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Bills and related material can be accessed at http://www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm

Committee reports can be accessed at http://www.aph.gov.au/committee/index.htm

 

As at cob 8 December 2011

 

(2011 Final Edition)

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AG  Australian Greens

ALP  Australian Labor Party [Govt]

CLP  Country Liberal Party [Opp]

FFP  Family First Party

Ind  Independent

LP  Liberal Party of Australia [Opp]

Nats  The Nationals [Opp]

Nats WA  The Nationals WA 

 

CID  Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

Dft  Draft bill

ED  Exposure draft

PM  Private member’s bill

PS  Private senator’s bill

R  Restored to Notice Paper

S  Senate bill

SBC  Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC  House of Representatives Selection Committee

 

PM  Abolition of Age Limit on Payment of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mrs Bronwyn Bishop - LP)

Amends the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to abolish the current age limit of 70 years for the payment of the superannuation guarantee.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/2/11; Removed from Notice Paper 22/11/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Access to Justice (Federal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends: the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to clarify that the Federal Court or judge may make orders for the costs of discovery during litigation and for pre-trial oral examination about discovery; five Acts to clarify the circumstances in which suppression and non-publications orders can be made, what information they can cover and details they should contain; the Family Law Act 1975 , Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 , Federal Magistrates Act 1999 and Judiciary Act 1903 to clarify the circumstances in which vexatious proceedings orders can be made and the kinds of orders that can be made, without affecting the courts’ other powers; the Family Law Act 1975 to align the jurisdictional limit for matters heard by family law magistrates in Western Australia with the Federal Magistrates Court; and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to change the way fees are paid in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 22/3/12

Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends: the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to restructure the Act by: co-locating and listing alphabetically definitions; ensuring powers in relation to instruments apply to all types of instruments; enabling section 19B and 19BA Orders to apply retrospectively; providing that an action by a minister other than a minister authorised to perform that action is not invalid merely on that basis; clarifying actions done by a person purporting to act under an appointment; providing that everything in an Act should be considered part of the Act; and modernising concepts; the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 in relation to the construction of legislative instruments; and 248 Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 25/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 46, 2011

Aged Care Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 in relation to: consumer protection for accommodation bonds paid to aged care services; and Complaints Principles replacing Investigation Principles; and Aged Care Act 1997 , Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to remove redundant provisions. Also repeals the Aged or Disabled Persons Care Act 1954 and the Nursing Home Charge (Imposition) Act 1994 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 2/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 26/7/11; Act No. 86, 2011

PS  Air Navigation and Civil Aviation Amendment (Aircraft Crew) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Air Navigation Act 1920 and Civil Aviation Act 1988 to provide that an Australian airline, or a subsidiary of an Australian airline, is not issued an international aviation licence unless it provides the same wages and conditions to overseas-based flight and cabin crew operating its flights as if they were directly employed by the airline.

Senate: Intro. 17/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 21/11/11; report due 29/2/12

PM  Air Services (Aircraft Noise) Amendment Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mrs Moylan - LP)

Amends the: Air Services Act 1995 to: require Airservices Australia (AA) to consult and cooperate with government, sectors of the aviation industry and communities when modifying or creating flight paths; require AA to provide a complaints mechanism during the consultation process; provide that AA publish details of consultations; provide that AA must request the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities possibly affected by changed flight paths; provide for the composition of the AA Board; and require AA to include details of any complaints in the annual report; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to require the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 31/10/11

PS  Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2010

(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 labelling standards for alcohol products.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Amendment Bill 2011

Implements Australia’s obligations under three Measures adopted under Article IX of the Antarctic Treaty and Article 9 of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol) by amending the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 to: amend the long title of the Act; provide for the minister to grant safety and environmental protection approvals and impose conditions on such approvals; implement new offences and civil penalties; establish a liability regime for environmental emergencies in the Antarctic; establish an Antarctic Environmental Liability Special Account; and make technical amendments.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

PS  Anti-Terrorism Laws Reform Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert a new definition of ‘terrorist act’; remove the offences of ‘reckless possession of a thing’, sedition, and associating with a terrorist organisation; amend the reference to ‘fostering the doing of’ a terrorist act in the definition of ‘terrorist organisation’; provide for terrorist organisations to be prescribed in regulations; and amend the ‘supporting’ offence; Crimes Act 1914 to: remove ‘investigative dead time’ from the calculation of dead time; and remove the presumption against bail for certain offences; and Australian Security Information Organisation Act 1979 in relation to the questioning and detention of terrorism suspects. Also repeals the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 .

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2010-2011

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2010-2011 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 25/3/11

Assent: 31/3/11; Act No. 7, 2011

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2010-2011

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2010-2011 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 25/3/11

Assent: 31/3/11; Act No. 8, 2011

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 69, 2011

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-2012

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure. Also amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to: increase the cap on the face value of stock and securities that can be on issue under the Treasurer s standing borrowing authority to $250 billion; remove the requirement for the Treasurer to declare that there are special circumstances before increasing the cap; and create two special appropriations for costs and expenses incurred by the Commonwealth in relation to the issue or sale of stock and the repurchase and redemption of stock prior to maturity.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 70, 2011

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 71, 2011

PM  Assisting the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Abbott - LP)

Establishes a framework to provide financial assistance to persons or their next of kin who are injured or killed as a result of an international terrorist act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/2/11; Discharged from Notice Paper 24/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

PS  Assisting Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Brandis - LP)

Establishes a framework to provide financial assistance to persons or their next of kin who are injured or killed as a result of an international terrorist act.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/10; Discharged from Notice Paper 10/5/11

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

PM  Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Oakeshott - Ind)

Amends the Auditor-General Act 1997 to provide that the Auditor-General may, or the Auditor-General may at the request of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit: audit performance indicators and conduct assurance reviews of Commonwealth agencies, authorities and companies; conduct assurance reviews of government business enterprises; and conduct performance audits of Commonwealth partners.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/2/11; Passed 15/9/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

CID amendments: 1 D’Ath/passed; 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro 22/9/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 13 Opp/negatived

Assent: 7/12/11; Act No. 190, 2011

PS  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to provide that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the sole provider of Commonwealth funded international broadcasting services.

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

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Consideration deferred

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010 see Territories Self-Government Legislation Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment of Laws) Bill 2011

Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010

(Act citation: Australian Civilian Corps Act 2011 )

Establishes the Australian Civilian Corps (to work in crisis environments overseas for specified periods) and provides for the employment and management of Corps employees.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 28/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 15/11/10; Passed 21/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; report tabled 17/11/10

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 22/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 18, 2011

Australian Energy Market Amendment (National Energy Retail Law) Bill 2011

Establishes a national regime for the regulation of non-economic distribution and retail regulation of gas and electricity by amending the: Australian Energy Market Act 2004 to: apply the National Energy Retail Law and the National Energy Retail Regulations in Australia’s offshore areas; and provide that the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Energy Market Commission, the Australian Competition Tribunal and the minister undertake a range of functions and powers to regulate the energy retail regime; Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide that decisions made under the regime are subject to judicial review; and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 17/8/11

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 19/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 119, 2011

Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill provides for: the purposes and functions of the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units; rules for opening and closing accounts in the registry; different types of registry accounts; procedures and requirements relating to Kyoto and non-Kyoto international units in the registry; publication of information; voluntary cancellation of emissions units; prevention or rectifying non-compliance with registry requirements; and merits review of decisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 23/5/11

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/8/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 20/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; final report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 23/8/11]

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 99, 2011

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011

Introduced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill establishes the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as a statutory body responsible for the funding and administration of existing renewable energy funding and technology innovation projects currently administered by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Australian Solar Institute Limited, and provides for ARENA’s governance and financial arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

Senate: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 9/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/11/11

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 151, 2011

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011, the bill: determines the arrangements and timings for the transfer of existing renewable energy technology projects from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Australian Solar Institute Limited (ASI) to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); enables the deregistration of ASI and the abolition of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Board; and provides for the early appointment of the first Chief Executive Officer of ARENA by the minister. Also makes consequential amendments to the proposed Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 and repeals the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Act 2010 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

Senate: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 9/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/11/11

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 152, 2011

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2010

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act (No. 1) 2011 )

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2010, 2011 and 2012; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2013.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/11/10; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 21/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 14/10 (tabled and adopted 18/11/10): No reference

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 30, 2011

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2011, 2012 and 2013; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2014.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills, the bill imposes a levy on certain entities regulated by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) to enable AUSTRAC to recover the costs of its supervisory activities from 1 July 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 30/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 6/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/11; report tabled 20/6/11

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 54, 2011

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills, the bill: enables the collection and administration of the supervisory cost recovery levy; imposes a penalty for late payment; and provides for the levy or late payment penalty to be waived in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 30/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 6/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/11; report tabled 20/6/11

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 55, 2011

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills, the bill amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to provide: the administrative procedures for enrolment and maintenance of the Reporting Entities Roll; and for penalties for failure to enrol or maintain the enrolment record.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 30/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 6/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/6/11; report tabled 20/6/11

Committee amendments: 1 Opp (as amended)/passed; 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 56, 2011

Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010

(Act citation: Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 )

Modelled on the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 , the bill provides a framework for Australia to implement autonomous sanctions which may be applied to specific governments, individuals or entities, or specific goods and services that are responsible for, or involved with, a situation of international concern.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 27/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 28/10/10; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/11/10; report tabled 3/3/11

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 38, 2011

Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Act 2011 )

Amends the: Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 to: create three offences and penalties; and increase penalties for a number of existing offences; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970 in relation to the powers of Australian Federal Police members to investigate offences committed at certain airports.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 18/11/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 16/11/10

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/10; Passed 9/2/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

Assent: 2/3/11; Act No. 1, 2011

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Air Cargo) Bill 2011

Amends the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 in relation to: accredited air cargo agents; transport security programs; certification of cargo; security training requirements; and strict liability offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 22/11/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

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

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 23/11/11]

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 180, 2011

PS  Banking Amendment (Controls on Variable Interest Rate Changes) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to require authorised deposit-taking institutions for a 24-month period to: not increase variable interest rate loans and mortgages by more than the Reserve Bank interest rate increases; and not decrease variable interest rate loans and mortgages by less than the Reserve Bank interest rate decreases.

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

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Banking Amendment (Covered Bonds) Bill 2011

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to establish a framework for the issue of covered bonds by: enabling authorised deposit institutions to issued covered bonds; and providing that the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority set prudential standards for the issue of the bonds.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Senate: Intro. 13/10/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 17/10/11; Act No. 125, 2011

PM  Banking Amendment (Delivering Essential Financial Services) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to: require banks to offer basic transaction accounts and to limit other fees to cost recovery; provide that transactions at a bank’s own-branded ATMs are free of charge; cap charges for the use of a bank’s ATMs by customers of another authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI); require ADIs to offer fixed interest gap loans and mortgages; cap mortgage and loan exit fees at cost recovery; and require uniform identification of exit fees in advertising and in mortgage and loan contracts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Removed from Notice Paper 13/9/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

PS  Banking Amendment (Delivering Essential Financial Services) Bill 2010 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to: require banks to offer basic transaction accounts and to limit other fees to cost recovery; provide that transactions at a bank’s own-branded ATMs are free of charge; cap charges for the use of a bank’s ATMs by customers of another authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI); require ADIs to offer fixed interest gap loans and mortgages; cap mortgage and loan exit fees at cost recovery; and require uniform identification of exit fees in advertising and in mortgage and loan contracts.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

PM  Banking and Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mobility and Flexibility) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

Amends the: Banking Act 1959 to: impose certain conditions on authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) in relation to the transfer of personal transaction accounts; and require ADIs that offer term deposits to provide certain information when those deposits are due for reinvestment; and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to: require credit contracts to expressly include advice of any unjust transactions and unconscionable interest and other charges; and provide for the termination of mortgage indemnity insurance contracts when the related mortgage is terminated and the rebate of associated premiums.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/8/11; Read a 1st time 22/8/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS  Bankruptcy Amendment (Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Bankruptcy Regulations 1996 to provide that payments made under the Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package on or after 1 July 2010 are exempt from bankruptcy proceedings where a final order in bankruptcy has not been finalised by the courts or the debts paid.

Senate: Intro. 5/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 5/7/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/9/11

PS  Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Anti-Siphoning) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide that a notice to amend the anti-siphoning list does not come into effect until the expiration of six sitting days of each House of Parliament after the notice is tabled in that House; and Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2004 to remove the expiry date from the current anti-siphoning list.

Senate: Intro. 23/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/10

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Dividend and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to provide the Australian Communications and Media Authority with planning and enforcement powers for the implementation of the re-stack of digital television channels and the realisation of digital dividend spectrum; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 , Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , Copyright Act 1968 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 in relation to: the operation of the digital television services provided by the satellite service licensed under section 38C of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 ; and other digital television matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 23/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/3/11; correction presented 25/3/11 and tabled 10/5/11

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

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 36, 2011

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio) Bill 2011

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: make changes to regulatory arrangements imposed on regional commercial radio licensees in relation to the provision of local content for regional audiences; exempt remote area, racing service licensees and licensees outside the Broadcasting Services Band from the minimum local content requirement; and amend provisions relating to certain changes in ownership and control of a licence known as a ‘trigger event’; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to perform its functions and exercise its powers in relation to radio local content in a manner consistent with the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.

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

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Review of Future Uses of Broadcasting Services Bands Spectrum) Bill 2011

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: extend from 1 January 2012 to 1 January 2013 the review relating to the allocation of one or more additional commercial television broadcast licences (“the sixth channel review”); and expand the scope of this and any subsequent review.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

Senate: Intro. 24/11/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 177, 2011

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011

Amends the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 to: abolish the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and create the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate; remove existing building industry specific laws; enable the Inspectorate to compulsorily obtain information or documents relevant to an investigation from certain persons; provide for safeguards in relation to the Inspectorate’s powers to obtain information and documents (including a three-year sunset provision); and create the office of the Independent Assessor.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11, 23/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

PS  Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Repeals the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 and Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2005 .

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Business Names Registration (Application of Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Clarifies that consequential amendments made by the Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 to ten Acts will not apply until the national business names registration system commences.

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 172, 2011

Dft Business Names Registration Bill 2011

Proposes a national business names registration system to be administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Senate: Draft tabled 6/7/11

Reference: Draft referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/7/11; report presented out of sitting 15/8/11 and tabled 16/8/11; additional comments tabled 22/8/11

Business Names Registration Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills in relation to business names, the bill establishes a national business names registration system to be administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 126, 2011

Dft Business Names Registration (Fees) Bill 2011

Proposes to impose a tax for chargeable matters in relation to the proposed national business names registration system.

Senate: Draft tabled 6/7/11

Reference: Draft referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/7/11; report presented out of sitting 15/8/11 and tabled 16/8/11; additional comments tabled 22/8/11

Business Names Registration (Fees) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills in relation to business names, the bill imposes fees for chargeable matters in relation to the national business names registration system.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 128, 2011

Dft Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011

Proposes to make: transitional arrangements in relation to the proposed national business names registration system; and consequential amendments to 11 Acts.

