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As at cob 9 April 2014

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AG  Australian Greens

ALP  Australian Labor Party [Opp]

CLP  Country Liberal Party [Govt]

DLP  Democratic Labour Party

Ind  Independent

KAP  Katter’s Australian Party

LP  Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

Nats  The Nationals [Govt]

PUP  Palmer United Party 

 

CID  Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

PM  Private member’s bill

PS  Private senator’s bill

R  Restored to Notice Paper

SBC  Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC  House of Representatives Selection Committee

 

PS  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

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill 2014

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: prevent the expiry of active constituent approvals and prevent the application of dates after which a registration cannot be renewed; remove the requirement for applications to be made to re-approve active constituents or re-register chemical products; enable the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to require information to be provided about substances supplied as a chemical product; simplify how variations to approvals and registrations are processed by APVMA; and enable APVMA to charge a fee when it provides copies of documents in its possession; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 , Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 , Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to make consequential amendments.

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

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report due 16/6/14

Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals 1120 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1901 to 1969.

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

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

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

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

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014

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) 2013-2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 19, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2013-2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 20, 2014

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2013-2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 21, 2014

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

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

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

Senate:

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

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act 2014 )

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2013, 2014 and 2015; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2016.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 10/12/13

Senate: Intro. 10/12/13; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

References:

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

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

Civil Aviation Amendment (CASA Board) Bill 2014

Amends the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to: enable the appointment of two additional members to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Board; and make consequential amendments in relation to the board’s quorum and ad hoc meeting requirements.

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

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 27, 2014

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to: enable certain content (including online and mobile device content) to be classified using classification tools; enable the secretary (or their delegate) to notify law enforcement authorities about certain content without first having the content classified; establish additional exempt film categories for certain films covering natural history and the social sciences; provide that publishers will no longer be able to apply for exemption certificates for unclassified films or computer games; provide for exemptions for unclassified content to be screened at festivals, special events and by cultural institutions; remove the need to have classified content reclassified when certain modifications are made to the content; enable the minister to determine display and consumer advice requirements for classified content; and make technical amendments; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 25/3/14

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

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report due 19/6/14

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

The bill: repeals the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; abolishes the CEFC Transitional Special Account established as a temporary measure; and enables the transfer of the corporation’s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 27/3/14

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

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013

Further to the package of bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the tax-free threshold and second personal marginal tax rate; and Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the maximum value, withdrawal rate and threshold rate for the low-income tax offset.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers in relation to the repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

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

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG to Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed (Opp)/Schedules agreed to

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013

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

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 3/3/14

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

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 (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

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

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

PS  Competition and Consumer Amendment (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 due 24/6/14

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; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report due 16/6/14

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report due 15/5/14

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to extend provisions that make it an offence to murder, commit manslaughter or intentionally or recklessly cause serious harm to an Australian citizen or resident outside Australia to conduct that occurred before 1 October 2002.

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

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extension of time to report 4/3/14; report due 28/5/14

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

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties.

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

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extensions of time to report 12/2/14, 25/3/14; report due 29/5/14

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: increase the rate of excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco through a series of four staged increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 December 2013; and index the rates of excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco to average weekly ordinary time earnings instead of the consumer price index.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/14; Passed 4/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 6/3/14

Assent: 18/3/14; Act No. 8, 2014

Defence Force Retirement Benefits Legislation Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2014

Amends the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 and Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1948 to: index Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) retirement pensions, invalidity pensions, and reversionary pensions from 1 July 2014 in the same way as age and services pensions are indexed; and exempt DFRB and DFRDB members from a tax liability for the one-off capitalised value of the benefit improvement relating to past service as at 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 25/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Ind (Wilkie)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/3/14; Passed 27/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 22, 2014

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Farrell - ALP)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; and providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA.

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

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

Defence 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; providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA; and validating any declaration or past act under the regulations; and Defence Force Regulations 1952 to update terminology in relation to compensation for acquisition of property.

