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: 1340

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Lands Acquisition Act 1989
    to provide that the minister may not make a declaration of acquisition by compulsory process unless the acquisition of the interest is for the direct benefit of the Australian public, or to provide necessary services to members of the Australian public which would not be provided if the acquisition did not occur. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to remove goods and services tax from the supply of electricity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the single rate of newstart and single independent rate of youth allowance by $110 a week; and standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    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; bar on approval for 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; increase in 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
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
    to: increase the restriction of no more than five minutes per hour of advertising to 10 minutes of advertising in any hour of broadcasting on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS); and clarify SBS’s ability to earn revenue through the broadcast of programs containing product placement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: ensure that penalty rates in a modern award cannot be varied to make the penalty rate lower than that in force under the award on 1 January 2017; and provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2020; and provide in the interim that export licence holders ensure all live stock are treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter unless the secretary is satisfied that the live-stock will be treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Land Transport Act 2014
    to: include additional matters which the minister must consider when approving a project as an Investment Project; and provide for the publishing and tabling of the project approval instrument for an Investment Project and a summary of the evidence on which the minister’s decision to approve the project is based. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: require parliamentarians, when claiming travel benefits, to provide details of business undertaken while travelling; provide for an annual audit of parliamentarians’ travel; provide for an audit of all parliamentarians’ travel from 8 September 2013 to date; and require the audit body to report possible offences in relation to the travel claims or benefits. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    SHORTEN, Bill, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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