Senate: Draft tabled 6/7/11

Reference: Draft referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/7/11; report presented out of sitting 15/8/11 and tabled 16/8/11; additional comments tabled 22/8/11

Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills in relation to business names, the bill makes: transitional arrangements in relation to the national business names registration system; and consequential amendments to 11 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 127, 2011

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill provides for: the types of abatement projects eligible for Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs); requirements for recognition as an offsets entity; eligibility for offsets projects; participation by holders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land; characteristics of methodology determinations; permanence arrangements for sequestration projects; reporting requirements for offsets projects; a framework for auditing offset reports; the issue and exchange of ACCUs; monitoring and enforcement powers; merits review of decisions; the establishment and functions of the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee and the Carbon Credits Administrator; and the publication of information and the treatment of confidential information.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 23/5/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/8/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 20/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; final report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Committee amendments: 13 Govt/passed; 2 AG/passed; 3 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 10 Opp/negatived; 11 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 4 Ind (Xenophon)-Opp/withdrawn

[House agreed to Senate amendments 23/8/11]

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 101, 2011

Carbon Credits (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative, the bill amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to provide that financial institutions and other persons who buy Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) are subject to reporting and other obligations; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001 in relation to the regulation of financial services for ACCUs; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 to provide for the appropriate exchange of information between administrators; and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 to extend the arrangements for reporting transfer certificates beyond 30 June 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 23/5/11

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/8/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 20/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; final report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 102, 2011

PM  Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Abbott - LP)

The bill: provides for a national plebiscite to be held by 26 November 2011 to ascertain whether the electorate supports the introduction of a price on carbon; requires the Electoral Commissioner to provide the minister with a statement of the results of the plebiscite; and requires the minister to table the statement in both Houses of Parliament.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/7/11; Negatived at 2nd reading 15/9/11

PS  Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Abetz - LP)

The bill: provides for a national plebiscite to be held by 26 November 2011 to ascertain whether the electorate supports the introduction of a price on carbon; requires the Electoral Commissioner to provide the minister with a statement of the results of the plebiscite; and requires the minister to table the statement in both Houses of Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/11, 7/7/11, 15/9/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

PM  Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Hockey - LP)

Consequent on the Parliamentary Budget Office Bill 2011, the bill amends the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to remove the requirement for the Leader of the Opposition to request the Prime Minister to refer costings of election commitments to the Departments of the Treasury and Finance.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/11

Main Committee: Referred 12/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/11

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to: enable certain powers of the Child Support Registrar to be delegated to persons outside the Department of Human Services; and update certain criminal penalty provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 7/7/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 19/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 7/7/11]

Assent: 4/8/11; Act No. 88, 2011

PS  Choice of Repairer Bill 2010

R   (Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Requires motor vehicle manufacturers to provide access to information and diagnostic tools to the vehicle repair, servicing, replacement parts and accessories sectors.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/10; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/10

SBC report 10/10 (tabled and adopted 24/6/10): Consideration deferred

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 30/9/10

Civil Dispute Resolution Bill 2010

(Act citation: Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 )

The bill: requires civil litigants to file a genuine steps statement before legal proceedings are instituted in the Federal Court or the Federal Magistrates Court; sets out the powers of court in relation to the genuine steps requirements and awarding costs; and provides that certain categories of legal proceedings are excluded proceedings.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 20/10/10

Senate: Intro. 25/10/10; Passed 23/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 22/11/10; report presented out of sitting 2/12/10 and tabled 9/2/11

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 clause negatived (Govt); 29 Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 24/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 17, 2011

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Online Games) Bill 2011

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to remove the requirement for certain mobile phone and online games to be classified for two years while the Australian Law Reform Commission undertakes a review of the National Classification Scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Clean Energy Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill outlines the structure of, and process for the introduction of, the mechanism by providing for: entities and emissions covered by the mechanism; entities’ obligations to surrender eligible emissions units; limits on the number of eligible emissions units that will be issued; the nature of carbon units; allocation of carbon units; mechanisms to contain costs; linking to other emissions trading schemes; assistance for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed activities and coal-fired electricity generators; monitoring, investigation, enforcement and penalties; administrative review of decisions; and reviews of aspects of the mechanism.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 48 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp-Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 34 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 18/11/11; Act No. 131, 2011

Clean Energy (Charges—Customs) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued as a result of an auction, or for a fixed charge, or on a unit shortfall, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 153, 2011

Clean Energy (Charges—Excise) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued as a result of an auction, or for a fixed charge, or on a unit shortfall, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 154, 2011

Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: makes consequential amendments to 11 Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997; amends five taxation laws to establish the income tax and goods and services tax treatment of emission units; amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide for a conservation tillage refundable tax offset; and makes transitional arrangements for the transfer of functions to the Clean Energy Regulator and the Climate Change Authority.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 13 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 18/11/11; Act No. 132, 2011

Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the customs duty rate applying to aviation and non-transport gaseous fuels by an amount equivalent to the carbon emission price of the fuel, had the gaseous fuels been subject to carbon pricing.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 155, 2011

Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase aviation fuel excise by an amount equivalent to the carbon emission price of the fuel, had the aviation fuel been subject to carbon pricing; and Excise Act 1901 , Excise Tariff Act 1921 and Excise Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to reduce the excise exemption for non-transport compressed natural gas (CNG) by an amount equivalent to the carbon emission price on CNG, had CNG been subject to carbon pricing.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 156, 2011

Clean Energy (Fuel Tax Legislation Amendment) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Fuel Tax Act 2006 and Fuel Tax (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2006 to reduce the business fuel tax credit entitlement for liquefied and gaseous transport fuels to provide a carbon emission charge on business through the fuel tax system.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 2 Nats WA/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 157, 2011

Clean Energy (Household Assistance Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 , Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide for: the payment of lump sum clean energy advances and clean energy supplements to certain pensioners, veterans, self-funded retirees and families; and the clean energy supplement to be indexed by the Consumer Price Index; Farm Household Support Act 1992 and Social Security Act 1991 to provide for the payment of the lump sum clean energy advances to recipients of the exceptional circumstances relief payment; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide for an annual lump sum low income supplement; Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide for an annual indexed payment of $140 to certain households requiring essential medical equipment; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide an annual payment of up to $300 for certain single income families; and Aged Care Act 1997 to increase the standard resident contribution received by aged care homes by approximately $3.50 per week per resident. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendments: 22 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 141, 2011

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to raise the tax-free threshold and adjust marginal tax rates from 1 July 2012 and again from 1 July 2015.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 150, 2011

Clean Energy (International Unit Surrender Charge) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on eligible international emissions units surrendered by liable entities for the financial years commencing 1 July 2015, 2016 and 2017, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 158, 2011

Clean Energy Regulator Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill establishes the Clean Energy Regulator as an independent statutory body to administer the mechanism included in the Clean Energy Plan, the Carbon Farming Initiative, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System, the Renewable Energy Target and the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 163, 2011

Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: transfer $1050 from the low income tax offset (LITO) into income tax rates from 1 July 2012; and transfer a further $145 from the LITO into income tax rates from 1 July 2015; A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge--Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the Medicare levy low income thresholds and phase in limits; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to combine the pensioner tax offset with the senior Australians tax offset.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 159, 2011

Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge—Auctions) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued as a result of an auction, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 160, 2011

Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge—Fixed Charge) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on the issue of carbon units issued for a fixed charge, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 161, 2011

Clean Energy (Unit Shortfall Charge—General) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a tax on a unit shortfall for a financial year, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 162, 2011

Climate Change Authority Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill establishes: the Climate Change Authority as an independent statutory body to review the carbon pricing mechanism, the Renewable Energy Target Scheme, the Carbon Farming Initiative, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System and other matters as requested by the minister or by both Houses of Parliament; and the Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board to provide advice on key performance indicators and the implementation of land sector and biodiversity measures associated with climate change and undertaken by the Biodiversity Fund.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 143, 2011

Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992 to: provide for a minimum long service leave entitlement for all eligible employees in the black coal mining industry; require the Board of the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation to make rules relating to the calculation of amounts employers are to be reimbursed; amend the long and short titles of the Act; change the structure and representation of the Board; increase the terms of directors; and make consequential amendments; Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Act 1992 and Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992 to make consequential amendments; Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992 to: amend definitions to reflect remuneration practices in the black coal mining industry; and place requirements on employers relating to the levy, including submitting returns and annual reports to the Board; Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Amendment Act 2009 to: clarify the calculation of long service leave entitlements for non-award employees; and provide for: transitional arrangements; recognition of long service before 1 January 2012; long service leave record keeping before 1 January 2012; and the Board to seek actuarial advice about the adequacy of the levy.

Senate: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 142, 2011

Combating the Financing of People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2011

Amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: extend the regulatory regime for remittance dealers and providers of remittance networks; and expand the agencies with which Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) can share financial intelligence; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and Privacy Act 1988 to enable reporting entities to use credit reporting data to verify the identity of their customers; and Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 to enable the Chief Executive Officer of AUSTRAC to exempt a person from provisions of the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/2/11; Passed 22/3/11

SC report no. 12 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 60, 2011

PS  Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Creates the independent statutory position of Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People and provides for: the functions and general powers of the position; terms and conditions and staffing support; regular and annual reporting requirements; and a review of the operation of the Act after a two-year period.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; order varied 26/10/10: bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 26/10/10; report tabled 12/5/11

PS  Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to repeal provisions relating to group voting tickets and provide for preferential above-the-line voting for Senate elections.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2010

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish returns within specified time periods; ensure that for the purposes of the threshold related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and certain anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to the lesser amount of either the actual electoral expenditure or the amount awarded per vote where the four per cent threshold is satisfied; include five additional categories of electoral expenditure in relation to the rental of premises, payment of additional staff, purchase and hire of office equipment, consumables and running costs for equipment and travel and accommodation; prevent sitting members of Parliament from claiming electoral expenditure if allowances, entitlements or benefits received are used to meet that expenditure; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/10/10; Passed 17/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 17/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 17/11/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Tobacco Industry Donations) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to create offences to prohibit political parties or candidates from receiving donations from manufacturers or wholesalers of tobacco products.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

PS  Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

Repeals the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 and makes a consequential amendment to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 .

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Competition and Consumer Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2011

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit the private disclosure of pricing information to a competitor; prohibit disclosure of that or other information if the disclosure is made to substantially lessen competition; provide that the prohibitions only apply to goods and services prescribed by regulations; provide exceptions to the prohibitions; and extend existing authorisation and notification regimes to enable businesses to obtain immunity from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from the prohibitions where a public net benefit results.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 7/7/11

SC report no. 19 (tabled 11/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 185, 2011

PM  Competition and Consumer Amendment (Horticultural Code of Conduct) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Katter - Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: establish a mandatory code of conduct to regulate the commercial relationships between agents/merchants and sellers of horticultural produce; and establish the Horticultural Code Management Committee to implement, monitor and develop the code.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/9/11; Read a 1st time 19/9/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee

Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to the: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) consideration of acquisitions in local markets (including creeping acquisitions); ACCC’S consideration of multiple markets when assessing mergers; and reform of the prohibition on anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 , in response to recommendations of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee, to: insert a statement of interpretative principles into the unconscionable conduct provisions; and provide that the statutory concept of unconscionable conduct is consistently applied to both consumers and businesses; and Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/11; Passed 17/8/11

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 184, 2011

PM  Competition and Consumer (Price Signalling) Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Billson - LP)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to prohibit corporations from engaging in price signalling.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/10; Removed from Notice Paper 13/9/11

SC report no. 8 (tabled 24/11/10): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

ComSuper Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish governance arrangements for Commonwealth superannuation schemes, the bill establishes ComSuper as a statutory body and provides for: the terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer; staff and consultants; and finance and reporting requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 15/6/11

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 57, 2011

PM  Constitutional Corporations (Farm Gate to Plate) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Katter - Ind)

The bill: requires certain constitutional corporations (primarily grocery retailers) to display the producer price of fruit and vegetable produce; and imposes penalties for breaching the requirement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/9/11; Read a 1st time 19/9/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee

PS  Constitutional Corporations (Farm Gate to Plate) Bill 2011 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

The bill: requires certain constitutional corporations (primarily grocery retailers) to display the producer price of fruit and vegetable produce; and imposes penalties for breaching the requirement.

Senate: Intro. 13/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 25/11/11

Consumer Credit and Corporations Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2011

Amends the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to: enable certain debtors to seek a credit contract variation; provide for a remedy for unfair or dishonest conduct by credit service providers; restrict the use of particular phrases or words; expand the range of remedies available to consumers; provide the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with standing to apply to court for an order regardless of whether a civil remedy is available under another provision; and make amendments in relation to: reverse mortgage contracts; small amount credit contracts; tiered caps on costs for credit contracts; and consumer leases. Also amends the: National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009 to make application provisions; and Corporations Act 2001 in relation to voting at annual general meetings of public companies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/9/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services; report presented to Senate out of sitting 2/12/11

Senate:

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 8/11/11, 25/11/11; report presented out of sitting 7/12/11

PS  Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Fees) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the: National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to provide that: credit fees or charges relating to credit contracts must be reasonable; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission may apply for a court order to annul or reduce a credit fee or charge it determines not to be reasonable; and Banking Act 1959 to require the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to prohibit banks with a market share of more than 10 per cent from imposing early termination fees in relation to loan agreements or mortgage contracts.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 14/9/11

Corporations Amendment (Further Future of Financial Advice Measures) Bill 2011

Further to the Corporations Amendment (Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients and to put their client’s interests ahead of their own when providing advice; ban the payment and receipt of certain remuneration which has the potential to influence the financial product advice given to retail clients; ban volume-based shelf-space fees from asset managers or product issuers to platform operators; and ban asset-based fees on borrowed client monies.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Corporations Amendment (Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2011

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require financial advisers to provide a fee disclosure statement to a client when charging advice fees for longer than 12 months; require financial advisers to provide a fee disclosure statement and a renewal notice to a client when charging advice fees for longer than 24 months; and extend the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s licensing and banning powers used to supervise the financial services industry.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/10/11; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/11

SC report no. 36 (tabled 13/10/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Senate:

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: provide for a ‘two strikes and re-election’ process when a company’s remuneration report receives a 25 per cent or more ‘no’ vote in two consecutive years; require the company board or remuneration committee to approve any remuneration consultancy contract; require remuneration consultants to report to non-executive directors or the remuneration committee; require remuneration consultants and boards to declare a recommendation is made free from undue influence; require companies to disclose certain details relating to a remuneration consultant; prohibit directors and executives from voting their shares on remuneration resolutions; prohibit hedging of incentive remuneration; require shareholder approval for declarations of ‘no vacancy’ at annual general meetings; require that non-chair proxies vote as directed when they vote on a poll; and confine disclosures in the remuneration report to key management personnel.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 12/5/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): No reference

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

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 42, 2011

Corporations and Other Legislation Amendment (Trustee Companies and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: Australian Securities and Investments Commission approved (compulsory and voluntary) transfers of estate assets and liabilities; ‘compulsory’ transfers of business to a public trustee; ministerial approval for listing a trustee company; holding out as a licensed trustee company; the term ‘authorised trustee corporation’; common funds and registered schemes; arm’s length transactions; fee regulation; drawing down of fees from income or capital; and reasonable fees being charged for tax return preparation; and Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998 to provide that anything done by a payment system participant when complying with an ATM access regime as determined by the Reserve Bank of Australia is exempt from Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 21/3/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 24, 2011

Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 to provide that Australian licensed financial market participants (such as stockbrokers and derivative traders) may be charged fees so that costs incurred by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in performing market supervisory functions can be recovered.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/8/11; Passed 2/11/11

SC report no. 30 (tabled 25/8/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 12/10/11

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 144, 2011

PS  Crimes Amendment (Fairness for Minors) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to define timeframes and set up evidentiary procedures for age determination and prosecution of non-citizens who are suspected or accused of people smuggling offences under the Migration Act 1958 who may have been minors at the time the offences were allegedly committed.

Senate: Intro. 23/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 22/3/12

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2011 )

Amends the: Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: align the dismissal powers of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Chief Executive Officer to deal with serious misconduct and corruption with those of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner; Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACC to appoint part-time examiners; Crimes Act 1914 to: extend searches conducted under warrant powers that apply in relation to premises to searches in relation to persons; provide when certain seized documents must be returned; provide for orders for things seized and documents produced; and provide police with a standing power to take fingerprints and photographs of arrested persons; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to enable the AFP Commissioner to authorise payments to AFP appointees in special circumstances. Also provides for an independent review after a two-year period of the ACC’s dismissal powers.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 18/11/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 17/11/10

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/11/10; Passed 10/2/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

Assent: 2/3/11; Act No. 2, 2011

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

Amends: the Customs Administration Act 1985 and Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 to include the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service within the jurisdiction of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity; the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to: allow the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to commence litigation on proceeds of crime matters on behalf of the Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce; allow the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of the AFP to transfer matters already commenced between themselves; give courts a discretion when calculating the amount of a pecuniary penalty order to take into account tax paid after proceeds of crime proceedings are commenced; and align the production order provisions with unexplained wealth provisions; the Family Law Act 1975 to enable courts to take account of Commonwealth, state and territory forfeiture applications when determining a person’s property for the purpose of property settlement and spouse maintenance proceedings; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 22/11/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): Order varied: Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 23/8/11

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 174, 2011

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers and Offences) Bill 2011

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 in relation to: the procedures governing the collection and use of DNA forensic material; parole conditions for federal offenders; and the enforcement of Commonwealth fines by certain state and territory agencies; Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to: allow the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Crime Commission to share information with private sector bodies for specified purposes; and introduce rules governing the use, sharing and retention of seized things; Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 in relation to: contempt of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI); arrest warrants; search warrants; and notices to produce and summon; Privacy Act 1988 in relation to non-disclosure for notices to produce; Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to enable certain officers of the ACLEI to use optical surveillance devices in certain circumstances; Criminal Code Act 1995 to list additional substances and quantities to be subject to the Commonwealth serious drug offences; Customs Act 1901 to clarify powers available to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to seize border controlled drugs, plants and precursors without a warrant; Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to allow a court to restrict the publication of certain matters in relation to applications for freezing orders and restraining orders; and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to enable Australian Federal Police employees and certain secondees to commence and conduct proceeds of crime litigation.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to enable Australia to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions by: creating offences and penalties in relation to cluster munitions and explosive bomblets; providing for defences for certain circumstances; and providing for certain authorisations to be made.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/10/10; Passed 18/11/10

SC report no. 5 (tabled 28/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 22/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/10

SBC report 13/10 (tabled and adopted 28/10/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 25/3/11 and tabled 10/5/11

PS  Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends Part XVB of the Customs Act 1901 to: provide that the importer of goods which are subject to anti-dumping applications bears the onus of proof to prove that the goods have not been dumped or subsidised for export into Australia; provide a presumption that where dumping and material injury have been proven, the material injury is the result of the dumping; enable new or updated information to be provided at various stages; allow supporting evidence for an application for dumping to be provided 90 days prior; enable preliminary affirmative decisions to be initiated once an investigation is started; allow consultation with industry experts as part of the investigation and review processes; and enable decisions to be referred to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for appeal. Also provides for an independent review of the first two years of the operation of the amended Part.

