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As at cob 30 September 2014

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AG  Australian Greens

ALP  Australian Labor Party [Opp]

CLP  Country Liberal Party [Govt]

DLP  Democratic La bour Party

FFP  Family First Party

Ind  Independent

KAP  Katter’s Australian Party

LDP  Liberal Democratic Party

LP  Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

Nats  The Nationals [Govt]

PUP  Palmer United Party 

 

CID  Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

ED  Exposure Draft

PM  Private member’s bill

PS  Private senator’s bill

R  Restored to Notice Paper

SBC  Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC  House of Representatives Selection Committee

 

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

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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

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

Reference (SBC report 8/14): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/6/14; extension of time to report 17/7/14; report due 29/10/14

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

(Introduced by Senator Wright - AG)

Amends the Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000 to: prevent the minister from approving international aircraft movements at Adelaide Airport during curfew shoulder periods; and make consequential amendments.

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

Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 27/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 14/7/14

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 21/7/14; Act No. 91, 2014

Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Bill 2014

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

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

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 15/5/14

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 28, 2014

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

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

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

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2013-2014 .

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 19, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014

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

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 20, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2013-2014 and Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2013-2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 26/6/14; Act No. 56, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2013-2014

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2013-2014 and Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2013-2014 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 26/6/14; Act No. 57, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 63, 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2014-2015

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 64, 2014

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

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

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 21, 2014

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/5/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 65, 2014

Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

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

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

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

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

Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed

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

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

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

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

Senate:

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

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

PM  Australian Education Amendment (School Funding Guarantee) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Shorten - ALP)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/14

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

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Act 2010 to abolish the Australian National Preventive Health Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Health.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 3/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14, 22/9/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 14/7/14; correction tabled 16/7/14

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act 2014 )

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

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

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

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 1, 2014

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

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/14

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2014

Aligns Australia’s anti-doping legislation with the revised World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards that come into force on 1 January 2015 by amending the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 in relation to: an additional prohibited association anti-doping rule violation (ADRV); extending the period to 10 years in which action can be commenced on a possible ADRV; expanding the membership of the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee; information management; a requirement for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to maintain a public record of ADRVs and sanctions; public disclosure of information by ASADA; removal of the requirement for the ADRV Panel to maintain a Register of Findings; and technical amendments.

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

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 10/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; report due 27/10/14

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 30/9/14

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Amendment Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; Passed 30/9/14

Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Act 2008 to abolish the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/6/14; report tabled 16/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 76, 2014

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/9/14, 30/9/14

Senate:

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

References:

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

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

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014

Introduced with the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill responds to the Federal Court’s decision in Nojin v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] FCAFC 192 by establishing a payment scheme for supported employees with intellectual impairment in Australian Disability Enterprises who previously had their wages assessed under the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

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

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

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

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

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

Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014

Establishes the Emissions Reduction Fund to replace the carbon tax and provide a transition for the Carbon Farming Initiative by amending the: Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 to: provide for the Clean Energy Regulator to conduct auctions and enter into contracts to purchase emissions reductions; enable a broader range of emissions reduction projects to be approved; and amend the project eligibility criteria and processes for approving projects and crediting carbon credit units; and Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011 , Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 and National Greenhouse Energy and Reporting Act 2007 to make consequential amendments. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to: the Register of Offsets Projects, which will be renamed the Emissions Reduction Fund Register and will include information about contracts to purchase emissions reductions; and existing Carbon Farming Initiative projects and methodologies and applications for new projects.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Civil Aviation Amendment (CASA Board) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 27, 2014

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

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

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

Senate: Intro. 26/3/14; Passed 28/8/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 27/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extension of time for final report 16/6/14; final report tabled 27/8/14

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 99, 2014

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

The bill: repeals the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; abolishes the CEFC Transitional Special Account established as a temporary measure; and provides for transitional arrangements.

