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As at cob 3 March 2015

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AG  Australian Greens

ALP  Australian Labor Party [Opp]

AMEP  Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

CLP  Country Liberal Party [Govt]

FFP  Family First Party

Ind  Independent

KAP  Katter’s Australian Party

LDP  Liberal Democratic Party

LP  Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

Nats  The Nationals [Govt]

PUP  Palmer United Party 

 

CID  Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

PM  Private member’s bill

PS  Private senator’s bill

R  Restored to Notice Paper

SBC  Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC  House of Representatives Selection Committee

 

PS  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (A Stronger Land Account) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to: clarify the purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account; provide for excess returns from Land Account investments to be equally shared between the Account and the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC); provide that the minister may have regard to advice provided by the ILC about its financial requirements; provide for parliamentary review of any proposed changes to the ILC and the Land Account; provide for the establishment of a Nomination Committee to make recommendations about appointments to the ILC Board; require the ILC Board to establish a Risk and Audit Management Committee; limit the tenure and reappointments of directors; require the chair and directors to disclose all pecuniary interests; and require the ILC Board to determine a code of conduct.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/14

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/6/14; extensions of time to report 17/7/14, 2/10/14, 27/11/14, 2/3/15; report due 25/3/15

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition (Sunset Extension) Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; Passed 26/2/15

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/15

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014

Amends the: Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to: amend the short title of the Act to the Legislation Act 2003 to reflect the consolidation of the legislative frameworks of the publication of Commonwealth Acts and the registration of Commonwealth instruments; clarify the definitions of ‘legislative instrument’ and ‘legislative character’; provide that certain instruments are notifiable instruments which are registrable but not subject to parliamentary scrutiny or sunsetting; establish the Federal Register of Legislation; and allow the First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial changes to Acts and instruments in the Register; Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to: clarify references to ministers, departments and other government authorities; and confirm the continued validity of the exercise of powers, functions and duties under Commonwealth agreements following machinery of government changes. Also consequentially repeals four Acts and amends 51 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 2/12/14

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 12/2/15

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; extension of time to report 24/11/14; report tabled 2/12/14

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 23/2/15]

PS  Adelaide Airport Curfew Amendment (Protecting Residents’ Amenity) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Wright - AG)

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.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/14

Amending Acts 1970 to 1979 Repeal Bill 2014

(Act citation: Amending Acts 1970 to 1979 Repeal Act 2015 )

Repeals 656 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1970 to 1979.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 29/10/14

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; Passed 11/2/15

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 3, 2015

PS  Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012 [2013]

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: provide that poker machine payouts of more than $1000 and the cashing of transferred cheques are threshold transactions which are reportable to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; require gaming machine venues to issue cheques for payouts of winnings or gaming machine credits over $1000 with an indication that they have been issued for that purpose; and impose penalties for failure to issue cheques in those circumstances.

Senate: Intro. 30/10/12; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/12, 28/8/14

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 1/11/12; extensions of time to report 20/11/12, 13/3/13; report tabled in House and Senate 24/6/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2014-2015

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2014-2015 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15, 25/2/15, 26/2/15, 2/3/15, 3/3/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2014-2015

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2014-2015 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2014-2015

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2014-2015 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014

Introduced with the Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill establishes the Asset Recycling Fund to: enable grants of financial assistance to be made to the states and territories for expenditure incurred under the National Partnership Agreements on Asset Recycling and Land Transport Infrastructure Projects; make infrastructure national partnership grants; and enable the making of infrastructure payments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 20 Govt/passed; 15 Opp/passed; 3 AG/passed; 1 clause negatived (Govt); 4 subclauses negatived (Opp); 1 AG/negatived; 2 LDP to Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments nos 3, 4, 7 to 11, 14, 17, 18, 22, 24 to 26, 29, 30, 35, 38 and 39 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 2, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 to 21, 23, 27, 28, 31 to 34, 36 and 37, 17/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House reported message from Senate insisting on its amendments 26/8/14]

Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, the bill makes consequential amendments to the COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 , DisabilityCare Australia Fund Act 2013 , Future Fund Act 2006 and Nation-building Funds Act 2008 to: enable grants to the states and territories through the COAG Reform Fund; extend the Future Fund Board’s duties to manage the Asset Recycling Fund (ARF); and allow for amounts to be transferred between the ARF and Future Fund.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

Senate: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals of the Senate 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed

[House disagreed to Senate amendments 17/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House reported message from Senate insisting on its amendments 26/8/14]

Australian Border Force Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/2/15

PS  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Local Content) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to include requirements for the production and dissemination of local content in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Charter.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report due 25/3/15

PS  Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

The bill: establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion; provides for the functions of the director to enable them to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; provides for the director’s powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and provides for deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations.

Senate: Intro. 9/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/15

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of matters and the reporting obligations of the agency which succeeds the commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 3/12/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014

(Act citation: Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Act 2015 )

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to provide access to citizenship for children adopted by Australian citizens through bilateral arrangements made by Australia with specific countries who are not parties to the Hague Convention on Protection and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 22/9/14

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; Passed 9/2/15

Reference (SBC report 6/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/6/14; report tabled 27/8/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 7, 2015

Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: extend good character requirements; clarify residency requirements and related matters; clarify the circumstances in which a person’s approval as an Australian citizen may or must be cancelled; clarify the circumstances in which the minister may defer a person making the pledge of commitment to become an Australian citizen; clarify the circumstances in which a person’s Australian citizenship may be revoked; enable the minister to specify certain matters in a legislative instrument; enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the Migration Act 1958 or the migration regulations; and make technical amendments; and Migration Act 1958 to enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 or the citizenship regulations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/10/14; Passed 24/11/14

Senate: Intro. 25/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/14

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 1/12/14

PM  Australian Education Amendment (School Funding Guarantee) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Shorten - ALP)

Amends the Australian Education Act 2013 to require the minister to be satisfied that a state or territory will not reduce or has not reduced its education budget before making a determination of Commonwealth school funding to that state or territory.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/14

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 2/6/14, 23/6/14, 22/9/14

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Industry.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 1/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 4/9/14

Australian River Co. Limited Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Abolition) Bill 2014

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: abolish the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; provide for transitional arrangements; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; Passed 2/3/15

Senate: Intro. 3/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 3/3/15

Reference (SBC report 1/15): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 12/2/15; report due 16/3/15

PM  Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment (Restoring Merits Review) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to restore the right of asylum seekers to access merits review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal if they are subject to an adverse or qualified security assessment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/14; Removed from Notice Paper 3/3 /15