Senate: Intro. 2/3/11; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill 2011

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide that the minister will make a decision within 30 days of receiving a report or recommendation on which to make a decision; provide that the minister may consider any impacts on jobs and investment in the domestic industry producing like goods during an investigation to determine whether material injury to an Australian industry is being caused or is threatened; reflect all countervailable subsidies under the World Trade Organization Agreements on Subsidies and Countervailing and on Agriculture; and enable industry associations, unions and downstream industry to participate in anti-dumping and countervailing investigations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 18/8/11

Senate: Intro. 22/8/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 17/10/11; Act No. 123, 2011

Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2011

Amends the Customs Act 1901 in relation to the anti-dumping regime to: establish a new appeals process in relation to decisions of the minister and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service; establish the International Trade Remedies Forum; and allow the CEO to seek one or more extensions of the timeframe at any point during an investigation, review of measures, continuation inquiry or duty assessment.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to: enable the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to recommend, and the minister to declare, that anti-dumping measures be revoked at the end of a review; and provide for a revocation test outlining when the CEO may recommend that the minister revoke anti-dumping measures.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/11; Passed 25/5/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

Assent: 17/10/11; Act No. 124, 2011

Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 in relation to: goods that are no longer for export; directions for the movement and storage of goods subject to Customs control; the suspension of an authority to deal; compliance requirements for warehouse licences; and reporting requirements for cargo on board a ship or aircraft that is lost or wrecked; and Customs Act 1901 and Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997 in relation to compliance requirements for depot licences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 63, 2011

Customs Amendment (Military End-Use) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to enable the Minister for Defence to prohibit the export of specified non-regulated goods to a particular place or person if the minister suspects that the goods would or may be used for a military end-use that may prejudice Australia’s security, defence or international relations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 21/11/11

SC report no. 38 (tabled 3/11/11): Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; statement discharging committee’s requirement to present a report made in House 21/11/11 and tabled in Senate 22/11/11

Senate: Intro. 22/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

Customs Amendment (New Zealand Rules of Origin) Bill 2011

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to provide for changes to the rules of origin requirements in Article 3 of the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement resulting from a review of the rules completed in 2010.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 6/7/11

Senate: Intro. 7/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): No reference

Customs Amendment (Reducing Business Compliance Burden) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Excise Amendment (Reducing Business Compliance Burden) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: permit small business entities and certain other persons to defer the settlement of customs duties from a weekly to a monthly cycle; and clarify administrative arrangements for periodic settlement permissions.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Customs Amendment (Serious Drugs Detection) Bill 2011

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to enable Customs officers, using prescribed equipment, to undertake an initial internal non-medical scan of a person suspected to be internally concealing a suspicious substance.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 23/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 4/7/11]

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 78, 2011

Customs Tariff Amendment (2012 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2011

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 as a result of the fourth review by the World Customs Organization of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, by effecting changes required by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (relating to food security), the Rotherdam Convention (relating to hazardous chemicals and pesticides), and the Montreal Protocol (relating to halogenated hydrocarbons).

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 26/7/11; Act No. 85, 2011

Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Bill 2011

Part of a package of four bills to apply an energy content based taxation to certain alternative fuels, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: set the customs duty rates applying to certain alternative fuels from 1 December 2011; and calculate the duty payable on blended goods.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 14/6/11

SC report no. 20 (tabled 12/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 1/6/11

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 65, 2011

Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Facilitates Australia’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime by amending the: Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to require carriers and carriage service providers to preserve stored communications when requested by certain domestic agencies or when requested by the Australian Federal Police on behalf of certain foreign countries; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: ensure that a foreign country can secure access to stored computer data, including preserved data; and allow a stored communication warrant to be obtained for foreign law enforcement purposes; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 , Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: enable existing telecommunications data to be provided to a foreign law enforcement agency on a police to police basis; and enable the collection of prospective telecommunications data for foreign law enforcement purposes in certain circumstances; Telecommunications Act 1997 to provide that carriers and carriage service providers can recover costs incurred when assisting foreign law enforcement agencies; Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide that computer offences are consistent with the Convention; and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: create confidentiality requirements in relation to authorisations to disclose telecommunications data; and expand offence provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 24/8/11

SC report no. 26 (tabled 23/6/11): Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety; report tabled in House and Senate 18/8/11

Senate: Intro. 24/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 24/8/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): No reference

PM  Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Removed from Notice Paper 23/8/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

PS  Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10, 7/7/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PS  Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ronaldson - LP)

Amends the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 to index Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits scheme and Defence Force Retirement Benefits scheme superannuation pensions.

Senate: Intro. 18/11/10; Negatived at 3rd reading 16/6/11

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 Ind (Xenophon) (as amended by AG)/passed (reference to committee— see below); 1 AG/negatived

Reference: Bill, Opp amendments (circulated on sheet no. 7027) and a related matter referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 24/3/11; report tabled 10/5/11

Committee amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Air Force Act 1923 , Defence Act 1903 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to provide the Chief of the Defence Force with: the authority to issue directions to the Service Chiefs in relation to the administration of their respective cadet schemes; and a delegation making power in relation to cadet responsibility and direction.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/8/11; Passed 14/9/11

Senate: Intro. 15/9/11; Passed 23/11/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 183, 2011

Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Act 2011 )

Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to: provide that certain members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) may use reasonable and necessary force in the event of an attack on ADF premises; establish a statutory regime of search and seizure powers to operate at ADF premises; update and relocate the trespass offence and related arrest power; authorise the ADF to use overt optical surveillance to monitor the security of ADF premises; and require the disclosure of information captured by such devices to law enforcement agencies and public prosecution authorities; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Defence Act 1903 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 26/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 27/10/10; Passed 21/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/11/10; report tabled 2/3/11

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 19, 2011

Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Military End-Use) Bill 2011, the bill: gives effect to the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America concerning Defense Trade Cooperation; provides for controls on the supply of Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) listed technology and services related to DSGL technology and goods; creates a registration and permit regime for the brokering of DSGL goods, technology and related services; and creates offences and imposes penalties.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 21/11/11

SC report no. 38 (tabled 3/11/11): Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; statement discharging committee’s requirement to present a report made in House 21/11/11 and tabled in Senate 22/11/11

Senate: Intro. 22/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; report due 12/4/12

Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify that a non-citizen has, at a particular time, no lawful right to come to Australia if at that time the person does not meet requirements for lawfully coming to Australia under domestic law; and apply this clarification retrospectively to 16 December 1999.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/11/11; Passed 1/11/11

Senate: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/11/11

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 135, 2011

PS  Drink Container Recycling Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

The bill: requires producers, distributors and industry groups to submit to the minister a beverage container stewardship plan to manage the collection and recycling of beverage containers; sets minimum recovery rates for containers; requires public consultation on draft plans; and provides for annual reporting.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Registration Charges Consequentials) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2011, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to make consequential amendments to implement the rebased annual registration charge to be payable by Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students registered providers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 22/8/11

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 26/9/11; Act No. 106, 2011

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Act 2011 )

Amends the: Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 in relation to: the registration process for approved providers; financial penalties; and the publication of certain information; Ombudsman Act 1976 to enable the Ombudsman to: provide an independent complaints body for overseas students of private registered providers; provide advice and training to private registered providers to facilitate best practice complaint handling; and review and investigate complaint handling and report on systemic issues; and Privacy Act 1988 to enable the Australian Information Commissioner to transfer certain complaints to the Overseas Students Ombudsman.

Senate: Intro. 27/10/10; Passed 10/2/11

SBC report 13/10 (tabled and adopted 28/10/10): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/11/10

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

Assent: 8/4/11; Act No. 11, 2011

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish a tuition protection service, the bill amends: the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: place obligations on registered international education providers when a provider fails to start or finish providing a course or when an overseas student fails to start or finish a course; provide for a national regime of national registration of providers; limit the amount of initial pre-paid fees that may be collected by a registered provider; provide that students are only eligible for a refund of the unused portion of prepaid tuition fees; and specify what details providers must keep on student records; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the Education Services for Overseas Students (Assurance Fund Contributions) Act 2000 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/9/11; Passed 3/11/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; report tabled 1/11/11

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 8/11/11; report due 27/2/12

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2011

Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Registration Charges Consequentials) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997 to: rebase the compulsory annual registration charge payable by all Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students registered providers; and replace the initial registration charge payable by registered providers with an annual entry to market charge.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 22/8/11

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 26/9/11; Act No. 105, 2011

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish a tuition protection service, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997 to make amendments consequent on the proposed Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Act 2012.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/9/11; Passed 3/11/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; report tabled 1/11/11

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 8/11/11; report due 27/2/12

Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish a tuition protection service (TPS), the bill: establishes the TPS levy to be imposed on registered providers and sets out the basis for its calculation; provides that certain providers may be exempt from components of the levy; and requires the dollar amounts of the administrative fee component and the base fee component to be published annually.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/9/11; Passed 3/11/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; report tabled 1/11/11

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 8/11/11; report due 27/2/12

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment and Prisoner Voting) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment and Prisoner Voting) Act 2011 )

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: provide that the electoral roll closes seven days after the date of the writ for a federal election ( Rowe v Electoral Commissioner (2010) 243 CLR 1); prevent certain prisoners from voting at federal elections ( Roach v Electoral Commissioner (2007) 233 CLR 162); and provide that certain prisoners may remain on, or be added to, the electoral roll; Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide that certain references still apply when a half Senate election is held independently from an election of the House of Representatives; and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to certified lists of voters for referenda.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/11/10; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

CID amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 5 Opp/negatived

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 29, 2011

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Maintaining Address) Bill 2011

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: allow the Electoral Commissioner to update an elector’s enrolled address following receipt and analysis of reliable and current data sources from outside the Electoral Commission; require an elector to be notified of the Electoral Commissioner’s intention to enrol them at a new address and give the elector the opportunity to object to the change; enable objection action to be discontinued and the elector’s enrolled address updated so that the elector is not removed from the electoral roll; standardise references to the Electoral Commissioner; provide for the Electoral Commissioner to delegate the power to seek information; and make consequential amendments; and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to prohibit the Electoral Commissioner from updating an elector’s address on a roll during the period from 8 pm on the day the rolls close to the close of voting at a referendum.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Provisional Voting) Bill 2011

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to provide that provisional voters are not required to provide evidence of identity.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/11; Passed 23/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 3 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 11/5/11]

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 37, 2011

Electronic Transactions Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 to enable Australia to accede to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts 2005 to provide certainty and commercial predictability when electronic communications are used in the formation or performance of contracts between parties located in different countries.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/2/11; Passed 24/3/11

SC report no. 12 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 33, 2011

Energy Grants (Cleaner Fuels) Scheme Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of four bills to apply an energy content based taxation to certain alternative fuels, the bill amends the Energy Grants (Cleaner Fuels) Scheme Act 2004 to continue the grant arrangements for biodiesel and renewable diesel beyond 30 June 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 14/6/11

SC report no. 20 (tabled 12/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 1/6/11

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 66, 2011

PM  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Abolition of Alpine Grazing) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/2/11; Removed from Notice Paper 22/11/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Colbeck - LP)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to provide that bioregional plans are disallowable instruments which are subject to the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

Senate: Intro. 2/3/11; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/11, 16/6/11, 23/6/11, 24/11/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 24/3/11; interim report presented out of sitting 27/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; extension of time for final report 14/6/11; report tabled 15/6/11

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Emergency Listings) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to provide for the emergency listing of threatened species and ecological communities where they are at risk from a significant and imminent threat.

Senate: Intro. 13/10/11; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 22/11/11; report due 1/3/12

PM  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Mining, Petroleum and Water Resources) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Windsor - Ind)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: require corporations to seek Commonwealth approval when an extractive activity may have significant impact on the water quality, structural integrity or hydraulic balance of a water resource unless exempted to do so; require the minister to declare by disallowable legislative instrument that an exemption has been granted; and impose penalties.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/9/11; Read a 1st time 12/9/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 32 (tabled 15/9/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Support for Whaling) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senators Siewert and Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to create an offence of providing any service, support or resources to organisations engaged in whaling.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 23/11/10; report presented out of sitting 25/3/11 and tabled 10/5/11

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Protecting Australia’s Water Resources) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: provide that mining operations require Commonwealth approval if they will have, or are likely to have, significant impact on the quality, structural integrity or hydraulic balance of a water resource; and impose penalties.

Senate: Intro. 1/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 1/11/11

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; report due 27/2/12

PM  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Public Health and Safety) Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Hartsuyker - Nats)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to enable the minister to approve the relocation of the flying fox colony in Maclean, New South Wales (NSW), upon completion of state approval by the NSW Government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Passed 10/2/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10; correction tabled 18/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 28/2/11; Discharged from Notice Paper 13/9/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

PS  Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

The bill: establishes the national Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme; enforces and imposes civil penalties on persons or body corporates for breaches of the scheme; provides for an annual report on the operation of the proposed Act; and contains a regulation making power.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10, 3/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PM  Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Act 2011 )

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the: Evidence Act 1995 to extend protection to confidential communications between journalists and their sources by: presuming the communication is not subject to disclosure unless established as necessary or that public interest concerns outweigh the disclosure; and extending this privilege to all professional confidential relationships and to all prosecutions for Commonwealth offences heard in all Australian courts; and Family Law Act 1975 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/10/10; Passed 28/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 15/11/10; Passed 3/3/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed (reference to committee— see below)

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/11/10; report tabled 23/11/10

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed; 2 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 21/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 21, 2011

PS  Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Brandis - LP)

Amends the Evidence Act 1995 to extend protection to confidential communications between journalists and their sources by: presuming the communication is not subject to disclosure unless established as necessary or that public interest concerns outweigh the disclosure; and extending this privilege to all professional confidential relationships and to all prosecutions for Commonwealth offences heard in all Australian courts.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/11/10; report tabled 23/11/10

SBC report 14/10 (tabled and adopted 18/11/10): Committee noted reference ( see above)

Excise Amendment (Reducing Business Compliance Burden) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Reducing Business Compliance Burden) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Excise Act 1901 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: permit small business entities and certain other persons to defer the settlement of excise duties from a weekly to a monthly cycle; and clarify administrative arrangements for periodic settlement permissions.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Petroleum Excise (Prices) Act 1987 to: clarify that failure to provide petroleum producers with written notification of a Volume Weighted Average of Realised (VOLWARE) price determination does not affect the making of the determination; and provide that producers may seek a review within 28 days of receiving written notice of a final VOLWARE price determination.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 23/8/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report tabled 16/8/11

Senate: Intro. 24/8/11; Passed 10/11/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 140, 2011

Excise Tariff Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to provide: that the area encompassed by the ‘Rankin Trend’ located within the North West Shelf is a prescribed condensate production area; and for the making of regulations to extend the area of the Rankin Trend to include additional reservoirs or groups of reservoirs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 23/8/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report tabled 16/8/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 24/8/11; Passed 10/11/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 24/11/11; Act No. 134, 2011

Excise Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Bill 2011

Part of a package of four bills to apply an energy content based taxation to certain alternative fuels, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: set the excise duty rates applying to certain alternative fuels from 1 December 2011; and calculate the duty payable on blended goods.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 14/6/11

SC report no. 20 (tabled 12/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 1/6/11

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 67, 2011

Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Extradition Act 1988 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to enable Federal Magistrates to perform functions under these Acts; Extradition Act 1988 , Migration Act 1958 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 in relation to privacy and information disclosures relating to extradition and mutual assistance processes; Extradition Act 1988 to: limit the jurisdiction to review extradition decisions to the Federal Court of Australia; enable a person to waive the extradition process in certain circumstances; provide that Australia may refuse extradition when a person may be punished, or discriminated against, upon surrender on the basis of their sex or sexual orientation; limit the factors the minister is required to consider before giving a notice accepting an extradition request; enable persons to consent to being extradited for a wider range of offences; enable the minister to give a legally enforceable undertaking as to the maximum sentence that could be imposed on a person before the person is extradited to Australia; enable a person to be prosecuted in any circumstances when Australia has refused extradition; make technical amendments relating to notices; extend the availability of bail in extradition proceedings; and make technical amendments; Extradition Act 1988 and Migration Act 1958 to exempt certain conduct from the definition of ‘political offence’; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to: expand the application of the grounds of refusal to a mutual assistance request from a foreign country; provide that evidence may be taken before an Australian magistrate for live transmission by video link back to a court in a foreign country; and enable non-conviction based proceeds of crime and non-conviction based foreign restraining orders to be registered at the request of any country; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: provide that lawfully intercepted and accessed information is only provided to foreign countries in certain circumstances; and require the minister to report annually on the provision of this information; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to enable Australia to make and receive requests relating to the use of surveillance devices; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 and Crimes Act 1914 to enable forensic material to be obtained from a person in relation to a foreign serious offence at the request of a foreign country; and Migration Act 1958 , Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to make miscellaneous and technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 20/9/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee; report tabled 12/9/11

CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 21/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

PS  Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide 26 weeks government-funded paid parental leave for all eligible Australian parents at the level of the federal minimum wage, or average wage, with a right to return to work; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to the textile, clothing and footwear industry to: extend the operation of most of the provisions of the Act to contract outworkers; enable outworkers to recover unpaid amounts up the supply chain; enable an outwork code of practice to be issued; and extend specific right of entry rules to sweatshop premises.

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

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report due 27/2/12

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends six Acts to reduce the amount of private health insurance rebate eligible taxpayers with complying private health insurance are entitled to when their income for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

House of Representatives: Intro. 7/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/11

Senate:

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the rate of Medicare levy surcharge for certain taxpayers who do not have complying health insurance and whose income for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

House of Representatives: Intro. 7/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/11

Senate:

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to effect three private health insurance tiers, the bill amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge--Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 to increase the rate of Medicare levy surcharge for taxpayers who do not have complying health insurance and whose income (including reportable fringe benefits) for surcharge purposes is above the relevant Medicare levy surcharge threshold.

