What is a bill?

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: 142

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends five Acts and the Criminal Code Regulations 2002 to remove barriers in Commonwealth legislation to the legalisation and regulation of cannabis for recreational, medicinal, industrial and other purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to remove the goods and services tax from sanitary products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to prohibit betting on the outcome, or a contingency that may or may not happen in the course of the conduct, of Australian and overseas lottery draws (including a keno draw). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Air Services Act 1995
    to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to provide an exemption from the requirement to provide reasons for certain decisions; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exempt the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation from the operation of the Act in relation to documents in respect of its commercial activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018, the bill: establishes the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) as a corporate Commonwealth entity to make loans and investments and issue grants, within constitutional limitations, to improve housing outcomes; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the NHFIC Board, CEO, staff and consultants; enables and requires the minister, by legislative instrument, to give the board directions that together constitute the Investment Mandate; and specifies the arrangements for the NHFIC’s final affairs in relation to maintenance of adequate capital and reserves, payment of dividends, borrowings, Commonwealth guarantee and taxation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: establish a tobacco offence regime for illicit tobacco that has been domestically manufactured or produced or for which the origin of production or manufacturing is unknown or uncertain; create new offences for possession of equipment for producing or manufacturing illicit tobacco; and adjust penalties for existing offences;
    Excise Act 1901
    to: allow for a person who possesses illicit tobacco to be issued with an infringement notice instead of being prosecuted for the offence in certain circumstances; clarify that illicit tobacco for which the origin of production or manufacturing is unknown or uncertain can be seized and forfeited; and define tobacco to align the meaning for excise and excise-equivalent customs duty purposes; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Excise Act 1901
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to reform Australia’s debt agreement system, including by: specifying persons authorised to administer debt agreements and related qualification and registration requirements; specifying arrangements relating to the content, length, variation, termination and voiding of debt agreements; introducing offences relating to the administration of debt agreements; specifying the functions and powers of the Inspector General; modifying requirements in relation to the payment of, and the application process for, unclaimed moneys; and making related technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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