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to reduce the total amount of capped assistance available by $900 million, in anticipation of the scheme ceasing on 1 January 2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 2/10/14

Senate: Intro. 2/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/10/14

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 24/11/14

Biosecurity Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908 ) to: manage biosecurity risks, the risk of contagion of a listed human disease, the risk of listed human diseases entering Australian territory, and risks related to ballast water, biosecurity emergencies and human biosecurity emergencies; and give effect to Australia’s international rights and obligations, including the International Health Regulations 2005, the World Health Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

Biosecurity (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908 ), the bill: repeals the Quarantine Act 1908 and Quarantine Charges (Collection) Act 2014 ; makes consequential amendments to 20 Acts to update references to managing biosecurity risk under the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014 , and substitute references to the Quarantine Act 1908 with the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014 ; and makes transitional arrangements in relation to the management of biosecurity risks from the Quarantine Act 1908 to the new biosecurity framework under the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2015

(Previous title: Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove certain requirements that related to the initial planning of services in the broadcasting services bands spectrum; remove the requirement for reports made by certain subscription television licensees and channel providers under the New Eligible Drama Expenditure Scheme to be independently audited; remove the requirement for codes of practice to be periodically reviewed; remove the requirement for certain licensees to provide an annual list of their directors and captioning obligations; clarify the calculation of media diversity points in overlapping licence areas; provide for grandfathering arrangements for certain broadcasting licensees; and make technical amendments for references to legislative instruments; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 , Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to remove redundant licensing and planning provisions that regulated the digital switchover and restack processes; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 , Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 25/2/15

CID amendments: 4 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; Passed 3/3/15

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 9/2/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, the bill: repeals the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 ; makes consequential amendments to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 , Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 ; amends the proposed Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013 as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 12/12/13

Senate: Intro. 11/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/14

References:

SBC report 9/13: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13 ; correction tabled 3/12/13

Provisions of bill and related matter referred to Senate Education and Employment References Committee 4/12/13; report tabled 27/3/14

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to self-incrimination, protection of liability against officials, admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information, powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings, and jurisdiction of courts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 12/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/14

References:

SBC report 9/13: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13; correction tabled 3/12/13

Provisions of bill and related matter referred to Senate Education and Employment References Committee 4/12/13; report tabled 27/3/14

Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014

(Act citation: Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Act 2015 )

Amends the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 to: enable building owners who receive unsolicited offers for the sale or lease of their office space and transactions between wholly-owned subsidiaries to be excluded from energy efficiency disclosure obligations; enable certain auditing authorities to directly provide or approve ratings used in Building Energy Efficiency Certificates (BEEC); enable businesses to nominate a commencement date for a BEEC which is later than the date of issue; remove the need for new owners and lessors to reapply or pay the application fee for fresh exemptions if there is an existing one in place for a building; and remove the standard energy efficiency guidance from each BEEC.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 3/12/14

Senate: Intro. 5/12/14 a.m. ( Journals of the Senate 4/12/14); Passed 12/2/15

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 1, 2015

Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 in relation to: the Official Trustee; the Official Receiver; the National Disability Insurance Scheme; the offence of concealment; declarations in statements received electronically; indictable and summary offences; and the location of certain offences in the Act; International Arbitration Act 1974 to clarify the application of the Act to certain international arbitration agreements; Family Law Act 1975 to: make technical amendments; clarify the appeal rights available for court security orders; and create access to the Family Court of Australia for court security orders made by the Family Court of Western Australia; Court Security Act 2013 to: provide for the disposal of unclaimed items seized by or given upon request to court security officers; and clarify the processes by which court security orders can be varied and revoked; Evidence Act 1995 to: reflect changes to the Model Uniform Evidence Bill; remove all references to the Australian Capital Territory; and make technical amendments; Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 to enable the National Cultural Heritage Committee to continue to function when membership falls below the maximum number; and Copyright Act 1968 to extend the legal deposit scheme to include work published in electronic format.

Senate: Intro. 29/10/14; Passed 12/2/15

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/2/15; Read a 1st time 12/2/15; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; abolishes the CEFC Transitional Special Account established as a temporary measure; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/14, 26/6/14

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 to abolish the authority; amends the: Clean Energy Act 2011 , Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 , National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 , Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; and enables the transfer of the authority’s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/14, 10/7/14

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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.

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13

References:

SBC report 9/13: Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 12/12/13

Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 12/12/13; statement discharging committee’s requirement to present a report made in House 24/2/14 and tabled in Senate 3/3/14

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors.

Senate: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

PS  Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG and Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and Imported Food Control Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

PS  Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to enable the Federal Court of Australia to require a corporation to reduce its market share or power within two years where the corporation is found to have misused that market share or power.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; extensions of time to report 17/6/14, 15/7/14, 4/12/14; report presented out of sitting 26/2/15 and tabled 2/3/15

PS  Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson - AG)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to provide that the term ‘advice’ can only be used when financial advice takes account of a client’s personal financial situation by: replacing references to ‘general advice’ with references to ‘general information’; and requiring that when ‘general information’ is provided to a client, the client is warned that the information is not advice.

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/14

PS  Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require Australian companies involved in extractive industries to disclose any payments made to foreign countries over $100 000 on a country-by-country and project-by-project basis; and require the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to publish the Publish What You Pay reports on their website within 28 days of their receipt.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: remove the seventh step (the “catch all”) from the steps an advice provider may take in order to satisfy best interest obligations; enable clients and providers to agree on the scope of advice to be provided; remove the renewal notice obligations for fee recipients; remove the requirement to provide yearly fee disclosure statements to certain clients; extend the time period within which fee disclosure statements must be provided to a client; provide for a general advice exemption to exempt benefits that relate to general advice from the ban on conflicted remuneration in certain circumstances; provide additional disclosure and information in the statement of advice in relation to existing rights of the client and obligations of the advice provider; ensure that any instructions for further or varied advice from clients are documented in writing, signed by the client, and acknowledged by the providing entity; require the statement of advice to be signed by both the advice provider and the client; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 28/8/14

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/14

References:

SBC report 3/14: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

SBC report 11/14: Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 22/9/14

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: provide that a general meeting of a company must only be arranged if members with at least five per cent of voting shares make the request; reduce the remuneration reporting requirements; clarify the circumstances in which a financial year may be determined to be less than 12 months; and exempt certain companies limited by guarantee from the need to appoint or retain an auditor; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: enable members of the Takeovers Panel to perform duties while in Australia and overseas; and provide that the Remuneration Tribunal is responsible for setting the terms and conditions of chairs and members of the Financial Reporting Council, the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 27/11/14