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

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report due 13/5/14

Dental Benefits Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Dental Benefits Act 2008 and Health Insurance Act 1973 to apply the Professional Services Review Scheme to dental services provided under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule; Health Insurance Act 1973 to require the Chief Executive Medicare (CEM) to waive certain debts incurred by dentists in relation to the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS); and Dental Benefits Act 2008 to: enable the CEM or their delegate to obtain certain documents from dentists to substantiate the payments of benefits under the CDBS; delegate ministerial functions and powers; amend the definition of ‘dental practitioner’; enable the disclosure of certain protected information; and make a technical amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/3/14

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Act 2014 )

Amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: clarify the arrangements for refunds of pre-paid tuition fees by registered providers to overseas students as a result of a default; enable the minister to make a legislative instrument to stipulate the methods of calculation for refunds to students in the case of default for the reason of visa refusal or where there is no written agreement in place; and amend the title of the National Code.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/13; Passed 11/2/14

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 2, 2014

PS  End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

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

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

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

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

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

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: increase the rate of excise duty on tobacco through a series of four staged increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 December 2013; index the rates of excise duty on tobacco to average weekly ordinary time earnings instead of the consumer price index; and make consequential amendments contingent upon the commencement of the proposed Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/14; Passed 4/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 6/3/14

Assent: 18/3/14; Act No. 9, 2014

Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to certain export services, the bill amends the: Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985 to make amendments consequential on the definitional changes made to the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985 by the proposed Export Legislation Amendment Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Export Inspection (Quantity Charge) Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to certain export services, the bill amends the: Export Inspection (Quantity Charge) Act 1985 to make amendments consequential on the definitional changes made to the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985 by the proposed Export Legislation Amendment Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Export Inspection (Service Charge) Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to certain export services, the bill amends the: Export Inspection (Service Charge) Act 1985 to make amendments consequential on the definitional changes made to the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985 by the proposed Export Legislation Amendment Act 2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Export Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to certain export services, the bill amends the: Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to enable the recovery of costs relating to certain services, such as issuing quota certificates, for export quota administered by other countries; Export Control Act 1982 to expedite warrants granted by telephone or other electronic means; Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985 to: remove the definitions of all prescribed commodities and to replace the definition of “prescribed commodity” with “prescribed good” to provide for consistency with the Export Control Act 1982 ; require returns to be made for each month in which permits are granted or export inspection services are conducted; and remove references to the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service; and Imported Food Control Act 1992 to remove references to the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 to: increase the maximum number of grants per applicant to eight; reduce the minimum expenses threshold incurred by an applicant to $15 000; reduce the deduction from the applicant s provisional grant amount to $2500; prevent the payment of grants to applicants engaging an export market development grants consultant assessed to not be a fit and proper person; provide that if an amount of a grant is determined before 1 July following the ‘balance distribution date’, the grant becomes payable immediately; and enable the payment of additional expenses above the cap on administration costs for the 2013-14 financial year.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 24/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Committee amendments: 4 items opposed (Ind (Xenophon))/items agreed to

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 23, 2014

PS  Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - DLP)

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

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

PS  Fair Trade (Workers’ Rights) Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - DLP)

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 the other 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 Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/14, 6/3/14

Senate:

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

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

References:

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

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment References Committee 9/12/13; report tabled 27/3/14

Farm Household Support Bill 2014

Introduced with the Farm Household Support (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014, the bill replaces the Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment by providing for up to three years of financial assistance (the Farm Household Allowance) for eligible farmers and their partners in financial hardship without the need for a climatic trigger.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/3/14; Passed 18/3/14

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 28/3/14; Act No. 12, 2014

Farm Household Support (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Farm Household Support Bill 2014, the bill: repeals the Farm Household Support Act 1992 ; and makes consequential and contingent amendments to 10 Acts and two proposed Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/3/14; Passed 18/3/14

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 28/3/14; Act No. 13, 2014

PS  Flags Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G20 (Safety and Security) Complementary Bill 2014

Clarifies the interaction between the G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 (Qld) and existing Commonwealth aviation and airports legislation at the Brisbane Airport during the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 20/3/14

Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2014

Amends the Governor-General Act 1974 to set the salary for the next Governor-General.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/2/14; Passed 4/3/14

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 6/3/14

Assent: 13/3/14; Act No. 7, 2014

PS  Great Barrier Reef Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prohibit certain developments impacting on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; and Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to prohibit the dumping of dredged material within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

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

Health Insurance Amendment (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2014

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: increase the general threshold of the Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) to $2000 from 1 January 2015; and enable the Chief Executive Medicare to determine the manner in which families are contacted to confirm their family composition for EMSN purposes.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/3/14

Senate:

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

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

Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Madigan - DLP)

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

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

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

PM  High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2013

(Introduced by Mr Albanese - ALP)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/12/13; Read a 1st time 9/12/13; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

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

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

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

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

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

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Repeal Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 ; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of records and final reporting requirements.

