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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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  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a new framework for the operation of Australia’s passport system, the bill imposes, as taxes, application fees in relation to passports and other travel-related documents. Also contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a new framework for the operation of Australia’s passport system, the bill: repeals all provisions relating to Australian passports or travel-related documents from the
    Passports Act 1938
    and renames it the
    Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2004
    . Also makes consequential amendments to 6 Acts, including the
    Passports Act 1938
    , and contains transitional provisions, including a regulation-making power, to ensure the continuing validity of travel documents, continued application of the
    Passports Act 1938
    to pending proceedings and reviews, and application of the proposed
    Australian Passports Act 2004
    to pending applications. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a new framework for the operation of Australia’s passport system, the bill replaces the
    Passports Act 1938
    , particularly dealing with: entitlement of Australians to a passport; retention of the administrative review regime; increased penalties for fraud; measures to minimise the impact of lost and stolen passports; and measures for refusal or cancellation of passports on certain law enforcement grounds. Also contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to extend the automatic de-listing period for events on the “anti-siphoning” list (which lists events determined by the Minister to be available free-to-air) so that events are removed 12 weeks prior to their commencement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Repeals existing telecommunications offences in the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and inserts new and updated telecommunications offences in the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    , including offences in relation to access, transmission and availability of suicide related material. Also makes consequential amendments to 5 Acts, including the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and amends the:
    Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991
    to outlaw child prostitution on board Australian-registered aircraft outside Australia;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    in relation to: contamination of goods; dishonest acquisition of or dealing in personal financial information; criminal responsibility of accomplices; obtaining financial advantage; and the principle of ignorance of, or mistake about, the law;
    Customs Act 1901
    to clarify the operation of certain serious drug offences;
    Cybercrime Act 2001
    to correct a misdescription; and
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    to simplify processes for obtaining material for use in foreign proceedings. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: allow certain small businesses and non-profit bodies the option to report and pay the goods and services tax (GST) on an annual basis; allow small businesses to undertake annual apportionment of input tax credits for certain acquisitions and importations used for partly creditable purposes; and remove the requirement for an entity to make an annual election to continue with the option to pay GST by instalments. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to modify the capital gains/loss tax treatment of foreign residents with interests in Australian managed funds;
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to amend the rules for determining the source of income derived by certain residents of treaty partner countries;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Act 1993
    in relation to the imposition of interest withholding tax. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes procedures for federal, State and Territory law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants, emergency authorisations and authorisations for the installation and use of surveillance devices in Australia and overseas in relation to criminal investigations and child recovery orders; and regulates the use, communication, publication, storage, destruction and making of records in connection with surveillance device operations. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    ; and contains transitional and savings provisions and a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to clarify the operation of the consolidation regime and the interaction of the regime with other areas of the tax law;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to ensure that: copyright collecting societies are not taxed on copyright income they collect on behalf of members; and non-copyright income under prescribed limits is tax exempt;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    Taxation Laws Amendment Act (No. 8) 2003
    to: further implement the simplified imputation system, including anti-avoidance rules in relation to exempt entities that are eligible for a refund of imputation credits; and to replace and update certain references and terminology; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: certain fire and emergency service bodies and other entities as specifically-listed deductible gift recipients; and extend an existing transitional rule in the debt/equity rules for at-call loans to 30 June 2005. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Implements the recommendations of the Dawson Review into competition policy by amending the
    Trade Practices Act 1974
    in relation to: merger clearances and authorisations; non-merger authorisations; collective bargaining; exclusionary provisions; price fixing provisions; dual listed companies; third line forcing and exclusive dealing; enforcement; penalties and indemnities; local government bodies; and functions and powers under Competition Code. Also amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    Trade Practices Act 1974
    in relation to disqualification from managing corporations; and
    Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Act 1998
    to amend an incorrect cross-reference. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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