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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  • Date
    27 Sep 2001 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    STOTT DESPOJA, Natasha 
    Summary
    Provides for a Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect all Australians against violations of their fundamental civil and political rights by governments. 

    Bill

  • Date
    04 Dec 2002 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    BROWN, Sen Bob 
    Summary
    Provides for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry in relation to the operation of Australian security and intelligence services relating to the Bali terrorist attack on 12 October 2002. Also provides for a regulation-making power. 

    Bill

  • Date
    20 Jun 2002 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    BROWN, Sen Bob 
    Summary
    Provides for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry in relation to Forestry Tasmania to investigate certain matters. 

    Bill

  • 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
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002
    to: amend the short title of the Act to the
    Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002
    ; impose certain limits on access to the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement; reduce the number of trips available under the entitlement; remove the ability of spouses or de facto partners (other than those of a former prime minister) to access the entitlement; reduce the entitlement of spouses or de facto partners of a former prime minister; and require that all travel under the entitlement be subject to a public benefit test; and the
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: apply a 25 per cent loading to any adjustment to a prescribed travel benefit; limit the domestic travel entitlement of dependent children of senior officers to those under 18 years of age; and enable the recovery of payments made which are beyond the entitlement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010, the bill: establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (by renaming and extending the functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission); provides for the powers, proceedings and functions of the committee; and gives the committee responsibility for oversighting the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    PALMER, Clive, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australia Fund to: investigate the establishment of an Australia Fund to provide support and reconstruction for rural and manufacturing industries in times of crisis; and review bankruptcy and insolvency laws in relation to businesses in times of crisis; provides for the functions, powers and procedures of the committee; sets the timing for the committee’s report to be tabled; and provides that the committee ceases to exist after it presents its final report. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    KERR, Duncan 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987
    to permit the testing of a witness’ credibility in court or other proceedings when that witness has previously given evidence to a House or committee which is inconsistent with the evidence given to the court or tribunal. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Nov 1998 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister's portfolio 

    Bill

  • Date
    12 Feb 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Proceedings Act 1946
    to alter gender specific references to non-gender specific references. 

    Bill

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