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: 167

  • 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
    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
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of ‘spouse’ and ‘de facto partner’; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; the bar on approval of citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to: require the Attorney-General to issue directions applying generally to Commonwealth legal work that contain requirements for Commonwealth litigants to act as model litigants (model litigant obligations); and enable a court to order a stay of proceedings or make orders in relation to contraventions of model litigant obligations; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: require the Commonwealth Ombudsman to investigate complaints in relation to contraventions of model litigant obligations; and provide for annual 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
    14 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
    and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to remove prohibitions on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase, or assisting in the transfer of ownership, of a coal-fired power station. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017
    to enable Senators and Members to opt-out of receiving any or all of their parliamentary entitlements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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