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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: 135

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to make online content service provider rules which impose gambling promotions restrictions on online content service providers; and provide the ACMA with the power to determine program standards about gambling promotional content which apply to certain broadcasters and subscriptions providers;
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to: require the ACMA to monitor compliance with online content service provider rules; and enable the ACMA to delegate the power to issues certain notices; and
    Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to make a grant of financial assistance to a publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other periodical, or a content service provider; provide that the ACMA may only make a grant of financial assistance in the three financial years commencing on 1 July 2018, with the total amount of financial assistance not exceeding $50 100 000; require the ACMA to enter into an agreement with the recipient setting out the terms and conditions of the grant; enable the minister to establish an advisory committee to advise the ACMA in relation to the exercise of its powers to make grants of financial assistance; and provide for annual reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to extend the operation of the safe harbour scheme to a broader range of service providers, including educational institutions, libraries, archives, key cultural institutions and organisations assisting persons with a disability. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official’s duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be ‘not legitimately due’ with the concept of ‘improperly influencing’ a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme which will enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: provide for courts to be prescribed in regulations as having the same family law parenting jurisdiction as state and territory courts of summary jurisdiction; provide for regulations to prescribe an increased total property value under which relevant courts can hear contested family law property matters without the parties’ consent; provide that a court may give short-form reasons for decisions relating to interim parenting orders; provide family law courts with an explicit power to dismiss unmeritorious applications; provide judges the discretion to dispense with requirements to explain an order or injunction to a child where it would be in the best interests of the child; remove the 21 day time limit on the revival, variation or suspension of family law orders by state and territory courts in family violence order proceedings; provide that a breach of a family law injunction for personal protection is a criminal offence; remove self-induced intoxication as a defence against charges relating to family violence; provide that criminal responsibility does not extend to the person protected by an injunction for personal protection if their conduct results in a breach of the injunction; provide for state and territory courts to revive, vary or suspend an injunction for personal protection when hearing a proceeding for a breach of that injunction; and repeal a redundant provision that permits a court to make an order relieving a party to a marriage from an obligation to perform marital services or render conjugal rights; and
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: establish the Parenting Management Hearings Panel as an independent statutory authority to provide self-represented litigants with an alternative to the court process for resolving parenting disputes; 11 Acts to make consequential amendments; and various Acts contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017
    , proposed
    Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Act 2017
    and proposed
    Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2017

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    and
    Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
    to require the ABC and SBS to report details of annual salaries and allowances of their employees and amounts paid to ‘on-air talent’, in excess of $200 000. 

    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

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