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
    04 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Native Title Act 1993
    in relation to: the right to negotiate to apply to offshore areas; good faith negotiations; enabling extinguishment to be disregarded; reversal of the burden of proof; the definition of ‘traditional’; and commercial rights and interests. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to prohibit certain developments impacting on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; and
    Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981
    to prohibit the dumping of dredged material within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    WRIGHT, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000
    to prevent the minister from approving international aircraft movements at Adelaide Airport during curfew shoulder periods; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; and providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to extend provisions that make it an offence to murder, commit manslaughter or intentionally or recklessly cause serious harm to an Australian citizen or resident outside Australia to conduct that occurred before 1 October 2002. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on food producing land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; and provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to provide that determinations made under section 85 (which determine the number of visas that can be granted in a particular subclass in any specified financial year) on or after 2 December 2013 be subject to disallowance by either House of the Parliament. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick
    MADIGAN, Sen John 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Reserve Bank Act 1959
    to establish the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board as the third Board within the Reserve Bank of Australia; and provide for the functions, membership, meetings and other administrative arrangements of the board, including resolving any policy differences between the three boards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to remove group voting tickets; and provide for an optional preferential system for voting above and below the line for Senate elections. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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