Senate: Intro. 1/12/14; Passed 2/3/15

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report tabled 11/2/15

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction; Customs Act 1901 to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances; International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 , Criminal Code Act 1995 , Customs Act 1901 , Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 24/11/14

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Reference (SBC report 9/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/7/14; report tabled 2/9/14

Committee amendments: 1 item negatived (Opp); 1 section negatived (Opp)

[House agreed to Senate amendments 23/2/15]

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Unexplained Wealth and Other Measures) Bill 2014

(Act citation: Crimes Legislation Amendment (Unexplained Wealth and Other Measures) Act 2015 )

Amends the: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to respond to eight of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement report Inquiry into Commonwealth unexplained wealth legislation and arrangements by: including a statement in the objects clause about undermining the profitability of criminal enterprise; ensuring that evidence relevant to unexplained wealth proceedings can be seized under a search warrant; addressing duplication in affidavit requirements; allowing the time limit for serving notice of a preliminary unexplained wealth order to be extended by a court in certain circumstances; harmonising provisions relating to the payment of legal expenses for unexplained wealth cases; allowing charges to be created over restrained property to secure payment of an unexplained wealth order; removing a court’s discretion to make unexplained wealth restraining orders, preliminary unexplained wealth orders and unexplained wealth orders once relevant criteria are satisfied; and expanding the parliamentary joint committee’s oversight of unexplained wealth investigations and litigation. Also amends the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to: make amendments consequential on the unexplained wealth changes; expand information sharing arrangements with state, territory and foreign authorities; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 25/9/14

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; Passed 9/2/15

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 6/3/14; extension of time to report 14/5/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 2 items opposed (AG)/items agreed to

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 6, 2015

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Back - LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 11/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/15

Reference (SBC report 1/15): Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 12/2/15; report due 13/5/15

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/13

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extension of time to report 4/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extensions of time for final report 16/6/14, 3/12/14, 12/2/15; final report due 24/6/15

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extensions of time to report 12/2/14, 25/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extensions of time for final report 16/6/14, 3/12/14, 12/2/15; final report due 24/6/15

Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

Customs Amendment Bill 2014

(Act citation: Customs Amendment Act 2015 )

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide that authorisations apply to offices or positions which come into existence after the authorisation to a class of offices is given; extend customs control to goods on board a ship or aircraft arriving at non-proclaimed areas of the Australian coastline; provide different reporting timeframes for the arrival of certain ships or aircraft and the details of their stores and any prohibited goods; standardise the application process for permissions to load and unload ships’ and aircraft’s stores, permissions to transfer goods between certain vessels, and applications for a Certificate of Clearance; extend customs powers of examination to the baggage of domestic passengers on international flights and voyages, and to domestic cargo that is carried on an international flight or voyage; and correct a technical error relating to the interaction of the Infringement Notice Scheme with the claims process when dealing with prohibited imports.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 26/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 11/2/15

Reference (SBC report 10/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; report tabled 30/9/14

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 4, 2015

Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/2/15

Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the: Customs Tariff Act 1995 to index the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty applying to fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with changes in the consumer price index; and Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

PS  Defence Amendment (Fair Pay for Members of the ADF) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Lambie - Ind)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases to either the parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index.

Senate: Intro. 2/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/14

PM  Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Removed from Notice Paper 10/2/15

Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to: strengthen and clarify the independence, powers and privileges of the Inspector-General ADF; provide a statutory basis to support regulatory change including the re-allocation of responsibility for investigation of service-related deaths and the management of the Australian Defence Force redress of grievance process to the Inspector-General ADF; and require the Inspector-General ADF to prepare an annual report.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report tabled 3/3/15

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Farrell - ALP)

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.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13, 13/2/14, 20/3/14

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extension of time to report 11/2/14; report tabled 4/3/14

Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

PS  End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to: prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals; amend the long title of the Act; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 18/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/14

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014

Introduced with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill: establishes the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner and provides for the commissioner’s functions and powers; provides for a complaints system for cyber-bullying material targeted at an Australian child and a two-tiered system for rapid removal of that material from large social media services; provides for civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions; and establishes the Children’s Online Safety Special Account to fund the commissioner’s functions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 23/2/15

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/15, 3/3/15

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report tabled 3/3/15

Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014, the bill amends: the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide the Children’s e-safety Commissioner with certain information gathering powers; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 23/2/15

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/15, 3/3/15

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report tabled 3/3/15

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

The bill: addresses implications arising from the Federal Court’s decision in Tarkine National Coalition Incorporated v Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities [2013] FCA 694 by ensuring the validity of specified decisions made prior to 31 December 2013 that require the minister to have regard to any relevant approved conservation advice; and amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to provide additional protection for dugong and turtle populations from the threats of poaching, illegal trade and illegal transportation.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 9/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 2 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; Passed 12/2/15

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 12/12/13; report tabled 12/2/14

Committee amendments: 1 Schedule negatived (AG); 25 AG/negatived; 2 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 23/2/15]

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Alpine Grazing) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to deem that the minister has: received from the Victorian Government a referral of its proposal to trial cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park; and decided that the trial of alpine grazing is unacceptable.

Senate: Intro. 13/5/14; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/14

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to bilateral agreements by providing that: states and territories can be accredited for approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; all states and territories can be declared under the Act for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC); states and territories undertake to seek and take advice from the IESC for approval bilateral agreements which may have a significant impact on a water resource; the IESC provide advice to the Commonwealth about the operation of a bilateral agreement in relation to large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; an approval process can be completed when an approval bilateral agreement is suspended, cancelled or ceases to apply to a particular action; state and territory processes that meet the appropriate standards can be accredited for bilateral agreements; a relevant bilateral agreement continues to apply to an accredited state or territory management arrangement or authorisation process despite minor amendments to the arrangement or authorisation process; and proponents do not need to make referrals to the Commonwealth for actions that are covered by an approval bilateral agreement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 16/6/14

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/14, 1/9/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 23/6/14

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: enable commercial fishing activities to be declared commercial fishing activities on an interim basis or for a period of no longer than 24 months; require written submissions of declaration affected persons to be considered before making final declarations; create penalties and offences for engaging in declared commercial fishing activities; provide for an expert panel to be established to conduct an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of declared commercial fishing activities; and require the expert panel to publish its assessments and table them in Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 28/8/14, 2/10/14, 27/11/14