House of Representatives: Intro. 7/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/11

Senate:

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Act 2011 )

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to provide that only Australian residents qualify for disability support pensions; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: provide that leave payments are included when calculating income concessions; provide that the work bonus rules apply to couples who receive separate income support payments from different agencies; and respond to recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs report Building trust: Supporting families through Disability Trusts by reducing the work capacity and trust purpose requirements for special disability trusts; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that students studying overseas full-time are treated for family tax benefit purposes similarly to full-time students studying in Australia; and Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/10/10; Passed 18/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 22/11/10; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 13/10 (tabled and adopted 28/10/10): Provisions of:

Schedules 2 and 3 of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/11/10

Schedule 4 of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 9/2/11

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 11/5/11]

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 34, 2011

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Election Commitments and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to expand eligibility for the seniors’ work bonus to pensioners; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and Social Security Act 1991 to increase family assistance by up to $4200 a year for families with teenagers undertaking full-time secondary study or a vocational education equivalent; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to enable eligible baby bonus claimants to access a larger portion of the baby bonus upfront from 1 July 2011; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to ensure that annuity payments made from the Thalidomide Australia Fixed Trust are not taken into account as income; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to income management arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 22/3/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 50, 2011

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further Election Commitments and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for: modified arrangements for advance payments of family tax benefit (FTB); and the payment of FTB Part A supplement for a child turning four conditional on that child receiving a health check prior to starting school; Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 to determine a parent’s taxable income by using their  previous taxable income, indexed by growth in wages, when a tax return has not been lodged; Social Security Act 1991 to require payers of compensation to notify Centrelink of proposed payments of compensation; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 31/5/11

CID amendments: 8 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): Schedule 4 of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee upon introduction in Senate (16/6/11); report tabled 22/6/11

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 1 Schedule negatived (Govt); 2 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 22/6/11]

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 53, 2011

PS  Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Act 2007 , Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 and Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Act 2007 so that: provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 prevail over the Acts; the Acts do not authorise conduct inconsistent with the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ; the Acts and any acts done under them are intended to qualify as special measures; and any acts done, decisions made or discretion exercised under the Acts must be consistent with the intended beneficial purpose of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 .

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: lower the maximum child age of eligibility for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A from 24 to 21 years of age from 1 January 2012; and pause indexation for the: higher income free area for FTB Part A; FTB Part B income limit; and baby bonus income limit; Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to extend the commencement date for indexation of the paid parental leave income limit; Social Security Act 1991 to require people to test their future work capacity by participating in training or work-related activities in order to qualify for the disability support pension; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable income management to continue in the Cape York area for another 12 months; and Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to clarify that the Public Works Committee Act 1969 does not apply to Aboriginal Land Trusts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

SC report no. 23 (tabled 2/6/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee; report tabled 14/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 2/6/11; interim report presented out of sitting 3/6/11 and tabled 14/6/11; extensions of time for final report 14/6/11, 20/6/11; final report tabled 22/6/11

Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived; 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to; 1 item opposed (AG)/item agreed to

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 52, 2011

Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Management System and Other Measures) Act 2007 in relation to the recovery of fee reductions, enrolment advances and business continuity payments paid to approved child care services; Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care) Act 2010 to make a technical amendment; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to the effect of a child’s absence from the care of an approved child care service on the eligibility of an individual for child care benefit for that child; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Child Care Act 1972 and Social Security Act 1991 to clarify the definition of family assistance law; Age Discrimination Act 2004 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable disclosure of information about education and care services for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: the secretary’s power to refuse a child care service’s approval for the purposes of family assistance law; the requirement to comply with child care laws; and the recalculation of child care benefit fee reductions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 11/5/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 4/7/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 79, 2011

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Act 2011 )

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to set the annual child care rebate limit at $7500 for four income years from 1 July 2010.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 23/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; Passed 24/8/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 25/8/11]

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 96, 2011

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Financial Viability) Bill 2011

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide for the assessment and monitoring of the financial viability of large long day care centre operators of approved child care services; and authorise the secretary to engage an audit expert to carry out an independent audit of a centre operator if there are concerns about its ongoing financial viability.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 15/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 19/9/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 120, 2011

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Rebate) Bill 2011

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for fortnightly child care rebate payments for individuals who are eligible for child care benefit by fee reduction; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , the proposed Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other Measures) Act 2011 and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Management System and Other Measures) Act 2007 to make amendments consequential on the commencement of the proposed Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other Measures) Act 2011 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 22/3/11; Passed 22/3/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 21/4/11; Act No. 25, 2011

Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Family Law Act 1975 to protect children and families at risk of violence or abuse by: prioritising the safety of children in parenting matters; including harmful behaviour in the definitions of ‘abuse’ and ‘family violence’; requiring family consultants, family counsellors, family dispute resolution practitioners and legal practitioners to prioritise the safety of children; placing additional reporting requirements on certain parties to provide evidence to courts; and state and territory child protection authorities participating in family law proceedings where appropriate; and Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Family Law Act 1975 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 30/5/11

SC report no. 19 (tabled 11/5/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee; report tabled 12/5/11

CID amendments: 10 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 22/11/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 15/6/11, 16/8/11, 18/8/11; report tabled 22/8/11

Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived; 10 items opposed (Opp)/items agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 24/11/11]

Assent: 7/12/11; Act No. 189, 2011

Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010

Amends the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 to: vary the way the Commonwealth makes goods and services tax payments to states participating in the National Health and Hospitals Network (NHHN) Agreement; replace the National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payment with a special payment for participating states; provide for additional top-up payments from the 2014-15 financial year to be paid to participating states; create a NHHN Fund; specify conditions for payments made through the Fund; and impose additional conditions on the minister when making determinations which relate to the Agreement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/10/10; Passed 24/11/10

SC report no. 5 (tabled 28/10/10): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 9/2/11; Discharged from Notice Paper 16/8/11

SBC report 13/10 (tabled and adopted 28/10/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 9/2/11

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2011

Amends the: Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 to move the details for corporate plans of a government business enterprise into the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Regulations 1997; Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to: provide for sunsetting and disallowance arrangements of various legislative instruments; provide that Chief Executive’s instructions are not legislative instruments; and clarify that the external auditor of a Financial Management and Accountability Act agency is the Auditor-General; Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to make consequential amendments; Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 , Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and Science and Industry Research Act 1949 to make technical amendments; Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008 to expand the circumstances in which amounts can be credited to the Wheat Exports Australia Special Account; and Wine Australia Corporation Act 1980 to provide: when the Wine Australia Corporation must provide an annual operation plan to the responsible minister; and that members are appointed to the Geographical Indications Committee for no longer than three years.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 4/7/11; Passed 7/7/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 4/8/11; Act No. 89, 2011

PS  Food Safety (Trans Fats) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

The bill: prohibits the manufacture, distribution, offering for sale, selling or otherwise trading in food containing synthetic trans fatty acids; and retains the right of state and territory governments to develop their own complementary or alternative regulatory regime.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PS  Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—Genetically Modified Material) Bill 2010

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

Amends the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to require Food Standards Australia New Zealand to develop and approve labelling standards to be used by food producers, manufacturers and distributors of food containing genetically modified material.

Senate: Intro. 16/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/10

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 15/6/11; report tabled 24/8/11

PS  Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—Palm Oil) Bill 2011

(Previous title: Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—Palm Oil) Bill 2010)

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind and Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the: Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to require Food Standards Australia New Zealand to develop and approve labelling standards to be used by food producers, manufacturers and distributors of food containing palm oil; and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to include the use of palm oil in the characteristics of any goods for the purposes of misleading conduct as to the nature of goods.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 23/6/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 9/2/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Committee amendments: 4 Ind (Xenophon)-AG/passed

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/7/11; Read a 1st time 4/7/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 19/9/11

PS  Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010

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

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

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

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

Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish governance arrangements for Commonwealth superannuation schemes, the bill: merges the Australian Reward Investment Alliance, the Military Superannuation and Benefits Board and the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority into a single trustee body - the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), and sets out its functions and powers; establishes a governing board of CSC; allows CSC to employ staff and engage consultants; and provides for finance and reporting requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 15/6/11

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 14 Opp/negatived

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 59, 2011

PS  Government Advertising (Accountability) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to: prohibit the use of public money for advertising government policy unless it has been enacted in legislation, or both Houses of Parliament have agreed to the expenditure by resolution, or, in a national emergency, the minister has obtained the Leader of the Opposition’s consent to the expenditure; and provide for a penalty for any breach.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/9/11

PS  Government Investment Funds Amendment (Ethical Investments) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senators Di Natale and Ludlam - AG)

Amends the Future Fund Act 2006 and Nation-building Funds Act 2008 to require the ministers responsible for certain funds to develop, by legislative instrument, ethical investment guidelines for each fund (the Future Fund, the Building Australia Fund, the Education Investment Fund and the Health and Hospitals Fund) and direct the Future Fund Board to have regard to the guidelines when making investment policies.

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

Health Insurance Amendment (Compliance) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Health Insurance Amendment (Compliance) Act 2011 )

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: enable the Chief Executive Officer of Medicare Australia to require certain documents to be produced by a medical practitioner during a compliance audit; and provide that a medical practitioner unable to substantiate an amount paid for a service may be liable to pay a penalty.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/11/10; Passed 3/3/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 21/3/11

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Assent: 8/4/11; Act No. 10, 2011

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011 )

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: allow higher education providers to impose an annual capped compulsory student services and amenities fee of $250 from 1 January 2011; establish the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP): Services and Amenities-HELP (SA-HELP) to enable eligible students to access a loan for the fee; and require higher education providers that receive funding for student places under the Commonwealth Grants Scheme to implement National Access to Services Benchmarks.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 18/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; report tabled 15/11/10

Senate: Intro. 22/11/10; Passed 11/10/11

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

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

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 130, 2011

Higher Education Support Amendment (Demand Driven Funding System and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: remove the annual caps on Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding; change the way in which higher education providers are eligible for that funding; abolish the student learning entitlement; require higher education providers to enter into mission-based compacts with the Commonwealth; and require higher education providers to uphold free intellectual inquiry in relation to learning, teaching and research.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 23/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/7/11; Passed 14/9/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Assent: 26/9/11; Act No. 104, 2011

Higher Education Support Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2011

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to make administrative changes to the FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP programs by: requiring the minister to be satisfied that a body corporate is ‘fit and proper’; providing flexibility in the ‘principal purpose’ requirements; enabling the minister to give qualified approvals; providing for procedural fairness before a provider’s approval is suspended; and including new decisions which are subject to review.

Senate: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 72, 2011

Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: increase the maximum payments for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme in 2011; account for indexation to other grants and Commonwealth scholarships for the 2012 to 2014 calendar years; reduce the HECS-HELP up-front discount from 20 to 10 per cent; reduce the HELP voluntary repayment bonus from 10 to 5 per cent; and clarify that Australian citizens are not entitled to Commonwealth support or to access certain schemes when undertaking a course of study primarily at an overseas campus.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 2/11/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; report tabled 1/11/11

Senate: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 178, 2011

Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide that the minister retains the power to decide an application for approval as a higher education provider although the required timeframe may have expired; require VET providers to notify the minister in writing of events which may affect their ability to comply with quality and accountability requirements; provide for the authorisation of certain uses and disclosures of information; allow the secretary to revoke or vary any determination made to pay an advance to a VET provider in certain circumstances; clarify that a VET provider must provide statistical and other information although an approved form of provision has not been specified; and make administrative arrangements relating to the assessment of an individual’s higher education loan program debt.

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

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

PM  Home Insulation Program (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Hunt - LP)

Establishes the Commission of Inquiry into the Home Insulation Program and provides for: the functions and powers of the commission; offences relating to the giving of evidence before the commission; matters relating to the operation of the commission; and the commission to present its findings and any recommendations by 1 November 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/3/11; Negatived at 2nd reading 2/6/11

Horse Disease Response Levy Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill imposes a levy on manufactured horse feed and worm treatments for horses, to enable the horse industry to repay amounts paid by the Commonwealth on behalf of the horse industry in response to an emergency animal disease outbreak affecting horses.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 22/8/11

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 115, 2011

Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill: enables the collection and administration of a horse disease response levy on manufactured horse feed and worm treatments for horses; imposes penalties for unpaid levies and the remission of any penalties for late payments; enables the collection of information and documents as specified by the Commonwealth; provides for entry, search and seizure powers; and requires the minister to review the levy mechanism every five years unless the levies are active at the time the review is due.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 22/8/11

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 116, 2011

Horse Disease Response Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill amends the Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996 to: enable horse disease response levies to be appropriated to the Australian Animal Health Council; and provide that any excess levies are to be used for research and development activities or the promotion or maintenance of horse health.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 22/8/11

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 117, 2011

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 )

Introduced with the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010, the bill: establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; provides for the powers, proceedings and functions of the committee; introduces a requirement for statements of compatibility to be prepared for all bills and disallowable legislative instruments; and contains a regulation making power.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 23/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 17/11/10; interim report presented out of sitting 7/12/10 and tabled 9/2/11; final report presented out of sitting 28/1/11 and tabled 9/2/11

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived; 1 Part opposed (Opp)/Part agreed to; 1 subclause opposed (Opp)/subclause agreed to

Assent: 7/12/11; Act No. 186, 2011

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 )

Introduced with the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010, the bill amends the: Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to: include the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission as an ex officio member of the Administrative Review Council (ARC); and increase the quorum of the ARC from four to five members; and Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to require explanatory statements for disallowable legislative instruments to contain a statement of compatibility.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 24/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 17/11/10; interim report presented out of sitting 7/12/10 and tabled 9/2/11; final report presented out of sitting 28/1/11 and tabled 9/2/11

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived; 1 item opposed (Opp)/item agreed to; 1 table item opposed (Opp)/table item agreed to

Assent: 7/12/11; Act No. 187, 2011

Human Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

(Previous title: Human Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010)

Amends: the Medicare Australia Act 1973 and Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency Act 1997 to: abolish Medicare Australia and Centrelink as statutory agencies; abolish the positions of the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of these organisations; provide for the functions of the agencies and the CEOs to be integrated into the Department of Human Services (DHS); and amend the long and short titles of the Acts; the Medicare Australia Act 1973 in relation to patient notification when medical records are seized but not examined; the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to abolish the position of Child Support Registrar and provide for the functions of that position to be integrated into the DHS; and 36 Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/11/10; Passed 23/3/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

CID amendments: 55 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 10/5/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/3/11

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 32, 2011

ED Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011

Proposes to: prohibit the importation of timber products containing illegally logged timber; require importers and processors of raw logs to be certified as complying with certain requirements; require the accurate description of legally logged timber products for sale in Australia; and establish monitoring and enforcement powers.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 23/3/11

Reference: Exposure draft and explanatory memorandum referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 23/3/11; extension of time to report 10/5/11; interim report presented out of sitting 25/5/11 and tabled 14/6/11; extensions of time for final report 14/6/11, 15/6/11; final report tabled 23/6/11

Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011

The bill: prohibits the importation and sale of all timber products containing illegally logged timber; prohibits the processing of illegally harvested domestically grown raw logs; requires importers of regulated timber products and processors of raw logs to comply with due diligence requirements; requires the accurate description of legally logged timber products for sale in Australia; establishes enforcement powers and offences, and imposes penalties; and provides for a review of the first five years of the operation of the Act.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; report due 8/2/12

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Income Tax Rates Amendment (Research and Development) Act 2011 )

Introduced with the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to provide that the rate of additional income tax payable on all or part of a recoupment for research and development activities is 10 per cent.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 22/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 23/11/10; Passed 24/8/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Committee request for amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House made Senate request for amendment 24/8/11]

Assent: 8/9/11; Act No. 92, 2011

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011

(Previous title: Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011)

Introduced with the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to increase income tax rates for the 2011-12 financial year by 0.5 per cent on taxable income between $50 001 and $100 000, and 1 per cent on taxable income above $100 000.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 24/2/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 21/2/11

CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 28/2/11; Passed 22/3/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

Reference: Provisions of bill and related matters referred to Senate Economics References Committee 3/3/11; interim report presented out of sitting 20/4/11 and tabled 10/5/11; extension of time to report 10/5/11; second interim report presented out of sitting 30/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11; extension of time to report 4/7/11; third interim report presented out of sitting 29/7/11 and tabled 16/8/11; extension of time for final report 16/8/11; final report tabled 22/9/11

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 15, 2011

Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to enable certain parcels of land to be granted to relevant Aboriginal Land Trusts; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to: remove the connection between the election of members to the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and Queensland local government elections; and allow for changes to be made to the composition of the TSRA, following a governance review.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/11; Passed 17/8/11

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 25/8/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 97, 2011

Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

Amends the: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 and Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to change the title of certain statutory positions to ‘Chief Executive Officer’; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to: allow information held by Indigenous Business Australia to be disclosed in limited circumstances; and remove certain references to two discontinued Aboriginal Hostels Limited schemes.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 13/9/11

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; Passed 23/11/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 7/12/11; Act No. 188, 2011

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 to provide funding for non-ABSTUDY payments for the 2013 calendar year; and Higher Education Support Act 2003 to transfer funding for the 2012 and 2013 calendar years for the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education from the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 to the Other Grants Program.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 6/7/11

Senate: Intro. 7/7/11; Passed 18/8/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 8/9/11; Act No. 94, 2011

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Inventory) Bill 2011

Amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to: provide that chemicals in products previously regulated by other Commonwealth agencies can be transferred to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme; enable formal notification and assessment arrangements for ultra-violet filters in secondary sunscreen products; and enable summary assessment reports to be published online.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 18/8/11

Senate: Intro. 22/8/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 26/9/11; Act No. 103, 2011

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to: recognise expressly the role of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) in assisting the Government to provide the Parliament and the public with assurances that the use of special powers and capabilities by Australian intelligence and security agencies are subject to scrutiny; enable the IGIS to undertake own-motion preliminary inquiries; extend the IGIS capacity to undertake own-motion full inquiries; enable the IGIS to delegate powers of the agency subject to ministerial approval; enable the IGIS to release material to any Royal Commission at the discretion of the government; and make technical amendments; and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 22/6/11

Senate: Intro. 23/6/11; Passed 25/8/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 7/7/11

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 12/9/11]

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 118, 2011

Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to enable regulations to be made to: establish a standard definition of flood for riverine flooding in home building and home contents insurance contracts and contracts held by small businesses and strata titles; and require insurance providers to provide consumers with a key facts sheet for home building and home contents insurance contracts.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011

Amends the: Patents Act 1990 in relation to: the thresholds set for the grant of a patent; and exempting patent infringement of research and experimental activities; Patents Act 1990 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to: reduce delays in finalising patent and trade mark applications; enable trade marks and patent attorneys to practise through a corporate structure; and extend to trade marks and patent attorneys the same ‘advice’ privilege available to legal professionals; Copyright Act 1968 and Trade Marks Act 1995 in relation to the enforcement regime for counterfeit trade mark and copyright goods; and Designs Act 2003 , Patents Act 1990 , Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to provide that the intellectual property rights system can adapt to the electronic and global business environments.

