendments contingent on the
    National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018
    ; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Office of National Intelligence (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 to implement the recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review to establish an Office of National Intelligence (ONI), the bill establishes the ONI as an independent statutory agency within the Prime Minister’s portfolio reporting directly to the Prime Minister, and subsuming the role, functions and staff of the Office of National Assessments (ONA). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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

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