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AS AT 10 DECEMBER 2007

 

(2007 Final Edition)

 

 

This is a list of all bills before the Parliament for the 2007 calendar year to date

 

 

 

Abbreviations

 

 

AD Australian Democrats [Dem]

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Opp]

FFP Family First Party

Ind Independent

LP Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

NATS  The Nationals [Govt]

 

 

CID Consideration in Detail stage (House of Representatives)

ED Exposure Draft

PM Private Member’s bill

PS Private Senator’s bill

R Restored to Notice Paper

S Senate bill

SBC Selection of Bills Committee

 

 

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Township Leasing) Bill 2007

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 2006 to establish an office of Executive Director of Township Leasing to enter into and administer 99 year leases over townships on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 13/6/07

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 121, 2007

ACIS Administration Amendment (Unearned Credit Liability) Bill 2007

Amends the ACIS Administration Act 1999 to confirm the circumstances under which the Commonwealth can issue an unearned credit liability to include circumstances where the registered ACIS participant has received duty credits to which it is not entitled.

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 25, 2007

 

Aged Care Amendment (Residential Care) Bill 2007

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to introduce new arrangements for allocating residential aged care subsidies.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/07; Passed 21/6/07

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 29/3/07; report presented 17/5/07 and tabled 12/6/07

Committee amendment: 1 Opp (as amended)/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 109, 2007

Aged Care Amendment (Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians) Bill 2007

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 in relation to residential aged care to: simplify fees and charges paid by residents who cannot fully meet their own care and accommodation costs; combine the current concessional resident supplement and pensioner supplement into a single asset-tested accommodation supplement; broaden eligibility for community care grants for providers of Community Aged Care Packages; and extend eligibility to providers of Extended Aged Care at Home and Extended Aged Care at Home - Dementia. Also makes technical amendments to the Aged Care (Bond Security) Act 2006 and Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Act 2006 .

Reps: Intro. 19/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/07

Aged Care Amendment (Security and Protection) Bill 2007

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to establish: a scheme for compulsory reporting of abuse of persons in aged care; new complaints investigation procedures; and a new role of Aged Care Commissioner to replace the existing Commissioner for Complaints.

Reps: Intro. 8/2/07; Passed 15/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 2/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 8/2/07; report presented 9/3/07 and tabled 20/3/07; additional comments presented 12/3/07 and tabled 20/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 4 Dem/negatived; 3 Dem/withdrawn

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 27/3/07]

Assent: 12/4/07; Act No. 51, 2007

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Amendment Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to change the governance and financial management arrangements for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from a board structure to an executive management structure.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 23/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 22/6/07; Act No. 90, 2007

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 and Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 to: replace the voluntary marketing and research contributions system for the red meat processor industry with a statutory levy on the slaughter of cattle, sheep and goats; allow bodies other than declared bodies to receive levy funds for research and development; and permit disaggregated levy payer information to be provided to the red meat processor industry.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/07; Passed 29/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 22/6/07; Act No. 91, 2007

PM Airport Development and Aviation Noise Ombudsman Bill 2007

(Introduced by Mr Georganas - ALP)

Establishes an Airport Development and Aviation Noise Ombudsman and makes consequential amendments to the Airports Act 1996 , Air Services Act 1995 , Civil Aviation Act 1988 and Ombudsman Act 1976 .

Reps: Intro. 12/2/07; Read a 1st time 12/2/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

 

Airports Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Airports Amendment Act 2007)

Amends the Airports Act 1996 in relation to land use planning and noise management arrangements at leased federal airports; and Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 to align planning arrangements for Canberra Airport to those applying to other federal airports.

Reps: Intro. 30/11/06; Passed 20/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 32 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 33 Govt/passed; 13 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived; 18 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/3/07]

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 59, 2007

Airspace Bill 2006

(Act citation: Airspace Act 2007)

Transfers the function of airspace administration and regulation from Airservices Australia to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority; and requires the Minister to make an Australian Air Policy Statement on the administration and regulation of, and policy objectives for, Australian administered airspace.

Reps: Intro. 29/11/06; Passed 7/12/06

Senate: Intro. 6/2/07; Passed 21/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 38, 2007

Airspace (Consequentials and Other Measures) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Airspace (Consequentials and Other Measures) Act 2007)

Amends the: Civil Aviation Act 1988 to: provide that airspace regulation is a separate function for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and require the Authority to act consistently with the Minister’s Australian Air Policy Statement; and Air Services Act 1995 and Civil Aviation Act 1988 in relation to the functions of Airservices Australia.

Reps: Intro. 29/11/06; Passed 7/12/06

Senate: Intro. 6/2/07; Passed 21/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 39, 2007

 

PS Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 , Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to: establish the Responsible Advertising of Alcohol Division within the Australian Communications and Media Authority to monitor the advertising of alcohol; limit the times at which alcohol products are advertised on radio and television and impose a penalty for breaches; and provide for the labelling of alcohol products to include certain health information.

Senate: Intro. 19/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/07

PS Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Greig - AD)

Amends the Genocide Convention Act 1949 to implement Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to ensure that genocide is unlawful in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 13/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/99, 5/4/01

Reference: Bill and related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 14/10/99; report tabled 29/6/00; errata presented 3/7/00 and tabled 14/8/00

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2007

Makes technical amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) and six other Acts to: replace absolute liability with strict liability in certain provisions; provide for review of decisions made by the AUSTRAC CEO under the AML/CTF Act; replace the general exemption from review under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 for decisions under the AML/CTF Act with a limited exemption; provide ASIS with access to AUSTRAC information and enable ASIS to communicate such information to foreign intelligence agencies; amend secrecy and access provisions; remove certain restrictions on prosecution of structuring conduct; and provide access to the electoral roll in certain circumstances.

Reps: Intro. 15/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 7 Opp/negatived; 9 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 28/3/07]

Assent: 12/4/07; Act No. 52, 2007

 

APEC Public Holiday Bill 2007

Provides public holiday entitlements for certain workers in Sydney on the APEC public holiday to be held on 7 September 2007.

Reps: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 13/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 8 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): No reference

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

Assent: 3/9/07; Act No. 139, 2007

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2006-2007

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2006-2007 , for the service of the year ending on 30 June 2007.

Reps: Intro. 8/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/2/07; Passed 29/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp-Dem/negatived

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 41, 2007

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2006-2007

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2006-2007 , for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending 30 June 2007.

Reps: Intro. 8/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

Senate: Intro. 28/2/07; Passed 29/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp-Dem/negatived

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 42, 2007

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2006-2007

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sums appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2006-2007 and Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2006-2007 , for the service of the year ending on 30 June 2007.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/07; Passed 18/6/07

Senate: Intro. 19/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

Assent: 22/6/07; Act No. 93, 2007

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2006-2007

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sums appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2006-2007 and Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2006-2007 , for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2007.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/07; Passed 18/6/07

Senate: Intro. 19/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

Assent: 22/6/07; Act No. 94, 2007

 

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for service of the year ending on 30 June 2008.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/07; Passed 18/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

Committee requests: 2 Opp-Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 95, 2007

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2008.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/07; Passed 18/6/07

Senate: Intro. 19/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

Committee amendment: 1 Opp-Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 96, 2007

Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008

Part of a package of five bills, the bill appropriates sums out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government in relation to the Northern Territory National Emergency Response.

Reps: Intro. 7/8/07; Passed 7/8/07

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 9/8/07 (see item 30, Journals 8/8/07); report tabled 13/8/07; corrigendum tabled 14/8/07

Assent: 17/8/07; Act No. 126, 2007

Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008

Part of a package of five bills, the bill appropriates sums out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to the Northern Territory National Emergency Response.

Reps: Intro. 7/8/07; Passed 7/8/07

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 9/8/07 (see item 30, Journals 8/8/07); report tabled 13/8/07; corrigendum tabled 14/8/07

Assent: 17/8/07; Act No. 127, 2007

 

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2008.

Reps: Intro. 8/5/07; Passed 18/6/07

Senate: Intro. 19/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 97, 2007

S Archives Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]

Amends the Archives Act 1983 , Copyright Act 1968 , Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1988 to implement certain recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission report on Commonwealth record-keeping and the role of the National Archives of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 6/9/06; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/06

SBC report 9/06 (tabled and adopted 7/9/06): No reference

AusCheck Bill 2006

(Act citation: AusCheck Act 2007)

Establishes a regulatory framework for the conduct of background criminal and security assessments by the Attorney-General’s Department for applicants for the Aviation Security Identity Card, Maritime Security Identity Card, and any subsequent schemes.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 8/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/3/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 8/2/07; report presented 14/3/07 and tabled 20/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 12 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 1 clause negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments (1 Opp/negatived) 28/3/07]

Assent: 12/4/07; Act No. 53, 2007

PS Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator B Brown - AG)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to repeal provisions which provide for the Governor-General to disallow any Act of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

Senate: Intro. 19/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/06, 14/9/06

SBC report 7/06 (tabled and adopted 9/8/06): No reference

 

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Amendment Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Act 1982 to change the corporate governance of the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research to an executive management structure, including revocation of the Centre’s body corporate status and creation of the Commission for International Agricultural Research and the new position of Chief Executive Officer.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 23/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 8/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 10/5/07; report tabled 12/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 115, 2007

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to require applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral to successfully complete a citizenship test, before making an application, in order to be eligible to become an Australian citizen.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/07; Passed 8/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 10/9/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 13/6/07; report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 4 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 12/9/07]

Assent: 17/9/07; Act No. 142, 2007

 

Australian Citizenship Bill 2006

(Act citation: Australian Citizenship Act 2007)

(Previous title: Australian Citizenship Bill 2005)

Introduced with the Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2005, the bill replaces the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 , logically organising its provisions; strengthens certain citizenship application, residence, approval and ministerial discretion provisions; changes provisions relating to resumption of renounced citizenship, citizenship by descent and revocation of citizenship; and implements a legislative framework for the collection, use and storage of personal identifiers.

Reps: Intro. 9/11/05; Passed 28/11/06

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 76 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/11/06; Passed 26/2/07

SBC report 14/05 (tabled and adopted 30/11/05): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/11/05; report tabled 27/2/06

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed; 11 Opp/negatived; 9 Dem/negatived; 7 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 1/3/07]

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 20, 2007

Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007)

(Previous title: Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2005)

Introduced with the Australian Citizenship Bill 2005, the bill: repeals the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 ; makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts; and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 9/11/05; Passed 28/11/06

CID amendments: 8 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/11/06; Passed 26/2/07

SBC report 14/05 (tabled and adopted 30/11/05): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/11/05; report tabled 27/2/06

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 21, 2007

S Australian Crime Commission Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to: clarify powers and procedures of an Australian Crime Commission examiner to issue a summons or notice; and allow persons to appear before an examiner, or produce documents to an examiner who did not issue the summons or notice to produce the documents.

Senate: Intro. 18/9/07; Passed 18/9/07

Reps: Intro. 19/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 168, 2007

 

Australian Energy Market Amendment (Gas Legislation) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Australian Energy Market Amendment (Gas Legislation) Act 2007)

Amends the: Australian Energy Market Act 2004 to provide for a national regime in relation to gas pipeline infrastructure, including national regulatory and rule-making bodies (the Australian Energy Regulator and the Australian Energy Market Commission, respectively); and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide for judicial review of decisions under the new national gas regime. Also makes consequential amendments to the Trade Practices Act 1974 , Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 , Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 and Offshore Petroleum (Repeals and Consequential Amendments) Act 2006 and repeals the Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Act 1998 .

Reps: Intro. 29/11/06; Passed 21/3/07

Senate: Intro. 22/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 45, 2007

S Australian Postal Corporation Amendment (Quarantine Inspection and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 to provide for the inspection and examination of postal articles carried by Australia Post, with the exception of reserved services material, for interstate quarantine purposes.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Reps: Intro. 9/8/07; Passed 13/9/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 156, 2007

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Audit Inspection) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Audit Inspection) Act 2007)

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001 to: facilitate the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) entering into cooperative arrangements with foreign regulatory bodies relating to audit regulation; and enhance ASIC’s audit inspection powers. Also amends the Corporations Act 2001 to extend the current immunity for contravention of certain auditing standards to 29 June 2007.

Reps: Intro. 18/10/06; Passed 29/11/06

Senate: Intro. 30/11/06; Passed 8/2/07

SBC report 13/06 (tabled and adopted 8/11/06): No reference

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 1, 2007

 

PS Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: limit banking and credit card penalty fees by ensuring fees are for cost recovery only; and enhance the powers of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to monitor penalty fees and investigate customer complaints.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Referred to Economics Committee 16/8/07; interim report tabled 17/9/07; extension of time to report 17/9/07; further interim report tabled 12/2/08.

Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2006

(Act citation: Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Amendment Act (No. 1) 2007)

Amends the Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Act 2005 to increase funding for the Australian Technical Colleges initiative for 2006-09.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 8/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled 7/12/06; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 7/12/06; report presented 20/2/07 and tabled 26/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 26, 2007

Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2007

Amends the Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Act 2005 to increase funding for 2008 and 2009 and provide for additional funding for 2010 and 2011, enabling the establishment of a further three Australian Technical Colleges.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 15/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 21/6/07; report tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 171, 2007

 

PS Australian Territories Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator B Brown - AG)

Confirms the right of a terminally ill person to request assistance from a medically qualified person to voluntarily terminate his or her life in a humane manner, without legal impediment to the person rendering the assistance; and provides procedural protection against possible abuse of this right.

Senate: Intro. 8/2/07; 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 to implement changes to the governance arrangements of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 22/6/07; Act No. 92, 2007

S Aviation Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Amends the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Civil Aviation Act 1988 to strengthen aviation security and safety by: enabling regulations to be made to prohibit activities or conduct outside a security controlled airport that disrupt or interfere with airport operations or aircraft; introducing additional powers for Australian Customs officers at airports; enabling the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to introduce a mandatory drug and alcohol regime in the civil aviation industry; and enabling, through regulations, exemption from aviation security screening for senior dignitaries, their spouses and minors.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 13/8/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 21/6/07; report presented 30/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Reps: Intro. 13/8/07; Passed 15/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 20/8/07; Act No. 131, 2007

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Additional Screening Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 to enhance screening measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels that can be taken through an international screening point by people flying to or from Australia.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 29/3/07; Act No. 30, 2007

 

PS Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol Ratification) Bill 2006 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Carr - ALP)

Requires the Australian Government to effect Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.

