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  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to amend the scope of the online copyright infringement scheme by: amending the threshold for capturing overseas online locations to those with the primary purpose or effect of infringing copyright; including a rebuttable presumption that the online location is outside Australia, to reduce the evidentiary burden on copyright owners; enabling copyright owners to seek injunctions requiring online search engine providers to take such steps as the Federal Court considers reasonable so as not to provide search results that refer users to online locations blocked under the scheme; clarifying that the Federal Court may make blocking orders which follow copyright infringing activity where operators of an overseas online location attempt to avoid the application of an injunction by creating new pathways to online locations; and enabling the minister to declare that particular online search engine providers be exempt from the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018
    to: establish the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Special Account to provide loans to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) to support its function of providing loans to registered community housing providers under the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator; provide that members of the NHFIC Board collectively have particular qualifications, skills or experience in specified fields; and require a review of the operation of the Act as soon as possible after 30 June 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Gives effect to elements of the Government’s interim response to the Productivity Commission’s report
    Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation
    by amending the:
    Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973
    to require the Treasurer, when framing the annual terms of reference for a Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) inquiry into how the goods and services tax (GST) should be distributed among the states and territories, to require the CGC to transition the horizontal fiscal equalisation system from full equalisation (equalised to the strongest state or territory) to reasonable equalisation (equalised to the stronger of New South Wales and Victoria); and
    Federal Financial Relations Act 2009
    to: introduce a minimum GST revenue sharing relativity that may be determined by the Treasurer for any individual state or territory for a financial year; boost the annual funding pool from which GST revenue grants are made to the states and territories with additional Commonwealth financial assistance each year; and provide a guarantee, by way of additional Commonwealth financial assistance, to each state or territory that would have received a greater overall entitlement under the current distribution system as compared to the updated distribution system during the transition period. Also provides for a review of the operation of the Act by the Productivity Commission by 31 December 2026. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STORER, Sen Tim 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to insert additional requirements in relation to the process for appointing non-executive directors to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for religious educational institutions to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or relationship status or pregnancy; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to ensure that religious exemptions from anti-discrimination provisions do not extend to educational institutions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions; requires the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles; prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia; requires the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and provides for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: strengthen enforcement and recovery options to deter and penalise company directors and other persons who engage in, or facilitate, transactions that are aimed at preventing, avoiding or significantly reducing employer liability for employee entitlements in insolvency; enable the recovery of unpaid employee entitlements of an insolvent company from certain entities in limited circumstances; and enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to disqualify company directors and other officers (either directly or on application to the Court) ,where they have a track record of corporate contraventions and inappropriately using the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme to pay outstanding employee entitlements; and
    Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 2) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to establish a framework to make excise duty on tobacco due and payable at the time of manufacture. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
    and
    Navigation Act 2012
    to clarify that references to ‘regulations’ generally include Marine Orders made under the Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts to make technical amendments to the income tax law in relation to attribution managed investment trusts (AMITs) and managed investment trust (MITs), including modifications to the AMIT primary and transitional rules, and MIT and AMIT capital gains tax and withholding tax rules; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: update the list of specifically listed deductible gift recipients (DGRs) to include six new entities; and provide that entities that promote Indigenous languages may be endorsed as a DGR; and the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to remove the exemption for conditional licensing or assignment of IP rights such as patents, registered designs, copyright or eligible circuit layout rights from prohibitions on restrictive trade practices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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