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As at cob 10 February 2016

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AG  Australian Greens

ALP  Australian Labor Party [Opp]

AMEP  Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

CLP  Country Liberal Party [Govt]

FFP  Family First Party

GLT  Glenn Lazarus Team

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

 

Note: Each bill summary reflects the content of the bill introduced into the Parliament.

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; report tabled 25/3/15

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

Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Act 2016 )

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to: deem that a transfer of places between providers has been approved unless the secretary vetoes the transfer; increase the provisional allocation period to four years; and limit the amount of extensions available for the allocation of provisionally allocated places to two 12-month periods with further extensions available only in exceptional circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 3/2/16

Assent: 10/2/16; Act No. 1, 2016

Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Bill 2015

Repeals 877 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1990 to 1999.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

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 ; report tabled in House and Senate 24/6/13

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-2016

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) 2015-2016 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-2016

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2015-2016 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

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: 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: 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]

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 presented out of sitting 27/3/15

PS  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator McKenzie - Nats)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Charter in relation to the delivery of services to rural and regional Australia in each state and territory; impose certain requirements on the ABC and the ABC Board; and provide for the establishment, functions and membership of the Rural and Regional Advisory Council.

Senate: Intro. 1/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/15

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 20/6/16

PS  Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion and provides for: the director to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; the director’s powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and 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

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 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 the 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

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2015

Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) into the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) by amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACC to perform the AIC’s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the Criminology Research Act 1971 to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/10/15; Passed 10/11/15

Senate: Intro. 10/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15, 30/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report tabled 26/11/15

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015

Introduced with the Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015, the bill merges the functions of the CrimTrac Agency into the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) by amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACC to perform CrimTrac’s functions, including providing national coordinated criminal history checks; and the Crimes Act 1914 , Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 and Privacy Act 1988 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report due 10/3/16

Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015

Introduced with the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015, the bill enables the Australian Crime Commission to impose charges for applications for, and the provision of, national policing information services.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report due 10/3/16

PS  Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senators Xenophon and Lambie - Ind, Senator Waters - AG and Senator Lazarus - GLT)

Requires Government boards to comprise of at least 40 per cent men and 40 per cent women; and provides for annual reporting requirements in relation to the gender composition of Government boards.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/15

Reference ( SBC report 8/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 25/6/15; report tabled 10/11/15

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Amendment Bill 2015

Amends the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989 to: amend the appointment process for members of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS); reduce the functions of AIATSIS; reflect contemporary language and apply culturally appropriate terminology; and remove redundant provisions which enabled the transition from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies to AIATSIS.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 30/11/15

Senate: Intro. 1/12/15; Passed 4/2/16

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014

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 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 tabled 16/3/15

PS  Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive Component Industry) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senators Rice and Simms - AG)

Amends the Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and the Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS.

Senate: Intro. 10/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2015

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to: remove the restricted datacasting licence category; remove the requirement for the digital radio moratorium period; remove spent provisions; and make consequential amendments; Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove the minister’s role in the setting of the digital radio start-up day in regional licence areas; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to amend the definition of ‘non-foundation digital radio multiplex transmitter licence’ to exclude category 3 multiplex licences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 2/2/16

Senate: Intro. 3/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/2/16

Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

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

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2], 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. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report due 15/3/16

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

see also Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2], 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. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report due 15/3/16

PS  Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 17/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/15

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 consequential 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; and 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 the 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 consequential on the repeal. Also 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  Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment (GST Distribution) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Wang - PUP)

Amends the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973 to require the Commonwealth Grants Commission, when considering the capacity of a state or territory to raise mining revenue in preparing its annual recommendation on the distribution of goods and services tax revenue, to only take into account the most recent financial year for which mining revenue data is available.