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

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report due 2/6/14

Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013

The bill: amends the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to: re-establish Infrastructure Australia as an entity under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 and provide for its functions, powers, board, Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants, planning and reporting, and finance; and amend the long title of the Act; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/11/13; Passed 10/12/13

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

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

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

PS  Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and  

Other Measures) Bill 2011 [2013]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

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

House of Representatives:

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

Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009 to: amend the short title of the Act; enable the Roads to Recovery Programme to continue past June 2014; combine provisions of the Act relating to national projects and off-network projects; enable funding of research and investigations of transport development and innovation projects funded under the Act; and enable certain partnership and non-corporate Commonwealth entities to be eligible for funding; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Telstra Corporation Act 1991 to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the Australian Land Transport Development Act 1988 , Railway Standardization (New South Wales and Victoria) Agreement Act 1958 and Roads to Recovery Act 2000 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/2/14; Passed 24/3/14

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

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

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report tabled 24/3/14

PS  Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on food producing land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; and provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 6/3/14

PM  Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the: Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2017; and provide that export licence holders ensure all live-stock are treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and Export Control Act 1982 to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter unless the secretary is satisfied that the live-stock will be treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2017.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/14; Read a 1st time 24/2/14; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

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

Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014

Prevents the unauthorised commercial use of certain indicia and images associated with the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup 2015, the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/3/14

Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: provide for a celebrant registration charge to be imposed from 1 July 2014 on Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants who are authorised under the Marriage Celebrants Program to perform marriages; provide for the deregistration of celebrants who do not pay the celebrant registration charge or obtain an exemption; enable the imposition of a registration application fee for prospective celebrants seeking registration; provide for exemptions and the imposition of processing fees for applications for exemptions; enable the minister to approve forms; remove the requirement for performance reviews every five years of marriage celebrants; and make minor amendments to the Marriage Celebrants Program.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 27/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 25, 2014

Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2014, the bill: imposes an annual celebrant registration charge with a statutory limit of $600 for the 2014-15 financial year; and provides for indexation of the statutory limit in later financial years.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 26/3/14

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 27/3/14

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 24, 2014

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

Migration Amendment Bill 2013

Addresses recent court and tribunal decisions by amending the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify that a decision on review, or a visa refusal, cancellation or revocation decision made by the minister or his delegate, is taken to be made on the day and at the time when a record of it is made; clarify that a person in the migration zone who has previously been refused a protection visa, or who held a protection visa that was cancelled, is prohibited from applying for a further protection visa; and make it a criterion for the grant of a protection visa that the applicant is not assessed by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to be a risk to security.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/12/13; Passed 12/2/14

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

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; report tabled 12/2/14

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; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Senate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

PS  Migration Amendment (Visa Maximum Numbers Determinations) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide that determinations made under section 85 (which determine the number of visas that can be granted in a particular subclass in any specified financial year) on or after 2 December 2013 be subject to disallowance by either House of the Parliament.