Senate: Intro. 28/11/06; 2nd reading adjourned 28/11/06, 30/11/06

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

PM Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol Ratification) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Mr Garrett - ALP)

Requires the Australian Government to effect Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/07; Read a 1st time 28/5/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Act 1997 to extend the application of the realisations charge and interest charge to money received by debt agreement administrators pursuant to debt agreements made under the Bankruptcy Act 1966 .

Reps: Intro. 15/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

Senate: Intro. 20/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 43, 2007

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment (Debt Agreements) Bill 2007

Amends the Bankruptcy Act 1966 in relation to the operation of debt agreements under Part IX by providing for: the registration of administrators; proportional payments under an agreement to administrators and creditors; debtors’ proposals to be accepted by a majority in value of creditors; mechanisms to deal with defaulting debtors; and clarifying the operation of the Act in relation to: deregistered administrators; debts covered by an agreement; treatment of secured creditors; and investigative powers of the Inspector-General in Bankruptcy.

Reps: Intro. 15/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

Senate: Intro. 20/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 44, 2007

 

S Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment (Superannuation Contributions) Bill 2006 [2007]

(Act citation: Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment (Superannuation Contributions) Act 2007)

Amends the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Payment Systems and Netting Act 1998 to provide for the recovery of superannuation contributions made with the intention to defeat creditors; and Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to: provide for certain rural support grants to be exempt from the property available to pay the bankrupt’s creditors; and make minor technical amendments in relation to the operation of the Act.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/06; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 7/12/06; report tabled 8/2/07

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 57, 2007

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ensure that persons who re-transmit content provided by National Indigenous TV Limited (NITV Ltd) for transmission by Imparja Television are exempt from the regulatory requirements of the Act; and Copyright Act 1968 to amend the statutory licence copyright collection scheme to apply it to re-transmissions of NITV Ltd program material.

Reps: Intro. 15/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 28, 2007

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2007

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Trade Practices Act 1974 to implement a framework for digital radio broadcasting and transmission and provide the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with the powers necessary to support and manage the new framework.

Reps: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 10/5/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 29/3/07; interim report presented 30/4/07 and tabled 9/5/07; final report presented 7/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/5/07; Act No. 68, 2007

 

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (OHS) Bill 2007

Amends the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 to: extend the application of the Australian Government Building and Construction Industry Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme to building work indirectly funded by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority; restructure the process of appointing Federal Safety Officers; and allow the Federal Safety Commissioner, and persons working in the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, to disclose information on the Scheme to the Minister.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 11/9/07

Senate: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): No reference

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 153, 2007

PS Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Introduced with the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000, the bill: addresses misuse of tax payer funded advertising campaigns for party political purposes; establishes a parliamentary joint committee to develop a code of conduct for ministers and other members of Parliament and an Office of Commissioner for Ministerial and Parliamentary Ethics to enforce the code; and ensures merit-based public appointments by ministers.

Senate: Intro. 10/10/00; 2nd reading adjourned 10/10/00

Reference: Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 39th Parliament (29/11/00); reference re-adopted 40th Parliament (21/3/02); report tabled 29/8/02

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04

Discharged from Notice Paper 1/3/07

Child Support Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Amends the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 , Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 and Family Law Act 1975 to: relocate provisions currently contained in regulations relating to overseas maintenance arrangements; and makes minor and consequential amendments; Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 in relation to: equity between parents in access to courts; and streamlining of certain review processes; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to make minor and technical amendments in relation to child support.

Reps: Intro. 8/12/04; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/04

Discharged from Notice Paper 9/5/07

Senate:

SBC report 1/05 (tabled and adopted 9/2/05): No reference

 

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Advertising and Other Matters) Bill 2007

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 by establishing industry based self-assessment schemes in relation to: advertising unclassified films and computer games; and television series compilations.

Reps: Intro. 22/3/07; further consideration an order of day for next sitting

Main Committee: Referred 7/8/07; returned to House 9/8/07

Senate:

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): No reference

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Act 2007)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 and Freedom of Information Act 1982 to facilitate the integration of the Office of Film and Literature Classification into the Attorney-General’s Department; and Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 in relation to: the functions of the Classification Board and the Classification Review Board; the operation of the National Classification Scheme; repeal expired or redundant provisions; and transfer responsibility for delegated legislation from the Director of the Classification Board to the Attorney-General.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 7/2/07

Senate: Intro. 8/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 27, 2007

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007

Amends the Classification, (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to require publications, films or computer games that promote terrorist activity to be classified as Refused Classification.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 15/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 21/6/07; report presented 30/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 6 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 179, 2007

PS Climate Change Action Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Requires the Australian Government to effect Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. Also sets greenhouse gas emission, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets and prohibits logging in old growth forests.

Senate: Intro. 30/11/06; 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/06, 22/3/07

 

PS Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senators Allison and Bartlett - AD, Senator Bishop - ALP and Senator B Brown - AG)

Prohibits the manufacture, possession and use of cluster munitions and provides for decommissioning of cluster munitions held by the Australian Defence Force.

Senate: Intro. 5/12/06; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/06

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 7/12/06; report due 29/3/07; extension of time to report 29/3/07, 10/5/07; report presented 31/5/07 and tabled 12/6/07

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to allow the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to undertake any plebiscite on the amalgamation of any local government body in Australia by: authorising the AEC to use and disclose certain information, including information contained in an electoral roll for the purposes of conducting an activity, including a plebiscite; and overrides State or Territory law which prohibits, penalises, or discriminates against a person or body taking part in such an activity.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 11/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 17/9/07

SBC report 14/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee 16/8/07; interim report presented 4/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07; final report presented 7/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 7 Dem/negatived; 3 AG/negatived

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 157, 2007

Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Bill 2007

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to establish a new regulatory framework for Internet content hosts, content services delivered over convergent devices including live streamed content services, mobile phone-based services and services that provide links to content; and makes related amendments to eight other Acts. Also amends the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to include the Indian Ocean Territories in reviews by the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 23/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 20/6/07

SBC report 8/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 10/5/07; report tabled 12/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 18 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 21/6/07]

Assent: 20/7/07; Act No. 124, 2007

 

S Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to expand the ‘black list’ of internet addresses maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority to include terrorism and cyber crime websites hosted domestically and overseas.

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

Communications Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing and Datacasting) Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to authorise disclosure of certain information by the Australian Communications and Media Authority to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, departments, government agencies and regulatory bodies; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to variation of the conditions of datacasting transmitter licences; and Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 to ensure channel B licensees are not subject to an annual revenue based fee.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 16/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 27/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; extension of time to report 7/8/07; final report tabled 9/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 178, 2007

S Communications Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to give the Australian Communications and Media Authority the discretion to consider late applications for renewals of community broadcasting licences up to the expiry date of the licence; and makes technical corrections to the Broadcasting Amendment (Digital Radio) Act 2007 and Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Act 2006 .

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

PS Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the 

R Government) 2001 [2004]

(Introduced by Senators Stott Despoja and Murray - AD)

Amends the Constitution to ensure that if the Senate fails to pass a proposed law appropriating revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the government in respect of that year, an amount of money is appropriated for those services equal to the amount appropriated for those services in the preceding year.

Senate: Intro. 26/6/01; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/01

SBC report 15/01 (tabled and adopted 26/9/01): Deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04

 

PS Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and 

R Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Amends the Constitution in relation to: elector-initiated constitutional change; dissolution of the House of Representatives; term of service of senators; increased duration of the House of Representatives to a four-year fixed term; holding of simultaneous elections for both Houses; recognition of the office of Prime Minister; dismissal of the Prime Minister; and qualification, and grounds for disqualification, of members of Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 4/4/00; 2nd reading adjourned 4/4/00

SBC report 6/00 (tabled and adopted 12/4/00): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04

PS Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members 

R and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2004]

(Introduced by Senator B Brown - AG)

Amends section 44 of the Constitution to allow persons who hold an “office of profit under the Crown” or who are not Australian citizens to nominate for election to Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/98; Laid aside at 3rd reading under Standing Order 135 [no absolute majority] 15/5/03

SBC report 11/98 (tabled and adopted 26/11/98): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 16/5/02

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed

Restored and recommitted 1/12/04; In committee 1/12/04

Corporations Amendment (Insolvency) Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , Corporations Act 2001 and Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 in relation to: protections for employee entitlements; improved information to creditors; a statutory pooling process to facilitate winding up related companies; enhanced powers to investigate registered liquidators; removal of the penalty privilege in suspension and disqualification proceedings; regulation of insolvency practitioners; and voluntary administration procedures.

Reps: Intro. 31/5/07; Passed 8/8/07

Senate: Intro. 9/8/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 20/8/07; Act No. 132, 2007

Corporations Amendment (Takeovers) Bill 2007

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to clarify the powers of the Takeovers Panel during takeover bids.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 29/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 64, 2007

 

Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2007

Introduced with the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Simpler Regulatory System) Bill 2007 and Corporations (Review Fees) Amendment Bill 2007, the bill amends the Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 to allow the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to impose a fee in respect of certain additional market supervision functions conferred on ASIC.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 14/6/07

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Reference: Joint Statutory Committee on Corporations and Financial Services resolved to inquire into the bill 9/5/07; report tabled 19/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 102, 2007

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Simpler Regulatory System) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2007 and Corporations (Review Fees) Amendment Bill 2007, the bill amends the Corporations Act 2001 , Social Security Act 1991 , Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to simplify and streamline Australia’s corporate and financial service laws, particularly in regard to: regulation; company reporting obligations; auditor independence; corporate governance; funds raisings; takeovers; and compliance.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 14/6/07

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Reference: Joint Statutory Committee on Corporations and Financial Services resolved to inquire into the bill 9/5/07; report tabled 19/6/07

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 101, 2007

Corporations (National Guarantee Fund Levies) Amendment Bill 2007

Introduced with the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Discretionary Mutual Funds and Direct Offshore Foreign Insurers) Bill 2007, the bill amends the Corporations (National Guarantee Fund Levies) Act 2001 to impose a cap on levies payable into the National Guarantee Fund (NGF) in any financial year equal to the minimum amount of the NGF determined for that year.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 12/9/07

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; final report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 148, 2007

 

Corporations (NZ Closer Economic Relations) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: establish a mutual recognition regime for the issue of securities and interests in managed investment schemes; and provide for the mutual recognition of companies; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Trade Practices Act 1974 to: enable the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to share information with Australian and foreign agencies and bodies; and protect from unauthorised use or disclosure information given to or obtained by the ACCC, including from a foreign government body.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 6/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 29/3/07; report presented 3/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 85, 2007

Corporations (Review Fees) Amendment Bill 2007

Introduced with the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Simpler Regulatory System) Bill 2007 and Corpor a tions (Fees) Amendment Bill 2007, the bill amends the Corporations (Review Fees) Act 2003 to provide companies with the option to pay annual review fees in advance.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 14/6/07

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Reference: Joint Statutory Committee on Corporations and Financial Services resolved to inquire into the bill 9/5/07; report tabled 19/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 103, 2007

PS Crimes Amendment (Victim Impact Statements) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to provide for victim impact statements and victim reports to be presented in federal criminal proceedings.

Senate: Intro. 18/10/06; 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/06, 19/10/06

SBC report 12/06 (tabled and adopted 19/10/06): No reference

 

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Child Sex Tourism Offences and Related Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 , Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 in relation to child sex tourism offences, by: relocating existing offences (currently in the Crimes Act) to the Criminal Code; creating new grooming, procuring and preparatory offences; making penalties consistent with like offences in the Criminal Code; introducing new offences relating to Australians overseas accessing child pornography or child abuse material; and providing for forfeiture of such material. Also makes consequential amendments to the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 .

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 19/9/07

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): Bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 20/9/07; report presented 10/10/07

S Crimes Legislation Amendment (National Investigative Powers and Witness Protection) Bill 2006 [2007]

(Previous title: Crimes Legislation Amendment (National Investigative Powers and Witness Protection) Bill 2006)

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 , A ustralian Crime Commission Act 2002 , Witness Protection Act 1994 , Customs Act 1901 , Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 in relation to: controlled operations; delayed notification search warrants; search warrants; seized electronic equipment; assumed identities; and protection of witness identities .

Senate: Intro. 29/11/06; Passed 8/8/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 7/12/06; report tabled 7/2/07

Committee amendments: 17 Govt/passed; 2 items negatived; 4 Opp/negatived; 11 Dem/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 2 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 3 items opposed/items agreed to; 1 Opp/withdrawn

Reps: Intro. 9/8/07; Read a 1st time 9/8/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Anti-Child Abuse and Pornography Materials) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create new offences in relation to the transmission of child abuse and pornographic materials by postal or like services; and increase the penalties for a range of similar crimes from 10 years imprisonment to 10 years imprisonment and 2,500 penalty units.

Senate: Intro. 21/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): No reference

 

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Workplace Death and Serious Injury) Bill 2004

R  (Introduced by Senator Nettle - AG)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to industrial manslaughter and causing serious injury. Also amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in relation to monitoring compliance with related court orders.

Senate: Intro. 4/8/04; 2nd reading adjourned 4/8/04

SBC report 11/04 (tabled and adopted 11/8/04): Deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 30/11/04

Cross-Border Insolvency Bill 2007

The bill implements the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law by: establishing access to local courts by persons administering a foreign insolvency proceeding; establishing conditions for recognition of a foreign insolvency proceeding and granting relief to its participants; permitting participation by foreign creditors in such proceedings; enabling cooperation between courts and practitioners from different countries; enabling coordination of proceedings to take place concurrently in different countries; and empowering the Governor-General to make regulations under the Act.