Excess Exploration Credit Tax Bill 2014

Introduced with the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 7) Bill 2014, the bill imposes an excess exploration credit tax to recover any costs to the Commonwealth that may arise where an exploration company issues exploration credits in excess of their maximum exploration credit entitlement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; Passed 25/2/15

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; Passed 3/3/15

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the: Excise Tariff Act 1921 to index the rate of excise applying to fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with changes in the consumer price index; and Excise Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991 to: expand the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation’s (EFIC) powers to enable direct lending for export transactions involving all goods (not just capital goods); and require EFIC to pay a debt neutrality charge or guarantee fee, and a tax equivalent payment, in relation to all its operations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 26/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report tabled 11/2/15

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012 to: cap the maximum amount of redundancy pay entitlement available under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme at 16 weeks; and make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 30/9/14

Senate: Intro. 1/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/10/14

Reference (SBC report 11/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 25/9/14

PS  Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

Requires trade agreements to include a binding requirement that goods sold comply with all applicable product standards that apply in the purchaser’s country or that the selling company or entity selling the products ensures that the goods are improved to Australian product standards.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/13; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/13, 5/12/13, 27/11/14

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/12/13

PS  Fair Trade (Workers’ Rights) Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

Requires the Commonwealth, through the minister, to ensure that an amended or new trade agreement with a country includes a binding agreement for minimum standards about workers’ rights in that country’s domestic law.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/13; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/13

Reference (SBC report 8/13): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 27/6/13; report due first sitting day in February 2014 [ but see reference below]

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/11/13

Reference: Bill re-referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 4/12/13; report tabled 4/3/14

Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide for an additional approval requirement for enterprise agreements that are not greenfields agreements; require the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to have regard to a range of non-exhaustive factors to guide its assessment of whether an applicant for a protected action ballot order is genuinely trying to reach an agreement; and provide that the FWC must not make a protected action ballot order when it is satisfied that the claims of an applicant are manifestly excessive or would have a significant adverse impact on workplace productivity.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report due 25/3/15

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to: requests for extended periods of unpaid parental leave; the payment of annual leave upon termination of employment; taking or accruing leave while receiving workers’ compensation; the requirements for flexibility terms in modern awards and enterprise agreements and individual flexibility arrangements made under those terms; the negotiation of single-enterprise greenfields agreements; the transfer of business rules; an application for a protected action ballot order; the right of entry framework; the Fair Work Commission not having to hold a conference or hearing to dismiss an unfair dismissal application; and interest payments on unclaimed monies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/2/14; Passed 27/8/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/8/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/8/14

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: establish the Registered Organisations Commission and provide it with investigation and information gathering powers to monitor and regulate registered organisations; and provide for the appointment, functions and powers of the commissioner (who will assume the investigations, enforcement advice and assistance responsibilities in relation to registered organisations currently undertaken by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission); and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: amend the requirements on officers’ disclosure of material personal interests and change grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for office; increase financial accounting and disclosure obligations for registered organisations and their officers; and increase civil penalties and introduce criminal offences for serious breaches of officers’ duties and new offences in relation to the conduct of investigations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 15/7/14

CID amendments: 9 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 2/3/15

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2014

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the child care benefit income thresholds at the amounts applicable as at 30 June 2014 for three years from 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 28/8/14

Federal Courts Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

(Act citation: Federal Courts Legislation Amendment Act 2015 )

Amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to provide an arrester with the power to use reasonable force to enter premises to execute an arrest warrant; Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to: confer jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court) in relation to tenancy disputes; enable additional jurisdiction in relation to tenancy disputes to which the Commonwealth is a party to be conferred on the Court by delegated legislation; and enable delegated legislation to be made to modify the applicable state and territory law where appropriate, and to clarify the jurisdiction and enforcement of an exercise of that jurisdiction; and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 2/12/14

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 12/2/15

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 9, 2015

PS  Flags Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind and Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Flags Act 1953 to require that all Australian flags flown, used or supplied by the Commonwealth are manufactured in Australia from materials manufactured in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14, 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

PS  Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 [2013]

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind and Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to: implement a national interest test to be applied against proposed foreign acquisitions of agricultural land; require any interest in agricultural land greater than five hectares to be notified to the Treasurer; require online publication of information about foreign acquisitions of interest in agricultural land; and impose penalties for not notifying the Treasurer of a proposed acquisition.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/10, 22/9/11, 28/2/13

Reference (SBC report 1/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 10/2/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014

Amends the: Freedom of Information Act 1982 to provide for: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have sole jurisdiction for external merits review of freedom of information (FOI) decisions; the Attorney-General to be responsible for FOI guidelines, collection of FOI statistics and the annual report on the operation of the Act; and the Ombudsman to have sole responsibility for the investigation of FOI complaints; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 and Privacy Act 1988 to provide for an Australian Privacy Commissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Also: repeals the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; and makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 28/10/14

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/14

Reference (SBC report 14/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 25/11/14

PS  Freedom to Marry Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to provide that: people may marry regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity; registered marriage celebrants are not able to discriminate; religious and non-religious private sector celebrants have freedom of conscience not to solemnise marriages; and chaplains in the defence force may exercise a freedom of conscience while maintaining a positive duty to try to ensure that all couples who seek their services are able to marry.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/14

Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the: Fuel Tax Act 2006 to provide that the same indexed rate is used for determining the amount of excise or excise-equivalent customs duty payable on the fuel and the amount of the fuel tax credit; proposed Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Act 2014 to make amendments consequential on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ; and COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 , Excise Act 1901 and Energy Grants (Cleaner Fuels) Scheme Regulations 2004 to make other consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills to biannually index fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill establishes the Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account to make grants of financial assistance to the states and territories for expenditure in relation to road infrastructure investment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

PM  Gambling Harm Reduction (Protecting Problem Gamblers and Other Measures) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Provides a framework for the operation of poker machines by: restricting the operation of poker machines; implementing mandatory precommitment capabilities; restricting ATM withdrawals from within poker machine premises; and providing for a regulator, civil penalties, and minimum uniform national standards and national monitoring network.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/14

PS  Great Barrier Reef Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

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.

Senate: Intro. 13/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/14

PS  Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

The bill: establishes the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the guardian; provides for staff, consultants and reporting requirements; and amends the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 and Migration Act 1958 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 16/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/7/14

Reference (SBC report 10/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; interim report presented out of sitting 5/2/15 and tabled 9/2/15; extension of time to report 9/2/15; final report tabled 9/2/15

PS  Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion)  

Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to provide that Medicare benefits are not payable for medically induced terminations carried out on the basis of gender.

