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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: 114

  • 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
    SMITH, Sen Dean 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: redefine marriage as ‘a union of two people’; introduce non-gendered language so that the requirements of the Act apply equally to all marriages; enable same-sex marriages that have been, or will be, solemnised under the law of a foreign country to be recognised in Australia; amend the definition of ‘authorised celebrant’ to include new categories of religious marriage celebrants and certain Australian Defence Force officers; enable ministers of religion, religious marriage celebrants, chaplains and bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to solemnise or provide facilities, goods and services for marriages on religious grounds; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017
    ; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to provide that a refusal by a minister of religion, religious marriage celebrant or chaplain to solemnise marriage in prescribed circumstances does not constitute unlawful discrimination. 

    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

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    ; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HINCH, Sen Derryn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to prescribe a mandated ratio of skilled staff to care recipients in government-funded aged care residential facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Establishes a High Speed Rail Planning Authority to advise on, plan and develop high speed rail on the east coast of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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