Senate: Intro. 13/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/15, 15/10/15

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report due 16/3/16

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Introduced with the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2015, the bill amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; and provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to clarify the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 , Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

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 the Imported Food Control Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

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

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: remove the requirement for reporting a food-related death, serious injury or illness to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); remove the requirement for litigants to obtain ministerial consent to bring an action for a breach of the Act that takes place overseas; enable consumers to seek redress in state and territory courts and tribunals for breaches of the Act; remove the requirement for the ACCC to maintain a register of certain records when they hold conferences for product safety bans; enable the ACCC to share certain notices it receives with specified agencies to protect public safety; clarify the operation of the cooling-off period for unsolicited consumer agreements; permit the ACCC to seek a court order directing a person to comply with a notice to obtain information, documents and evidence; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/15

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 4/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report tabled 13/5/15

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; report presented out of sitting 26/2/15

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to establish a framework to ban surcharges imposed in respect of particular payment methods that exceed the cost of acceptance for those payment methods; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional powers to gather information and issue infringement notices in enforcing the ban on excess surcharges.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 4/2/16

CID amendments: 17 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: establish a framework to facilitate crowd-sourced funding offers by small unlisted public companies; provide new public companies that are eligible to crowd fund with temporary relief from reporting and corporate governance requirements that would usually apply; and enable the minister to provide that certain financial market and clearing and settlement facility operators are exempt from specified parts of the Australian Market Licence and clearing and settlement facility licencing regimes; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 22/2/16

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

Reference ( SBC report 2/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 5/3/15; report tabled 11/8/15

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; provide for a general advice exemption to exempt benefits that relate to general advice from the ban on conflicted remuneration in certain circumstances; 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; Passed 24/11/15

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

Committee amendments: 16 Govt/passed; 38 items negatived (Govt); 2 sections negatived (Govt)

[House reported message from Senate returning bill with amendments 25/11/15]

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide; Crimes Act 1914 , Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant; National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the disclosure of certain information; and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/15

Reference: Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 12/11/15; report due 15/2/16

Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Amends the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 , Family Law Act 1975 and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to: designate the Federal Court of Australia (including the National Native Title Tribunal), the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as a single administrative entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and a single statutory agency under the Public Service Act 1999 ; establish shared corporate services functions for the courts; maintain heads of jurisdiction’s responsibility in relation to the business and administrative affairs of their respective courts; provide for a chief executive officer (CEO) for each head of jurisdiction to assist with the management of administrative affairs and provide that the CEOs also hold the position of Principal Registrar; provide for the Federal Court CEO to have responsibility for managing the shared corporate services, with a requirement for consultation; and provide that the Federal Court CEO is the accountable authority for the administrative entity and the agency head for the statutory agency. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts.

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

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

PM  Credit Repayment (Protecting Vulnerable Borrowers) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Katter - KAP)

Provides that financial institutions with credit agreements to which a security over Australian land applies: must provide to defaulting borrowers notification of their claim of default and register the notification with an authorised government instrumentality; are prohibited from enforcing a right to re-possess or sell the land for a period of two years after default; are prohibited from imposing additional charges on the borrower that were not in place before the default arose; and require the borrower to continue to make interest payments on the credit amount. Also prevents confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to clarify the operation of the non-conviction based proceeds of crime regime in response to two recent court decisions; Criminal Code Act 1995 to create two new offences of false dealing with accounting documents; and amend the serious drug offences to clarify the definitions of ‘drug analogue’ and ‘manufacture’ and to ensure that they capture all relevant substances and processes; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to expand the ability of designated officials and agencies to share information under the Act; and allow the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption of South Australia to access AUSTRAC information; and AusCheck Act 2007 to clarify and extend the circumstances under which AusCheck can disclose AusCheck background check information to the Commonwealth and to certain state and territory government agencies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/11/15; Passed 3/12/15

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

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 3/2/16

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; interim report presented out of sitting 29/5/15; final report presented out of sitting 12/6/15

Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2015

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/15, 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 2/2/16

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

see also Crimes Legislation Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2015

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; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; final report tabled 13/8/15

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; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; final report tabled 13/8/15

PM  Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Watts and Ms Butler - ALP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to the use of a carriage service for private sexual material (image-based sexual exploitation, or ‘revenge porn’).