Senate: Intro. 19/3/13; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/13, 27/6/13, 25/9/14

Reference (SBC report 4/13): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 21/3/13; report tabled 27/6/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/11/13

PM  High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2013

(Introduced by Mr Albanese - ALP)

Establishes the High Speed Rail Planning Authority and provides for its functions, appointment and terms and conditions of appointment of members, staff and consultants, conduct of meetings, and reporting and information requirements. Also enables the minister to make rules prescribing matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/12/13; Removed from Notice Paper 10/2/15

Reference (SC report no. 2): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee 12/12/13

Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide demand-driven funding to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree courses and extend government subsidies to bachelor and sub-bachelor courses at private universities and non-university higher education providers; remove the maximum student contribution amounts; remove the maximum student contribution amounts that providers can charge students in Commonwealth supported places; merge the FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loan schemes, including the removal of the FEE-HELP loan fee and lifetime limits, HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus; establish a Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme to support disadvantaged students; maintain the consumer price index (CPI) indexation rate as the HELP indexation rate; provide for HECS indexation relief for primary carers of children up to five years of age; lower the minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts; enable providers to charge Research Training Scheme students capped tuition fees; remove the lifetime limits on VET FEE-HELP loans and the VET FEE-HELP loan fee; replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the CPI; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; and enable certain New Zealand citizens to be eligible for HELP assistance; Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency may determine when fees may be refunded, and disclose certain information; Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit; Australian National University Act 1991 , Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments; and Australian Research Council Act 2001 to enable additional investment in research through the Future Fellowships Scheme, apply indexation, apply a one-off efficiency dividend, and add an additional forward estimate amount. Also: amends the Commonwealth Grants Scheme Guidelines 2012, Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 and Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012; and repeals the Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011 and a determination made under subsection 169-20(1) of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 [FRLI No. F2007B01092].

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 25/2/15 [ and see bill below]

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/15

Reference (SBC report 1/15): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 12/2/15; report due 17/3/15

Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: remove the HECS-HELP up-front payment discount for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2014; remove the HELP voluntary repayment bonus for repayments made on or after 1 January 2014; apply an efficiency dividend of 2 per cent in 2014 and 1.25 per cent in 2015 to Commonwealth contribution amounts under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; and reflect the name change of the University of Ballarat to the Federation University Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/13; Passed 3/12/13

Senate: Intro. 4/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/13

PM  Imported Food Warning Labels Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Katter - KAP)

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/15

PS  Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight and Resourcing) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Wright - AG)

Amends the: Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation; require the monitor to consider whether counter-terrorism and national security legislation is a proportionate response to the national security threat faced; enable Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate committees and the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry; require all reports of the monitor to be tabled and the government to respond to any recommendations within six months; ensure that the position of monitor is a full time position; establish the Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor as a statutory agency and a listed entity; and provide for staff; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to provide that it is a function of the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/12/14; extension of time to report 3/3/15; report due 17/6/15

Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Cost Benefit Analysis and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to: clarify the definition of ‘proposal’; include the requirement that Infrastructure Australia undertake evaluations of infrastructure proposals that involve Commonwealth funding of at least $100 million and provide for indexation of this amount; move incorrectly placed provisions in relation to cost benefit analyses of proposals; and provide that a proposal must not be included in an Infrastructure Priority List unless a cost benefit analysis has been prepared in accordance with the approved method.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 24/9/14

CID amendments: 8 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 26/11/14

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014

(Act citation: Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015 )

Amends the: Patents Act 1990 to: implement the Protocol amending the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property to enable Australian pharmaceutical manufacturers to supply developing countries with generic versions of patented medicines; and make technical amendments; Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 to enable the owners of plant breeder’s rights in a plant variety with the option to take action in the Federal Circuit Court against alleged infringers; Designs Act 2003 , Patents Act 1990 , Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to provide for a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime and single patent application and examination processes for Australia and New Zealand; and Designs Act 2003 , Patents Act 1990 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to remove document retention requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 24/11/14

CID amendments: 2 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 8, 2015

PS  Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and  

Other Measures) Bill 2011 [2013]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Prohibits corporations from offering certain gambling services and amends the: Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to: provide that customers may request a financial transaction provider to suspend or cancel an interactive gambling payment; and prohibit inducements to gamble; Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce certain conditions in relation to the advertising of betting venues, online gambling sites and betting odds by commercial broadcasters; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to create an offence and impose a penalty for match-fixing.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/11

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

House of Representatives:

Reference ( see item 31, Votes and Proceedings 29/9/10): Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 20/6/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 8/12/11 and tabled 7/2/12; report tabled in House 13/2/12

Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 1) Bill 2014

Amends the: Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the tax-free threshold and second personal marginal tax rate; and Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the maximum value, withdrawal rate and threshold rate for the low-income tax offset.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/7/14

Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Amendment Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

PS  Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

PS  Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13

PS  Migration Amendment (Humanitarian Visa Intake) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: prevent the preclusion of processing or granting a visa at any time in a financial year when fewer than 20 000 humanitarian visas have been granted; and require the minister to present to Parliament quarterly reports setting out the number of each class of humanitarian visas granted during the previous quarter.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/2/15

Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013 to remove the requirement for foreign workers to hold a visa when they participate in, or support, offshore resource activities taken to be in the migration zone.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 26/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report presented out of sitting 6/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

PS  Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide that a person will have been deemed not to have entered Australia by sea if they entered the migration zone and landed in an aircraft or if the person was born in the migration zone.

Senate: Intro. 18/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; extension of time to report 28/10/14; report tabled 10/2/15

Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify the responsibilities of asylum seekers to provide and substantiate claims in relation to protection visas; enable the Refugee Review Tribunal to draw an unfavourable inference about the credibility of claims or evidence raised by a protection visa applicant for the first time at the review stage; create grounds to refuse a protection visa application when an applicant refuses or fails to establish their identity, nationality or citizenship; provide that a protection visa will not be granted to a family applicant unless the visa was applied for before the family visa holder was granted their visa; define the risk threshold for assessing Australia’s non-refoulement obligations under certain treaties; amend the framework in relation to unauthorised maritime arrivals and transitory persons who can make a valid application for a visa; provide for changes to the processes and administration of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal; and clarify when a review of a decision in relation to an application is ‘finally determined’.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/6/14; Passed 22/9/14

CID amendments: 4 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 22/9/14

Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove the criterion for the grant of a protection visa on the basis of complementary protection grounds; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/13; Passed 11/12/13

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/13

Reference (SBC report 10/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 5/12/13; extension of time to report 3/3/14; report tabled 18/3/14

PS  Migration Amendment (Visa Maximum Numbers Determinations) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/13, 12/12/13

PS  Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Fuel Tax Act 2006 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to abolish fossil fuel subsidies for the mining industry from 1 January 2015, including: the diesel fuel rebate; accelerated asset depreciation for aircraft, the oil and gas industry and vehicles; and immediate deductibility for exploration and prospecting expenses.

