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  • Date
    26 Oct 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Australians 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986
    to: amend the title of the Act to the
    Aboriginal Land and Waters (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986
    ; exempt certain leases granted by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council from the application of the
    Residential Tenancies Act 1997
    (ACT); increase the payment amount at which the council is required to seek approval from the minister before entering into a contract; amend the council's governance structure and decision making powers to align more closely with other corporate Commonwealth entities; remove the requirement for the council to enter into an agreement to lease with the Director of National Parks before land in the Booderee National Park can be declared as Aboriginal land; clarify that the functions of the council relate only to registered members and eligible children; and update the wording of the term 'physical or mental incapacity'; and eight Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996
    to: facilitate the funding of emergency responses under emergency biosecurity response deeds other than the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement, including the proposed Emergency Response Deed for Aquatic Animal Diseases; provide for the Governor-General to make regulations prescribing certain matters; and remove redundant provisions that relate to honey, as honey-related levies are no longer paid to Animal Health Australia;
    Plant Health Australia (Plant Industries) Funding Act 2002
    to: broaden the scope of permissible uses for Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levies to include the promotion or maintenance of the health of an EPPR plant; provide for the secretary to determine by notifiable instrument a body that is a relevant plant industry member; and remove redundant provisions that provide for the redirection of excess levies to research and development purposes; and
    Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000
    and
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to: amend the drafting process and relevant definitions for determinations made by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) board to authorise special ACIC operations and special ACIC investigations; and
    Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008
    to require the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to ensure that school education provides a balanced presentation of opposing views on political, historical and scientific issues; and
    Australian Education Act 2013
    to make financial assistance to a state or territory conditional on the state or territory having certain laws in force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Oct 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: provide for applications for renewals of an existing community broadcasting licence to be considered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as a current service and not a proposed new service; enable the ACMA to grant community broadcasting licences and temporary community broadcasting licences with effect from a specified future date; amend the criteria for new temporary community broadcasting licences; enable the ACMA to limit the number of temporary community broadcasting licences that can share a particular frequency; provide for deadlines for late applications for the renewal of a community licence; and provide for expedited timelines for the ACMA to commence a process to allocate new community broadcasting licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 

    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
    29 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to increase the amount of the Commonwealth penalty unit from $222 to $275 from 1 January 2023. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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