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  • Date
    19 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to: provide that, where a bankrupt becomes a bankrupt again, the income contribution obligations and contribution assessment period for the first bankruptcy will cease; provide that ceasing income contributions to a trustee in an earlier bankruptcy in the event of a second bankruptcy does not limit the ability of the trustee in the later bankruptcy to exercise certain powers; amend notification requirements to provide that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt must notify the trustee within 10 business days of changes to their name, address and phone number during the ‘prescribed period’; clarify the period for which eligible discharged bankrupts must continue to make income contribution payments to the bankrupt estate; extend the requirement to make certain income contribution payments to persons who are eligible to make these payments, but have been automatically discharged after one year; ensure that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt will ordinarily be liable for income contributions for at least three contribution assessment periods; provide that determinations regarding supervised account regimes apply post discharge and throughout the contribution assessment periods, and only cease when the bankrupt is no longer liable to pay a contribution; extend the obligations and duties on a bankrupt to keep and produce records of income, employment and financial transactions or dealings; provide for an automatic discharge after one year of bankruptcy and related transitional arrangements; and enable the extension of a period of bankruptcy on the basis of an objection by a trustee or official receiver. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify the validity of ministerial acts and the operation of provisions about the management of compilations prepared for the Federal Register of Legislation;
    Archives Act 1983
    to: provide the National Archives of Australia with tools to manage high-volume applicants requesting access to records; and make other minor technical amendments;
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to clarify that the Family Court of Australia has bankruptcy jurisdiction when a trustee applies to have a financial agreement set aside under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ;
    Domicile Act 1982
    to provide that it applies to territories currently specified in the Domicile Regulations 1982;
    Evidence Act 1995
    to amend the presumption about when postal articles sent by prepaid post are received;
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: introduce new offences relating to international parental child abduction and to allow a person to request a location order for the purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; clarify who may perform the powers of the registry managers; align financial and other provisions for de facto and married couples; make various amendments relating to the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to: specify the meaning of ‘competent court’ for the purpose of the Model Law; clarify procedural requirements for enforcement of an arbitral award; modernise provisions governing certain arbitrators’ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions;
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical amendments; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for discrimination against women employed, engaged or appointed in Australian Defence Force positions involving combat duties. Also makes consequential amendments to nine 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
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to prohibit betting on the outcome, or a contingency that may or may not happen in the course of the conduct, of Australian and overseas lottery draws (including a keno draw). 

    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: establish a Register of Foreign Ownership of Media Assets to be administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA); provide for new assessment criterion for the applications for, and renewals of, community radio broadcasting licences relating to material of local significance; and make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to enable the ACMA to delegate the power to issues certain notices. 

    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
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to expand the existing statutory duty of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board by including the requirement to be ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ in relation to the gathering and presentation of news and information by the ABC. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter to require the ABC to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of regional and national identity, and inform and entertain, and reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of, the Australian community; provide that the ABC Board must have two members with a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional area through business, industry or community involvement; establish a Regional Advisory Council to advise the ABC Board; and require the ABC Board to report annually on a range of additional matters, including the total number of individuals employed in regional and metropolitan areas, and the journalist to support staff ratio of employees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017, the bill establishes an ongoing funding arrangement for fixed wireless and satellite infrastructure (the Regional Broadband Scheme) by imposing a monthly charge on carriers, including NBN Co Ltd, in relation to each premises connected to their network that has an active fixed-line superfast broadband service during the month. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: remove regulation of networks servicing small business customers; enable new superfast networks to operate on a functionally separated basis with the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); enable the ACCC to exempt small start-up networks from separation regulation; provide that all services supplied on networks that are wholesale-only or functionally separated will be subject to clear non-discrimination obligations; amend the enforcement regime, including conferring additional powers on the ACCC; and introduce a statutory infrastructure provider regime; Carrier Licence Conditions (Networks supplying Superfast Carriage Services to Residential Customers) Declaration 2014 and Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 in relation to sunsetting arrangements;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ,
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to implement the administrative arrangements for the Regional Broadband Scheme; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to extend the ‘designated day’ for the purposes of Telstra’s structural separation to 1 January 2020. Also repeals four declarations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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