Senate: Intro. 27/8/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/8/14

PS  Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

The bill: sets carbon emissions standards that certain manufacturers, importers or sellers of passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles are required to meet as the average across its fleet; and provides for charges on sellers whose fleet averages exceed the vehicle carbon emissions standard.

Senate: Intro. 10/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 10/7/14

PS  National Broadband Network Companies Amendment (Tasmania) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Urquhart - ALP)

Amends the National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to require that NBN Co only provides fixed connections to the national broadband network in Tasmania by use of optical fibre to no fewer than 200 000 premises.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 27/3/14; extension of time to report 24/6/14; report tabled 16/7/14

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2014

Amends the National Health Act 1953 in relation to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by: increasing the concessional patient co-payment by 80 cents from 1 January 2015; increasing the general patient co-payment by $5.00 from 1 January 2015; increasing the concessional safety net threshold by two prescriptions each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018; and increasing the general patient safety net threshold by 10 per cent each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/6/14; Passed 16/7/14

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/7/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; extension of time to report 26/8/14; report tabled 27/8/14

PS  National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Establishes a National Integrity Commission as an independent statutory agency which will consist of the National Integrity Commissioner, the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner and the Independent Parliamentary Advisor and provide for: the investigation and prevention of misconduct and corruption in all Commonwealth departments, agencies, and federal parliamentarians and their staff; the investigation and prevention of corruption in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission; and independent advice to ministers and parliamentarians on conduct, ethics and matters of propriety. Also: provides for the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 , Ombudsman Act 1976 , Privacy Act 1988 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 .

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13, 15/5/14

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/2/15

National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the National Water Commission Act 2004 to abolish the National Water Commission (NWC) ; amends the Water Act 2007 to transfer certain functions of the NWC to the Productivity Commission; and provides for transitional arrangements.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14, 2/12/14, 3/12/14

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 24/11/14

PS  Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Matters) Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; Passed 3/3/15

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Designated Coastal Waters) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: expand the definition of ‘designated coastal waters’ to include all waters of the sea landward of the Commonwealth offshore area; and permit registered multiple petroleum titleholders to take eligible voluntary actions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 3/3/15

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Designated Coastal Waters) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2014, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003 to confine the operation of the levy regime to the area constituted by the existing definition of designated coastal waters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 3/3/15

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Miscellaneous Matters) Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; Passed 3/3/15

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014

Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to abolish the Fishing Industry Policy Council, and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications portfolio in relation to re-transmission of programs, and consultation and publication requirements; four Acts in the Environment portfolio in relation to the abolition of the Product Stewardship Advisory Group and the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council, fuel quality standards, and hazardous waste; the Social Security Act 1991 to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; three Acts administered in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and repeal certain provisions; eight Acts administered in the Social Services portfolio in relation to approved provider obligations, use or disclosure of personal information, and removal of spent social security and family assistance payments; seven Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the Insurance Act 1973 to remove a redundant standing appropriation; and five Acts in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio to remove spent veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation payments. Also repeals seven Acts administered in four portfolios.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 29/10/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; Passed 2/12/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 3 AG/passed; 2 Parts negatived (AG); 25 items negatived (AG)

[House reported Senate message returning bill with amendments 2/12/14]

Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 2/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14

Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 to: rename the Act as 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 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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 28/10/14

Senate: Intro. 29/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 29/10/14

Reference (SBC report 13/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 2/10/14; report tabled 24/11/14

PM  Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australia Fund Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Palmer - PUP)

The bill: establishes a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australia Fund to: investigate the establishment of an Australian 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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/14

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 22/9/14

PS  Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946 to prohibit the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from preventing the re-broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings for the purposes of satire or ridicule.

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 12/2/14

PM  Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives - Mrs Bishop)

Amends the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to provide that: the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), or a Deputy Commissioner or a senior executive AFP employee nominated by the Parliamentary Presiding Officers, be a member of the Security Management Board; and a function of the board is the operation of security measures.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/11/14; Passed 26/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 16/14): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report tabled 2/3/15

Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 to provide that leases of serial numbered goods of 90 days or more will not be deemed to be leases for the purposes of the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14

PS  Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [2013]

R   (Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG, Senator Madigan - Ind and Senator Xenophon - Ind)

The bill: regulates poker machine use by requiring that poker machines: must not accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20; must not accept certain additional credits; must not allow a bet in excess of $1 per spin; and must not have a jackpot or a linked-jackpot arrangement greater than $500; and imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements. Also provides: that the minister takes all reasonable steps to implement uniform national standards for poker machines in relation to harm minimisation, with particular reference to maximum losses, to take effect from 1 January 2015; and for the establishment of a national monitoring network.

Senate: Intro. 22/3/12; 2nd reading adjourned 22/3/12, 5/12/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/12/13

House of Representatives:

Reference ( see item 31, Votes and Proceedings 29/9/10): Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 22/3/12; report tabled in House and Senate 24/6/13

PS  Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Singh - ALP)

Amends the Privacy Act 1988 to establish a framework for the mandatory notification by regulated entities of serious data breaches to the Australian Information Commissioner and to affected individuals.