Reps: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

Customs Legislation Amendment (Augmenting Offshore Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2006

Amends the Customs Act 1901 and Customs Legislation Amendment and Repeal (International Trade Modernisation) Act 2001 in relation to: conduct of personal searches and seizure; Customs brokers’ licensing provision; duty recovery and payments of duty under protest; and false and misleading declarations made under the new SmartGate automated passenger processing system.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 1/3/07

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 7/12/06; report tabled 8/2/07

 

Customs Legislation Amendment (Border Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Customs Legislation Amendment (Border Compliance and Other Measures) Act 2007)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 in relation to: disposal of dangerous goods; access of security identification card holders to section 234AA places, ships, aircrafts and wharves; minor corrections to provisions implementing the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement; provision of updated information in respect of security identification cards to Customs; implementation of an Accredited Client Program; and protection from criminal responsibility for Customs officers handling narcotic goods in the course of duty and others acting under instructions from Customs officers; and Customs Act 1901 and Customs Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2003 in relation to issue of seizure warrants.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/06; Passed 16/8/06

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/8/06; Passed 7/2/07

SBC report 3/06 (tabled and adopted 30/3/06): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/3/06; interim report presented 2/5/06 and tabled 9/5/06; final report tabled 9/5/06

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived; 6 Dem/negatived; 1 section opposed/section agreed to; 2 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 5, 2007

S Customs Legislation Amendment (Modernising Import Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [2007]

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide Customs officers with additional powers to deal with prescribed prohibited imports that are low value and low risk, including allowing for: voluntary surrender of goods that have not been concealed, grant of post-importation permissions, rather than automatic seizure of goods, and service of infringement notices for certain offences; and reflect the new Certificate of Origin requirements for the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/06

SBC report 6/06 (tabled and adopted 22/6/06): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 22/6/06; report presented 1/8/06 and tabled 8/8/06

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 as a result of the third review by the World Customs Organization of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, by providing: a separate subheading for the chemical binapacryl; and duty free access for prepared culture media for the development or maintenance of viruses.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/07; Passed 8/8/07

Senate: Intro. 9/8/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 20/8/07; Act No. 133. 2007

 

Customs Tariff Amendment (Greater Sunrise) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Greater Sunrise) Bill 2007, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to change cross-references to the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 to the Offshore Petroleum Act 2006.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 48, 2007

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Act 2007)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: reduce customs duty to free for machinery that incorporates or is imported with other goods which render the machinery ineligible for a Tariff Concession Order; allow duty free entry for certain aircraft parts, materials and test equipment; and expand the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme to include duty free entry for qualifying goods for the power supply and water supply industries.

Reps: Intro. 29/11/06; Passed 7/12/06

Senate: Intro. 6/2/07; Passed 8/2/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 2, 2007

PS Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in

R  overseas conflicts) Bill 2003 [2004]

(Introduced by Senators Bartlett and Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Defence Force, subject to exceptions covering the movement of personnel in the normal course of their peacetime activities and the need to take emergency action.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/03; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/03, 10/2/05

SBC report 6/03 (tabled and adopted 18/6/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990 to extend the operation of the Defence HomeOwner Scheme from 31 December 2007 to 30 June 2008.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 23/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 81, 2007

 

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

In further response to certain recommendations of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report into the effectiveness of Australia’s military justice system, the bill amends the Defence Act 1903 , Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 and Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955 to redesign summary discipline procedures to include: an automatic right of appeal from a summary authority to a single Military Judge of the Australian Military Court (AMC); the right to elect trial by a Military Judge of the AMC for most disciplinary offences; simplified rules of evidence; a form of review for technical errors related to the awarding of punishments and orders; simplification of offences and punishments; and changed jurisdictions of Superior Summary Authorities and Discipline Officers.

Reps: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 19/9/07

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 16/8/07; interim report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07; final report tabled 10/9/07

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and Migration Act 1958 to: include education to overseas students on Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands; facilitate course delivery across state boundaries; require international education providers to have written agreements with all overseas students; and remove the penalty for late payment of the annual Assurance Fund contribution.

Reps: Intro. 22/3/07; Passed 29/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 10/5/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/5/07; Act No. 70, 2007

PS Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political advertising that is inaccurate and misleading to a material extent.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/03; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/03

SBC report 5/03 (tabled and adopted 14/5/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

 

Electoral and Referendum Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Electoral and Referendum Legislation Amendment Act 2007)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to: trials of electronically assisted voting for sight-impaired people and remote electronic voting for defence members and civilians serving outside Australia; registration of certain persons as general postal voters; the deadline for postal vote applications; delivery arrangements for postal voting material; receipt of postal votes; establishment of pre-poll voting centres; proof of identity for enrolment from outside Australia; and defamation of electoral candidates and false statements.

Reps: Intro. 30/11/06; Passed 6/12/06

Senate: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 26/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee 7/12/06; report presented 20/2/07 and tabled 26/2/07

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 22, 2007

PS Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to accountability; political advertising; and electoral funding and disclosure; and Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to voting by prisoners; closure of the electoral roll; nomination deposits; use of Commonwealth facilities; and conduct of State referenda and ballots.

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Act 2007)

Amends the: Disability Services Act 1986 to support the staged introduction of contestability for vocational rehabilitation services by: removing the requirement for the provision of individual rehabilitation programs to be approved under the Act; and broadening the Secretary’s delegation powers; and Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: pensioner education supplement; mobility allowance debt calculation; changed and redundant terminology; income tests; financial case management debts; and indexation.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 26/2/07

CID amendments: 14 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/2/07; Passed 29/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled 7/12/06; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 7/12/06; report presented 20/2/07 and tabled 26/2/07

Committee amendments: 5 AG/negatived; 16 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 65, 2007

 

Energy Efficiency Opportunities Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Energy Efficiency Opportunities Amendment Act 2007)

Makes technical amendments to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006 to correct anomalies in the Act concerning submission of assessment plans, assessment cycles and delegation of the secretary’s powers and obligations.

Reps: Intro. 29/11/06; Passed 7/12/06

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 6/2/07; Passed 21/3/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

Committee amendments: 8 Dem/negatived; 9 AG/negatived

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 40, 2007

PS Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive

Species) Bill 2002 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to regulate invasive species by preventing the introduction of further species in Australia and seeking to eradicate or control those already here.

Senate: Intro. 19/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 19/11/02

SBC report 4/03 (tabled and adopted 26/3/03): Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 26/3/03; Order varied 26/6/03: Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 26/6/03; extensions of time to report 16/9/03, 30/3/04; report due 25/11/04; report tabled 8/12/04

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

PS Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004

R  (Introduced by Senator Allison - AD)

Repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 which prevents the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly and the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly from legalising voluntary euthanasia.

Senate: Intro. 3/3/04; 2nd reading adjourned 3/3/04

SBC report 3/04 (tabled and adopted 10/3/04): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

 

Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2007

Amends the: Evidence Act 1995 to introduce a privilege during trial and pre-trial stages of civil or criminal proceedings, to protect confidential communications between journalists and their sources; James Hardie (Investigations and Proceedings) Act 2004 and Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002 to ensure that the professional confidential relationship privilege under the Evidence Act 1995 , Evidence Act (NSW) or a similar law in another State or Territory, does not apply in James Hardie proceedings and in proceeds of crime examinations and subsequent proceedings; and Family Law Act 1975 to ensure that the best interests of the child are paramount when a court is determining whether confidential communications should be disclosed in family law proceedings concerning children.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 12/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 116, 2007

S Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]

(Act citation: Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Act 2007)

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991 to implement changes to the board management structure of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.

Senate: Intro. 16/8/06; Passed 9/11/06

SBC report 8/06 (tabled and adopted 16/8/06): Referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 16/8/06; report tabled 7/9/06

Reps: Intro. 27/11/06; Passed 8/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 6, 2007

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2007

The bill amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to prohibit the provision of R18+ television programs in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory; Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 in relation to residential tenancy agreements and Commonwealth obligations; Defence Housing Australia Act 1987 to allow Defence Housing Australia to assist the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to deliver housing to remote Indigenous communities; Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 in relation to land rights; and Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 in relation to the acquisition of rights, titles and interests in land  and community stores.

Reps: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

 

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Part of a package of five bills to implement the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, the bill amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 , Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 , Australian Federal Police Act 1979 , Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and proposed Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 in relation to: prohibition of pornographic material; law enforcement; retention of government ownership of facilities constructed on Aboriginal land; access to Aboriginal land; and certain township lease grants.

Reps: Intro. 7/8/07; Passed 7/8/07

CID amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 9/8/07 (see item 30, Journals 8/8/07); report tabled 13/8/07; corrigendum tabled 14/8/07

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 3 Dem to AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 10 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived; 5 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 4 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to; 2 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 17/8/07; Act No. 128, 2007

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other 2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the family assistance law to: increase the rate of child care benefits payable from 1 July 2007 by 10 per cent over and above the CPI indexation increase; convert the child care tax offset for out-of-pocket child care expenses to a child care tax rebate; and the social security law to provide full-time students aged 16 to 25 years who have a disability or a severe medical condition with a health care card.

Reps: Intro. 31/5/07; Passed 14/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 113, 2007

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Disability Assistance) Bill 2007

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to introduce an annual, tax free payment of $1000 to certain carers of disabled children under the age of 16, and makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 .

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 12/9/07

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC 15/07 (tabled and adopted 12/9/07): No reference

Committee amendment: 5 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 182, 2007

 

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Support Reform Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Amends family assistance law in relation to: the operation of the Child Support Scheme; overseas maintenance arrangements; the maintenance income test; portability of family tax benefit; the baby bonus; remote area allowance; extension of the assets test exemption period; income streams; dependant and housekeeper rebates; Medicare levy; and makes minor and technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 12/6/07

SBC report 6/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 29/3/07; report due 8/5/07; report tabled 9/5/07

Committee amendments: 4 AG/negatived; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

Committee request: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 82, 2007

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Further 2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the family assistance and taxation laws in relation to: the pension bonus scheme; the assurance of support scheme for migrants; crisis payments to qualifying humanitarian visa entrants; the threshold for funeral investments exempt from the income and assets test; and extending the payment of multiple birth allowance to children under 16 years of age and to children who are undertaking full-time study until they turn 18.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 15/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 183, 2007

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Management System and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the family assistance law to: provide for a new online-based Child Care Management System; introduce a civil penalty and infringement notice scheme; and enhance administration of child care benefits.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 12/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 118, 2007

 

Family Law (Divorce Fees Validation) Bill 2007

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to validate retrospectively the filing fee charged for divorce applications in the Family Court of Western Australia between 1 July 2005 and 9 October 2006.

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 23, 2007

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Farm Household Support Act 1992 and makes consequential amendments to the Age Discrimination Act 2004 and Social Security Act 1991 to provide agriculturally dependent small business operators with the same access as farmers to Exceptional Circumstances assistance, a Health Care Card and concessions for the Youth Allowance and Austudy means tests.

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 60, 2007

Federal Magistrates Amendment (Disability and Death Benefits) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Federal Magistrates Amendment (Disability and Death Benefits) Act 2007)

Amends the Federal Magistrates Act 1999 to provide statutory disability cover and death benefits for Federal Magistrates.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/06; Passed 9/8/07

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 10/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 3/06 (tabled and adopted 30/3/06): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/3/06; report presented 2/5/06 and tabled 9/5/06

Committee amendments: 6 Dem/negatived

Assent: 25/9/07; Act No. 163, 2007

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007

Amends the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to simplify the internal government financial management framework and address issues relating to the management of appropriations. Also makes consequential amendments to the Auditor-General Act 1997 and Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 20/6/07

Senate: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/negatived

Assent: 25/9/07; Act No. 166, 2007

 

PS Financial Management and Accountability (Anti-Restrictive Software Practices)

Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Greig - AD)

Amends the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to encourage the acquisition of open source computer software by government agencies.

Senate: Intro. 18/9/03; 2nd reading adjourned 18/9/03

SBC report 13/03 (tabled and adopted 15/10/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Discretionary Mutual Funds and Direct Offshore Foreign Insurers) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Corporations (National Guarantee Fund Levies) Amendment Bill 2007, the bill amends the Corporations Act 2001 , Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001 and Insurance Act 1973 to: prudentially regulate direct offshore foreign insurers and collect information on discretionary mutual funds (which will not be prudentially regulated); and makes an amendment consequential on the proposed Corporations (National Guarantee Fund Levies) Amendment Act 2007.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 12/9/07

CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; final report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 149, 2007

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Restructures) Bill 2007

Amends the: Financial Sector (Transfers of Business) Act 1999 to: facilitate the adoption of a non-operating holding company as the ultimate holding company of a financial group in Australia; and rename it as the Financial Sector (Business Transfer and Group Restructures) Act 1999 ; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: remove tax impediments preventing financial groups containing authorised deposit-taking institutions from restructuring; and make consequential amendments to two other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 13/6/07

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 117, 2007

 

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Review of Prudential Decisions) Bill 2007

Amends the Banking Act 1959 , Insurance Act 1973 , Life Insurance Act 1995 , Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 , Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 , Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Regulation and Review) Act 2007 and Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Discretionary Mutual Funds and Direct Offshore Foreign Insurers) Act 2007 to introduce a court-based process for disqualifying an individual from operating an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated entity; Banking Act 1959 , Insurance Act 1973 and Life Insurance Act 1995 in relation to APRA’s specific direction powers; Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to incorporate a materiality test into the trigger for APRA to issue a direction to freeze assets of a superannuation entity; Insurance Act 1973 , Life Insurance Act 1995 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to remove ministerial consent from administrative decisions made by APRA or the Australian Taxation Office under those Acts; Banking Act 1959 , Financial Sector Collection of Data Act 2001 , Insurance Act 1973 , Life Insurance Act 1995 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to apply merits review to appropriate decisions made by APRA or the ATO; and makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/07

Senate:

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Regulation and Review) Bill 2007

Amends the financial sector regulation law to: implement recommendations of the Taskforce on Reducing Regulation Burdens on Business to streamline and simplify prudential regulation; provide more equitable financial assistance to superannuation funds who have suffered loss as a result of fraud or theft; abolish the Special Protection Account; consolidate and rationalise prudential reporting requirements in the superannuation industry; close a regulatory gap for reporting contraventions of the market conduct and disclosure provisions in the Corporations Act 2001 ; and makes technical amendments consequential on the enactment of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 12/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 14 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; final report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 154, 2007

 

Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Introduced with the Fisheries Levy Amendment Bill 2007, the bill amends the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 , Fisheries Management Act 1991 , Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 in relation to: delegation powers of the Minister and the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority; management of Australia’s rights and obligations under the Torres Strait Treaty; output controls and fisheries management practices; consistency with other legislative regimes; compliance, forfeiture and enforcement procedures; the role and functions of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA); and transition of the AFMA from an authority to a commission.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/07; Passed 12/6/07

Senate: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 13/6/07; report tabled 18/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 104, 2007

Fisheries Levy Amendment Bill 2007

Introduced with the Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2007, the bill amends the Fisheries Levy Act 1984 to ensure levies can be collected in Torres Strait fisheries in accordance with new management and licensing arrangements provided for in the proposed Fisheries Legislation Amendment Act 2007.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/07; Passed 12/6/07

Senate: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 13/6/07; report tabled 18/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 105, 2007

PS Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004

R  (Introduced by Senator Marshall - ALP)

Amends the Flags Act 1953 to recognise the Eureka Flag as an official flag of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/04; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/04

SBC report 11/04 (tabled and adopted 11/8/04): Deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/12/04

PS Food Safety (Trans Fats) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Nettle - AG)

Prohibits the manufacturing, distribution, offering for sale, selling or otherwise trading in food containing synthetic trans fatty acids.

Senate: Intro. 26/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 26/3/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): No reference

 

S Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: improve the food regulatory processes for Australia and New Zealand; and improve the framework within which the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Authority operates.