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

see also Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of 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 imported fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with consumer price index movements; and the 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

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; Passed 19/3/15

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/15; Read a 1st time 19/3/15

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and the Air Force Act 1923 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/15

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Farrell - ALP)

see also Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014

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; report tabled 4/3/14

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; and make consequential amendments.

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

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 for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee; 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, 14/9/15

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, 5/3/15

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prohibit the import of live primates for research purposes.

Senate: Intro. 17/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report due 1/3/16

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to provide that only aggrieved persons (as defined by section 5 of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 ) may make an application for judicial review of decisions made under the EPBC Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/8/15; Passed 10/9/15

Senate: Intro. 14/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 10/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 20/8/15; report presented out of sitting 18/11/15

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

see also Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to index the rate of excise applying to domestic fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with consumer price index movements; and the 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

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 presented out of sitting 13/4/15

PS  Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to remove restrictions on employees’ rights to disclose the amount of, or information about, their pay or earnings; and prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for disclosing this information.

Senate: Intro. 17/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report due 12/5/16

PS  Fair Work Amendment (Penalty Rates Exemption for Small Businesses) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP and Senator Day - FFP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to remove the requirement that certain small businesses pay penalty rates unless the work is performed on a weekend and is in addition to 38 hours of work over a seven day period, is in addition to ten hours of work in a 24-hour period, or is performed on a public holiday.

Senate: Intro. 13/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/8/15, 17/9/15

PM  Fair Work Amendment (Prohibiting Discrimination Based On Location) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Christensen - Nats)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to make it unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against an employee or potential employee based upon where they live.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/15

PM  Fair Work Amendment (Recovery of Unpaid Amounts for Franchisee Employees) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide for employees employed by a franchisee to recover unpaid remuneration from the franchisor.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Fair Work Amendment (Remaining 2014 Measures) Bill 2015

see also Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to: 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 transfer of business rules; the right of entry framework; and the Fair Work Commission not having to hold a conference or hearing to dismiss an unfair dismissal application.

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

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 4/2/16

Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015

see also Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to provide that parents entitled to receive employer-provided primary carer leave payments (or other like payments) in excess of the total amount of parental leave pay will not receive parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme; and 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. 25/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/15

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 8/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25/6/15; report tabled 15/9/15

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

see also Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill 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

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

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

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 17/3/16

Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 24/2/16

PS  Flags Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senators Madigan and 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

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

see also Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2015

Amends the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to: replace references to the former Australia and New Zealand Regulation Ministerial Council with references to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation; make changes to the compositional requirements and appointment process for the Board; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/9/15; Passed 14/10/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/10/15; Passed 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report tabled 30/11/15

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Schedule negatived (Opp); 2 AG/negatived; 4 items opposed (AG)/items agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 4/2/16]

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

PM  Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Katter - KAP)

Amends the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to prevent foreign persons or entities from acquiring a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water or other assets that are of strategic economic or strategic defensive importance to Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/15

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 of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

Amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to require agencies and ministers to publish the exact wording of freedom of information requests and a statement of reasons concerning the decision to allow or refuse the release of requested documents.

Senate: Intro. 13/5/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/15, 18/6/15, 26/11/15

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

see also Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of 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

see also Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of 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

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 the 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)

Establishes the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children and provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the guardian, and 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; 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

Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to introduce a new Medicare safety net on 1 January 2016 to replace the Extended Medicare Safety Net, the Original Medicare Safety Net and the Greatest Permissible Gap.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/10/15; Passed 25/11/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report tabled 23/11/15

PM  High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2015

(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; and enables the minister to make rules prescribing matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

PS  Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Carr - ALP)

see also Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to enable certain New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa holders to be eligible for HELP assistance from 1 January 2016.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/15, 17/9/15

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

see also Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 , Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 , Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015 and Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Bill 2015

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

Income Tax (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts—Offsets) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill imposes tax on trustees of an attribution management investment trust in relation to amounts of a character relating to tax offsets in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 10/3/16