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

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify the limitations or prohibitions on valid applications by persons who have been refused a visa or who held a visa that was cancelled; ensure that a bridging visa application is not an impediment to removal; apply debt recovery provisions to all convicted people smugglers and illegal foreign fishers; clarify the obligation of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal to provide documents to an authorised recipient; clarify the role of an authorised recipient and the extent of the obligation to notify an authorised recipient of direct communications made with the person who authorised them; clarify the procedural fairness provisions relating to giving of certain information to a visa applicant; and remove redundant references; and Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Migration Act 1958 to provide access to, and use of, material and information obtained under certain search warrants.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Senate:

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

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013

The bill: repeals the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Act 2012 , Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Customs) Act 2012 , Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Excise) Act 2012 and Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—General) Act 2012 ; amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to provide that companies can carry tax losses forward to use as a deduction for a future year; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: amend the instant asset write-off threshold provisions for small business entities; provide that motor vehicle purchases made by small business entities will be treated as normal business assets for depreciation purposes; and provide that geothermal energy exploration and prospecting expenditure are no longer immediately deductible; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to delay increases in the superannuation guarantee rate for a two-year period; Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003 to abolish the low income superannuation contribution; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the income support bonus payment; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the schoolkids bonus payment; and makes consequential amendments to 13 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/11/13; Passed 20/11/13

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 25/3/14

Reference (SBC report 9/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 2/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

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 due 26/6/14

National Health Amendment (Simplified Price Disclosure) Bill 2013

(Act citation: National Health Amendment (Simplified Price Disclosure) Act 2014 )

Implements the simplified price disclosure measure by amending the National Health Act 1953 to: provide that 1 April or 1 October are price disclosure reduction days; and ensure that the existing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) price for a medicine is not reduced by a price disclosure reduction unless the weighted average market price is at least 10 per cent less than the PBS price on the day the 10 per cent test is applied.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/13; Passed 5/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/12/13; Passed 5/3/14

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 13/3/14; Act No. 6, 2014

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 proprietary. 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

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 2014) Bill 2014

Amends: two Acts administered in the Agriculture portfolio to update and remove obsolete references; 10 Acts administered in the Communications portfolio in relation to: access arrangements, investigations, the Advanced Mobile Phone System, standard agreements, protected carrier information, protection schemes for residential customers, the Universal Service Regime, consultation requirements and variation of instruments, completed reviews, publication requirements, the National Relay Service, and notification and account keeping requirements; the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 to make amendments consequential on a repeal; six Acts administered in the Environment portfolio in relation to: sea installations, licensing, reporting and administrative obligations of licensees, and water studies in the Murray-Darling Basin; two Acts administered in the Industry portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 in relation to reporting requirements; two Acts administered in the Social Services portfolio in relation to the certification of residential aged care services; and six Acts administered in the Treasury portfolio in relation to: the Education Expenses Tax Offset, the Sugar Industry Reform Program, the Financial Services Reform roll-over, and the Superannuation Safety Reform roll-over. Also repeals 43 Acts administered in nine portfolios.

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report due 14/5/14

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment imported after 1 July 2014.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Further to the package of bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill provides for a transitional exemption from the carbon charge component of the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases imported between 1 April and 30 June 2014 if certain conditions are met.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment manufactured after 1 July 2014.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

PM  Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australia Fund Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Palmer - PUP)

The bill: establishes a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australia Fund to: investigate the establishment of an Australian Fund to provide support and reconstruction for rural and manufacturing industries in times of crisis; and review bankruptcy and insolvency laws in relation to businesses in times of crisis; provides for the functions, powers and procedures of the committee; sets the timing for the committee’s report to be tabled; and provides that the committee ceases to exist after it presents its final report.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/14; Read a 1st time 17/3/14; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

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

Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House of Representatives:

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

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment (Dairy Produce) Bill 2014

Amends the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 to increase the maximum rates of the Australian Animal Health Council levies on milk fat and milk protein.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/14; Passed 26/2/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 KAP to Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/3/14; Passed 6/3/14

Assent: 18/3/14; Act No. 10, 2014

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

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

Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Act 2014 )

Amends the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to: provide, for the purposes of determining the private health insurance rebate, a single rebate adjustment factor which will apply to premiums on 1 April each year from 2014; and make a technical amendment. Also repeals the Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Base Premium) Act 2013 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/12/13; Passed 12/2/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; Passed 26/3/14

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 26, 2014

PM  Public Service Amendment (Employment for all of us) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

Amends the Public Service Act 1999 to require the Australian Public Service Commissioner to issue a direction requiring the number of persons with a disability or from a non-English speaking background employed in the Australian Public Service be doubled by 1 July 2019.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/14; Read a 1st time 24/2/14; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