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to: provide a consistent meaning of foreign intelligence and consistent approach to foreign intelligence with the Intelligence Services Act 2001 and the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 ; clarify that a computer access warrant authorises access to data held in the target computer at any time while the warrant is in force; and exclude the communication of information relating to employment within the Australian intelligence community from the operation of security assessment provisions; Criminal Code Act 1995 to clarify that the immunity for liability for certain employees for computer-related activities cannot be overridden by other Commonwealth, state or territory laws; and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to: provide a specific function for the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation to assist the defence force; provide a new ground for granting a ministerial authorisation for producing intelligence on a person; clarify that the immunity for liability for certain employees for computer-related activities cannot be overridden by other Commonwealth, state or territory laws; and move existing exemptions from the Legislative Instruments Regulations 2004 into the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 12/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 4/7/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

Committee amendments: 1 AG/negatived; 3 items opposed (AG)/items agreed to

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 80, 2011

PS  Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and Other Measures) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

Reference ( see item 31, Journals 30/9/10): Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 20/6/11; report presented out of sitting 8/12/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Committee noted reference ( see above)

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2011

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to: change the structure of the Act; and give legislative effect to bilateral taxation agreements with Aruba, Chile, the Cook Islands, Guernsey, Malaysia, Samoa and Turkey.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 12/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 45, 2011

PS  Keeping Jobs from Going Offshore (Protection of Personal Information) Bill 2009  

[2010]

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

The bill requires: Australian organisations to meet certain requirements before transferring personal information about an individual to an organisation in a foreign country; and foreign call centres to identify the city and country in which they are located when contacting customers.

Senate: Intro. 26/10/09; 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/09

SBC report 7/10 (tabled and adopted 13/5/10): Bill referred to Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 6/8/10 and tabled 28/9/10

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 30/9/10

PS  Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 24/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 24/8/11, 22/9/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Act 2011 )

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert three identity crime offences in relation to identification information; and allow a victim of identity crime to obtain a certificate which may assist in re-establishing their credit history; Crimes Act 1914 in relation to the administration of justice offences and makes consequential amendments to eight other Acts; Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 to: allow for the delegation of functions and powers to facilitate joint trial arrangements; and provide legal immunity for persons carrying out functions and duties under the Act; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 in relation to certain written notices and the disclosure of sensitive information held by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to: enable the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to use alcohol screening as a preliminary test for all random, targeted investigation and certain incident alcohol testing; and allow the Commissioner to confer awards on other AFP employees; and Judiciary Act 1903 to repeal redundant provisions in relation to eligibility to practice law in the territories. Also makes miscellaneous amendments to the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 , Crimes Act 1914 , Criminal Code Act 1995 and Privacy Act 1988 .

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 28/10/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 FFP/negatived

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Passed 9/2/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

Assent: 2/3/11; Act No. 3, 2011

Legislative Instruments Amendment (Sunsetting) Bill 2011

Amends the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to provide that legislative instruments remain in force for 10 years following registration (rather than commencement) on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 22/8/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee; statement made discharging committee’s requirement to present a report 18/8/11

Senate: Intro. 23/8/11; Passed 25/8/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 98, 2011

PM  Live Animal Export Restriction and Prohibition Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the: Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2014; and provide that export licence holders ensure all live-stock are treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and Export Control Act 1982 to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter unless the secretary is satisfied that the live-stock will be treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/6/11; Negatived at 2nd reading 18/8/11

PS  Live Animal Export Restriction and Prohibition Bill 2011 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the: Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2014; and provide that export licence holders ensure all live-stock are treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and Export Control Act 1982 to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter unless the secretary is satisfied that the live-stock will be treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2014.

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

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee; extension of time to report 16/8/11; variation of reporting date 18/8/11; extensions of time to report 20/9/11, 12/10/11, 9/11/11; report tabled 23/11/11

PM  Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/6/11; Negatived at 2nd reading 18/8/11

PS  Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 15/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/11

SBC report 8/11 (tabled and adopted 23/6/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee; extension of time to report 16/8/11; variation of reporting date 18/8/11; extensions of time to report 20/9/11, 12/10/11, 9/11/11; report tabled 23/11/11

PM  Livestock Export (Animal Welfare Conditions) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: provide that live-stock exported for slaughter are transported and slaughtered humanely; make the secretary responsible to ensure that live-stock exported for slaughter under a live-stock export licence are treated humanely and if not, cease their export; and penalise the holder of a live-stock export licence if they fail to inform the secretary of inhumane treatment of live-stock.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/10/11; Read a 1st time 31/10/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Navigation Act 1912 to create offences for: negligently operating a vessel in Australia’s waters in a manner that causes pollution or damage to the marine environment; and failure to report an incident by a ship in a mandatory reporting area; Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to increase and extend penalties for reckless or negligent discharge of oil or oil residues by ships; and proposed Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Oils in the Antarctic Area) Act 2011 to repeal certain items.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Senate: Intro. 13/10/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 167, 2011

PS  Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: remove discriminatory references based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and allow marriage regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

Midwife Professional Indemnity Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010 to enable self-employed midwives to access the scheme; and Midwife Professional Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Act 2010 to correct the formula used to calculate the tax imposed on insurers of eligible midwives.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

Senate: Intro. 11/5/11; Passed 16/6/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 47, 2011

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2011

In response to certain recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee’s reports A Sanctuary under Review: An Examination of Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Determination Processes and Administration and operation of the Migration Act 1958 and the Senate Select Committee report Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters , the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to introduce complementary protection arrangements to allow all claims by visa applicants that may engage Australia’s non-refoulement obligations to be considered under a single protection visa application process.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 25/5/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 19/9/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 121, 2011

PS  Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to provide that a ministerial declaration specifying that a country provides certain procedures and protections for offshore entry persons is a legislative instrument; and Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to provide that the ministerial declaration is subject to disallowance by either House of the Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Discharged from Notice Paper 5/7/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): No reference

PS  Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill (No. 2) 2011

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to provide that a ministerial declaration specifying that a country provides certain procedures and protections for offshore entry persons is a legislative instrument; and Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to provide that the ministerial declaration is subject to disallowance by either House of the Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 5/7/11; 2nd reading adjourned 5/7/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

PS  Migration Amendment (Detention of Minors) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide that the minister must, within 12 days: determine that a detained minor reside within the community; and appoint a person to act as guardian to the minor.

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

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

PS  Migration Amendment (Detention Reform and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to: establish asylum seeker principles; facilitate judicial review of detention decisions; repeal excised offshore places and indefinite detention provisions; and restore asylum seekers rights to fair process and procedural fairness; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to repeal the privative clause decision within the Migration Act 1958 .

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

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 18/8/11

Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test and Other Provisions) Bill 2011

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: enable the minister to refuse to grant, or to cancel, a visa or temporary safe haven visa when a person has been convicted of a criminal offence while in immigration detention; and increase the penalty for the manufacture, possession, use or distribution of weapons by immigration detainees from three to five years imprisonment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/5/11; Passed 31/5/11

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 4/7/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 15/6/11, 23/6/11; report presented out of sitting 29/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 81, 2011

Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Responds to the High Court’s decision in Plaintiff M70/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2011] HCA 32 by amending the: Migration Act 1958 to replace the existing framework for taking offshore entry persons to another country for assessment of their claims to be refugees; and Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 in relation to the making and implementation of any decision to remove, deport or take a non-citizen child from Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/9/11, 22/9/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/pending

Senate:

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Military Justice (Interim Measures) Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Military Justice (Interim Measures) Act (No. 1) 2009 to continue the appointment, remuneration and entitlement arrangements for the Chief Judge Advocate and two Judge Advocates for an additional two years or until the Minister for Defence declares, by legislative instrument, a termination day, whichever is sooner.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 22/6/11

Senate: Intro. 23/6/11; Passed 4/7/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 82, 2011

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (MRCA Supplement) Bill 2011

Amends the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to ensure that: certain wholly dependent partners of deceased defence force members or former members will be eligible to receive the MRCA supplement; and eligible persons do not receive additional equivalent payments under the Social Security Act 1991 or Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 24/3/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 26/7/11; Act No. 87, 2011

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill establishes the framework for calculating a miner’s minerals resources rent tax liability on mining profits made from extracting taxable resources (mainly coal and iron ore) for a mining project interest for a year.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

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

CID amendments: 5 Ind (Wilkie)/passed; 6 Nats WA/negatived

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill amends: the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: requirements for an annual minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) return and starting base return; an assessment regime for the MRRT; collection and recovery; instalment payments of MRRT on a quarterly basis; record keeping rules; the transfer of MRRT information from one entity to another; powers to access documents and premises; the service of documents; choices available to taxpayers in determining their tax liabilities; public rulings; and an annual reporting requirement; and five Acts and the proposed Minerals Resource Rent Tax Act 2012 to make consequential amendments. Also makes application and transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill imposes minerals resource rent tax from 1 July 2012 at a rate of 30 per cent, reduced by a 25 per cent extraction allowance which recognises the expertise and capital that mining companies bring to mineral extraction, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

CID amendments: 5 Nats WA/negatived

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill imposes minerals resource rent tax from 1 July 2012 at a rate of 30 per cent, reduced by a 25 per cent extraction allowance which recognises the expertise and capital that mining companies bring to mineral extraction, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

CID amendments: 5 Nats WA/negatived

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—General) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill imposes minerals resource rent tax from 1 July 2012 at a rate of 30 per cent, reduced by a 25 per cent extraction allowance which recognises the expertise and capital that mining companies bring to mineral extraction, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

CID amendments: 5 Nats WA/negatived

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Amendment (Registration of Foreign Proceeds of Crime Orders) Bill 2011

Amends the International Criminal Court Act 2002 , International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 1987 to respond to the High Court decision in International Finance Trust Company Ltd v New South Wales Crime Commission (2009) 240 CLR 319 by providing that courts have the discretion to refuse to register a foreign proceeds of crime order if it would be contrary to the interests of justice to register the order.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 23/6/11

Senate: Intro. 23/6/11; Passed 4/7/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 83, 2011

National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010

(Act citation: National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 )

Introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2010, the bill provides: for the operations of NBN Co and any NBN corporations; for ownership and control of NBN Co; for certain reporting obligations of NBN Co; for anti-avoidance obligations of NBN Co; powers to the Federal Court to grant injunctions; that NBN Co is not a public authority; that NBN corporations are not subject to the Public Works Committee Act 1969 ; and for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Ownership of NBN Co to be established for the specific purpose of examining a Productivity Commission report on its inquiry into the NBN and cease to exist after it has reported to Parliament.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/11/10; Passed 1/3/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

CID amendments: 19 Opp/negatived

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

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 16/3/11 and tabled 21/3/11; final report presented out of sitting 17/3/11 and tabled 21/3/11

Committee amendments: 20 Govt/passed; 1 AG/passed; 17 Opp/negatived; 1 Subdivision opposed (Opp)/Subdivision agreed to; 11 clauses opposed (Opp)/clauses agreed to; 2 subclauses opposed (Opp)/subclauses agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments (3 Opp/negatived) 28/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 22, 2011

PS  National Broadband Network Financial Transparency Bill 2010 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Birmingham - LP)

Requires: NBN Co to prepare a business case for the National Broadband Network (NBN) and publish it by 19 November 2010; and the Productivity Commission to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of the NBN proposal and publish it by 31 May 2011.

Senate: Intro. 23/11/10; Negatived at 2nd reading 15/9/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): No reference

National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

Amends the: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to establish a merit-based appointment process for ABC and SBS non-executive directors for their respective boards; and Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to re-establish the position of staff-elected director to the ABC Board.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 23/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 16/11/10; report tabled 17/11/10

National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Home Loans and Credit Cards) Bill 2011

Amends the: National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to: require licensed credit providers to provide a Key Facts Sheet for standard home loans to consumers; require credit providers to provide a Key Fact Sheet for credit card contracts; restrict when credit providers can make unsolicited invitations to borrowers to increase the credit limit on a credit card; restrict the approval of the use of credit cards to obtain amounts in excess of the credit limit; prohibit fees being charged when the credit limit is exceeded (unless agreed to by the card holder); and provide for an order of application of payments made under credit card contracts; and National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 22/6/11

SC report no. 19 (tabled 11/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 15/6/11

CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed; 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/6/11; Passed 4/7/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 84, 2011

National Health Amendment (Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Initiatives) Bill 2011

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to: enable pharmacists to use a standardised medication chart when supplying and claiming medicines for persons in residential care services; enable pharmacists to supply a pharmaceutical benefit to a patient who is unable to present a valid prescription; and enable the minister to make determinations about the conditions that apply to the provision of maximum quantities or repeats of certain medicines.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Consideration deferred

National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010

(Act citation: National Health and Hospitals Network Act 2011 )

Establishes the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care as an independent statutory body and provides for: the functions and powers of the commission; appointment of members to the board of the commission; procedures of the board; the terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer; staff and consultants; committees; and reporting and planning obligations of the commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 27/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/10/10; Passed 3/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 18/11/10; report tabled 22/11/10

Committee amendments: 8 AG/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 21/3/11]

Assent: 8/4/11; Act No. 9, 2011

National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) Bill 2011

Amends the National Health Reform Act 2011 to establish the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and provide for its functions, powers, obligations, liabilities, privileges, membership, appointments, formation of committees, staffing, reporting, and disclosure of information.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/8/11; Passed 2/11/11

Senate: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee; report tabled 15/9/11

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 139, 2011

National Health Reform Amendment (National Health Performance Authority) Bill 2011

Amends the proposed National Health and Hospitals Network Act 2011 to: establish the National Health Performance Authority as a statutory authority and provide for its functions, powers, membership, committees, staffing, reporting and planning, and disclosure of information; amend the long and short titles of the Act; and make amendments consequential on the establishment of the authority and the Act title change.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/3/11; Passed 17/8/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): Bill referred to House Health and Ageing Committee; report tabled 22/3/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 29 Govt/passed; 3 Ind (Oakeshott)/passed

Senate: Intro. 22/8/11; Passed 19/9/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 9/6/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 section negatived (Govt)

[House agreed to Senate amendments 20/9/11]

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 109, 2011

PS  National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Establishes a National Integrity Commission as an independent statutory agency which will consist of the National Integrity Commissioner, the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner and the Independent Parliamentary Advisor and provide for: the investigation and prevention of misconduct and corruption in all Commonwealth departments, agencies, and federal parliamentarians and their staff; the investigation and prevention of corruption in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission; and independent advice to ministers and parliamentarians on conduct, ethics and matters of proprietary. Also provides for the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010

The bill: allows a Northern Territory Land Council and other parties in a state or territory to volunteer their land for consideration as the location for a national facility for the management of radioactive waste arising from medical, industrial and research uses of radioactive material; repeals the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 ; and makes a consequential amendment to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/10/10; Passed 22/2/11

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report presented out of sitting 22/12/10 and tabled 21/2/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 28/2/11; In committee 16/6/11

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment (Deer) Bill 2011

Amends the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998 to increase the cap on the National Residue Survey component of the deer slaughter levy from 4 cents to 10.5 cents per kilogram.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/11; Passed 25/8/11

Senate: Intro. 12/9/11; Passed 23/11/11

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 175, 2011

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2011

In response to issues raised by the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills and recommendations made by the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee, the bill amends the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 to: add an objects clause; clarify which laws of the states and territories apply to registered training organisations; clarify the circumstances when the Regulator can amend an accredited course without an application being made by the course owner; ensure that a person is aware of the cancellation of the qualification or statement of attainment before being liable for a civil penalty; limit the use of force; require authorised officers to possess certain experience, training and qualifications; enable information sharing with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency; and make technical amendments.

