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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: 175

  • Date
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to remove the ban on publications, films and computer games that offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: remove bans on broadcasting, datacasting and online content, with a specific focus on bans affecting services provided behind paywalls; narrow the guidance provided by government to broadcasting industries and datacasting licensees in the development of codes of practice; remove certain restrictions on subscription television broadcasters and online content services relating to programs or content that has been or would be classified as X 18+, ‘category 1 restricted’ or ‘category 2 restricted’; and remove a ban on broadcasting electoral advertising relating to a federal, state, territory or local election on election day or on the preceding Thursday or Friday. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends 23 Commonwealth Acts to remove certain restrictions on insulting or offensive speech. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    ,
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to remove certain restrictions on speech. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee
    HINCH, Sen Derryn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 1982
    to prohibit the export of live equines for slaughter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911
    to limit the amount the government can borrow, by providing that the Australian Office of Financial Management cannot issue further stock if it would result in the value of stock and securities on issue to be an amount greater than 35% of Australia’s gross domestic product. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    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
    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

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