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to specify the rate of tax payable by trustees of attribution management investment trusts in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 10/3/16

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 the 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; report tabled 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

Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2015

Amends the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Corporations Act 2001 to align the registration and disciplinary frameworks that apply to registered liquidators and registered trustees (through the rules made by the Insolvency Practice Schedule (Bankruptcy) and Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations)); and align a range of specific rules relating to the handling of personal bankruptcies and corporate external administrations; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to provide the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with further powers to assist in the oversight of the regulation of registered liquidators; Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: payments for property; use of a company’s former name; termination of a deed of company arrangement; relation-back day; and the lodgement of documents with ASIC which require a notice to be in the prescribed form; and Corporations Act 2001 and Private Health Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2015 in relation to notifications of contraventions of deeds of company arrangement. Also makes consequential amendments to 25 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

PS  Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to: require gambling services to provide prescribed training to certain employees; enable the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to grant injunctions for the purposes of transaction blocking; place restrictions on the conduct of restricted wagering services in relation to sports betting and provide for offences and civil penalties if they are contravened; place restrictions on the broadcasting of restricted wagering service advertisements and provide for offences and civil penalties if they are contravened; provide for the compliance and enforcement of the new offences and civil penalty provisions; require the Interactive Gambling Regulator to keep a register of individuals who wish to self-exclude from restricted wagering services and provide for the administration of, and the protection of information in, the register; and provide for the appointment of the Interactive Gambling Regulator and the functions of the position; and the Privacy Act 1988 to provide that Australian Privacy Principle 7 (direct marketing) does not apply to the extent that restricted wagering services provisions of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 apply .

Senate: Intro. 24/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 15/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/11/15; report due 12/5/16

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: 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

PS  International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Requires any use of official development or humanitarian assistance to have regard to reducing gender inequality, and the minister to present an annual report setting out how the Commonwealth used international aid to promote general equality in recipient countries.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/15

References:

SBC report 4/15 : Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report presented out of sitting 2/4/15

Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 12/5/15 ; report tabled 17/9/15

PS  Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/15

Reference ( SBC report 2/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 5/3/15; report presented out of sitting 30/9/15

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

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Inter-State Voyages) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Inter-State Voyages) Act 2016 )

Amends the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 to provide that Australian ships that are used solely for inter-state voyages will no longer be regulated under the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/8/15; Passed 25/11/15

Senate: Intro. 25/11/15; Passed 3/2/16

Assent: 10/2/16; Act No. 2, 2016

PM  Marriage Amendment (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Shorten - ALP)

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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/6/15; Removed from Notice Paper 9/2/16

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, 12/11/15

PS  Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Rice - AG, Senator Muir - AMEP, Senator Lazarus - GLT, Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP and Senators Lambie and Xenophon - Ind)

Provides for a national plebiscite to be conducted at the next general election on the question of whether two people should be able to marry, regardless of gender.

Senate: Intro. 19/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 19/8/15

PM  Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Entsch and Ms Gambaro - LP, Ms Butler and Mr Ferguson - ALP, Mr Bandt - AG and Ms McGowan and Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/15

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/15, 14/9/15, 12/10/15, 19/10/15, 9/11/15, 23/11/15, 8/2/16

Medicare Levy Amendment (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill amends th e Medicare Levy Act 1986 to impose the two per cent Medicare levy on trustees of attribution management investment trusts in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 10/3/16

Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Bill 2016

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/16

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to amend the statutory framework in relation to the determination process for persons seeking protection on complementary protection grounds; and make technical amendments in relation to protection visas.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/10/15; Passed 2/2/16

Senate: Intro. 3/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report due 18/2/16

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

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide a framework for the use of reasonable force in specified circumstances by authorised officers within immigration detention facilities; and establish a complaints mechanism relating to the exercise of power to use reasonable force.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; Passed 13/5/15

CID amendments: 11 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/5/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/15, 19/8/15, 20/8/15

Reference ( SBC report 2/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 5/3/15; report presented out of sitting 5/6/15