Senate: Intro. 24/8/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/10/11; Passed 31/10/11

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 171, 2011

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 )

Introduced with the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2010 [2011], the bill establishes the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator as an independent statutory body to regulate the vocational education and training sector and provides for: registration of training organisations; accreditation of courses; powers to issue and cancel qualifications; investigative powers; enforcement; Commonwealth-State arrangements; terms and conditions of employment, functions and powers of the regulator and two commissioners; staff and consultants; offences and civil penalties; reporting requirements; strategic and annual reporting plans; and the establishment of the Australian Quality Training Framework to provide for national standards for registered training organisations by legislative instrument.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/10; Passed 23/3/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/3/11

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 12, 2011

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Further to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011] and National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2010 [2011], the bill makes consequential amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 , Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 to provide that the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator framework interacts with other regulatory frameworks and funding programs.

Senate: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 23/3/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/3/11

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 14, 2011

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 )

Introduced with the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill 2010 [2011], the bill provides for transitional arrangements to: continue existing registrations of vocational education and training providers; continue existing course accreditations; enable certain decisions of the regulator to be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; enable staff of referring state and territory regulators to transfer to the national regulator; continue legal proceedings; and make miscellaneous amendments.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/10; Passed 23/3/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 24/3/11

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 13, 2011

PS  Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: the application of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to decision-making; heritage protection; the application of the non-extinguishment principle to the compulsory acquisition of land; the right to negotiate to apply to offshore areas; good faith negotiations; profit sharing and royalties in arbitration; enabling extinguishment to be disregarded; burden of proof; the definition of ‘traditional’; and commercial rights and interests.

Senate: Intro. 21/3/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 20/9/11, 3/11/11; report tabled 9/11/11

Navigation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Navigation Act 1912 to: implement the Maritime Labour Convention in Australia by setting minimum requirements for working and living conditions for seafarers working on certain ships engaged in commercial activities, except fishing; and enable vessel traffic services to be extended to the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 20/9/11

SC report no. 22 (tabled 26/5/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee; report tabled 25/8/11

CID amendment: 1 AG/passed

Senate: Intro 22/9/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 168, 2011

Nuclear Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 to: create offences for specific conduct prohibited by the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; and make technical amendments consequential on the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 ; and Extradition Act 1988 to update an incorrect reference in the definition of ‘Australian aircraft’.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (National Regulator) Bill 2011

Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to replace the state and Northern Territory based Designated Authorities with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (which will replace the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority and have extended functions) and the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (located within the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism) to administer and regulate petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters in the Australian offshore area. Also repeals the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Annual Fees) Act 2006 and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Registration Fees) Act 2006 and makes amendments consequential on these repeals.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 6/7/11

SC report no. 22 (tabled 26/5/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report presented out of sitting 27/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 14/9/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/5/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Committee amendments: 1 AG/passed; 2 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 15/9/11]

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 112, 2011

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Significant Incident Directions) Bill 2011

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to enable the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to issue a direction to require a petroleum titleholder to remediate the effects of a significant offshore petroleum incident within a title area that has caused, or may cause, an escape of petroleum.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 23/11/11

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Committee; report tabled 21/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Registration Fees) Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Registration Fees) Act 2006 to replace references to ‘Designated Authority’ with ‘Titles Administrator’ consequent on the proposed Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (National Regulator) Act 2011 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 6/7/11

SC report no. 22 (tabled 26/5/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report presented out of sitting 27/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11

Senate: Intro. 7/7/11; Passed 14/9/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/5/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 111, 2011

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulatory Levies (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: make amendments consequential on the enactment of the proposed Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulatory Levies Legislation Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Act 2011 ; provide that the levies become due and payable at a specified date; impose a late penalty payment; and provide that the levies and late payment penalties are payable to, and recoverable by, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 22/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 28, 2011

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulatory Levies Legislation Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: impose cost recovery levies (an annual well levy, a well activity levy and a well investigation levy) on the holders of offshore petroleum titles in respect of well and well-related activities; and amend the long and short titles of the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 22/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 27, 2011

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulatory Levies Legislation Amendment (2011 Measures No. 2) Bill 2011

Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003 to impose cost recovery levies (an annual titles administration levy and an environment plan levy) on the registered holders of offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage titles.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 6/7/11

SC report no. 22 (tabled 26/5/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report presented out of sitting 27/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11

Senate: Intro. 7/7/11; Passed 14/9/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/5/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 114, 2011

Offshore Petroleum (Royalty) Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the Offshore Petroleum (Royalty) Act 2006 to replace references to ‘Designated Authority’ with ‘State Minister’ consequent on the proposed Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (National Regulator) Act 2011 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 6/7/11

SC report no. 22 (tabled 26/5/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report presented out of sitting 27/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11

CID amendments: 17 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 14/9/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/5/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 110, 2011

Offshore Resources Legislation Amendment (Personal Property Securities) Bill 2011

Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the Offshore Minerals Act 1994 and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to provide that any security interests acquired in petroleum, greenhouse gas and offshore minerals titles are not personal property securities for the purposes of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 6/7/11

SC report no. 22 (tabled 26/5/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report presented out of sitting 27/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11

Senate: Intro. 7/7/11; Passed 14/9/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/5/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 113, 2011

PS  Ombudsman Amendment (Education Ombudsman) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the: Ombudsman Act 1976 to establish the Education Ombudsman as a separate office within the office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to deal with complaints about the domestic and international education sector; and Migration Act 1958 and Privacy Act 1988 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 to: apply, in addition to existing levies imposed by the Act, an equivalent carbon charge to the import of synthetic greenhouse gases (SCGs) and equipment which contains SCG; provide for exemptions from the levy or the carbon price component of the levy in certain circumstances; and amend the long title of the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 164, 2011

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of 18 bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995 to: apply, in addition to existing levies imposed by the Act, an equivalent carbon charge to the manufacture of synthetic greenhouse gases; provide for exemptions from the levy or the carbon price component of the levy in certain circumstances; and amend the long title of the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 8/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 165, 2011

Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Consolidation) Bill 2011

Amends the: Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to clarify provisions relating to: ‘keeping in touch days’; debt recovery; notices; and delegation of the secretary’s powers; and Fair Work Act 2009 to: clarify unpaid parental leave arrangements in the event of a stillbirth or infant death; enable early commencement of unpaid parental leave; and enable employees who are on unpaid parental leave to perform permissible paid work for short periods (‘keeping in touch days’).

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

PM  Paid Parental Leave (Reduction of Compliance Burden for Employers) Amendment Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Billson - LP)

Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to provide that the Family Assistance Office continues to administer the paid parental leave scheme after 1 July 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Negatived at 2nd reading 24/2/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

PM  Parliamentary Budget Office Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Hockey - LP)

Establishes the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer as an independent officer of the Parliament to provide advice and analysis to Parliament on the annual Commonwealth budget and any revisions of budgetary estimates or outcomes.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/11

Main Committee: Referred 12/9/11

Parliamentary Service Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2011

Amends the: Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to: establish the Parliamentary Budget Office and the position of Parliamentary Budget Officer to provide independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals; and provide for the functions and governance of the Office; Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to provide that parties with at least five members in Parliament may request election costings from the Departments of Treasury and Finance; Freedom of Information Act 1982 to list the Office as an exempt agency; and Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/8/11; Passed 21/9/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 20/9/11)

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 23/11/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 10 Opp/negatived; 2 sections opposed (Opp)/sections agreed to

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 170, 2011

PM  Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Dutton and Mr Turnbull - LP, Mr Oakeshott - Ind and Mr Forrest - Nats)

Amends the Patents Act 1990 to prevent the patenting of biological materials which are identical or substantially identical to materials as they exist in nature.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/2/11; Removed from Notice Paper 20/9/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

PS  Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senators Coonan and Heffernan - LP, Senator Siewert - AG and Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Patents Act 1990 to prevent the patenting of biological materials which are identical or substantially identical to materials as they exist in nature.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/10

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 15/6/11, 23/8/11; report tabled 21/9/11

Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2011

Introduced with the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 8) Bill 2011, the bill imposes a pay as you go (PAYG) withholding non-compliance tax on directors and, in some circumstances, their associates where their company has a PAYG withholding liability for an income year and the director or associate is entitled to a credit for amounts withheld by the company during the income year.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/10/11; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/11

SC report no. 36 (tabled 13/10/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 3/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/11/11

Personal Property Securities Amendment (Registration Commencement) Bill 2011

Amends the: Personal Property Securities Act 2009 to: provide that the Act commences before the Personal Property Securities national online register is available for public use; and make consequential amendments; and Personal Property Securities (Corporations and Other Amendments) Act 2010 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/11; Passed 2/11/11

Senate: Intro. 3/11/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/11/11

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 138, 2011

Personal Property Securities (Corporations and Other Amendments) Bill 2011

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: registrable charges; the liability of receivers and voluntary administrators for certain transactions; enforcement of liens and pledges; vesting of security interests; and appointment of an administrator under a transitional security agreement; Personal Property Securities Act 2009 in relation to: taking certain personal property free of security interests; harmonising the definition of ‘security interest’ with New Zealand legislation; Clearing House Electronic Subregister System securities; access to third party data; the registrar’s powers to conduct investigations; security interests in authorised deposit-taking institutions; and state referral powers; and Corporations Act 2001 and Personal Property Securities Act 2009 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 22/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 26/5/11; Act No. 35, 2011

Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011

Introduced with the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011, the bill: establishes the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) System Operator to be responsible for the operation of the PCEHR system and the advisory bodies which will support the operation of the system; enables consumers or their nominated representatives to register for an eHealth record and to control the access to that record; provides for civil penalties to be imposed when there is an unauthorised use, collection or disclosure of information in a consumer’s eHealth record or actions occur which may compromise the integrity of the PCEHR system; enables the minister to make PCEHR rules; requires the Information Commissioner and the PCEHR System Operator to report annually; and provides for a review of the first two years of the operation of the Act.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011, the bill amends the: Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 to enable the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records system and certain other entities to take up and use healthcare identifiers; and Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to enable Medical Benefits Scheme, Pharmaceutical  Benefits Scheme, organ donor and childhood immunisation information to be included in a consumer’s eHealth record if the consumer chooses to have that information included.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill amends the: Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 to: extend the petroleum resource rent tax (PRRT) to apply to all onshore oil and gas projects, as well as the North West Shelf project; apply the PRRT to shale oil and coal seam gas not subject to the minerals resource rent tax; establish the timing for deriving assessable receipts for petroleum projects; provide that certain receipts or service provision are assessable receipts; provide that expenditure in relation to environmental expenditure, resource rent tax expenditure and native title payments are deductible; enable certain interest holders to choose and apply a starting base valuation in relation to their interest; and reflect the Clean Energy Future package; Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide that certain groups of entities may form consolidated groups for PRRT purposes; and Crimes (Taxation Offences) Act 1980 , Excise Tariff Act 1921 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1987 and Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Act 1987 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill imposes petroleum resource rent tax at a rate of 40 per cent on the profits of certain petroleum projects, to the extent that it is a duty of customs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill imposes petroleum resource rent tax at a rate of 40 per cent on the profits of certain petroleum projects, to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—General) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill imposes petroleum resource rent tax at a rate of 40 per cent on the profits of certain petroleum projects, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

PS  Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009  

[2010]

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 and Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Tobacco) Regulations 2004 to ban advertising, logos or trademarks and specify the appearance requirements for cigarette packaging.

Senate: Intro. 20/8/09; 2nd reading adjourned 20/8/09

SBC report 18/09 (tabled and adopted 26/11/09): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 24/2/10; report presented out of sitting 26/8/10 and tabled 28/9/10

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 30/9/10

PS  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Provides for the assessment and collection of a 25 cent levy for each plastic bag used at retail points of sale. Also includes reporting requirements and a regulation making power.

Senate: Intro. 22/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/10

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

PS  Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Provides for a national plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the next House of Representatives election on whether Australia should become a republic.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PS  Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008 [2010]

R   (Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

The bill: provides for the administration of a poker machine harm reduction tax to be payable by a licensed operator on revenue derived from licensed poker machines; establishes the Poker Machine Harm Reduction Transition Fund Supervisory Board to determine grants to be made from the fund for the purposes of funding community activities, rehabilitation and prevention programs; and provides for promotional educational programs highlighting the risks of gambling.

Senate: Intro. 14/2/08; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/08

SBC report 2/08 (tabled and adopted 12/3/08): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Committee; extensions of time to report 18/3/08, 26/6/08; report tabled 10/11/08

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 30/9/10

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 28/10/10; report presented out of sitting 30/8/11; report tabled in House and Senate 12/9/11

PS  Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Regulates poker machine use by requiring that poker machines: must not accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20; must not accept certain additional credits; must not allow a bet in excess of $1 per spin; and must not allow a loss exceeding $120 in one hour’s operation. Also imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 28/10/10; report presented out of sitting 30/8/11; report tabled in House and Senate 12/9/11

PM  Police Overseas Service (Territories of Papua and New Guinea) Medal Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Morrison - LP)

Requires a minister to seek the Queen’s in-principle agreement to establish The Police Overseas Service (Territories of Papua and New Guinea) Medal as part of the Australian honours system to be awarded for service undertaken by members of Australian police forces who served as part of the Australian administration of the Territories of Papua and New Guinea between 1 July 1949 and 30 November 1973.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/11; Read a 1st time 21/11/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS  Preventing the Misuse of Government Advertising Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Requires the Auditor-General to assess certain government information and advertising campaigns for their compliance with guidelines and to present reports of any assessment to Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Product Stewardship Bill 2011

Establishes a national framework to manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of manufactured goods and materials across the lifecycle of a product, including the impacts associated with the disposal of a product.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 14/4/11 and tabled 10/5/11; final report presented out of sitting 9/5/11 and tabled 10/5/11

Committee amendments: 15 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 3 AG/passed; 1 AG/negatived

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 76, 2011

PS  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to restrict the advertising or other promotion of unhealthy food and beverages on television between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; Negatived at 2nd reading 3/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PS  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting and Telecommunications Amendment) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senators Bob Brown and Di Natale - AG)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: restrict the advertising or other promotion of unhealthy food and beverages on television on weekdays between 6.00 am and 9.00 am and between 4.00 pm and 9.00 pm, and on weekends and public holidays between 6.00 am and 12.00 pm and between 4.00 pm and 9.00 pm; and restrict the advertising or other promotion of unhealthy food and beverages on subscription television, the internet or by electronic message.

Senate: Intro. 21/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 21/11/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Consideration deferred

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Oil Transfers) Bill 2011

Amends the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to implement amendments to Annex I to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships to prevent marine pollution during ship-to-ship oil transfer operations between certain oil tankers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/5/11; Passed 23/6/11

Senate: Intro. 4/7/11; Passed 7/7/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 4/8/11; Act No. 90, 2011

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Oils in the Antarctic Area) Bill 2011

Amends the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to implement amendments to Annex I to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships to ban the use or carriage of heavy grade oils on ships travelling in the Antarctic Area except when vessels are engaged in securing the safety of ships or saving life at sea.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/8/11; Passed 14/9/11

Senate: Intro. 15/9/11; Passed 22/11/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): No reference

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 176, 2011

PS  Public Accounts and Audit Committee Amendment (Ombudsman) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951 to expand the role of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit to include additional duties in relation to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, including: examining all reports tabled by the Ombudsman; reporting to Parliament on matters relating to the Ombudsman; and considering the operations and resources of the Ombudsman.

Senate: Intro. 1/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 1/11/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Consideration deferred

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

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee; report tabled 16/8/11

PS  Qantas Sale Amendment (Still Call Australia Home) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind and Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Qantas Sale Act 1992 to: require that Qantas’ principal operation centre is located in Australia; require that the majority of heavy maintenance of aircraft, flight operations and Qantas training is conducted in Australia; provide that the Qantas Board of Directors consist of at least one director with professional flight operations experience and one director with aircraft engineering experience; and provide that the minister or certain shareholder members may restrain Qantas from engaging in certain particular conduct.

Senate: Intro. 25/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 25/8/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; extensions of time to report 20/9/11, 21/11/11; report due 29/2/12

PS  Quarantine Amendment (Disallowing Permits) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Quarantine Act 1908 to: provide that Biosecurity Policy Determinations are disallowable legislative instruments; provide that a permit to import, introduce, or bring in an animal, plant, substance or thing is a disallowable legislative instrument; provide that, when these instruments are presented to Parliament, the minister is required to table a risk analysis in both Houses and refer the instruments to parliamentary committees responsible for agricultural matters.

Senate: Intro. 25/8/11; 2nd reading adjourned 25/8/11, 10/11/11

SBC report 12/11 (tabled and adopted 15/9/11): Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; report tabled 2/11/11

Remuneration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 to: determine a classification structure for departmental secretaries; enable the Remuneration Tribunal to determine the remuneration of the secretaries of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury; enable these secretaries, in consultation with the President of the tribunal and the Public Service Commissioner, to determine the level of remuneration for all other departmental secretaries; and enable the tribunal to determine the remuneration and recreation leave entitlements of the Public Service Commissioner, Merit Protection Commissioner and heads of executive agencies; Public Service Act 1999 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 to make consequential amendments; and Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 , Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004 , Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 to: restore the tribunal’s ability to determine parliamentary base salary; require the tribunal to publish reasons for decisions relating to parliamentary remuneration; and remove the Parliament’s ability to disallow parliamentary remuneration determinations.