Senate: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Referred to Community Affairs Committee 29/3/07; report presented 1/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 8 Dem/negatived; 4 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 18/6/07; Passed 20/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 98, 2007

Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Bill 2007

Introduced with the Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2007, the bill: replaces the current Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation with a not-for-profit forestry industry services company to provide marketing, research, development and other industry services to the forest industry; and provides the Minister with the authority to enter into a funding contract with a company to enable it to administer levies, state grower contractual payments, research and development and manage the Commonwealth’s matched funding for research and development expenditure.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 28/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 10/5/07; report tabled 12/6/07

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 122, 2007

Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Bill 2007, the bill: provides for the termination of the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation (FWPRDC) and the transfer of its operations to the new industry services company. Also makes consequential amendments to four other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 28/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 10/5/07; report tabled 12/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 123, 2007

 

PM Freedom of Information Amendment (Abolition of Conclusive Certificates) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Ms Roxon - ALP)

Amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to: remove the capacity for Ministers to issue conclusive certificates to exempt a document from disclosure; and amend the objects of the Act to clarify the right of the community to access government information.

Reps: Intro. 9/10/06; Read a 1st time 9/10/06; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Discharged from Notice Paper 28/5/07

PS Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations to: extend access to information in the possession of the Commonwealth; and create an independent position of Freedom of Information Commissioner to be held by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Senate: Intro. 25/6/03; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/03

SBC report 8/03 (tabled and adopted 13/8/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

PM Fuel Quality Standards (Renewable Content of Motor Vehicle Fuel) Amendment Bill 2006

(Introduced by Mr Katter - Ind)

Amends the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 to provide for the inclusion of ethanol and other renewable fuel in fuel supplied for use in motor vehicles.

Reps: Intro. 4/9/06; Read a 1st time 4/9/06; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 26/3/07

S Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2007

Following recommendations of an independent review of the Gene Technology Act 2000 and the Gene Technology Agreement 2001, this bill makes minor amendments to the Gene Technology Act 2000 to improve its operation.

Senate: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Referred to Community Affairs Committee 29/3/07; report presented 1/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07

Committee amendments: 4 AG/negatived; 3 items opposed/items agreed to

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 20/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 99, 2007

 

PS Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Provides for the: protection of genetic privacy; collection, storage, analysis and disclosure of DNA samples; rights and responsibilities of persons with respect to genetic information; and unlawfulness of genetic discrimination.

Senate: Intro. 11/3/98; 2nd reading adjourned 11/3/98, 5/10/00

SBC report 3/98 (tabled and adopted 25/3/98): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 25/3/98; report due 11/8/98; interim report presented 10/8/98 and tabled 10/11/98

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 23/11/98; extensions of time to report 10/12/98, 16/2/99, 30/3/99; report tabled 31/3/99

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98, 14/5/02, 17/11/04

Governance Review Implementation (Science Research Agencies) Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972 , Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 and Science and Industry Research Act 1949 to implement changes to the governance arrangements of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Reps: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): No reference

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 84, 2007

Governance Review Implementation (Treasury Portfolio Agencies) Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , Corporations Act 2001 , Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 and Financial Institutions Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1998 to apply the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to the relevant agencies; and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 in relation to legislative instruments.

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

Senate: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 23/5/07]

Assent: 5/6/07; Act No. 74, 2007

 

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to implement changes to the governance arrangements of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Also provides for: a periodic outlook report; development of zoning plans for the Marine Park; and replaces the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee with a non-statutory advisory board.

Reps: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 10/5/07; report due 12/6/07; extension of time to report 10/5/07; report presented 15/6/07 and tabled 18/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 4 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 106, 2007

PS Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil 

R Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2003 [2006]

(Introduced by Senator McLucas - ALP and Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to extend the boundaries of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to Australia’s exclusive economic zone.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/03; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/03, 6/3/03

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/10/06

PM Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2006

(Introduced by Mr Albanese - ALP)

Amends the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to extend the boundaries of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to Australia’s exclusive economic zone.

Reps: Intro. 30/10/06; Read a 1st time 30/10/06; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Discharged from Notice Paper 13/8/07

Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation) Bill 2007

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: establish a legislative framework to enable the introduction of an accreditation scheme for practices providing diagnostic imaging services covered by the Radiology Quality and Outlays Memorandum of Understanding; and allow for the extension of accreditation schemes to other diagnostic imaging services in the future.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 13/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 83, 2007

 

Health Insurance Amendment (Inappropriate and Prohibited Practices and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 , Medicare Australia Act 1973 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to replace and strengthen existing prohibitions on inducements and payment of benefits by providers of Medicare funded pathology and diagnostic imaging services to requesters of such services.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

Senate: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 88, 2007

Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Dental Services) Bill 2007

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: enable eligible patients to access up to $4,250 in dental benefits over two consecutive calendar years; and introduce new dental items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 19/9/07

Senate: Intro. 19/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 14/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 16/8/07; report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 181, 2007

Health Insurance Amendment (Provider Number Review) Bill 2007

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to vary the frequency of reviews of the operation of the Medicare provider number legislation from two years to five years.

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

Senate: Intro. 26/3/07; Passed 29/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 58, 2007

Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the: Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to correct a broad offence provision relating to ‘complying health insurance policy’; and the National Health Act 1953 in relation to pharmacists substituting items under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Also makes consequential amendments as a result of the new regulatory framework imposed by the Private Health Insurance Act 2007.

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 19/9/07

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 180, 2007

 

Higher Education Endowment Fund Bill 2007

The bill: establishes the Higher Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) to generate earnings for capital expenditure and research facilities in higher education institutions; grants the Treasurer and Finance Minister the power to credit cash amounts to the HEEF; grants the Future Fund Board of Guardians (the Board) statutory responsibility for managing the investments of the HEEF; expands the Future Fund Management Agency’s operational activities to provide executive support to the Board and be responsible for the operational activities associated with the investment of the HEEF; requires responsible ministers to issue an Investment Mandate to the Board regarding the investment of the HEEF and determine rules for the maximum level of payments from the HEEF; and establishes the Higher Education Endowment Fund Advisory Board to advise the Education Minister on matters related to the making of grants to eligible higher education institutions.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 12/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 19/9/07

SBC report 14/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 16/8/07; interim report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07; final report tabled 10/9/07

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

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/negatived

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 160, 2007

Higher Education Endowment Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Higher Education Endowment Fund Bill 2007, the bill amends the Future Fund Act 2006 to extend the Future Fund Board’s functions in relation to the Higher Education Endowment Fund (HEEF); and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make gifts of money to the HEEF tax deductible.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 12/9/07

Senate: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 19/9/07

SBC report 14/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 16/8/07; interim report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07; final report tabled 10/9/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 161, 2007

 

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 in relation to funding amounts for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme, Other Grants and Commonwealth Scholarships; maximum tertiary student contribution amounts for certain units of study; funding agreements; grant adjustment mechanisms; removal of certain restrictions on the proportion of domestic undergraduate fee-paying places; grants for the practical component of teacher education courses; and grants to support structural reform by universities; and Australian Research Council Act 2001 to increase annual caps on funding and add funding years.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 13/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 15/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 119, 2007

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: revise the maximum funding amounts for the operation of the Research Quality Framework; reflect changes to the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes; clarify the administration of the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) and arrangements for Commonwealth supported students; provide for suspension of higher education providers by legislative instrument; and rename Victoria University of Technology to Victoria University. Also makes amendments to the Higher Education Funding Act 1998 , Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 to limit the time for students to claim an entitlement to Commonwealth support.

Reps: Intro. 28/2/07; Passed 28/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 9/5/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 21/3/07; report presented 1/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07; additional comments tabled 10/5/07

Assent: 28/5/07; Act No. 72, 2007

 

Higher Education Support Amendment (Extending FEE-HELP for VET Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Courses) Bill 2007

(Previous title: Higher Education Support Amendment (Extending FEE-HELP for VET Diploma and VET Advanced Diploma Courses) Bill 2007 )

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to extend FEE-HELP assistance to full-fee-paying students in Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses that are accredited as vocational education and training qualifications and where credit toward a higher education award is available.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 20/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 21/6/07; report presented 30/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 170, 2007

Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007

Establishes a framework for the Health and Social Services Access Card to replace the Medicare Card and other cards and vouchers used to access Australian Government health and social service benefits.

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/2/07; 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee 8/2/07; report presented 15/3/07 and tabled 20/3/07

Income Tax Amendment Bill 2007

Further to the simplified superannuation taxation law framework introduced by the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and five related bills, and as part of a package of five further bills, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Act 1986 .

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 16, 2007

 

Income Tax (Former Complying Superannuation Funds) Amendment Bill 2007

Further to the simplified superannuation taxation law framework introduced by the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and five related bills, and as part of a package of five further bills, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax (Former Complying Superannuation Funds) Act 1994 in relation to the imposition of tax on certain superannuation funds.

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 17, 2007

Income Tax (Former Non-resident Superannuation Funds) Amendment Bill 2007

Further to the simplified superannuation taxation law framework introduced by the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and five related bills, and as part of a package of five further bills, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax (Former Non-resident Superannuation Funds) Act 1994 in relation to the imposition of tax on certain superannuation funds.

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 18, 2007

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Superannuation) Bill 2007

Further to the simplified superannuation taxation law framework introduced by the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and five related bills, and as part of a package of five further bills, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 .

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 19, 2007

PM Independent Contractors Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - ALP)

Amends the Independent Contractors Act 2006 to exempt West Australian truck owner-drivers from the Independent Contractors Act 2006 .

Reps: Intro. 18/6/07; Read a 1st time 18/6/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

 

PS Independent Contractors Amendment Bill 2007 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Sterle - ALP)

Amends the Independent Contractors Act 2006 to exempt West Australian truck owner-drivers from the Independent Contractors Act 2006 .

Senate: Intro. 20/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/07

SBC report 12/07 (tabled and adopted 9/8/07): No reference

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 to appropriate additional funding for Indigenous students through: the expansion of the Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme and Indigenous Youth Leadership Programme; infrastructure funding for boarding school facilities; and where education providers agree, the conversion of Community Development Employment Projects programme places into ongoing jobs in the education sector.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/07; Passed 29/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 13/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 77, 2007

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (Cape York Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 to appropriate additional funding to enable Indigenous students in certain Cape York communities to access the Making Up for Lost Time in Literacy (MULTILIT) program and for students’ parents to establish Student Education Trusts to finance their children’s education.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 19/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 14/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 16/8/07; interim report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07; final report tabled 10/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 176, 2007

 

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Cosmetics) Bill 2007

Amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to: regulate cosmetics by enabling the Minister to make standards for cosmetic products that are imported into, or manufactured in, Australia; create a criminal offence for importing or manufacturing in Australia a cosmetic that does not meet the standard; and makes minor technical changes.

Reps: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 7/8/07

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Assent: 20/8/07; Act No. 134, 2007

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give legislative authority to agreements between Australia and the French Republic, and Australia and Norway, in relation to the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 7/8/07

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): No reference

Assent: 3/9/07; Act No. 136, 2007

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2007

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give legislative authority to agreements between Australia and Finland, in relation to the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 11/9/07

Senate: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 146, 2007

International Trade Integrity Bill 2007

Amends the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 and Customs Act 1901 to: strengthen the enforcement of United Nations Security Council sanctions and introduce an offence regime; and the Criminal Code Act 1995 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to bribery of foreign officials.

Reps: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 16/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/8/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 21/6/07; report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 147, 2007

 

Judges’ Pensions Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 to insert a definition of ‘salary’ for pension purposes; and remedy technical deficiencies in the superannuation surcharge formula in relation to: reduced rates of surcharge in 2003-04 and 2004-05; treatment of invalidity and death benefits; and payments made to discharge in part a judge’s surcharge debt.

Reps: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 13/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived; 7 Dem/negatived; 5 AG/negatived

Assent: 25/9/07; Act No. 162, 2007

S Lands Acquisition Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 to: allow States and Territories to administer exploration and/or mining on Commonwealth land through regulations that incorporate or adopt State/Territory mining legislation; provide for a penalty regime for breaches of the regulations; enable the Minister to make offers of compensation to interest holders without a claim being made; removes the requirement for commercial acquisitions in market of an interest in land to be tabled in Parliament; and repeals the Lands Acquisition (Defence) Act 1968 .

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

PM Late Payment of Government Debts (Interest) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Mr Emerson - ALP)

Provides for interest to be levied on late payments by Commonwealth authorities in relation to contracts with small businesses for the supply of goods and services.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/07; Read a 1st time 18/6/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Marking of Plastic Explosives) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Marking of Plastic Explosives) Act 2007)

Gives effect to Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection by amending the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to trafficking in, manufacturing, possessing, importing and exporting unmarked plastic explosives; Customs Act 1901 to provide Customs officers with appropriate powers to regulate, investigate, search and seize unmarked plastic explosives; and six other Acts to make consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 7/9/06; Passed 6/12/06

Senate: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 8/2/07

SBC report 11/06 (tabled and adopted 11/10/06): No reference

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 3, 2007

 

Legislative Instruments (Technical Amendment) Bill 2004

Arising from the enactment of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 , the bill amends the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to clarify the effect of the expression “by legislative instrument”.

Reps: Intro. 16/11/04; 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/04

Senate:

SBC report 12/04 (tabled and adopted 1/12/04): No reference

Liquid Fuel Emergency Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984 to: improve the Australian Government’s national liquid fuel emergency response arrangements; include the Australian Capital Territory as a legal entity within the terms of the Act; and update penalty provisions.

Reps: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 29/3/07; report due 8/5/07; report tabled 9/5/07

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 86, 2007

PS Lobbying and Ministerial Accountability Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator B Brown - AG)

Provides for: the regulation of lobbying activities; divesture by ministers of all shares within 28 days of becoming a minister; and limitations on the post-separation employment of ministers and ministerial advisers.

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 14/6/07

SBC report 12/07 (tabled; motion to adopt report (1 AG/negatived) agreed to 9/8/07): No reference

Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Repeals the Maritime College Act 1978 to facilitate the integration of the Australian Maritime College with the University of Tasmania including the transfer of all assets and liabilities from the College to the University and makes transitional arrangements. Amendments consequential to the repeal are made to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 , Legislative Instruments Act 2003 , Public Works Committee Act 1969 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973. Amendments to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 enable the Authority to disclose certain maritime information to States and Territories.

Reps: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 15/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): No reference

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 150, 2007

 

Maritime Legislation Amendment (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Maritime Legislation Amendment (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Act 2007)

Amends the Navigation Act 1912 and Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to: implement Australia’s obligations under Annex VI (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships; update certain references; and remove the limit in the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 on the amount of penalty for a breach of a regulation or an order.