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 20/3/14, 27/3/14, 19/6/14

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2014

Amends the Ombudsman Act 1976 and Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to: transfer the functions of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman to the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman from 1 July 2015; provide for references to a base premium (previously intended to be used to calculate the private health insurance rebate) included in the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to be taken never to have been so included; and validate any overpayment that may have been made to private health insurers by the Commonwealth because of the inclusion of references to base premiums.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14

PS  Private Health Insurance Amendment (GP Services) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG)

Amends the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to clarify that private health insurers may not enter into agreements or arrangements with primary care providers that provide preferential treatment to their members.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Reference (SBC report 6/14): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 17/6/14; report tabled 4/9/14

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

Amends: the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) to: remove ambiguities in relation to governance arrangements; support the administration of goods and services tax obligations by non-corporate Commonwealth entities; clarify provisions in relation to reporting periods and the description of corporate plans; and streamline the administration of the transfer of functions between non-corporate Commonwealth entities; the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014 to further clarify arrangements in relation to the implementation of the resource management framework under the PGPA Act; the Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 and Climate Change Authority Act 2011 to: provide that the Clean Energy Regulator and the Climate Change Authority are not bodies corporate and do not have a separate legal identity from the Commonwealth; and list the relevant roles, membership, functions and powers of each entity for the purposes of the PGPA Act; 22 Acts to make consequential amendments; and nine Acts in relation to various Commonwealth entities to clarify obligations, roles and responsibilities, and financial arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

PS  Public Service Amendment (Payments in Special Circumstances) Bill 2011 [2013]

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Public Service Act 1999 to enable agencies to make a discretionary payment in special circumstances (for example, for compensation) in excess of $100 000.

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/5/11

Reference (SBC report 9/11): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 7/7/11; report tabled 18/8/11

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Customs) Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908 ), the bill amends the Quarantine Charges (Imposition Customs) Act 2014 to: amend the short title of the Act to Biosecurity Charges Imposition (Customs) Act 2014 ; and continue recovery of costs for biosecurity services, as duties of customs, for prescribed matters associated with the administration of the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Excise) Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908 ), the bill amends the Quarantine Charges (Imposition Excise) Act 2014 to: amend the short title of the Act to Biosecurity Charges Imposition (Excise) Act 2014 ; and continue recovery of costs for biosecurity services, as duties of excise, for prescribed matters associated with the administration of the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—General) Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908 ), the bill amends the Quarantine Charges (Imposition General) Act 2014 to: amend the short title of the Act to Biosecurity Charges Imposition (General) Act 2014 ; and continue recovery of costs for biosecurity services, so far as those charges are neither duties of customs nor duties of excise, for prescribed matters associated with the administration of the proposed Biosecurity Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 15/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 27/11/14; report due 17/3/15

PS  Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Day - FFP, Senators Bernardi and Smith - LP and Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to amend section 18C (which makes unlawful certain offensive acts that are done because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14, 2/10/14

PS  Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 15/5/14; 2nd reading adjourned 15/5/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/5/14; extension of time to report 27/8/14; report tabled 25/9/14

PS  Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG, Senator Macdonald - LP, Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP and Senator Urquhart - ALP)

The bill: establishes a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis to be responsible for formulating rules and monitoring compliance with those rules for licensing the production, manufacture, supply, use, experimental use and import and export of medicinal cannabis; and provides for a national system to regulate the cultivation, production and use of medicinal cannabis products, and related activities such as research.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 1/15): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/2/15; report due 21/4/15

PS  Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind and Senator Madigan - Ind)

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.

Senate: Intro. 5/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/13

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extensions of time to report 25/3/14, 17/6/14, 15/7/14, 2/12/14; report due 31/3/15

Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013 , Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to enable the Commonwealth to recover the cost of membership fees to international commodity organisations and regional fisheries management organisations from the matching amounts paid to rural research and development corporations (RDCs); Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 , Dairy Produce Act 1986 , Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to remove the tabling requirements for certain documents; and Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for RDC chairs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; Passed 27/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/9/14; extension of time to report 18/11/14; report tabled 3/12/14

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to: remove the requirement for a ministerial declaration for a corporation to be eligible to be granted a licence for self-insurance; enable certain corporations to apply to join the Comcare scheme; allow a former Commonwealth authority to apply to be a self-insurer in the Comcare scheme and be granted a group licence if it meets the national employer test; enable group licences to be granted to related corporations; and extend coverage to corporations that are licenced to self-insure; Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to exclude access to workers’ compensation when injuries occur during recess breaks away from an employer’s premises or a person engages in serious and wilful misconduct; and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 26/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 8/7/14

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Exit Arrangements) Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

PS  Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

The bill: voids the exemption granted on 10 January 2014 in relation to 72 baited drum lines deployed to catch sharks in Western Australia; and prevents the minister from granting further exemptions.

Senate: Intro. 25/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/3/14

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/15

PM  Sex Discrimination Amendment (Boosting Superannuation for Women) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

Amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to provide that discrimination by an employer against a female employee is not unlawful if the discrimination involves the employer making a superannuation contribution that is more than otherwise required by law.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/12/14, 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/14

PS  Social Security Amendment (Caring for People on Newstart) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: increase the single rates of newstart and youth allowance by $50 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.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14

PS  Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Caring for Single Parents) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to enable single parents to access the parenting payment (single) until their youngest child has turned 16 years of age; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for payments under this Act; and Fair Work Act 2009 to provide for an enforceable right to request flexible work arrangements for people with caring responsibilities, including single parents.

Senate: Intro. 17/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/11/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014

Amends: the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and Social Security Act 1991 to: pause indexation on certain income free and income test free areas and thresholds for three years from 1 July 2015; index parenting payment single to the consumer price index; and pause indexation of income free areas and other means-test thresholds for student payments, including student income bank limits; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 : to maintain the standard FTB child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of family tax benefit Part A and the maximum rate of family tax benefit Part B from 1 July 2015; and in relation to family tax benefit (from 1 July 2015) by: revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting family tax benefit Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement; the Social Security Act 1991 to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 January 2015; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 January 2015; and provide for 26-week waiting periods and non-payment periods from 1 January 2015; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2015; the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension from 1 January 2015; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 22/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: pause indexation of income test free areas for pensions (other than parenting payment single) and deeming thresholds for three years from 1 July 2017; index pensions (other than parenting payment single) to the consumer price index from 20 September 2017; reduce social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds from 20 September 2017; and increase the age pension qualifying age, and the non-veteran pension age, from 67 to 70 years by six months every two years, commencing on 1 July 2025; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/10/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Supplement Cessation) Bill 2014

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the senior supplement for holders of the Commonwealth seniors health card or the veterans’ affairs gold card from 20 September 2014; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 22/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14, 18/11/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Bill 2014

Amends: the Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain debts relating to austudy payment, fares allowance, youth allowance payments to full-time students and apprentices, and ABSTUDY living allowance payments; and nine Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 22/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2014

(Act citation: Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2015 )

Amends: 35 Acts to correct technical errors; 49 Acts to replace references to ‘servants’ with references to ‘employees’; the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and Defence Act 1903 to remove gender-specific language; the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to make technical amendments; the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 , Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to repeal spent and obsolete provisions; and the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation Limited Sale Act 1993 to make an amendment consequential on a repeal. Also repeals the Conciliation and Arbitration (Electricity Industry) Act 1985 , Immigration (Education) Charge Act 1992 and Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation Act 1970 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 29/10/14

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; Passed 11/2/15

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 5, 2015

PS  Stop Dumping on the Great Barrier Reef Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to: prohibit offshore dumping of dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; and provide that dumping which has been approved after 9 December 2013 cannot proceed.