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

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 23/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 17/6/11 and tabled 20/6/11

Committee amendments: 7 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 23/6/11]

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 75, 2011

PS  Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to establish a national feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme to provide financial support for the commercialisation of prospective renewable energy technologies by providing: that the minister sets and reviews a FiT rate for renewable energy technology and a FiT levy rate to fund payments under the scheme; that qualifying generators be allowed to connect and feed into the grid; that the Renewable Energy Regulator establish a Feed-in-Tariff Register; and for the preparation and tabling of an independent report on the operation of the scheme.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PS  Responsible Takeaway Alcohol Hours Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Fielding - FFP)

Prohibits the sale of takeaway alcoholic beverages between midnight and 7.00 am on any day and imposes offences for any contravention.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/11 (tabled and adopted 25/8/11): No reference

PS  Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 , Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and Norfolk Island Act 1979 to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia. Also repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 .

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10, 28/10/10

SBC report 12/10 (tabled and adopted 27/10/10): No reference

Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2011

Introduced with the Road Safety Remuneration (Consequential Amendments and Related Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill establishes the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which will: inquire into sectors, issues and practices within the road transport industry and, where appropriate, determine mandatory minimum rates of pay and related conditions for employed and self-employed drivers; grant safe remuneration approvals to be contained in a collective agreement between a hirer and all self-employed drivers; resolve disputes between drivers, their hirers or employers and participants in the road transport industry supply chain; and deal with disputes arising from the termination of a road transport contract.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Road Safety Remuneration (Consequential Amendments and Related Provisions) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2011, the bill amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to: make a consequential amendment; and enable transitional arrangements.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

PS  Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Establishes an emissions intensity cap and building efficiency certificate trading scheme for non-residential buildings.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 29/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

PM  Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG, Mr Broadbent - LP and Ms Vamvakinou - ALP)

Amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to create a legal presumption that, if a firefighter has been employed for a certain period before being diagnosed with one of seven primary site cancers, the employment is taken to have been the dominant cause of the contraction of the cancer.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/7/11; Passed 3/11/11

CID amendments: 1 AG/passed; 10 Vamvakinou/passed

Senate: Intro. 10/11/11; Passed 24/11/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee 5/7/11; report tabled 15/9/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 182, 2011

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to: reinstate claims arising from off-site recess injuries; provide for continuous workers’ compensation coverage for employees while overseas working in a declared place, or who belong to a declared class of employee; enable compensation for medical expenses to be paid where payment of other compensation is suspended; allow for time limits for claim determination; and enable Comcare to access the Consolidated Revenue Fund to pay certain compensation claims in respect of diseases with long latency periods; and Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 to make technical amendments consequential on the commencement of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 1/6/11

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 item opposed (Opp)/item agreed to

Assent: 6/12/11; Act No. 181, 2011

Schools Assistance Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to provide for a phased implementation of the national curriculum by certain authorities and approved school systems.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/8/11

SC report no. 26 (tabled 23/6/11): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; statement made discharging committee’s requirement to present a report 16/8/11

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 24/8/11; Passed 19/9/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 122, 2011

Schools Assistance Amendment (Financial Assistance) Bill 2011

Amends the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to extend the existing funding arrangements, including indexation arrangements, for: non-government primary and secondary schools until the end of 2013; and grants for capital expenditure until the end of 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

SC report no. 15 (tabled 24/2/11): No reference

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/3/11; Passed 23/3/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/passed

Assent: 21/4/11; Act No. 26, 2011

Screen Australia (Transfer of Assets) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Screen Australia (Transfer of Assets) Act 2011 )

The bill: amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 , National Film and Sound Archive Act 2008 and Screen Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2008 to enable the name change of the National Film and Sound Archive to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSAA); transfers part of Screen Australia’s film library and associated assets and liabilities to the NFSAA; and provides for the transfer of certain Screen Australia staff to the NFSAA.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/11/10; Passed 24/2/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 28/2/11; Passed 21/3/11

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 20, 2011

Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

(Act citation: Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Act 2011 )

Amends the: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in response to recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 2008 report Effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality , to: extend protections from discrimination on the grounds of family responsibilities to both women and men in all areas of work; provide improved protection from sexual harassment for students and workers; ensure protections from sex discrimination apply equally to women and men; and establish breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination; Age Discrimination Act 2004 to establish an Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 , Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 and Fair Work Act 2009 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 28/10/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 28/10/10; Passed 12/5/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 9/2/11; report tabled 1/3/11

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed; 1 item negatived (Opp)

[House agreed to Senate amendments 24/5/11]

Assent: 20/6/11; Act No. 40, 2011

PS  Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010 [2011]

(Introduced by Senator Nash - Nats)

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to provide that the same eligibility criteria for independent youth allowance is applied for students residing in the Inner Regional Australia Zone.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/10; Passed 10/2/11

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee 17/11/10; report tabled 9/2/11

SBC report 14/10 (tabled and adopted 18/11/10): Committee noted reference ( see above)

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

House of Representatives: Message from Senate transmitting bill reported 21/2/11; House declined to consider bill 21/2/11

Social Security Amendment (Parenting Payment Transitional Arrangement) Bill 2011

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to provide that parenting payment recipients are only covered by the transitional arrangement in respect of children who were in their care before 1 July 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 1/6/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 16/6/11

Reference ( see item 6, Journals 12/5/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee 26/5/11; report presented out of sitting 3/6/11 and tabled 14/6/11

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 49, 2011

Social Security Amendment (Student Income Support Reforms) Bill 2011

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: provide students from Inner Regional Areas with access to independent youth allowance; reset relocation scholarship values from 2012 for eligible regional students and provide for the values to be indexed from 2013; reduce the value of the student start-up scholarship payment from 2012 and provide for the payments to be indexed annually from 2013; provide for the cessation of the Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 31/10/11

Senate: Intro. 1/11/11; Passed 25/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 179, 2011

Social Security Amendment (Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas) Bill 2011

Amends: the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to establish a framework to provide financial assistance for Australians and close family members of Australians who are injured or killed overseas as a result of an overseas terrorist incident; and six Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; 2nd reading adjourned 24/3/11

Senate:

SBC report 4/11 (tabled and adopted 25/3/11): No reference

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: enable parenting payment recipients to transfer temporarily to bereavement allowance following the death of a partner; remove the family member exemption from the two-year newly arrived resident’s waiting period before special benefit is payable; enable the minister to make legislative instruments determining Impairment Tables and rules relating to the tables; and clarify that payments made by an employer to an employee in lieu of notice of termination are regarded as redundancy payments for the purposes of the social security payments; Disability Services Act 1986 to provide that disability advocacy services compliance with new Disability Advocacy Standards will be assessed by an independent certification body over a three-year cycle; and Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to certain asset-test exempt income streams and the provision of actuarial certificates.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 17/8/11

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; extension of time to report 15/9/11; report on provisions of Schedule 3 of bill tabled 19/9/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

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

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 145, 2011

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the: Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to require certain persons to inform the department within 14 days of events or changes in circumstances that may affect social security payments or qualification for concession cards; and Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other Measures) Act 2011 and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Rebate) Act 2011 to make technical amendments. Also clarifies that certain computer-generated decisions made from 12 June 2001 to the date of assent comply with the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 .

Senate: Intro. 23/6/11; Passed 6/7/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 6/7/11

Assent: 4/8/11; Act No. 91, 2011

Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable income management to be triggered by referrals from state and territory agencies; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: enable the minister to specify states, territories or areas in which the vulnerable, long-term welfare payment and disengaged youth income management measures will apply; provide that income management continues despite a change in residence; and provide that certain parents may be required to enter into a school attendance plan and may have income support payments suspended if the plan is not complied with.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Family Participation Measures) Bill 2011

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: commence a 3.5 year trial on 1 January 2012 requiring certain teenage parents residing in certain areas who receive parenting payment to develop and sign an Employment Pathway Plan; suspend income support for teenage parents who fail to participate in the plan without a reasonable excuse; commence a three-year trial on 1 July 2012 requiring certain jobless family members who are receiving parenting payment to develop and sign an Employment Pathway Plan; and provide that parents in either of these trials do not lose entitlement to other payments if they fail to comply with trial requirements.

Senate: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 items negatived (Opp); 2 items opposed (Opp)/items agreed to

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Assent: 5/12/11; Act No. 173, 2011

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that social security payment for job seekers will be suspended when they fail to attend appointments with employment services providers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

SC report no. 18 (tabled 24/3/11): Bill referred to House Education and Employment Committee; report tabled 11/5/11

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 16/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 48, 2011

PS  Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Prohibition of Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

Amends the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to prohibit certain advertising being shown during programs on SBS television.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2010

(Act citation: Statute Law Revision Act 2011 )

The bill: amends 36 Acts to correct technical and other errors and modernise language; repeals eight redundant Acts; amends 76 Acts to provide that Commonwealth ministers are mentioned by reference to the administration of identified legislation; amends 53 Acts to provide that specific departments are mentioned by reference to the minister administering legislation; and amends 103 Acts to update administrative references.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/11/10; Passed 24/2/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 28/2/11; Passed 3/3/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): No reference

Assent: 22/3/11; Act No. 5, 2011

Statute Stocktake Bill (No. 1) 2011

Amends 11 Acts and repeals 25 Acts to abolish 39 special appropriations, including one Special Account. Also makes consequential amendments to two Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 23/6/11

Senate: Intro. 4/7/11; Passed 18/8/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 100, 2011

Steel Transformation Plan Bill 2011

Further to the package of bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, the bill establishes a framework for the Steel Transformation Plan comprising of a $300 million entitlement program for the Australian steel manufacturing industry over four years from the 2012-13 financial year. Also provides for: the minister to approve competitiveness assistance advances up to the value of $164 million in the 2011-12 financial year; administrative details relating to the plan to be included in a legislative instrument; and a monitoring regime.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation 14/9/11; report presented to Senate out of sitting 7/10/11; report tabled in House and Senate 11/10/11

Senate: Intro. 31/10/11; Passed 9/11/11

SBC report 13/11 (tabled and adopted 22/9/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 18/11/11; Act No. 133, 2011

PS  Stolen Generations Reparations Tribunal Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Establishes a Stolen Generations Reparations Tribunal to decide and make recommendations on claims for reparation.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011

Introduced with the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill implements three measures relating to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory by: providing for alcohol management plans to be approved by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and for the minister and the relevant Northern Territory minister to undertake a review within three years on whether alcohol-related harm among aboriginal people has reduced; enabling the Commonwealth to amend Northern Territory legislation by regulation relating to community living areas and town camps to enable private ownership in town camps and flexible long term leasing arrangements for business in community living areas; and providing for a community store licensing scheme to operate for a ten-year period to provide food security for Aboriginal communities. Also requires the Minister for Indigenous Affairs to facilitate an independent review of the operation of the Act after seven years.

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011, the bill: repeals the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 and makes certain consequent saving and transitional arrangements; and amends the: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to: make amendments consequent on the repeal of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 ; and enable Land Councils, if requested to do so, to provide assistance to owners of community living areas; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to: provide that the restriction on prohibited material will continue, with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs responsible for determining to which areas this restriction applies; require the minister to review these restrictions after seven years; and provide for the sunset of the restriction of prohibited material provisions after ten years; Crimes Act 1914 to enable customary law and cultural practice to be considered in bail and sentencing decisions for certain offences; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to make an amendment consequent on the repeal of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 .

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

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; report due 29/2/12

Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill amends the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to: remove the superannuation guarantee maximum age limit at which the superannuation guarantee no longer needs to be provided to an employee; and incrementally increase the superannuation guarantee charge percentage from 9 per cent to reach 12 per cent in the 2019-20 financial year.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Early Release of Superannuation) Bill 2011

Amends the: Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to transfer the administration of making determinations relating to the early release of superannuation benefits on compassionate grounds to the Chief Executive Medicare; and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 to provide that the administration of making determinations relating to the early release of superannuation benefits on compassionate grounds continues to be funded by superannuation industry levies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 25/8/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services; statement discharging committee’s requirement to present a report made in House 22/8/11 and tabled in Senate 23/8/11

Senate: Intro. 12/9/11; Passed 15/9/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Assent: 14/10/11; Act No. 108, 2011

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Bill 2011

Establishes a framework for the introduction of a default superannuation product (MySuper) to replace existing default products by amending the: Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to: define MySuper superannuation products; limit regulated superannuation funds to offering only one MySuper product, except in certain circumstances; allow registrable superannuation entity licensees to apply to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority for authorisation to offer a MySuper product; set out rules on the payment of contributions and account transfers for MySuper products; and set out fees that can be charged to members of a MySuper product; and Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to provide that employers make superannuation guarantee contributions on behalf of employees who do not have a chosen fund to a fund that offers a MySuper product.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/11/11; 2nd reading adjourned 3/11/11

SC report no. 38 (tabled 3/11/11): Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): No reference

Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to establish governance arrangements for Commonwealth superannuation schemes, the bill amends 35 Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequential upon, and transitional to, the proposed ComSuper Act 2011 and Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 15/6/11

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 28/6/11; Act No. 58, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No. 5) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No. 5) Act 2011 )

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: change the eligibility criteria for accessing film tax offsets; extend the main residence capital gains tax exemption to certain compulsory acquisitions; include terminal medical condition benefits; and include school uniforms as an eligible expense for the education expenses tax offset; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to adjust the benchmark interest rate used to determine the cost of capital protection; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to allow non-profit sub-entities to access the goods and services tax concessions available to their parent entity; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the Commissioner of Taxation not to apply a payment, credit or running balance account surplus against certain tax debts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/11/10; Passed 2/3/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/3/11; Passed 20/6/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Provisions of Schedule 2 of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 25/3/11 and tabled 10/5/11

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 61, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exempt from income tax: the Disaster Recovery Subsidy paid to those affected by the floods in Australia during the summer of 2010-11 and by Cyclone Yasi; and ex-gratia payments to New Zealand non-protected special category visa holders for a disaster that occurred in Australia during the 2010-11 financial year; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 2) Act 2009 to exempt from income tax certain payments paid to small businesses and primary producers affected by the floods in Australia during the summer of 2010-11 and by Cyclone Yasi; and First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to enable money in a First Home Saver Account to be paid into a genuine mortgage after the end of a minimum qualifying period.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 24/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 10/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 25/5/11; Act No. 31, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 2) Bill 2011

Amends: the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to the list of deductible gift recipients; the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in relation to self managed superannuation fund investment in collectables and personal use assets; the Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to allow superannuation fund trustees and retirement savings account providers to use tax file numbers in certain circumstances; the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 to allow entities to self assess the goods and services tax treatment of a payment of an Australian tax, fee or charge; and 16 Acts to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/3/11; Passed 12/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 41, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 3) Bill 2011

Amends the: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to allow supplies of particular types of new recreational boats to be goods and services tax free if the boats are exported within a specified 12-month period; and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to enable the ongoing imposition of the general interest charge in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 25/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 51, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 4) Bill 2011

Amends the: Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: reduce the gross domestic product (GDP) factor to four per cent for the 2011-12 financial year for GDP-adjusted notional tax; and provide that contributions to superannuation required by an industrial instrument or rules of a superannuation fund are excluded from reportable employer superannuation contributions; Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 3) Act 2009 to make consequential amendments; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide that minors cannot use the low income tax offset to reduce tax due on certain income; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 in relation to the percentage of premiums for certain total and permanent disability insurance policies that can be claimed as deductions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/11; Passed 31/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 43, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 5) Bill 2011

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: trust beneficiaries continuing to use primary production income averaging in certain circumstances; the operation of the National Rental Affordability Scheme; and anti-avoidance rules for exempt entities used to ‘shelter’ the taxable income of a trust; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to enable trust beneficiaries to continue to use farm management deposits in certain circumstances; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to: capital gains and franked distributions of trusts; and phasing out the dependent spouse tax offset; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 to provide for a single statutory rate of 20 per cent to determine the taxable value of car fringe benefits. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 23/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): Provisions of Schedule 5 of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 22/6/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 62, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 6) Bill 2011

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: provide that the outer regional and remote payment made under the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative is exempt from income tax; and update the list of deductible gift recipients; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 to provide that transport costs from an employee’s residence to their employment in a remote area overseas is exempt from fringe benefits tax.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 17/8/11

Senate: Intro 18/8/11; Passed 13/10/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): No reference

Assent: 3/11/11; Act No. 129, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 7) Bill 2011

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: taxation arrangements for special disability trusts; certain farm management deposits being accessed within 12 months; and the producer, location, and post, digital and visual effects offsets; Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to reduce the lowest marginal tax rate for workers participating in the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide that the instalment income of certain taxpayers includes net gains in the taxation of financial arrangements; Tax Laws Amendment (Taxation of Financial Arrangements) Act 2009 to give the Commissioner  of Taxation a discretion to extend the time in which taxpayers may notify the making of a transitional election in certain circumstances; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Banking Act 1959 in relation to the administration of the farm management deposits scheme; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 6) Act 2010 to extend to 30 September 2011 the date for the temporary loss relief for merging superannuation funds; and A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to a regulatory framework for public ancillary funds. Also provides that any director penalty notices issued by the Commissioner of Taxation under former section 22AOE of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 between 10 December 2007 and 30 June 2010 are valid, notwithstanding the New South Wales Court of Appeal decision in Soong v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (2011) 248 FLR 252.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/9/11; Passed 13/10/11

Senate: Intro. 31/10/11; Passed 21/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 147, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 8) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2011, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide the Commissioner of Taxation with discretion to disregard certain events that would otherwise trigger the assessment of certain income for a primary production trust in the year of the event; Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 to clarify the location of the ‘taxing point’ for the purposes of the petroleum resource rent tax; and Excise Act 1901 and Fuel Tax Act 2006 to clarify taxation arrangements for gaseous fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/10/11; Passed 21/11/11

SC report no. 36 (tabled 13/10/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 3/11/11

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

Senate: Intro. 22/11/11; Passed 23/11/11

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/11/11

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

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 136, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 9) Bill 2011

Amends: the Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to enable regulations to prescribe the operating details of the electronic portability form for superannuation benefits and to specify certain requirements; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 in relation to capital gains tax and certain business restructures; the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 in relation to the financial acquisitions threshold; borrowings; hire purchase; and the sales or lease of new residential premises for goods and services tax purposes; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to update the list of deductible gift recipients; and 13 Acts to make technical amendments.