Reps: Intro. 6/12/06; Passed 8/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 24, 2007

PS Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Nettle - AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to amend the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

PS Migration Amendment (Act of Compassion) Bill 2005

(Introduced by Senators B Brown and Nettle - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide for: independent review of asylum seekers currently in detention, with the aim of releasing all long-term detainees who do not pose a risk to the community or who are not likely to abscond; and the release of all children and their parents currently being held in immigration detention.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/05; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/05

SBC report 6/05 (tabled and adopted 22/6/05): No reference

Migration Amendment (Border Integrity) Bill 2007

(Previous title: Migration Amendment (Border Integrity) Bill 2006)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 in relation to: cessation of special purpose visas; use of automated systems in immigration clearance; and use of “personal identifiers” as evidence of proof of identity.

Reps: Intro. 11/10/06; Passed 27/3/07

CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 29/3/07

SBC report 12/06 (tabled and adopted 19/10/06): No reference

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 62, 2007

 

Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill 2006

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to expand the offshore processing regime currently applying to offshore entry persons and transitory persons to include all persons arriving at mainland Australia unlawfully by sea on or after 13 April 2006. Also provides for: the exemption of certain persons not intended to be caught by the regime, including New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Norfolk Island and persons brought to Australia purely for Customs Act 1901 purposes; an independent review of the operation of the amendments in the bill, after two years; and offshore processing arrangements to revert to those in place previously, after five years.

Reps: Intro. 11/5/06; Passed 10/8/06

CID amendments: 23 Govt/passed

Senate: Message reported 14/8/06

SBC report 4/06 (tabled and adopted 11/5/06): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 11/5/06; report tabled 13/6/06

S Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006 [2007]

(Act citation: Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act 2007)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to introduce new offences for employers, labour suppliers and other persons who allow non-citizens to work in Australia illegally. Also amends the Crimes Act 1914 to provide certain protections for children involved in proceedings in relation to the new employer sanctions offences.

Senate: Intro. 29/3/06; Passed 6/9/06

SBC report 3/06 (tabled and adopted 30/3/06): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 30/3/06; report presented 2/5/06 and tabled 9/5/06

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 6/9/06; Passed 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 7, 2007

PS Migration Amendment (Mandatory Detention) Bill 2005

(Introduced by Senators B Brown and Nettle - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: abolish temporary protection visas; ensure that detention of children is a last resort; provide for judicial review of immigration detention; limit the period of time that asylum seekers are detained; and provide for the Federal Court to impose on detainees certain conditions of release.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/05; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/05

SBC report 6/05 (tabled and adopted 22/6/05): No reference

 

Migration Amendment (Maritime Crew) Bill 2007

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to create a new maritime crew visa to replace special purpose and other visas currently granted to foreign crew of non-miliary ships and ships being imported into Australia, foreign supernumerary crew and spouses and dependent children accompanying such crew.

Reps: Intro. 15/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 1/3/07; report presented 20/4/07 and tabled 9/5/07

Assent: 28/5/07; Act No. 73, 2007

S Migration Amendment (Review Provisions) Bill 2006 [2007]

(Act citation: Migration Amendment (Review Provisions) Act 2007)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to allow the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal flexibility in providing procedural fairness to review applicants.

Senate: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 29/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 7/12/06; report presented 20/2/07 and tabled 26/2/07; corrigendum tabled 22/3/07

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 8/5/07; Passed 20/6/07

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 100, 2007

Migration Amendment (Sponsorship Obligations) Bill 2007

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: introduce a regime of obligations for employers who are approved sponsors in relation to a person for a visa, including civil penalties for breaches; provide for inspectors to monitor an employer’s compliance with their sponsorship obligations; and amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to allow the Tax Office to disclose certain information to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/07

Senate:

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 21/6/07; report presented 30/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Migration Amendment (Statutory Agency) Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to constitute the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal as a single statutory agency under the Public Service Act 1999 .

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 12/6/07

Senate: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 87, 2007

 

S Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006 [2007]

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify the immigration clearance and immigration status of non-citizen children born in Australia; harmonise criminal offence provisions with those in the Criminal Code Act 1995 ; clarify the power to require and take a security to ensure compliance with visa conditions, before granting a visa; and clarify certain provisions in relation to the operation of bridging visas.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/06

SBC report 7/06 (tabled and adopted 9/8/06): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 9/8/06; report by Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee tabled 11/9/06 1

PS Migration (Climate Refugees) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Nettle - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to create a new visa category for persons displaced by environmental disasters due to climate change.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/07, 9/8/07

SBC report 12/07 (tabled and adopted 9/8/07): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Access to Judicial Review of Migration Decisions) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 in relation to access to judicial review of migration decisions.

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Access to Detention Centres) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to repeal provisions in relation to security and screening measures for visitors and other persons entering immigration detention centres.

Senate: Intro. 19/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/06

SBC report 6/06 (tabled and adopted 22/6/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Review) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Regulations 1994 to remove provisions: requiring refugees to apply for asylum status within 45 days of arrival in Australia in order to be permitted to work and be eligible for other government support; and relating to fees for review of a decision by the Refugee Review Tribunal.

Senate: Intro. 19/10/06; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/06

SBC report 13/06 (tabled and adopted 8/11/06): No reference

 

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Complementary Protection Visas) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to introduce a class of complementary protection visas which will provide protection for those people who do not meet the definition of a refugee under the Refugee Convention but who have compelling humanitarian or safety reasons to not return to their country of origin.

Senate: Intro. 13/9/06; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/06

SBC report 10/06 (tabled and adopted 14/9/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Duration of Detention) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to repeal provisions which require a detainee to be kept in immigration detention unless a court finally determines that the detention is unlawful or that the detainee is not an unlawful non-citizen.

Senate: Intro. 9/11/06; 2nd reading adjourned 9/11/06

SBC report 14/06 (tabled and adopted 29/11/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Enabling Permanent Protection) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Regulations 1994 to repeal provisions which prevent people on Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) who have been convicted of certain legal offences from being eligible to receive a permanent Protection Visa when their TPV expires.

Senate: Intro. 12/10/06; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/06

SBC report 12/06 (tabled and adopted 19/10/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006

(Introduced Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to end the mandatory detention of visa applicants and asylum seekers.

Senate: Intro. 7/9/06; 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/06

SBC report 10/06 (tabled and adopted 14/9/06): No reference

Migration Legislation Amendment (Information and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , Fisheries Management Act 1991 , Migration Act 1958 and Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 in relation to personal identifying information; and Migration Act 1958 in relation to international movement records; and the definition of “fisheries detention offence”.

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 26/3/07

Senate: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): No reference

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 63, 2007

 

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Introduced with the Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to repeal provisions which provide for the excision from the migration zone of certain offshore places and prevent a person who arrives unlawfully at an “excised offshore place” from making a valid visa application unless the Minister determines it is in the public interest to do so.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/06

SBC report 6/06 (tabled and adopted 22/6/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Introduced with the Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Migration Act 1958 in relation to the repeal of the excision from the migration zone of certain offshore places.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/06

SBC report 6/06 (tabled and adopted 22/6/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 in relation to ministerial discretion to assess the character or conduct of a non-citizen for the purposes of refusing a visa application or cancelling an existing visa.

Senate: Intro. 14/8/06; 2nd reading adjourned 14/8/06

SBC report 9/06 (tabled and adopted 7/9/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Removal of Unjust Restrictions) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to remove restrictions in certain definition provisions used by the Federal Court and the Refugee Review Tribunal in determining refugee status, which have narrowed eligibility for protection visas.

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Fair Process) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Migration Act 1958 to remove the privative clause mechanism which restricted access to Federal and High Court judicial review of administrative decisions made under the Migration Act 1958 .

Senate: Intro. 30/11/06; 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/06

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

 

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Human Rights) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to repeal provisions which prevent the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission and the Postal Industry Ombudsman from giving legal advice or assistance to detainees unless they have initiated a complaint in writing to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission or to the Postal Industry Ombudsman.

Senate: Intro. 9/11/06; 2nd reading adjourned 9/11/06

SBC report 14/06 (tabled and adopted 29/11/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Rights and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Migration Act 1958 to remove the privative clause mechanism restricting access to Federal and High Court judicial review of administrative decisions made under the Migration Act; and the Migration Act 1958 in relation to: immigration detainees; the natural justice hearing rule; the refusal or cancellation of visas on character grounds; and mandatory migration detention.

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; 2nd reading adjourned 8/8/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled; motion to adopt report (1 Dem/negatived) agreed to 16/8/07): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Return to Procedural Fairness) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to repeal provisions which provide that compliance with certain specified codes of procedure satisfy the common law requirements of the natural justice hearing rule.

Senate: Intro. 17/8/06; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/06

SBC report 9/06 (tabled and adopted 7/9/06): No reference

PS Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas Repeal) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Migration Regulations 1994 to remove the category of Temporary Protection Visa.

Senate: Intro. 22/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/06

SBC report 7/06 (tabled and adopted 9/8/06): No reference

Migration (Sponsorship Fees) Bill 2007

Validates the collection of sponsorship fees for certain temporary entry visa applications under regulation 5.38 of the Migration Regulations 1994, made on or after 1 May 1997 and before 24 May 2007.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/07; Passed 14/6/07

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 110, 2007

 

PS Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senators Stott Despoja and Murray - AD)

Regulates certain pre- and post-retirement conduct of, and places post-retirement employment restrictions on ministers and ministerial advisers; and includes offence and penalty provisions.

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

Murray-Darling Basin Amendment Bill 2006

Amends the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993 to approve and give effect to the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement Amending Agreement 2006 between the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/06

Senate:

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

PS National Animal Welfare Bill 2003 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Provides a legislative framework for animal welfare in Australia, including the establishment of the National Animal Welfare Authority which will coordinate, monitor and review the care, protection and use of domestic animals, livestock, wildlife and animals kept for scientific purposes.

Senate: Intro. 11/8/03; 2nd reading adjourned 11/8/03

SBC report 16/03 (tabled and adopted 3/12/03): No reference

Reference: Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 9/8/04; report due 30/11/04; interim report presented 8/9/04 and tabled 16/11/04

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

PS National Animal Welfare Bill 2005

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Provides a legislative framework for animal welfare in Australia, including the establishment of the National Animal Welfare Authority which will coordinate, monitor and review the care, protection and use of domestic animals, livestock, wildlife and animals kept for scientific purposes.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/05; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/05

SBC report 6/05 (tabled and adopted 22/6/05): Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 22/6/05; extension of time to report 10/8/05; report tabled 22/6/06

 

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007

Establishes a national framework for industry to report greenhouse gas emissions, abatement actions and energy consumption and production by: mandatory registration; record and report requirements; security and disclosure of information; compliance and enforcement arrangements; administration arrangements (including establishing the position of Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer); and compliance monitoring arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 17/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 11 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 18/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 16/8/07; report presented 6/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 175, 2007

National Health Amendment (National HPV Vaccination Program Register) Bill 2007

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to establish a National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program Register to facilitate the implementation of the National HPV Program.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 8/8/07

Senate: Intro. 9/8/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Assent: 20/8/07; Act No. 135, 2007

S National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2007

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to allow authorised optometrists to prescribe certain ophthalmic (eye) medicines for supply under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Also amends the National Health Act 1953 to clarify the supply of pharmaceutical benefits “at or from” approved premises.

Senate: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): No reference

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 169, 2007

 

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2007

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to change the pricing arrangements for drugs after they are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, by classifying drugs into formularies and specifying new pricing rules and supply requirements for drugs that have multiple brands and for single brand combination items. Also includes provisions for drugs requiring special pricing arrangements and makes minor, technical and consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 31/5/07

CID amendments: 38 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 20/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 13/6/07; report tabled 18/6/07

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 2, and 4 to 10, disagreed to Senate amendment no. 3 and made an identical amendment in its place 21/6/07; Senate agreed to Reps amendment 21/6/07]

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 111, 2007

National Health Security Bill 2007

The bill: enables the exchange of public health surveillance information in relation to public health events of national significance; enables the sharing of information with the World Health Organization and countries affected by any event relating to public health or an overseas mass casualty; gives effect to the International Health Regulations 2005; and establishes a scheme for the national registration and regulation of entities handling security-sensitive biological agents.

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 174, 2007

PS National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Allison - AD)

Amends the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to create a market for energy savings, additional to energy efficiency activities set by minimum energy performance regulation, by: setting a National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target; and providing for the creation, acquisition and trading of Energy Efficiency Certificates.

Senate: Intro. 14/8/07; 2nd reading adjourned 14/8/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Bill referred to Economics Committee 16/8/07; interim report tabled 17/9/07; extension of time to report 17/9/07; further interim report tabled 12/2/08.

 

Native Title Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Native Title Amendment Act 2007)

Amends the Native Title Act 1993 to: introduce a new regime for representative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies; implement recommendations made by an independent review into the native title claims resolution process, particularly in relation to increased powers and functions of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) and improved coordination and communication between the Federal Court and the NNTT; and implement changes to the prescribed bodies corporate governance regime and the native title non-claimants financial assistance program.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 26/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 7/12/06; presented 23/2/07 and tabled 26/2/07

Committee amendments: 13 Govt/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 1 item negatived; 12 Opp/negatived; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 18 Dem/negatived; 5 AG/negatived; 2 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 84 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 28/3/07]

Assent: 15/4/07; Act No. 61, 2007

Native Title Amendment (Technical Amendments) Bill 2007

Amends the Native Title Act 1993 , Native Title Amendment Act 1998 and Native Title Amendment Act 2007 in relation to: processes for native title litigation and negotiation; representative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies; operation of prescribed bodies corporate; and makes amendments consequential to the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 13/6/07

SBC report 6/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 29/3/07; report due 8/5/07, report tabled 9/5/07

Committee amendments: 40 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 1 Opp to Govt/negatived; 5 items opposed/items agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 20/6/07]

Assent: 20/7/07; Act No. 125, 2007

 

S Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]

(Act citation: Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Act 2007)

Amends the: Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 (Safeguards Act) to implement Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and to the International Atomic Energy Agency under the Additional Protocol; and create new offences; Safeguards Act, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Act 1998 and Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 to extend the geographical jurisdiction for offences related to proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to make a consequential amendment.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/06; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Referred to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 7/12/06; report tabled 8/2/07

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 50, 2007

S Northern Territory National Emergency Response Amendment (Alcohol) Bill 2007

Amends the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 to: replace the 1,350ml trigger for seeking and recording details in relation to takeaway alcohol sales; clarifies the storage of records of takeaway purchases; provides certain exceptions to the alcohol offences in relation to tourism operations in parks and other certain areas; provide for the alcohol measures not to apply to certain areas when local alcohol management measures are implemented; and to clarify the operation of certain Northern Territory law.