PM  Migration Amendment (Mandatory Reporting) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Marles - ALP)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to require the reporting of child abuse in onshore and offshore immigration detention facilities.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

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; report tabled 10/2/15

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

Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: provide that when an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country and before they enter that country the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; ensure that when that person is returned to Australia, bars on the person making a valid visa application for certain visas will continue to apply as if they had never left Australia; make technical and consequential amendments arising out of the enactment of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014 ; clarify that a person who has previously been refused a protection visa application that was made on their behalf cannot make a further protection visa application; ensure that fast track applicants can apply to the Administrative Review Tribunal for review of certain decisions; correct a referencing error in relation to maritime crew visas; and ensure that visa ceasing provisions operate as intended; and the Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above waters of another country in a manner consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/9/15; Passed 10/11/15

Senate: Intro. 11/11/15; Passed 23/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 12/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/9/15; report tabled 10/11/15

Committee amendments: 4 AG (1 as amended by 2 Opp)/passed; 1 AG/negatived

[House reported message from Senate returning bill with amendments 23/11/15]

Migration Legislation Amendment (Cessation of Visa Labels) Bill 2015

Repeals the Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Act 2012 ; and amends the Migration Act 1958 to remove inoperative provisions relating to the issuing of visa labels; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: 11/11/15; Passed 2/2/16

Senate: Intro. 3/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report due 25/2/16

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, 26/11/15

PS  Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

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

Reference ( SBC report 10/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 20/8/15; interim report presented out of sitting 23/10/15; final report tabled 25/11/15

Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/16

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; 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; 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, 13/8/15

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

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2015) Bill 2015

Amends: five Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to abolish the Australian Landcare Council, and make amendments consequential on seven Acts being repealed; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to abolish the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee and the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee, and remove spent provisions; the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to remove certain administrative requirements for compensation payers and claimants; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Committee Self-management) Act 1978 to make amendments consequential on two Acts being repealed; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 , Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable the release of information collected under the Acts in an aggregated form which does not disclose information about a particular person; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and Social Security Act 1991 to remove spent indexation provisions, and make consequential amendments; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme; the Social Security Act 1991 to remove spent savings, transitional and application provisions, and make technical amendments; three Acts in the Treasury portfolio to remove spent provisions; and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme. Also repeals 14 Acts administered in three portfolios.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/3/15; Passed 12/10/15

Senate: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Reference ( SBC report 3/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 19/3/15; report tabled 15/6/15

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014

see also Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2015) Bill 2015

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 remove 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 disagreed to Senate amendments 25/3/15; Senate insisted on its amendments nos 1 to 6, did not insist on its amendment no. 7 and agreed to 1 Opp amendment in place of amendment no. 7, 19/8/15; House reported message from Senate 19/8/15]

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2015) Bill 2015

see also Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014

Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio to abolish the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board and the Fishing Industry Policy Council, limit the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications and the Arts portfolio in relation to re-transmission of programs, and consultation and publication requirements; the Social Security Act 1991 to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to make technical amendments and clarify regulatory arrangements; four Acts in the Health portfolio to abolish the Medical Training Review Panel, remove requirements for redundant reviews of Medicare provider number legislation, simplify approved provider obligations in areas of aged care, and make consequential amendments; 20 Acts in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio and the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Capital Territory as a self-governing territory; the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to make amendments consequential on a repeal; three Acts in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and remove certain provisions; seven Acts in the Social Services portfolio in relation to 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 28 Acts administered in eight portfolios.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

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

Reference ( SBC report 15/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 26/11/15; report tabled 3/2/16

Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

see also Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015

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 Amendment (Injury Compensation Scheme) Bill 2016

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/16

Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 to: amend the short title of the Act to Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002 ; impose certain limits on access to the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement; reduce the number of trips available under the entitlement; remove the ability of spouses or de facto partners (other than those of a former prime minister) to access the entitlement; reduce the entitlement of spouses or de facto partners of a former prime minister; and require that all travel under the entitlement be subject to a public benefit test; and the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 to: apply a 25 per cent loading to any adjustment to a prescribed travel benefit; limit the domestic travel entitlement of dependent children of senior officers to those under 18 years of age; and enable the recovery of payments made which are beyond the entitlement.