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

Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Qantas Sale Act 1992 to: remove mandatory requirements in Qantas’ articles of association which include limits on the issue and ownership of Qantas shares, restrictions on the makeup of the board of directors, the use of the name Qantas, the location of the head office, place of incorporation and principle place of business; and remove compliance and enforcement measures relating to the mandatory requirements; and Air Navigation Act 1920 and Qantas Sale Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

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

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

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report tabled 24/3/14

Quarantine Charges (Collection) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the recovery of costs for biosecurity and quarantine services, the bill: provides for regulations to be made to deal with when quarantine charges are due and payable, and the liability of agents; provides that the Commonwealth may be notionally liable to pay quarantine charges and late payment fees; applies late payment fees and other penalties if quarantine charges are unpaid; provides that charges can be created over goods or vessels subject to quarantine; enables quarantine officers to withhold goods and vessels for sale when charges and fees are owing; enables abandoned goods and vessels to be sold, destroyed or otherwise disposed of; and provides for miscellaneous matters.

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

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 15, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the recovery of costs for biosecurity and quarantine services, the bill imposes charges, as duties of customs, for prescribed matters associated with the administration of the Quarantine Act 1908 .

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

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 16, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the recovery of costs for biosecurity and quarantine services, the bill imposes charges, as duties of excise, for prescribed matters associated with the administration of the Quarantine Act 1908 .

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

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 17, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—General) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills in relation to the recovery of costs for biosecurity and quarantine services, the bill imposes charges, so far as those charges are neither duties of customs nor duties of excise, for prescribed matters associated with the administration of the Quarantine Act 1908 .

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 20/3/14

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 18, 2014

Railway Agreement (Western Australia) Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Railway Agreement (Western Australia) Act 1961 to: enable early repayment of the Commonwealth loan made to the Western Australian Government for the construction of a standard gauge railway, primarily from Kalgoorlie to Perth; and repeal the Act 28 days after the loan repayment is made.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2014

Establishes a framework of standard regulatory powers exercised by Commonwealth agencies by providing for: monitoring and investigative powers; and enforcement provisions including civil penalties, infringement notices, enforceable undertakings and injunctions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 20/3/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report due 8/5/14

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

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

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; extension of time to report 25/3/14; report due 25/6/14

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

PS  Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: increase the single rates of Newstart and Youth Allowance by $50 a week; and standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament.

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

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: specify that persons receiving a green army allowance under the Green Army Programme (GAP) cannot also receive a social security benefit or pension; provide that certain participants in the GAP are not considered workers or employees for the purposes of various laws; and specify the income testing arrangements to apply to a social security pensioner if their partner is receiving a green army allowance; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/14, 24/3/14, 25/3/14, 26/3/14, 27/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

References:

SBC report 2/14: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report tabled 17/3/14

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 17/3/14; report due 13/5/14

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that job seekers aged from 18 to 30 years who have been receiving newstart or youth allowance for at least 12 months will be eligible to receive a $2500 tax free payment (the first job commitment bonus) if they remain in gainful work and off income support for a continuous period of at least 12 months, and a further $4000 tax free payment (the second bonus) if they remain in continuous gainful work for an additional 12 months; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide that the job commitment bonus is not subject to income tax; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide financial assistance through the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job Program to job seekers receiving newstart, youth allowance or parenting payments; and provide that recipients of relocation assistance who leave employment without a reasonable excuse within six months incur a 26-week non-payment period before becoming eligible to receive unemployment benefits again.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/2/14; Passed 18/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 )