Senate: Intro. 11/9/07; Passed 11/9/07

Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived

Reps: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 14/9/07; Act No. 141, 2007

 

Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007

Part of a package of five bills to implement the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, the bill: effects restrictions on the possession, consumption, sale and transportation of liquor; establishes a scheme to prevent and detect misuse of publicly funded computers located in certain prescribed areas; provides for the immediate and later acquisition of five-year leases over certain Aboriginal townships; provides for the management of government activities and assets in business management areas; implements 2006 Council of Australian Government decisions relating to the treatment of violence or sexual abuse, and bail and sentencing discretion; introduces a licensing regime for community stores in Indigenous communities; and modifies Northern Territory legislation.

Reps: Intro. 7/8/07; Passed 7/8/07

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 9/8/07 (see item 30, Journals 8/8/07); report tabled 13/8/07; corrigendum tabled 14/8/07

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 3 Dem to AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 10 Opp/negatived; 3 Dem/negatived; 1 Dem-Opp/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 7 Parts opposed/Parts agreed to; 1 Division opposed/Division agreed to; 3 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

Assent: 17/8/07; Act No. 129, 2007

Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Promoting Safer Workplaces) Bill 2005

Amends the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 to exclude Commonwealth employers and employees from the application of the ACT industrial manslaughter laws and any other similar industrial manslaughter law enacted by a State or Territory in the future.

Reps: Intro. 9/3/05; Passed 8/12/05

Senate: Intro. 8/12/05; 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/05

SBC report 3/05 (tabled and adopted 16/3/05): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 16/3/05; report tabled 10/5/05

Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Greater Sunrise) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Greater Sunrise) Bill 2007, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 , Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to put in place a framework necessary for Australia to meet its obligations under the Greater Sunrise Unitisation Agreement between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste when the Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 comes into force.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 49, 2007

 

S Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 to: convert certain geodetic data references of area descriptions to Geocentric Datum of Australia (GOA94); remove certain ministerial emergency powers in part of Bass Strait; and make technical corrections.

Senate: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Bill referred to Economics Committee 16/8/07; report tabled 11/9/07

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; Read a 1st time, 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2004]

R   (Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Provides for parliamentary approval of international treaties and any reservations to a treaty signed by Australia.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/95; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96, 23/11/98, 13/2/02, 17/11/04

PS Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill 2001 [2005]

R   (Introduced by Senator Lees and restored by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Provides for a Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect all Australians against violations of their fundamental civil and political rights by governments.

Senate: Intro. 27/9/01; 2nd reading adjourned 27/9/01

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 9/11/05

PS Parliamentary (Judicial Misbehaviour or Incapacity) Commission Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Kirk - ALP)

The bill establishes an independent Commission to hear and determine matters concerning alleged judicial misconduct or incapacity and requires the Commission to report its findings and make recommendations to Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 11/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

PS Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2004]

R   (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Patents Act 1990 to prohibit the patenting of naturally occurring genes or gene sequences.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (tabled and adopted 12/9/96): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98, 14/5/02, 17/11/04

PM Payment of Accounts by Government Bill 2006

(Introduced by Mr Bowen - ALP)

Amends the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 and Public Service Act 1999 to require annual reports of departments and agencies to contain details of the timing of the payment of accounts to small business.

Reps: Intro. 14/8/06; Read a 1st time 14/8/06; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 26/2/07

 

PS Peace and Non-Violence Commission Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Allison - AD)

Establishes a Peace and Non-Violence Commission, an independent statutory body, to promote peace and non-violence and advance Australia’s obligations under international humanitarian law.

Senate: Intro. 18/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/07

SBC report 12/07 (tabled and adopted 9/8/07): No reference

PS Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD, Senator Troeth - LP, Senator Nettle - AG and Senator C Brown - ALP)

Prohibits misleading or deceptive advertising or notification of pregnancy counselling services.

Senate: Intro. 7/12/06; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/06, 14/6/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Amendment Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 (PIERD Act) to strengthen the governance, accountability and reporting framework of the eight statutory rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs).

Reps: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

Senate: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 10/5/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

Assent: 28/5/07; Act No. 71, 2007

PS Privacy (Data Security Breach Notification) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Privacy Act 1988 to require organisations and Commonwealth Government agencies to notify affected individuals of a data security breach where their personal information is accessed by, or disclosed to, an unauthorised person.

Senate: Intro. 16/8/07; 2nd reading adjourned 16/8/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

PS Privacy (Extension to Political Acts and Practices) Amendment Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Privacy Act 1988 to remove the exemption in the Act for political acts and practices.

Senate: Intro. 22/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/06

SBC report 7/06 (tabled and adopted 9/8/06): No reference

 

PM Privacy Protection for Off-shoring Bill 2007

(Introduced by Ms Burke - ALP)

Amends the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and Trade Practices Act 1974 to regulate the transmission of personal identification data for processing by third parties outside Australia.

Reps: Intro. 18/6/07; Read a 1st time 18/6/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Private Health Insurance Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill replaces the current regulatory framework with a new regulatory framework which includes measures such as: the introduction of Broader Health Cover which will cover out of hospital services which substitute for, or avert, hospital care; premiums reduction and incentive payments schemes; standard product information; conversion to for-profit status; restructures, mergers and acquisitions of health funds; a comparative website for consumers; changes to Lifetime Health Cover for those with 10 years’ continuous cover; and provides for the Office of Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

2nd reading amendments: 1 Dem/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 104 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 2 clauses negatived; 2 Opp/negatived; 5 Dem/negatived; 7 Divisions opposed/Divisions agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/3/07]

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 31, 2007

Private Health Insurance (Collapsed Organization Levy) Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance (Collapsed Organization Levy) Amendment Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill amends the Private Health Insurance (Collapsed Organization Levy) Act 2003 to update definitions as a consequence of the proposed Private Health Insurance Act 2007 ; and repeals the existing levy and imposes a new levy.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 34, 2007

 

Private Health Insurance Complaints Levy Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance Complaints Levy Amendment Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill amends the Private Health Insurance Complaints Levy Act 1995 to update definitions as a consequence of the proposed Private Health Insurance Act 2007 ; and repeals the existing levy and imposes a new levy.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 35, 2007

Private Health Insurance (Council Administration Levy) Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance (Council Administration Levy) Amendment Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill amends the Private Health Insurance (Council Administration Levy) Act 2003 to update definitions and other terminology as a consequence of the proposed Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 36, 2007

Private Health Insurance (Prostheses Application and Listing Fees) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance (Prostheses Application and Listing Fees) Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill imposes listing and application fees on prostheses sponsors to recover the cost of evaluation and listing prostheses for private health insurance purposes.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 33, 2007

 

Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Amendment Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill amends the Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Act 2003 to update definitions as a consequence of the proposed Private Health Insurance Act 2007 ; and repeals the existing levy and imposes a new levy.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 28/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Committee requests: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate requests for amendments 27/3/07]

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 37, 2007

Private Health Insurance (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Private Health Insurance (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2007)

Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill: provides for the transition to the new regulatory framework; makes consequential amendments to 23 Acts, including changes to the income tax law in relation to income tax offsets; repeals redundant provisions in the National Health Act 1953 , Health Insurance Act 1973 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 ; and repeals the Private Health Insurance (ACAC Review Levy) Act 2003 and Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1998 .

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 14/2/07

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Committee 7/12/06; extension of time to report 26/2/07; report tabled 28/2/07

Committee amendments: 51 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/3/07]

Assent: 30/3/07; Act No. 32, 2007

Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000 to give effect to recommendations of the first review of that Act, particularly in relation to the constitution and operation of the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 16/8/07

Senate: Intro. 17/8/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 155, 2007

 

PS Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Allison - AD)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to impose restrictions on: food and beverage advertising on television during children’s viewing times; and advertising in schools by companies whose principal activity is the manufacture, distribution or sale of junk food.

Senate: Intro. 30/3/06; 2nd reading adjourned 30/3/06

SBC report 7/06 (tabled and adopted 9/8/06): No reference

PS Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Provides protection for persons who disclose conduct adverse to the public interest in the public sector.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

SBC report 1/03 (tabled and adopted 5/2/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

Discharged from Notice Paper 19/6/07

PS Public Interest Disclosures Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Creates a framework to facilitate the disclosure of information in the public interest by protecting public officials and others who make such disclosures.

Senate: Intro. 14/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 14/6/07

SBC report 12/07 (tabled and adopted 9/8/07): No reference

PS Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Qantas Sale Act 1992 to ensure that restrictions about foreign ownership and other matters that apply to Qantas also apply to Jetstar and other Qantas subsidiaries.

Senate: Intro. 27/2/07; 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): Bill referred to Economics Committee 1/3/07; report tabled 20/3/07; corrected comments tabled 28/3/07

Quarantine Amendment (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2007

Amends the Quarantine Act 1908 to allow the Minister to appoint a Commissioner to conduct a Commission of inquiry into the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia, and provides that relevant powers and protections in the Royal Commission Act 1902 apply to the inquiry. Also makes consequential amendments to the Archives Act 1983 , Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1988 .

Reps: Intro. 12/9/07; Passed 17/9/07

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 18/9/07; Passed 19/9/07

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 158, 2007

 

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 to ensure that all revenue earned from analogue and digital radio broadcasting services by a broadcaster is used to calculate the broadcaster’s radio broadcasting licence fee.

Reps: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

Senate: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 10/5/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 29/3/07; interim report presented 30/4/07 and tabled 9/5/07; final report presented 7/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07

Assent: 28/5/07; Act No. 69, 2007

PS Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Ridgeway - AD)

Advances reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all other Australians, by establishing processes to identify, monitor, negotiate and resolve unresolved issues for reconciliation.

Senate: Intro. 5/4/01; 2nd reading adjourned 5/4/01, 27/11/03

SBC report 7/01 (tabled and adopted 23/5/01): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04

PS Removal of Recognition of US Military Commissions (David Hicks) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senators Nettle and B Brown - AG)

Removes recognition of United States military commissions from the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 .

Senate: Intro. 7/12/06; 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/06

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

PS Repatriation of Citizens Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senators Allison and Stott Despoja - AD)

Provides for the repatriation of Australian citizens held in detention overseas if there is a risk of infringement of their human rights.

Senate: Intro. 29/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

PS Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Provides for electors to be consulted, at the same time as the next House of Representatives general election, on whether Australia should become a republic and on whether they should vote again, if applicable, to choose from different republic models.

Senate: Intro. 26/9/01; 2nd reading adjourned 26/9/01

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 14/5/02, 17/11/04

 

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007)

Amends: the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to ensure the financial viability of the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme, by amending the definitions of “disease” and “injury” and making changes to improve the administration and provision of benefits; and makes amendments consequential on the commencement of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 ; and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 to: prohibit the operation of major hazard facilities without a licence; and extend its civil penalty regime to breaches of regulations. Also increases the maximum funeral benefits payable and makes a similar amendment to the Military Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2004 .

Reps: Intro. 30/11/06; Passed 7/12/06

Senate: Intro. 6/2/07; Passed 27/3/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 7/12/06; report presented 20/2/07 and tabled 26/2/07

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 2 Opp/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 29/3/07]

Assent: 12/4/07; Act No. 54, 2007

PS Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett - AD)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to ensure that same-sex marriages are given equal status to heterosexual marriages, including repealing the definition of “marriage” as the union between a man and a woman and repealing provisions which prevent same-sex marriages entered into under the law of another country from being recognised in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/06; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/06

SBC report 6/06 (tabled and adopted 22/6/06): No reference

PS Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senators Allison, Bartlett, Murray and Stott Despoja - AD)

Implements recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report Same-Sex: Same Entitlements to remove from Commonwealth law relating to taxation, superannuation, employment and family law, provisions which discriminate against same-sex couples and their children.

Senate: Intro. 14/8/07; 2nd reading adjourned 14/8/07

SBC report 13/07 (tabled; motion to adopt report (1 Dem/negatived) agreed to 16/8/07): No reference [Report of inquiry (conducted by Democrat senators) tabled 20/9/07]

 

Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004 to: increase per capita assistance to State and non-government education authorities for newly arrived humanitarian entrant students under the English as a Second Language-New Arrivals Program for the 2008 program year; and provide for additional funding for 2008 for non-government schools in rural and remote regions, based on redefined remoteness classifications.

Reps: Intro. 23/5/07; Passed 29/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

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

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 120, 2007

Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004 to provide additional funding for Australian Government programs of financial assistance to the States and Territories for government and non-government schools for the 2005 to 2008 quadrennium, for capital infrastructure grants, capital grants for non-government schools and grants for literacy, numeracy and special learning needs.

Reps: Intro. 28/2/07; Passed 21/3/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/3/07; Passed 23/3/07

SBC report 4/07 (tabled and adopted 21/3/07): No reference

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

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 46, 2007

PS Senate Voters’ Choice (Preference Allocation) Bill 2004

(Introduced by Senator B Brown - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to enable voters at Senate elections to determine the order of their party preferences in above-the-line voting.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/04; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/04

SBC report 1/05 (tabled and adopted 9/2/05): No reference

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Teaching Profession) Bill 2004

Amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to permit the provision of teaching scholarships to persons of one sex, in order to address the imbalance in the number of male and female teachers in schools.

Reps: Intro. 17/11/04; Passed 12/5/05

Senate: Intro. 14/6/05; 2nd reading adjourned 14/6/05

SBC report 12/04 (tabled and adopted 1/12/04): No reference

 

PS Sexuality and Gender Identity Discrimination Bill 2003 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Greig - AD)

Prohibits discrimination on the ground of sexuality, transgender identity or intersex status and makes consequential amendments to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 .