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

PS  Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 to require an explanatory statement to be provided with certain types of travel entitlement claims by members, parliamentary office-holders and ministers; and provide for penalties if claims are made in excess of entitlement; and the Ombudsman Act 1976 to expand the powers of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to include the scrutiny of parliamentary entitlements claims.

Senate: Intro. 13/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/8/15

Reference ( SBC report 10/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 20/8/15; report tabled 26/11/15

PS  Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Wong - ALP)

Amends the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to change the membership, powers and functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS); and the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 in relation to the provision of certain reports to the PJCIS.

Senate: Intro. 10/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/8/15

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

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

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

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; imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements; 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 provides 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: 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

PM  Privacy Amendment (Protecting Children from Paparazzi) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Katter - KAP)

Amends the Privacy Act 1988 to provide for a new criminal offence for those who harass the children of celebrities or any other person due to that person’s vocation or occupation, through their attempt to photograph or record the child’s image or voice, whether by following or lying in wait for the child.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

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

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

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, 15/10/15

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, 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 5/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/5/14; 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)

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; interim report tabled 25/6/15; final report tabled 11/8/15

PM  Renewable Fuel Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Katter - KAP)

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/16

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

(Introduced by Senators Xenophon and 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; report presented out of sitting 31/3/15

PS  Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 and Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 .

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

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; report tabled 3/12/14

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in relation to: eligibility requirements for compensation; the financial viability of the Comcare scheme; medical expense payments; the requirements for determining compensation payable; household and attendant care services; the suspension of compensation payments for certain citizens absent from Australia; taking or accruing leave while on compensation leave; the calculation of compensation payments; the compulsory redemption threshold; legal costs for proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; compensation for permanent impairment; single employer licences; gradual onset injuries and associated injuries; obligations of mutuality; exception of defence-related claims from certain changes; and definitions; Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 , Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 in relation to the vocational nature of rehabilitation services; and return to work outcomes; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide that decisions relating to compensation paid for detriment caused by defective administration are not subject to review.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/3/15; Passed 1/6/15

Senate: Intro. 15/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/15

Reference ( SBC report 4/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report tabled 16/6/15

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

(Act citation: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Exit Arrangements) Act 2016 )

Amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to: provide for financial and other arrangements for a Commonwealth authority to exit the Comcare scheme; clarify that premiums for current Commonwealth authorities and entities should be calculated having regard to the principle that current and prospective liabilities should be fully funded by Comcare-retained funds and so much of the consolidated revenue fund as would be available; change the appointment process and membership of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission; and make consequential and technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; Passed 12/5/15

CID amendments: 18 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/5/15; Passed 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 3/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 19/3/15; report presented out of sitting 8/5/15

Assent: 10/2/16; Act No. 3, 2016

PS  Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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

PS  Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Cameron - ALP)

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that consumer leases are excluded goods for the purposes of the income management regime.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/15; Passed 10/9/15

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/15

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 the 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 Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to create new income support payment and compliance arrangements for individuals living in remote Australia who are eligible for activity tested income support payments including newstart, youth allowance, parenting payment, disability support pension and special benefit; and remove spent provisions in relation to the Northern Territory Community CDEP Transition Payment and the Community Development Employment Project Scheme; and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and proposed Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Act 2015 to make consequential amendments.

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

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 29/2/16

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to the job seeker compliance framework by: strengthening and aligning financial penalties for failure to enter into an Employment Pathway Plan; suspending participation payments and applying financial penalties for failure to behave in an appropriate manner at an appointment; enabling more immediate application of financial penalties for failure to participate in activities or job interviews; suspending participation payments for inadequate job search; removing waivers for serious financial penalties incurred for refusing or failing to accept a suitable job; renaming all failures resulting in short-term financial penalties as ‘no show no pay’ failures; and removing redundant provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/9/15; Passed 14/10/15

CID amendments: 19 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 14/10/15, 3/2/16, 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 12/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 17/9/15; report tabled 24/11/15

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

see also Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 , Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015 , Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

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; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B from 1 July 2015; and in relation to FTB (from 1 July 2015) by: revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting FTB Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement; 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; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015; and 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. Also make consequential amendments to five Acts.