The bill: abolishes the supervisory and gaming machine regulation levies by repealing the National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Act (No. 1) 2012 and National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Act (No. 2) 2012 ; and amends: the National Gambling Reform Act 2012 to: amend the long and short titles of the Act; abolish the position of the National Gambling Regulator; remove the automatic teller machine withdrawal limit, dynamic warnings, the mandatory pre-commitment trial, and the requirement for the Productivity Commission to undertake reviews; and express the Commonwealth’s commitment to encouraging responsible gambling, including the development and implementation of voluntary pre-commitment measures; the Charities Act 2013 to delay commencement of the Act by nine months to 1 September 2014 to enable further consultation; the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable income management to continue in Cape York for a further two years; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that family tax benefit Part A will be paid to families only up to the end of the calendar year in which their teenager is completing school; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999 to amend the rules for calculating pensions paid outside Australia; the Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain social security debts; seven Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan; the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees; the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: discontinue late registrations for the closed pension bonus scheme; and extend the deeming rules to account-based superannuation income streams; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Act 2011 and Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to extend the indexation pauses on certain higher income limits for three years; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to amend the rules for receiving family and parental payments overseas; and nine Acts in relation to: the Student Financial Supplement Scheme; lodging tax returns for family assistance purposes; payments made under the National Disability Insurance Scheme; tax file number data sharing; child support; and the newborn supplement and stillborn baby payment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/11/13; Passed 4/12/13

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 5/12/13; Passed 5/3/14

References (SBC report 10/13): Provisions of:

Schedule 2 of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 5/12/13; report tabled 11/12/13

Schedules 6 and 9 of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 5/12/13; report tabled 11/12/13

Bill (excluding Schedules 2, 6 and 9) referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 5/12/13; report tabled 12/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Committee amendments: 46 Govt/passed; 10 Opp/passed; 3 Schedules negatived (1 Govt; 2 Opp); 8 items negatived (2 Govt; 6 Opp); 1 section negatived (Govt); 4 Schedules opposed (AG)/Schedules agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 4, 6 to 40 and 42 to 48, disagreed to amendments nos 5 and 41 and agreed to 2 Govt amendments in their place 18/3/14; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 5 and 41 and agreed to House amendments made in their place 25/3/14]

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 14, 2014

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Health Card and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends: the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to annually index income thresholds for the Commonwealth seniors health card; the Student Assistance Act 1973 to align provisions in relation to the operation of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) with similar provisions in social security and related laws; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to ensure that a statement of reasons for an SSAT decision is provided to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal if there is to be a review of the decision; six Acts to reflect machinery of government changes; and the Social Security Act 1991 to make technical amendments, including a restructure of the Part of the Act that deals with definitions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 1) 2014

Amends: 74 Acts to correct technical errors and misdescribed or redundant amendments and modernise language; three Acts to provide that Commonwealth ministers are mentioned by reference to the administration of identified legislation; 54 Acts to make amendments consequential on amendments to the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ; and eight Acts to repeal spent and obsolete provisions. Also repeals 17 Acts.

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

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

Student Identifiers Bill 2014

Establishes a framework for the introduction of a student identifier for individuals undertaking nationally recognised vocational education and training from 1 January 2015 by: providing for how the student identifier may be assigned, collected, used and disclosed; providing for the creation of an authenticated transcript of an individual’s record of nationally recognised training undertaken; establishing the Student Identifiers Registrar to administer the scheme; and providing for the functions, powers, appointment and terms and conditions of the registrar.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Bill 2014

Amends the: Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to provide that a person must not promote a scheme that has resulted in a payment being made from a regulated superannuation fund otherwise than as prescribed by payment standards and impose a civil penalty for any contravention; Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 199 3 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide the power to give directions and impose administrative penalties for contraventions relating to self managed superannuation funds; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to phase out the net medical expenses tax offset by the end of the 2018-19 income year; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to update the list of deductible gift recipients; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/14; Passed 4/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; Passed 6/3/14

Assent: 18/3/14; Act No. 11, 2014

Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Bill 2013

The bill: repeals the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Act (No. 2) 2009 to provide that no further tax bonus payments ($900 stimulus cheques) are made; and makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Social Security Act 1991 , Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Veterans Entitlements Act 1986 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/12/13; Passed 24/2/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Tax Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Bill 2014

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: enable individuals to consolidate multiple farm management deposits (FMD); and increase the taxable non-primary production income threshold; Banking Act 1959 to exclude an FMD from becoming unclaimed moneys; Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to retrospectively clarify the tax treatment of FMDs that became unclaimed money; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: ensure that overpaid goods and services tax is only refundable in certain circumstances; and make consequential amendments; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: enable merits review of certain commissioner’s decisions; and validate certain past objections and reviews.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/13

