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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: 128

  • Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to require an explanatory statement to be provided with certain types of travel entitlement claims by members, parliamentary office-holders and ministers; and provide for penalties if claims are made in excess of entitlement; and the
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to expand the powers of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to include the scrutiny of parliamentary entitlements claims. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WONG, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to change the membership, powers and functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS); and
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    in relation to the provision of certain reports to the PJCIS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    to remove the requirement for the Indigenous Business Australia’s corporate plan to be tabled;
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005
    to enable the appropriate consenting authority to waive the exercise of its statutory consent power by providing written notice;
    Auditor-General Act 1997
    to align the annual reporting requirements of the Auditor-General with his or her responsibility to the Parliament; and
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to: enable commissioners to compel the provision of a written statement; increase the penalty for failure to comply with a summons or notice to produce; replace references to penalties expressed as a number of dollars with penalties expressed as a number of penalty units; and enable the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department to be given custody of Royal Commission records by regulation. Also repeals the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Communities Self-management) Act 1978
    and
    Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991
    ; and amends the
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1983
    to make amendments consequential on the repeal of those Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Privacy Act 1988
    to prohibit conduct related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Commonwealth entities; and
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to clarify that private health insurers may not enter into agreements or arrangements with primary care providers that provide preferential treatment to their members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Productivity Commission Act 1998
    to: expand the functions of the Productivity Commission to include the undertaking of research on inequality and its effects on the Australian economy and community; require the commission to have regard in the exercise of its functions to the need to mitigate the negative effects of inequality; and provide for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WHISH-WILSON, Sen Peter 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to: set a cap on the remuneration of senior executives of Commonwealth entities or companies, inclusive of any performance payments or other bonuses, at five times the full-time adult average weekly earnings of employees of Commonwealth entities or companies; and provide for annual reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory
    ABETZ, Sen Eric
    BACK, Sen Chris
    BURSTON, Sen Brian
    BUSHBY, Sen David
    CULLETON, Sen Rodney
    DAY, Sen Bob
    DUNIAM, Sen Jonathon
    FAWCETT, Sen David
    HANSON, Sen Pauline
    HINCH, Sen Derryn
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David
    MACDONALD, Sen Ian
    MCKENZIE, Sen Bridget
    O'SULLIVAN, Sen Barry
    PATERSON, Sen James
    REYNOLDS, Sen Linda
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm
    SMITH, Sen Dean
    WILLIAMS, Sen John 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to amend section 18C (which makes unlawful certain offensive acts that are done because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David
    BURSTON, Sen Brian
    CULLETON, Sen Rodney
    DAY, Sen Bob
    HANSON, Sen Pauline
    HINCH, Sen Derryn
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to repeal Part IIA which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred; and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    and
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 May 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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