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 the 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 (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

Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to provide that certain persons cannot be paid social security payments when they are in psychiatric confinement because they have been charged with a serious offence.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/3/15; Passed 28/5/15

Senate: Intro. 15/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/15, 10/8/15

Reference ( SBC report 4/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report tabled 15/6/15

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends: the Social Security Act 1991 to reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate from 1 January 2017; and pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2016; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2016; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 4/2/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to reduce to six weeks the period during which family tax benefit (FTB) Part A, and additional payments that rely on FTB eligibility, will be paid to recipients who are outside Australia from 1 January 2016; and the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to cease the large family supplement from 1 January 2016.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 22/2/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: increase family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $10.08 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age; restructure FTB Part B by: increasing the standard rate by $1000.10 per year for families with a youngest child aged under one; maintaining certain standard rates for families, single parents who are at least 60 years of age, grandparents and great-grandparents; and introducing a reduced rate of $1000.10 per year for individuals with a youngest child aged 13 to 16 years of age who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents; and phase out the FTB Part A and Part B supplements; Social Security Act 1991 to increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $10.44 for recipients under 18 years of age; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

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

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: special benefit payments; assessment of full-time study load for youth allowance and austudy payments; the definition of new apprentices; exemptions from the assets test for austudy payments; indexation of pharmaceutical allowance; calculating allowable income for the purposes of step 2 of the health care card income test calculator; and technical corrections; and the A New Tax (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 to re-align the time period for income reconciliation for certain family tax benefit recipients; and remove a delegation provision.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report due 10/3/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance; and provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities; and the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 16/9/15

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report tabled 30/11/15

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 3) 2015

Amends: 19 Acts to correct technical errors; the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to clarify on the face of an Act that the Crown in right of the Australian Capital Territory and of the Northern Territory is bound; and modernise the provision about whether the Crown is liable to be prosecuted for an offence; 152 Acts to replace references to ‘guilty of an offence’ with references to ‘commits an offence’ or similar phrases; eight Acts to replace references to ‘reference base’ with references to ‘index reference period’; and five Acts to remove spent and obsolete provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

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

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015

Amends the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to require trustees of registrable superannuation entity licensees to have a minimum of one-third independent directors and an independent chair on their boards; and make consequential amendments; and the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011 to restructure the board of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation by reducing the number of directors from eleven to nine and providing for the majority of the directors to be independent.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/9/15; Passed 20/10/15

Senate: Intro. 9/11/15; 2nd reading agreed to 25/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 12/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 17/9/15; report tabled 9/11/15

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015

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

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Act 2012 to abolish the seafarer tax offset; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to reduce the tax offset rates available under the research and development tax incentive for the first $100 million of eligible expenditure by 1.5 per cent.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/5/15; Passed 17/6/15

Senate: Intro. 18/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/15, 14/9/15

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 6) Bill 2015

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to change the capital gains tax treatment of the sale and purchase of businesses involving certain earnout rights (rights to future payments linked to the performance of an asset or assets after sale); and the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to impose withholding obligations on the purchasers of certain Australian assets. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 4/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/16

Tax Laws Amendment (Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard) Bill 2015

Amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: require financial institutions to carry out Common Reporting Standard due diligence procedures to identify reportable accounts held by foreign tax residents and provide statements about those accounts; require financial institutions to provide a statement in relation to certain accounts if they receive a notice requiring them to do so; provide for administrative penalties when financial institutions fail to collect account holder self-certifications about the jurisdiction of residence for tax purposes; and require financial institutions to keep records for at least five years that explain the procedures used for identifying these accounts. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 5) Act 2015 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to establish the new class of attribution managed investment trusts (AMIT); and enable the Commissioner of Taxation to determine an amount of non-arm’s length income in relation to a managed investment trust (MIT); Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide that a member of an AMIT will make a capital gain or capital loss when a capital gains tax event happens to their membership interests; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide that fund payment withholding provisions apply when a withholding MIT makes a fund payment to another entity that has a place of payment or address outside Australia; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exclude certain superannuation funds and exempt entities from the application of the 20 per cent tracing rule for public trading trusts; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to remove the corporate unit trust rules; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to extend the list of entities qualifying as eligible investors for the purpose of the widely held requirements. Also makes consequential amendments to 13 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 10/3/16

Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Restructure Roll-over) Bill 2016

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to enable small businesses to defer the recognition of gains or losses that may arise from the transfer of capital gains tax assets, trading stock, revenue assets and depreciating assets as part of a restructure of their business.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015

Amends the: Telecommunications Act 1997 to clarify that the facilities access regime processes in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 have precedence over those in this Act; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998 to provide that certain access providers are to give access to in-building cabling that they own or control when the cabling is necessary for the supply of an active declared service; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to: pilots and trials of new services or technology; access determinations; notices to vary special access undertakings; fixed principles in special access undertakings; authorised conduct for competition law purposes; clarifying ‘declared services’; and consequential amendments; and National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to provide that an NBN corporation may dispose of surplus non-communications goods; and enable NBN Co’s line of business restrictions to be changed through regulation.

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

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report due 22/2/16

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2015

Introduced with the Communication Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015, the bill amends the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 to make consequential amendments to reflect that the allocation to and holding of numbers by carriage service providers, for which charges arise under the Act, could in future be managed in accordance with an industry-based scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

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; report tabled 27/8/14

Trade Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/16

PM  Trade Marks Amendment (Iconic Symbols of National Identity) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Katter - KAP)

Amends the Trade Marks Act 1995 to prohibit the registration of trade marks which consist of a sign which is of national significance or iconic value to the people of Australia; and provide that any trade marks that currently purport to restrict the use of a sign of national significance must be removed from the register of trade marks.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/15

Treasury Legislation Amendment (Repeal Day 2015) Bill 2015

Amends the: Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island Reforms) Act 2015 to align the earnings base for calculating the superannuation guarantee charge (SG) with the earnings base for calculating SG contributions; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to align the nominal interest on unpaid or late SG contributions with the period over which they are actually outstanding; Crimes (Taxation Offences) Act 1980 , Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to align the penalties imposed under the superannuation guarantee charge regime with the administrative penalties imposed by the Taxation Administration Act 1953 ; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995 , Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999 to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to pay certain superannuation amounts directly to individuals with a terminal medical condition; and remove the requirement for superannuation funds to lodge a separate biannual lost members statement; and Corporations Act 2001 to modify the notification and reporting obligations applying to certain corporations that have property in receivership or property in respect of which a controller is acting. Also amends 10 Acts to remove redundant or spent provisions and repeals five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/15, 1/12/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

see also Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2013

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/13; Read a 1st time 12/11/13

PS  Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Lambie - Ind)

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide that all veterans, including former members of the Defence Force and members of a peacekeeping force, who have served in war or war-like operations, are eligible for medical treatment, regardless of whether the condition or injury was caused by war or contracted during war or war-like operations.

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

PS  Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements.

Senate: Intro. 23/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/15

Reference ( SBC report 8/15 ): Bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/6/15; report tabled 15/10/15

Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Water Act 2007 in relation to: reviews and reporting requirements for the Basin Plan; accreditation of first generation state water resource plans with further accreditations linked to Basin Plan review outcomes; incorporation of Indigenous expertise and knowledge in the governance of the basin’s water resources; trading by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder; the redundancy of the Murray-Darling Basin Water Rights Information Service; and technical and consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 9/2/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; report due 10/3/16

 

 

 

 

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