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

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2013

(Act citation: Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2014 )

Amends the: Do Not Call Register Act 2006 to clarify which party is responsible for making telemarketing calls and sending marketing faxes where third parties are carrying out the marketing activities; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: enable industry codes to be varied; extend the application of the reimbursement scheme for developing consumer-related industry codes to varying these codes; require code developers to publish draft code and draft variations and related public submissions; and make amendments consequent on the new Australian Privacy Principles; and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Services Standards) Act 1999 to: require the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) scheme to comply with standards determined by the minister; and require independent periodic public reviews of the TIO scheme to be conducted.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 11/2/14

Senate: Intro. 11/2/14; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 3, 2014

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013

Amends the: Telecommunications Act 1997 in relation to the regulatory regime for the protection of international submarine cables landing in Australia by: ensuring consistency with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by modifying the regime’s application, including criminal and civil enforcement options, to foreign ships and nationals in the water beyond Australia’s territorial seas; enabling domestic submarine cables to be brought within the scope of the regime by regulation; providing for a consultation process between the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Attorney-General’s department on submarine cable installation permit applications; amending the submarine cable installation permit process by removing the requirement to obtain multiple permits, tightening processing timeframes and removing duplicated processes; and amending the operation of the protection zone declaration, revocation and variation processes; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/11/13; Passed 5/12/13

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Reference (SBC report 10/13): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 5/12/13; report presented out of sitting 28/3/14

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 in relation to: quality assessments of higher education providers; the delegation of decisions; extending periods of accreditation or registration; the appointment of commissioners; the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer; notifying providers of decisions; the scope of ministerial directions; and ministerial approval being required for legislative instruments which determine fees to be charged.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/2/14; Passed 5/3/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report due 16/6/14

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2013 Measures No. 1) Bill 2013

(Act citation: Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2013 Measures No. 1) Act 2014 )

Amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to: enable the minister to specify products that are taken not to be therapeutic goods; enable the secretary to remove products that are not therapeutic goods from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods; clarify the secretary’s powers to approve product information for medicines accepted for registration in the register; and make amendments in relation to: compliance with advertising requirements; obtaining information and documents; use of restricted and prohibited representations in advertisements; conditions of registration or listing in the register; presentation of registered or listed goods; consent to the import, supply or export of goods; review of decisions; a package and its contents to constitute a kit; criminal offences and civil penalties for false or misleading statements in relation to variation requests; minimum notice period for cancellation of registration or listing in the register; secretary’s discretion to publish certain information on the department’s website; clarification of the merits review process; prescribing of alternative periods of time in relation to the secretary’s selection of an application for auditing; failure to comply with requirements to provide information; and revocation of requested cancellation of devices, licences or certificates.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/12/13; Passed 11/2/14

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 4, 2014

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

Reference (SBC report 2/14): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report due 16/6/14

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is a duty of excise.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of seven bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14

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

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Mental Health and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: expand non-liability health care to include certain mental health conditions and alcohol and substance use disorders; expand eligibility for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service; provide that the seniors supplement is paid automatically following short periods of overseas travel; and make a technical amendment; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to: expand the circumstances in which an eligible young person is taken to be wholly dependent on a Defence Force member; and enable the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare to be nominated for appointment to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission; and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 in relation to the dispute resolution processes, case management powers and administrative and business procedures of the Veterans’ Review Board.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2013

(Act citation: Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2014 )

Amends the: Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to clarify arrangements for the payment of travel expenses for treatment; Defence Service Homes Act 1918 to extend eligibility for benefits; Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: align maintenance income and attendant allowance provisions with those in the Social Security Act 1991 ; provide for provision of special assistance by inclusion in a legislative instrument; clarify administrative arrangements for certain travel; and clarify that debt recovery provisions apply to all provisions of the Act, the regulations and any legislative instrument made under the Act; War Precautions Act Repeal Act 1920 to: amend the short title to the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 ; amend the long title of the Act; and remove redundant provisions; and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/12/13; Passed 12/2/14

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; Passed 13/2/14

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 5, 2014

 

 

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