Senate: Intro. 25/11/03; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/03, 12/10/06

SBC report 16/03 (tabled and adopted 3/12/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

PS Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Greig - AD)

Prohibits certain conduct involving the vilification and incitement to hatred of people on the ground of gender or sexuality.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/03; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/03

SBC report 6/03 (tabled and adopted 18/6/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

PM Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Amendment Bill 2006

(Introduced by Mrs Hull - NATS)

Amends the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 in the event that the Snowy Hydro Company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in relation to: limits on individual, corporate and foreign ownership; and corporate and operational provisions to be included in the company constitution.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/06; Read a 1st time 19/6/06; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 12/2/07

Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: mobility allowance for those persons undertaking vocational rehabilitation, receiving parenting payment or working at least fifteen hours per week under the supported wage system; qualification for youth allowance; access to certain benefits and concessions for partnered parenting payment recipients with a partial capacity to work; eligibility for certain allowances for persons with at least 14 per cent care of a child; parenting payment participation requirements; the activity test for newstart allowance; and makes a technical correction.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 16/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 21/6/07; report presented 30/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Dem/negatived; 2 AG/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 172, 2007

 

Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 2) Bill 2007

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: extend participation exemptions to principal carers who are relatives but not parents of children; make administrative changes in relation to transfers between income support payments; clarify the waiver of certain social security debts; and enable the making of ministerial guidelines in relation to the determination of a person’s capacity to work.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 19/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 15/07 (tabled and adopted 12/9/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 12/9/07; report tabled 18/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 11 AG/negatived; 19 items opposed/items agreed to

Committee request: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 173, 2007

Social Security Amendment (Apprenticeship Wage Top-Up for Australian Apprentices) Bill 2007

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide $2,000 over two years to Australian apprentices under the age of 30 who are undertaking an Australian apprenticeship in a trade occupation identified as experiencing national skills shortages; and to exempt the payment from assessment as income.

Reps: Intro. 24/5/07; Passed 18/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 9/07 (tabled and adopted 13/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 114, 2007

 

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 , Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to establish a national income management regime for certain welfare payment recipients; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 to amend baby bonus payment arrangements for claimants subject to the income management regime; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to replace the Community Development Employment Projects program in the Northern Territory with other employment services.

Reps: Intro. 7/8/07; Passed 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 9/8/07 (see item 30, Journals 8/8/07); report tabled 13/8/07; corrigendum tabled 14/8/07

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived; 3 Dem to AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived; 3 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 4 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

Assent: 17/8/07; Act No. 130, 2007

Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (One-off Payments and Other 2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: provide one-off payments to certain older Australians, veterans and carers; provide one-off compensation payments in respect of certain World War Two internments; increase the amount of funeral benefits payable in respect of veterans and the rate of certain veterans’ pensions; and extend backdating periods in relation to war widow and widower pensions.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 9/5/07

Senate: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 10/5/07

Assent: 11/5/07; Act No. 66, 2007

PS Social Security (Helping Pensioners Hit by the Skills Shortage) Bill 2006

(Introduced by Senator Evans - ALP)

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to provide a discretion to extend the period in which sale proceeds from a pensioner’s principal home are not included in the assets test for pensioners whose new principal home construction has been unavoidably delayed.

Senate: Intro. 14/9/06; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/06

SBC report 11/06 (tabled and adopted 11/10/06): No reference

 

Social Security Legislation Amendment (2007 Budget Measures for Students) Bill 2007

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 in relation to: recovery of payments under the ABSTUDY and Assistance for Isolated Children Schemes deposited into incorrect accounts; issue of certain notices electronically; levels of eligible study, to include Masters degrees as eligible courses and removal of current restrictions on students receiving Austudy payments if they already have a Masters degree; rent assistance payments to Austudy students to increase support for mature age students; and access to crisis payments for Indigenous students in receipt of the ABSTUDY living allowance.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 19/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 21/6/07; report presented 30/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 184, 2007

ED Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) and Related Research Amendment Bill 2006

(Exposure Draft tabled by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 and Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 to provide for: medical and scientific research using stem cells, including techniques such as somatic cell nuclear transfer; and development of techniques for the training, research and improvements in clinical practice in assisted reproductive technology.

Senate: Tabled 14/9/06

Reference: Community Affairs Committee considered exposure draft as part of its inquiry into legislative responses to the Lockhart review; interim report presented 27/10/06; final report presented 30/10/06 and tabled 6/11/06; corrigendum tabled 6/11/06

PS Spyware Bill 2005

(Introduced by Senator Greig - AD)

Regulates the unauthorised installation of computer software; and provides for disclosure to computer users of software features that may pose a threat to user privacy.

Senate: Intro. 12/5/05; 2nd reading adjourned 12/5/05

SBC report 5/05 (tabled and adopted 15/6/05): No reference

 

PS State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Provides that the “one vote, one value” principle must be observed as closely as possible in state and territory elections.

Senate: Intro. 7/8/01; 2nd reading adjourned 7/8/01, 21/8/03

SBC report 15/01 (tabled and adopted 26/9/01): Deferred

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 9/9/03; extension of time to report 28/10/03; interim report tabled 1/3/04; extension of time to report 1/3/04; report tabled 3/3/04

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02, 17/11/04

S Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2006 [2007]

(Act citation: Statute Law Revision Act 2007)

The bill: amends 45 Acts to correct clerical and drafting errors; repeals 17 obsolete Acts and amends six Acts as a consequence of those repeals.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/06; Passed 8/2/07

SBC report 15/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

Reps: Intro. 12/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 8, 2007

ED Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2007

(Exposure Draft tabled by Senator Bartlett - AD)

Provides for ex gratia payments to Aboriginal persons forcibly removed from their families between 1 January 1935 and 31 December 1975.

Senate: Tabled 28/3/07

PS Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

The bill: provides for compensation payments for certain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons removed from their families; establishes the Stolen Generations Tribunal and Stolen Generations Fund and their functions and powers; and provides for additional support services.

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

 

Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Act 2007)

Part of a package of six bills in relation to reform of the superannuation system, the bill realigns the tax treatment of superannuation payments for persons departing Australia with the new superannuation taxation regime.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 7/12/06; report due 6/2/07; report tabled 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 13, 2007

Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Tax) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Tax) Act 2007)

Part of a package of six bills in relation to reform of the superannuation system, the bill imposes excess concessional contributions tax to give effect to the limit on concessional contributions to superannuation.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 7/12/06; report due 6/2/07; report tabled 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 10, 2007

Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Act 2007)

Part of a package of six bills in relation to reform of the superannuation system, the bill imposes excess non-concessional contributions tax to give effect to the limit on non-concessional contributions to superannuation.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 7/12/06; report due 6/2/07; report tabled 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 11, 2007

 

Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Act 2007)

Part of a package of six bills in relation to reform of the superannuation system, the bill imposes the top marginal tax rate (plus Medicare levy) on lump sum payments in excess of $1 million made from untaxed superannuation schemes.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 7/12/06; report due 6/2/07; report tabled 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 12, 2007

Superannuation Laws Amendment (2007 Budget Co-contribution Measure) Bill 2007

Amends the Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003 to provide an additional one-off Government superannuation co-contribution payment to eligible persons for the 2005-06 income year.

Reps: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 9/5/07

Senate: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 10/5/07

Assent: 15/5/07; Act No. 67, 2007

Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the superannuation and defence force superannuation laws to: make contributions to the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) voluntary; allow members of the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS) to leave the PSS and make other superannuation arrangements for future contributions; enable members of the CSS to obtain early release of funded account balances on severe financial hardship and compassionate grounds; provide for the restoration of pensions for remarried widows and widowers; and amends the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 scheme in relation to post retirement marriages and benefits payable on marriage breakdowns.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 13/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Committee 21/6/07; report presented 27/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 25/9/07; Act No. 165, 2007

 

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Simplification) Bill 2007

Further to the simplified superannuation taxation law system introduced by the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and five related bills, and as part of a package of five further bills, the bill makes: consequential and other amendments in relation to superannuation taxation to 26 Acts, including the repeal of the old superannuation taxation law (such as reasonable benefits limits and taxation of eligible termination payments) in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 . Also repeals the Income Tax (Superannuation Payments Withholding Tax) Act 2002 .

Reps: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 15, 2007

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Board and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007

Amends 34 Acts consequential on: introduction of the Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan (PSSAP); establishment of a single Superannuation Board to administer the Commonwealth Superannuation (CSS) and Public Sector Superannuation Schemes and PSSAP; a new regime for managing legislative instruments; legislative changes to the earnings base for the Superannuation Guarantee effective from 1 July 2008; and removes the requirement to gazette CSS interest determinations.

Reps: Intro. 28/2/07; Passed 8/8/07

Senate: Intro. 9/8/07; 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Superannuation (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Supervisory Levy Amendment Bill 2006

(Act citation: Superannuation (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Supervisory Levy Amendment Act 2007)

Part of a package of six bills in relation to reform of the superannuation system, the bill amends the Superannuation (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1991 to repeal the current penalty for the late lodgment of a self-managed superannuation fund’s regulatory return, enabling a single annual return to be lodged covering both the supervisory levy and income tax liability.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 13/2/07

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 7/12/06; report due 6/2/07; report tabled 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 14, 2007

 

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001 to extend the repeal date of the Act to 19 September 2033.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 12/9/07

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 13/9/07

SBC 15/07 (tabled and adopted 12/9/07): No reference

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 151, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 6) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 6) Act 2007)

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to amend the list of deductible gift recipients; and makes technical corrections and amendments to seven Acts.

Reps: Intro. 2/11/06; Passed 7/12/06

Senate: Intro. 6/2/07; Passed 8/2/07

SBC report 14/06 (tabled and adopted 29/11/06): No reference

Assent: 19/2/07; Act No. 4, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 7) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 7) Act 2007)

Amends the taxation laws in relation to: small business relief for capital gains tax events; deductible gift recipients; effective life of tractors and harvesters; farm management deposits; and capital protected borrowings.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 7/2/07

Senate: Intro. 7/2/07; Passed 28/3/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): No reference

SBC report 2/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): Referred to Economics Committee 8/2/07; report tabled 27/2/07

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 29/3/07]

Assent: 12/4/07; Act No. 55, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Amends the taxation laws to: increase the dependent spouse tax offset to $2,100 from 1 July 2007; increase the Medicare levy low-income and the Medicare levy surcharge low-income thresholds in line with movements in the consumer price index; and increase the Medicare levy low-income thresholds for pensioners below pension age so that there is no Medicare levy liability if there is no income tax liability.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 23/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 12/6/07

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 75, 2007

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Amends: the secrecy and disclosure provisions in the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to allow the Commissioner of Taxation to disclose certain taxpayer information to Project Wickenby taskforce officers and officers of other taskforces; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to enable the Commissioner of Taxation or an officer of the Australian Taxation Office to provide information to an employee in response to a complaint concerning an employer’s superannuation guarantee obligations; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and four other tax Acts to extend the employee share scheme concessions and related capital gains tax treatment to certain stapled securities.

Reps: Intro. 15/2/07; Passed 28/2/07

Senate: Intro. 1/3/07; Passed 28/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 12/4/07; Act No. 56, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 2) Bill 2007

Amends the taxation laws in relation to: effective life of assets; donation of listed shares to deductible gift recipients; deductions for fund-raising events; boating activities; research and development; deductible gift recipients; venture capital; and makes technical corrections.

Reps: Intro. 29/3/07; Passed 9/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/5/07; Passed 13/6/07

SBC report 6/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 29/3/07; interim report presented 30/4/07 and tabled 9/5/07; final report presented 3/5/07 and tabled 9/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 78, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 3) Bill 2007

Amends the taxation laws in relation to: distributions to entities connected with a private company; transitional excess non-concessional contributions; capital gains on testamentary trusts; superannuation of deceased military and police; thin capitalisation; repeal of dividend tainting rules; interest withholding tax; forestry managed investment schemes; non-resident trustee beneficiaries; and distributions to foreign residents from managed investment trusts.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 24/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 13/6/07

SBC report 8/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 10/5/07; report presented 6/6/07 and tabled 12/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 79, 2007

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 4) Bill 2007

Part of a package of three bills, the bill amends the taxation laws in relation to: foreign income tax offset rules; capital gains tax roll-over for medical defence organisations; superannuation funds investment in instalment warrants; updating the list of deductible gift recipients; increasing family trust flexibility; trustee beneficiary reporting rules; the transition to the simplified superannuation regime; and makes technical and other amendments in relation to: income tax deductibility for gifts to certain scholarship funds; the formula for the fringe benefit tax depreciation rate for a car; tax file number withholding from payments to certain exempt entities; and capital gains tax exemption for certain organisations. Also repeals the A New Tax System (Ultimate Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Act (No. 1) 1999 and A New Tax System (Ultimate Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Act (No. 2) 1999 .

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 13/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/8/07; Passed 18/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; final report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 143, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 5) Bill 2007

Amends the taxation laws in relation to: tax-exempt asset financing; thin capitalisation; capital gains tax marriage breakdown roll-over; income tax exemptions for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and Prize for Science; same business test cap removal; partial capital gains tax roll-over for statutory licenses; Australian property trusts and stapled securities; deductible gift recipients; film production offsets; tax deductibility for certain Australian research and development activities; and establishes Innovation Australia to administer innovation and venture capital programs.

Reps: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 12/9/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 14/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 16/8/07; interim report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07; final report presented 6/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Committee requests: 2 Govt/passed

[Reps made Senate requests for amendments 19/9/07; Reps agreed to Senate amendment 20/9/07]

Assent: 25/9/07; Act No. 164, 2007

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007

Amends taxation laws in relation to: deductions for capital expenditure for the establishment of trees in carbon sink forests; tax-free grants under the Tobacco Growers Adjustment Assistance Programme 2006 to certain tobacco growers; deductible gift recipients; and the farm management deposit scheme.

Reps: Intro. 13/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/07, 20/9/07

Senate:

SBC report 16/07 (tabled; motion to adopt report (1 Dem/negatived) agreed to 20/9/07): No reference

Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2007

Amends the: Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to increase the threshold for the 30 per cent marginal tax rate (from 1 July 2007) and increase the thresholds for the top two marginal tax rates (from 1 July 2008); Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to increase the maximum amount of low income tax offset and raise the threshold at which the offset begins to phase out; and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the income threshold that applies to taxpayers who are eligible for a senior Australians tax offset.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 23/05/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 12/6/07

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 76, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified GST Accounting) Bill 2007

Amends the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to extend simplified goods and services tax accounting methods to small businesses and other entities with an annual turnover of less than $2 million.

Reps: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 19/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 112, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Act 2007)

Part of a package of six bills to reform the superannuation system, the bill amends the taxation and superannuation laws to: implement a simplified and streamlined superannuation system; and rewrite and consolidate superannuation taxation law into the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 . Also enables Australians aged 60 or over to access their superannuation benefits tax free if they are paid from a taxed superannuation fund.

Reps: Intro. 7/12/06; Passed 13/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/2/07; Passed 27/2/07

SBC report 16/06 (tabled and adopted 7/12/06): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 7/12/06; report due 6/2/07; report tabled 7/2/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 9, 2007

 

Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business) Bill 2007

Amends the taxation laws to: standardise the primary eligibility criterion for small business tax concessions; increase the capital gains tax maximum net assets threshold to $6 million, and the simplified tax system (STS) turnover and goods and services tax cash accounting turnover threshold to $2 million; extend the small business roll-over relief available under the uniform capital allowance system to small business entities that have adopted the simplified depreciation rules; remove the $3 million depreciating assets test from the STS eligibility requirements; and give STS taxpayers access to the fringe benefits tax car parking exemption and to pay-as-you-go instalments.