Senate: Intro. 4/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/14

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to abolish the mature age worker tax offset; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Act 2012 to abolish the seafarer tax offset; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: reduce the tax offset rates available under the research and development tax incentive by 1.5 per cent; and update the list of deductible gift recipients.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 24/9/14

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; Passed 2/3/15

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 28/10/14

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 2 Schedules negatived (Opp); 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 3/3/15]

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 7) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Excess Exploration Credit Tax Bill 2014, the bill amends: the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide individuals with an option to be taxed on the earnings associated with their excess superannuation non-concessional contribution at their marginal tax rate; the Inspector-General of Taxation Act 2003 and Ombudsman Act 1976 to transfer the tax investigative and complaint handling functions of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to the Inspector-General of Taxation and merge that function with the existing function of conducting systemic reviews; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to capital gains tax exemption for certain compensation or damages; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to ensure that individuals whose superannuation benefits are involuntarily transferred from one superannuation plan to another plan are notsunset

disadvantaged through the transfer; the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: remove the need for a roll-over benefit statement to be provided to an individual whose superannuation benefits are involuntarily transferred; and allow taxation officers to record or disclose personal information in certain circumstances; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide for an exploration development tax incentive for investment in small mineral exploration companies undertaking greenfields mineral exploration; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Tax Agent Services Act 2009 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments; and 16 Acts to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; Passed 25/2/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/3/15; Passed 3/3/15

Committee amendments: 2 Schedules opposed (AG)/Schedules agreed to

Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to deny access to the research and development tax incentive for companies with aggregated assessable income of $20 billion or more for an income year; and Industry Research and Development Act 1986 to provide that the conditions for eligibility of research and development activities conducted outside Australia continue to operate as intended.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 9/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/13; Passed 10/2/15

Reference (SBC report 10/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 5/12/13; report tabled 17/3/14

Committee amendments: 2 PUP-Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 1 Opp to PUP-Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 12/2/15]

PM  Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Transparency) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Dr Leigh - ALP)

Amends the Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 2) Act 2013 to bring forward to the 2012-13 financial year the requirement for the tax commissioner to publish certain tax information for corporate entities with a total income of $100 million or more.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/14

PM  Telecommunications Amendment (Giving the Community Rights on Phone Towers) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 to: require owners and occupiers of land to be notified of a proposal to either build or modify a telecommunications tower within 500 metres of their property; provide that notified owners and occupiers have 30 days in which to respond to the proposed development; provide that new telecommunications towers cannot be declared to be low impact; limit the size and capacity of telecommunications towers; provide that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) can issue installation permits for high impact facilities only in extraordinary circumstances; disallow ACMA from considering commercial interests when determining the importance of a facility in a telecommunications network; require ACMA, when considering developments near community sensitive sites, to be satisfied that all alternative sites are unfeasible; and enable local communities to appeal a facility installation permit being granted with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/10/14

Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014

Introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Act 2012 to provide that the imposition of the industry levy will continue to operate under the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 following the repeal of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 25/11/14

Senate: Intro. 1/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/14

References:

SBC report 14/14: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 9/2/15

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 10/2/15; report due 1/5/15

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014

Implements recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (PJCIS) Report of the Inquiry into Potential Reforms of Australia’s National Security Legislation by amending the: Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: require telecommunications service providers to retain for two years telecommunications data (not content) prescribed by regulations; provide for a review by the PJCIS of the mandatory data retention scheme no more than three years after the end of its implementation phase; limit the range of agencies that are able to access telecommunications data and stored communications; provide for record-keeping and reporting the use of, and access to, telecommunications data; and require the Commonwealth Ombudsman to inspect and oversight these records for compliance; and Telecommunications Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/14

Reference: Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 27/11/14; report presented to Senate out of sitting 27/2/15; report tabled in Senate and House 2/3/15

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014, the bill: repeals the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012 to abolish the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency (TUSMA); repeals the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997 to remove the redundant universal service levy; transfers TUSMA’s functions and contractual responsibilities to the Department of Communications; and amends the: Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012 to remove the requirement for the minister to prepare a statement of estimate of overall levy target amount; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 , Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make amendments consequential on the regulation of the supply of telephone sex services via a standard telephone service being removed from the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 ; Do Not Call Register Act 2006 to enable an indefinite registration period for numbers on the register; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: remove the arrangements for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to register e-marketing industry codes; and reduce obligations on telecommunications providers to provide pre-selection; and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to: remove gazettal publishing requirements; and reduce requirements on carriage service providers in relation to customer service guarantees. Also makes consequential amendments to six Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 25/11/14

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/14

References:

SBC report 14/14: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 9/2/15

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 10/2/15; report due 1/5/15

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Investment and Innovation Programs Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Investment and Innovation Programs Act 1999 to close the Clothing and Household Textile (Building Innovative Capability) Scheme and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business Program on 30 June 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 5/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14

PS  Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson - AG)

Prevents the Commonwealth from entering into agreements with foreign countries that include investor-state dispute settlement clauses.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/14, 30/10/14, 12/2/15

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 6/3/14; extension of time to report 16/6/14; report tabled 27/8/14

Treasury Legislation Amendment (Repeal Day) Bill 2014

(Act citation: Treasury Legislation Amendment (Repeal Day) Act 2015 )

Amends: the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to remove the payslip reporting requirements; 16 Acts to consolidate and repeal tax provisions; the Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998 to remove the deemed shareholding applied to an associate where the associate has no direct control interest in the company; and 12 Acts to define ‘Australia’ for income tax purposes.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 3/12/14

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; Passed 10/2/15

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to

Assent: 25/2/15; Act No. 2, 2015

Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2014

Amends: 12 Acts, including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 , to merge the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal into the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and 31 Acts to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Reference (SBC report 1/15): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/2/15; report due 16/3/15

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Amends the War Precautions Act Repeal Act 1920 to: amend the short title to the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 ; amend the long title of the Act; and remove redundant provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/13; Read a 1st time 12/11/13; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

 

 

 

 

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