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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: 167

  • Date
    26 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee
    HINCH, Sen Derryn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 1982
    to prohibit the export of live equines for slaughter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911
    to limit the amount the government can borrow, by providing that the Australian Office of Financial Management cannot issue further stock if it would result in the value of stock and securities on issue to be an amount greater than 35% of Australia’s gross domestic product. 

    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
    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
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Streamlines and consolidates existing legislation to create a framework for regulating the export of goods, including agricultural products and food, from Australian territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to consolidate and broaden the existing protections and remedies for corporate and financial sector whistleblowers;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to create a whistleblower protection regime for disclosures of information by individuals regarding breaches of the tax laws or misconduct relating to an entity’s tax affairs; and
    Banking Act 1959
    ,
    Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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