Reps: Intro. 10/5/07; Passed 28/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 13/6/07

SBC report 8/07 (tabled and adopted 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 10/5/07; report presented 6/6/07 and tabled 12/6/07

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 80, 2007

Tax Laws Amendment (Taxation of Financial Arrangements) Bill 2007

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: define ‘financial arrangement’ and sets out methods under which gains and losses from financial arrangements will be brought to account for tax purposes; and makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , New Business Tax System (Taxation of Financial Arrangements) Act (No. 1) 2003 , and Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Reps: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

PS Taxation Laws Amendment (Scholarships) Bill 2005

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: abolish the distinction between full-time and part-time scholarships and make all scholarships which satisfy certain criteria tax free; and extend the exemption for fee-waiver, fee-pay and Commonwealth Learning Scholarships from the social security personal income test to University Equity Scholarships.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/05; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/05

SBC report 7/05 (tabled and adopted 10/8/05): No reference

Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Bill (No. 1) 2007

Part of a package of three bills to amend the taxation laws, the bill imposes a trustee beneficiary non-disclosure tax at the rate of 46.5 per cent on the untaxed part of a share of the trust’s net income if the trustee fails to make a correct trustee beneficiary statement.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 13/8/07

Senate: Intro. 14/8/07; Passed 18/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; final report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 144, 2007

 

Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Bill (No. 2) 2007

Part of a package of three bills to amend the taxation laws, the bill imposes a trustee beneficiary non-disclosure tax at the rate of 46.5 per cent on a share or part of a share of the trust’s net income if the trustee of a closely held trust becomes presently entitled to income attributable to the share (or part of it).

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 13/8/07

Senate: Intro. 14/8/07; Passed 18/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; interim report presented 31/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07; final report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 145, 2007

PM Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Ms K. Ellis - ALP)

Amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 to: amend the definition of a low-impact mobile phone tower; enable community consultation about the placement of such towers; and prevent towers from being located within 200 metres of a childcare centre, school or hospital.

Reps: Intro. 17/9/07; Read a 1st time 17/9/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Regulation of Access to Communications (the Blunn Report), the bill amends the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 in relation to: access to telecommunications data for national security and law enforcement purposes; and makes consequential amendments to five other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 15/8/07

Senate: Intro. 16/8/07; Passed 20/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 21/6/07; report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/negatived

Assent: 28/9/07; Act No. 177, 2007

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Protecting Services for Rural and Regional Australia into the Future) Bill 2007

Amends the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to ensure the principal amount in the Communications Fund is maintained as a perpetual fund, with only earnings on investment being used to fund future telecommunication improvements in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Reps: Intro. 21/6/07; Passed 9/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/8/07; Passed 11/9/07

SBC report 11/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 21/6/07; report presented 27/7/07 and tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 152, 2007

 

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Regular Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2005

Responds to recommendations of the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry Report of 2002 by amending the: Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to provide a framework for future, regular independent reviews and reports of the adequacy of regional telecommunications services; Telecommunications Act 1997 to clarify that any licence condition requiring Telstra to maintain a local presence in regional, rural or remote parts of Australia may empower the Minister or the Australian Communications Authority to make decisions of an administrative character; and Telstra Corporation Act 1991 to require at least two directors of Telstra to have knowledge of or experience of rural or remote as well as regional areas of Australia. Also makes amendments to the Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 consequential on the establishment of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Reps: Intro. 10/3/05; Passed 17/3/05

Senate: Intro. 11/5/05; Passed 24/6/05 a.m. ( Journals 23/6/05)

SBC report 3/05 (tabled and adopted 16/3/05): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 16/3/05; report presented 11/5/05 and tabled 12/5/05

Committee amendments: 14 Opp/passed

[Reps reported message 9/8/05]

PS Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Extends the Educational Textbook Subsidy Scheme beyond 30 June 2004 (when it is due to lapse).

Senate: Intro. 18/6/03; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/03

SBC report 7/03 (tabled and adopted 25/6/03): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

S Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 , Therapeutic Goods Amendment Act (No. 1) 2006 and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Medical Devices) Act 2002 to extend transitional registration arrangements for certain patient treatment devices beyond 4 October 2007 to enable reassessment by the Therapeutic Goods Administration prior to entry in Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods as “included” devices.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 9/8/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Reps: Intro. 9/8/07; Passed 11/9/07

Assent: 14/9/07; Act No. 140, 2007

 

Tourism Australia Amendment Bill 2007

Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the Tourism Australia Act 2004 to: remove the position of Government member from the Board; broaden ministerial power to terminate appointment of Board members; replace ministerial approval of the corporate plan and operational plan with endorsement and provide that the plans do not come into force until endorsed; and reduce the threshold for ministerial approval of contracts from $5 million to $3 million.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/07; Passed 21/3/07

Senate: Intro. 22/3/07; Passed 22/3/07

SBC report 3/07 (tabled and adopted 1/3/07): No reference

Assent: 10/4/07; Act No. 47, 2007

PM Trade Practices Amendment (Horticultural Code of Conduct) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Mr Katter - Ind)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to provide for a mandatory code of conduct to regulate the relationship between horticulture growers, traders and retailers.

Reps: Intro. 21/5/07; Read a 1st time 21/5/07; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Trade Practices Amendment (Predatory Pricing) Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to protect small businesses by prohibiting predatory pricing by larger retailers.

Senate: Intro. 18/6/07; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

Trade Practices Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2007

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to enable the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to take legal action on behalf of persons who have suffered or are likely to suffer loss or damage as a result of unlawful secondary boycotts.

Reps: Intro. 15/8/07; 2nd reading adjourned 15/8/07

Senate:

SBC report 13/07 (tabled and adopted 16/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 16/8/07; report presented 5/9/07 and tabled 10/9/07

PS Trade Practices (Creeping Acquisitions) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to prohibit large businesses from acquiring shares, assets or other companies through buyouts or takeovers which result in reducing fair competition.

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

 

PM Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

(Introduced by Mr Katter - Ind)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 in relation to: non-merger authorisations; collective bargaining; exclusionary provisions; price fixing provisions; dual listed companies; exclusive dealing; enforcement; penalties and indemnities; local government bodies; and functions and powers under the Competition Code. Also amends the: Corporations Act 2001 and Trade Practices Act 1974 in relation to disqualification from managing corporations; and Gas Pipelines Access (Commonwealth) Act 1998 to amend an incorrect cross-reference.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/06; Read a 1st time 19/6/06; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 12/2/07

Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to: create a second Deputy Chairperson position at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; clarify the operation of the misuse of market power and unconscionable conduct provisions; and makes consequential amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , in relation to the application of the unconscionable conduct rules to the supply and acquisition of financial products and services.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 8/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/8/07; Passed 18/9/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Committee 21/6/07; report presented 1/8/07 and tabled 7/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 7 Opp/negatived; 10 Dem/negatived; 2 FFP/negatived; 1 Dem/withdrawn

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 19/9/07]

Assent: 24/9/07; Act No. 159, 2007

Tradex Scheme Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Tradex Scheme Act 1999 separate the Act from provisions of the Customs Regulations that allow for the drawback of customs duty (the Drawback Regulations). Also makes administrative changes.

Reps: Intro. 20/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 20/9/07

PS Transparent Advertising and Notification of Pregnancy Counselling Services Bill 2005

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Prohibits misleading or deceptive advertising or notification of pregnancy counselling services.

Senate: Intro. 23/6/05; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/05

SBC report 7/05 (tabled and adopted 10/8/05): No reference

SBC report 4/06 (tabled and adopted 11/5/06): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 11/5/06; report tabled 17/8/06

 

PS Truth in Food Labelling Bill 2003 [2005]

R  (Introduced by Senator B Brown - AG)

Provides for a food labelling system in Australia which will require the labelling of all genetically modified foods and not just those foods that still have detectable levels of genetically modified protein or DNA left after processing.

Senate: Intro. 13/10/03; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/03, 15/9/05

SBC report 14/03 (tabled and adopted 29/10/03): Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 29/10/03; extension of time to report 11/3/04; report due 1/4/04; report tabled 24/3/04

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 11/8/05

PS Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) 

R Bill 1998 [2004]

(Introduced by Senator Allison - AD)

To prohibit the mining, extraction, treatment and transport of any uranium or uranium ore in or near any property in Australia on the World Heritage List.

Senate: Intro. 28/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 28/5/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98, 11/12/02, 17/11/04

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Amends the: Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: disposal of assets; pensioner payments and treatment eligibility for prisoners; indexation of income/assets reduction limits; recovery of social security overpayments; rent assistance; bereavement payments; pension bonuses; rent assistance; and certain income support regimes; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 in relation to: service injuries and diseases; and onus of proof; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to include the income support supplement as a payment not requiring provision of a tax file number; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: clarify the taxable status of Defence Force Income Support Allowance payments; and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004 to repeal redundant provisions.

Reps: Intro. 28/3/07; Passed 23/5/07

Senate: Intro. 12/6/07; Passed 14/6/07

SBC report 5/07 (tabled and adopted 29/3/07): No reference

Assent: 21/6/07; Act No. 89, 2007

 

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Statements of Principles and Other Measures) Bill 2006

(Act citation: Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Statement of Principles and Other Measures) Act 2007)

Amends the: Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: enable the Repatriation Medical Authority to review one or a number of factors in a Statement of Principles; enable benefits and allowances fixed or calculated by regulations or other legislative instruments to be funded from the Consolidated Revenue Fund; clarify and amend the operation of income streams rules; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to correct minor errors and anomalies; and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to access to specified treatment for certain veterans and dependents.

Reps: Intro. 6/12/06; Passed 7/2/07

Senate: Intro. 8/2/07; Passed 1/3/07

SBC report 1/07 (tabled and adopted 8/2/07): No reference

Assent: 15/3/07; Act No. 29, 2007

Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Disability, War Widow and War Widower Pensions) Bill 2007

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: increase the rates of extreme disablement adjustment disability pension, general rate disability pension and the previously non-indexed component of war widow and widower pension; and introduces new indexation arrangements for these pensions to be indexed twice annually.

Reps: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

Senate: Intro. 20/9/07; Passed 20/9/07

Committee amendments: 5 Dem/negatived

Assent: 25/9/07; Act No. 167, 2007

Water Bill 2007

Introduced with the Water (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007 the bill: establishes the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and requires the Authority to prepare the Basin Plan; establishes the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder; requires the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to monitor and enforce water charge and market rules in the Basin; and provides the Bureau of Meteorology with additional functions relating to information on water resources and the annual publication of the National Water Account.

Reps: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 14/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 26 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

SBC report 12/07 ( tabled; motion to adopt report amended (1 Govt/passed) and agreed to 9/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 9/8/07; report tabled 14/8/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 25 AG/negatived; 3 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

Assent: 3/9/07; Act No. 137, 2007

 

Water (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007

Introduced with the Water Bill 2007, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Meteorology Act 1955 , National Water Commission Act 2004 and Trade Practices Act 1974 .

Reps: Intro. 8/8/07; Passed 14/8/07

Senate: Intro. 15/8/07; Passed 17/8/07

SBC report 12/07 (tabled; motion to adopt report amended (1 Govt/passed) and agreed to 9/8/07): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee 9/8/07; report tabled 14/8/07

Assent: 3/9/07; Act No. 138, 2007

Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 2007

Amends the Wheat Marketing Act 1989 and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 in relation to: information-gathering and investigative powers of the Wheat Export Authority (WEA); extension of the Minister’s veto power over non-AWB (International) Ltd bulk exports; ministerial power to change the holder of the single desk export privilege; deregulation of exports in bags and containers; and structural and governance reforms of the WEA including renaming it as the Export Wheat Commission.

Reps: Intro. 14/6/07; Passed 20/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/6/07; Passed 21/6/07

SBC report 10/07 (tabled and adopted 21/6/07): No reference

Motion to divide bill into 2 bills 21/6/07: Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 13 Opp/negatived; 5 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to; 7 items opposed/items agreed to

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 108, 2007

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (A Stronger Safety Net) Bill 2007

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 , Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992 and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to: create the Office of the Workplace Ombudsman and the Workplace Authority as statutory agencies; introduce a fairness test to apply to workplace agreements lodged on or after 7 May 2007 to guarantee employees fair compensation in lieu of modification or exclusion of protected award conditions such as penalty rates and overtime and shift loadings; establish a compliance framework to ensure the effective operation of the fairness test; and vary provisions relating to: prohibited content in workplace agreements; and membership requirements for registered organisations.

Reps: Intro. 28/5/07; Passed 30/5/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 14 Opp/negatived; 10 Ind (Andren)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/6/07; Passed 20/6/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled 10/5/07; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 10/5/07): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee upon introduction in Reps (10/5/07); report tabled 14/6/07

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 44 Govt/passed; 2 FFP/passed; 45 Opp/negatived; 10 Dem/negatived; 30 AG/negatived; 2 FFP/negatived; 2 sections opposed/sections agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 20/6/07]

Assent: 28/6/07; Act No. 107, 2007

PS Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002 [2004]

R  (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to provide for a system of paid maternity leave, including provision for a Government-funded basic maternity payment, for employees not employed by Commonwealth, State or Territory governments; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that women who receive this new maternity payment will be ineligible for the existing maternity allowance and maternity immunisation allowance.

Senate: Intro. 16/5/02; 2nd reading adjourn Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2008] ed 16/5/02, 11/3/04

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): Referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 19/6/02; report tabled 18/9/02

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/11/04

PS Workplace Relations (Guaranteeing Paid Maternity Leave) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to provide for a 14-week government funded, paid maternity leave scheme available to all women in the Australian workforce.

Senate: Intro. 13/9/07; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/07

SBC report 16/07 (tabled and adopted 20/9/07): No reference

 

PS Workplace Relations (Restoring Family Work Balance) Amendment Bill 2007

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to ensure that workers in Australia are guaranteed public holiday leave in lieu, meal breaks, penalty rates, overtime and protection of existing redundancy entitlements.

Senate: Intro. 29/3/07; 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/07

SBC report 7/07 (tabled 10/5/07; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 10/5/07): Referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee 10/5/07; report tabled 14/6/07



1  New committee structure commenced on 11 September 2006. Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee took over this reference as it was not disposed of by 11 September 2006.