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

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee

Senate:

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): No reference

Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2011

Amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to: increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and pensioners below pension age; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 25/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 15/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 27/6/11; Act No. 44, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Act 2011 )

Introduced with the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to replace the existing research and development (R&D) tax concession with a 45 per cent refundable R&D tax offset for eligible entities with a turnover of less than $20 million, and a non-refundable 40 per cent R&D tax offset for all other eligible entities; Industry Research and Development Act 1986 to set out the role of Innovation Australia in relation to the administration of the R&D tax offset; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments. Also contains application, savings and transitional provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 22/11/10

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/11/10; Passed 23/8/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Committee amendments: 41 Govt/passed; 56 Opp/negatived; 1 Division opposed (Opp)/Division agreed to

Committee requests for amendments: 6 Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 24/8/11]

Assent: 8/9/11; Act No. 93, 2011

Tax Laws Amendment (Stronger, Fairer, Simpler and Other Measures) Bill 2011

Part of a package of 11 bills, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to abolish the entrepreneurs’ tax offset; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to: increase the small business instant asset write-off threshold to $6500; and consolidate the long life small business pool and the general small business pool into a single pool to be written off at one rate; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: enable small business entities to claim an accelerated initial deduction for motor vehicles acquired in the 2012-13 and subsequent financial years; and enable employers to claim an income tax deduction for superannuation guarantee contributions to employees aged 75 years and over; and Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003 to enable eligible low income earners to receive the low income superannuation contribution.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/11/11; Passed 23/11/11 a.m. ( Votes and Proceedings 22/11/11)

Reference: Bill referred to House Economics Committee 2/11/11; report tabled 21/11/11

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate:

SBC report 16/11 (tabled and adopted 10/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report due 14/3/12

Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011

(Previous title: Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011)

Introduced with the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to implement a one-year progressive flood and cyclone reconstruction levy in the form of additional income tax in the 2011-12 financial year.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/11; Passed 24/2/11

SC report no. 13 (tabled 10/2/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 21/2/11

CID amendments: 12 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 28/2/11; Passed 22/3/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report tabled 21/3/11

Reference: Provisions of bill and related matters referred to Senate Economics References Committee 3/3/11; interim report presented out of sitting 20/4/11 and tabled 10/5/11; extension of time to report 10/5/11; second interim report presented out of sitting 30/6/11 and tabled 4/7/11; extension of time to report 4/7/11; third interim report presented out of sitting 29/7/11 and tabled 16/8/11; extension of time for final report 16/8/11; final report tabled 22/9/11

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 16, 2011

Taxation of Alternative Fuels Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Part of a package of four bills to apply an energy content based taxation to certain alternative fuels, the bill amends four Acts in relation to: the taxation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG); LPG reporting requirements; fuel tax credit entitlements; penalties concerning unauthorised excise-free LPG sale or use; and transitional excise licensing requirements for LPG, LNG and CNG.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 14/6/11

SC report no. 20 (tabled 12/5/11): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; report tabled 1/6/11

Senate: Intro. 16/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): No reference

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 68, 2011

PM  Telecommunications Amendment (Enhancing Community Consultation) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

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

House of Representatives: Intro 19/9/11; Read a 1st time 19/9/11; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 33 (tabled 22/9/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee

PS  Telecommunications Amendment (Mobile Phone Towers) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the: Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 to require the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council to review certain radiofrequency exposure standards every five years, with the first review to be completed within six months of this bill commencing; and Telecommunications Act 1997 to: require certain owners and occupiers of land to be consulted when a mobile phone tower is to be installed; require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to be satisfied that the precautionary principle is taken into account when the site of a mobile phone tower is determined; remove the exemption for low-impact facilities from state and local government planning processes; remove the exemption on the application of state and territory laws; and require carriers to prepare local telecommunications network plans each financial year, for the next five years.

Senate: Intro. 14/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/11

SBC report 17/11 (tabled and adopted 25/11/11): Consideration deferred

Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to support the transition to the national broadband network, the bill imposes a levy on telecommunications carriers or carriage service providers if the carriers or providers have a levy amount for an eligible levy period.

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

SC report no. 38 (tabled 3/11/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee; statement made discharging committee’s requirement to present a report 22/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report due 27/2/12

Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

(Act citation: Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011 )

Amends the: Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to: enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in relation to telecommunications interception warrants; require carriers and certain carriage service providers to inform the Communications Access Co-ordinator of proposed changes to telecommunications services, networks, systems or devices that could adversely affect the ability to conduct interception; enable authorised police officers to disclose telecommunications data when trying to locate missing persons; enable enforcement agencies to apply for a stored communications warrant to access stored communications of a victim of a serious contravention, without the person’s consent; permit notification of an interception warrant to be made to a representative of a carrier; and make technical amendments; and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 , Intelligence Services Act 2001 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to enable ASIO, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation to work cooperatively.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/10; Passed 20/10/10

Senate: Intro. 25/10/10; Passed 2/3/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 26/11/10 and tabled 9/2/11

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 1 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 2/3/11]

Assent: 22/3/11; Act No. 4, 2011

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill 2011

Amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 to require developers to install fibre-ready infrastructure in new developments and ensure that any fixed line facilities installed in a development must be fibre-ready.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 5/7/11

SC report no. 19 (tabled 11/5/11): Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network; report tabled in House 4/7/11 and Senate 5/7/11

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 13/9/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Assent: 26/9/11; Act No. 107, 2011

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2011

(Previous title: Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2010)

Introduced with the National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010, the bill amends the: Telecommunications Act 1997 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: support the rollout of NBN-consistent fibre-to-the-premises networks in new real estate developments; place certain obligations on the supply of wholesale services by an NBN corporation; and require carriers (other than NBN corporations) operating certain superfast broadband networks to offer a wholesale Layer 2 ethernet bitstream service; and Telecommunications Act 1997 in relation to infringement notices.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/11/10; Passed 1/3/11

SC report no. 9 (tabled 25/11/10): No reference

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

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

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; interim report presented out of sitting 16/3/11 and tabled 21/3/11; final report presented out of sitting 17/3/11 and tabled 21/3/11

Committee amendments: 35 Govt (4 as amended by 15 AG-Ind (Xenophon))/passed; 1 AG/passed; 14 Ind (Xenophon)/passed; 33 subsections negatived (Ind (Xenophon)); 1 Opp to Govt/negatived; 1 Part opposed (Opp)/Part agreed to; 14 Opp/withdrawn

[House agreed to Senate amendments (1 Opp to Senate amendment no. 2 negatived) 28/3/11]

Assent: 12/4/11; Act No. 23, 2011

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Universal Service Reform) Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to support the transition to the national broadband network, the bill: makes amendments consequential on the establishment of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency to six Acts and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997; and amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 , NRS Levy Imposition Act 1998 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to provide for the phasing out of the Universal Service Obligation and National Relay Service levies after 30 June 2012.

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

SC report no. 38 (tabled 3/11/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee; statement made discharging committee’s requirement to present a report 22/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report due 27/2/12

Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011

Part of a package of three bills to support the transition to the national broadband network, the bill: establishes the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency (TUSMA) as a statutory agency to implement and administer the service agreements or grants that deliver universal service and other public policy telecommunications outcomes; sets out the agency’s corporate governance structure and reporting and accountability requirements; provides for the minister, by legislative instrument, to make standards, rules or benchmarks for TUSMA contracts and grants; and provides for the Universal Service Obligation and National Relay Service industry levy regimes to be consolidated into a single regime to provide TUSMA funding.

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

SC report no. 38 (tabled 3/11/11): Bill referred to House Infrastructure and Communications Committee; statement made discharging committee’s requirement to present a report 22/11/11

Senate:

SBC report 15/11 (tabled and adopted 3/11/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; report due 27/2/12

PS  Territories Self-Government Legislation Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment of Laws) Bill 2011

(Previous title: Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010)

(Introduced by Senator Bob Brown - AG)

Amends the: Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to remove the Governor-General’s power to disallow or recommend amendments of any enactments made by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly; and Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to remove the Governor-General’s power to disallow or recommend amendments of any laws made by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 18/8/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Reference: Bill and AG amendments (circulated on sheet no. 7031) referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 2/3/11; extensions of time to report 21/3/11, 25/3/11; report presented out of sitting 4/5/11 and tabled 10/5/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 2 Brandis/negatived

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/8/11; Passed 1/11/11

SC report no. 30 (tabled 25/8/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee; report presented out of sitting 23/9/11 and tabled 12/10/11

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 166, 2011

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011

Introduced with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill establishes the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency as an independent national regulatory and quality assurance agency for higher education.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 10/5/11

Committee amendments: 20 Govt/passed

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 73, 2011

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011, the bill amends the: Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and its staff undertake functions relating to provider registration and monitoring; Higher Education Support Act 2003 to recognise new registration requirements for higher education providers and the TEQSA; and proposed Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 to update the definition of ‘vocational education and training course’. Also provides for the transition of functions from state and territories authorities to the TEQSA.

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 16/6/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): Bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report tabled 10/5/11

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 74, 2011

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011

Amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 in relation to: processes for the evaluation of prescription medicines; the refund of evaluation fees; and standard conditions for the registration or listing of therapeutic goods.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/11; Passed 12/5/11

Senate: Intro. 14/6/11; Passed 22/6/11

SBC report 5/11 (tabled and adopted 12/5/11): No reference

Assent: 25/7/11; Act No. 77, 2011

Therapeutic Goods Legislation Amendment (Copyright) Bill 2011

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to prevent companies commencing legal action asserting copyright in the text of an approved product information (PI) document for a medicine where it is used in the PI document of another version of the same medicine.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/11; Passed 23/3/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 25/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

SBC report 2/11 (tabled and adopted 3/3/11): No reference

Assent: 27/5/11; Act No. 39, 2011

Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Amendment Bill 2010

Amends the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 to make it an offence to advertise tobacco products on the internet and other electronic media and future technologies, unless the advertising complies with state or territory legislation or Commonwealth regulations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/11/10; Passed 22/3/11

SC report no. 7 (tabled 17/11/10): No reference

Senate: Intro. 23/3/11; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/11, 22/6/11

SBC report 15/10 (tabled and adopted 26/11/10): No reference

Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011

Introduced with the Trade Marks Amendment (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Bill 2011, the bill prevents tobacco advertising and promotion of tobacco products and tobacco product packaging by making it an offence to sell, supply, purchase, package or manufacture tobacco products or packaging for retail sale that are not compliant with plain packaging requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 24/8/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Health and Ageing Committee; report tabled 22/8/11

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/8/11; Passed 10/11/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 21/11/11]

Assent: 1/12/11; Act No. 148, 2011

Trade Marks Amendment (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011, the bill amends the Trade Marks Act 1995 to provide that regulations may be made in relation to the plain packaging of tobacco so that businesses are not prevented from registering new trade marks or from protecting trade marks against infringement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 24/8/11

SC report no. 27 (tabled 7/7/11): Bill referred to House Health and Ageing Committee; report tabled 22/8/11

Senate: Intro. 25/8/11; Passed 10/11/11

SBC report 10/11 (tabled and adopted 18/8/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; report tabled 19/9/11

Assent: 1/12/11; Act No. 149, 2011

Trans-Tasman Proceedings Amendment and Other Measures Bill 2011

The bill: amends the: Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 in relation to staying an Australian proceeding on forum grounds; and Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 and Trans-Tasman Proceedings (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2010 to: reflect amendments made by the New Zealand Parliament to the companion legislation to enable the cooperative scheme to operate; and retrospectively validates fees charged (from 1 March 2009 to 25 November 2010) for de facto financial proceedings under the Family Law Act 1975 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/11; Passed 11/5/11

SC report no. 17 (tabled 3/3/11): No reference

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; Passed 21/6/11

SBC report 3/11 (tabled and adopted 24/3/11): No reference

Assent: 29/6/11; Act No. 64, 2011

PS  Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incident Reports) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 to impose a penalty on any persons who improperly influence a ‘responsible person’ reporting an incident to aviation authorities.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee 30/9/10; extensions of time to report 17/11/10, 1/3/11; interim report presented out of sitting 4/5/11 and tabled 10/5/11; extensions of time for final report 10/5/11, 15/6/11; final report tabled 23/6/11

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Participants in British Nuclear Tests) Bill 2011

Amends the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to enable the Repatriation Commission to determine, by legislative instrument, that Australian personnel involved in the maintenance, transporting or decontamination of aircraft used in the British nuclear test program are eligible for compensation and health care under the Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/9/11; Passed 12/10/11

Senate: Intro. 13/10/11; Passed 22/11/11

SBC report 14/11 (tabled and adopted 13/10/11): No reference

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

Committee request for amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 4/12/11; Act No. 169, 2011

Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment Bill 2011

Amends the: Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: create a prisoner of war recognition supplement; and clarify when compensation offsetting applies; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to make consequential amendments; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the temporary incapacity allowance.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/6/11; Passed 20/6/11

Senate: Intro. 22/6/11; Passed 12/9/11

SBC report 7/11 (tabled and adopted 15/6/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; report tabled 18/8/11

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

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

Committee requests for amendments: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 1 AG to Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 15/9/11; Act No. 95, 2011

Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Claims for Travel Expenses) Bill 2010

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to extend the time period for lodging a claim for non-treatment related travel expenses to 12 months and enable further extensions of time in exceptional circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/9/10; Read a 1st time 28/9/10; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

SC report no. 3 (tabled 21/10/10): No reference

PS  Water (Crisis Powers and Floodwater Diversion) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind and Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Enables the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to manage the water resources of the Basin as a single system during periods of extreme crisis.

Senate: Intro. 30/9/10; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/10/10; report tabled 18/11/10

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Amendment Bill 2010 [2011]

(Act citation: Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Amendment Act 2011 )

Amends the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005 to provide that a Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) standard may require a product to comply with certain requirements relating to plumbing before the product can be registered as a WELS product.

Senate: Intro. 29/9/10; Passed 25/10/10

SBC report 11/10 (tabled and adopted 30/9/10): No reference

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/10/10; Passed 28/2/11

SC report no. 5 (tabled 28/10/10): No reference

Assent: 22/3/11; Act No. 6, 2011

PM  Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010

(Introduced by Mr Abbott - LP)

Provides that the development or use of Aboriginal land in a wild river area cannot be regulated under the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) without the written agreement of the land owner.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/11/10; Removed from Notice Paper 23/8/11

SC report no. 6 (tabled 17/11/10): Bill referred to House Economics Committee; interim report tabled 21/2/11; final report tabled 12/5/11

PM  Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2011

(Introduced by Mr Abbott - LP)

Provides that the development or use of Aboriginal land in a wild river area cannot be regulated under the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) without the written agreement of the land owner.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/9/11; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/11

SC report no. 32 (tabled 15/9/11): Bill referred to House Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry Committee; report due 2/11/11

SC report no. 39 (tabled 24/11/11): Bill referred to House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee

PS  Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2011 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Senator Scullion - CLP)

Provides that the development or use of Aboriginal land in a wild river area cannot be regulated under the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) without the written agreement of the land owner.

Senate: Intro. 10/2/11; In committee 12/5/11

SBC report 1/11 (tabled and adopted 10/2/11): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Govt (as amended by Opp)/passed (reference to committee— see below)

Reference: Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 24/3/11; report tabled 10/5/11; correction tabled 11/5/11

Committee amendment: 1 AG/pending

Work Health and Safety Bill 2011

Introduced with the Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill implements the Model Work Health and Safety Bill (the model bill) within the Commonwealth jurisdiction to form part of a system of nationally harmonised occupational health and safety laws which will apply to businesses and undertakings conducted by the Commonwealth, public authorities, and transitionally, non-Commonwealth licensees. State and territory governments, together with the Commonwealth, signed the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety which commits the jurisdictions to implement the model laws by December 2011.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 13/10/11

CID amendments: 10 Opp/negatived; 15 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 31/10/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 26/8/11 and tabled 12/9/11

Committee amendments: 17 Opp/negatived; 2 clauses opposed (Opp)/clauses agreed to

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 137, 2011

Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011

Introduced with the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011, the bill: repeals the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 ; makes arrangements for transition to the new occupational health and safety laws; and amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Social Security Act 1991 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/7/11; Passed 13/10/11

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 31/10/11; Passed 24/11/11

SBC report 9/11 (tabled and adopted 7/7/11): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 26/8/11 and tabled 12/9/11

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Assent: 29/11/11; Act No. 146, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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