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

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 18/6/14 [ but see bill below]

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the tax-free threshold and second personal marginal tax rate; and Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the maximum value, withdrawal rate and threshold rate for the low-income tax offset.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ and see bill below]

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

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the: Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the tax-free threshold and second personal marginal tax rate; and Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Act 2011 to maintain the maximum value, withdrawal rate and threshold rate for the low-income tax offset.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 9/7/14

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

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers in relation to the repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

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

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

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

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

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers in relation to the repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

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

CID amendments: 4 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

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

Committee amendments: 1 Schedule negatived (AG) [Schedule previously agreed to] ; 1 table item negatived (AG); 3 Opp/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed (Opp)/Schedules agreed to; 20 PUP/withdrawn

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the six Acts which established the carbon pricing mechanism; amends 13 Acts to make amendments consequent on the repeals; enables the payment and future enforcement of carbon tax liabilities for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years; amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit carbon tax-related price exploitation and false or misleading representations about the carbon tax repeal; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional price monitoring powers, including taking action against businesses that do not pass on cost savings attributable to the carbon tax repeal; Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove the conservation tillage tax offset; and Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to change the future funding for the agency; and repeals the Steel Transformation Plan Act 2011 to cease carbon tax-related assistance to steel industry businesses.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

CID amendments: 48 Govt/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 AG/negatived; 4 Schedules opposed (Opp)/Schedules agreed to

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 83, 2014

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013

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

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 3/3/14 [ but see bill below]

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: remove group voting tickets; and provide for an optional preferential system for voting above and below the line for Senate elections.

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

References:

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

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

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

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Industry Code Penalties) Bill 2014

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to contraventions of civil penalty provisions of industry codes (the franchising code) by: enabling regulations to be made prescribing pecuniary penalties; and requiring the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to issue infringement notices.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 28/8/14

Senate: Intro. 1/9/14; Passed 4/9/14

Assent: 24/9/14; Act No. 107, 2014

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

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

Reference (SBC report 3/14): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; extensions of time to report 17/6/14, 15/7/14; report due 4/12/14

PS  Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson - AG)

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

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

Corporations Amendment (Simple Corporate Bonds and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require body corporates to issue a two-part simple corporate bonds prospectus when certain bond issuances occur; enable simple corporate bonds to be traded using simple retail corporate bonds depository interests; and provide that directors have liability for any misinformation in a disclosure document in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 16/7/14

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 28/8/14

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 100, 2014

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

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

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

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

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

References:

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

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

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014

Senate: Intro. 24/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/9/14

References:

Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 24/9/14; report due 17/10/14

SBC report 12/14: Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report due 17/10/14

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/7/14

Senate:

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

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

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

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

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/14

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

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extensions of time to report 12/2/14, 25/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extension of time for final report 16/6/14; final report due 4/12/14

Customs Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/7/14

Senate:

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

Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under Chapter 3 of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to: provide preferential rates of duty for Korean originating goods; and impose certain obligations on exporters and producers of Australian goods who claim preferential tariff treatment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 25/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/14

Reference (SBC report 11/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 24/9/14

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 86, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under Chapter 3 of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide free rates of customs duty for goods that are Korean originating goods; maintain customs duty rates for certain Korean originating goods; phase the preferential rates of customs duty for certain goods to zero by 2021; and specify excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and petroleum products.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 25/9/14

Senate: Intro. 30/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/9/14

Reference (SBC report 11/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 24/9/14

Customs Tariff Amendment (Product Stewardship for Oil) Bill 2014

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the excise-equivalent customs duty on new and recycled petroleum-based oils, greases and their synthetic equivalents from 5.449 cents to 8.5 cents per litre or kilogram.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 70, 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Read a 1st time 23/6/14; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

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

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

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

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 22, 2014

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 4/9/14

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Farrell - ALP)

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

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

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

Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014

Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA; and validating any declaration or past act under the regulations; and Defence Force Regulations 1952 to update terminology in relation to compensation for acquisition of property.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 26/6/14

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

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

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

Assent: 8/8/14; Act No. 95, 2014

Dental Benefits Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

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

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

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 2, 2014

PS  End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

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

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

Energy Efficiency Opportunities (Repeal) Bill 2014

Repeals the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006 to terminate the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 3/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 4/9/14

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

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 97, 2014

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 13/5/14; 3nd reading adjourned 13/5/14

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

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

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

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

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

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

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

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

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

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: enable the minister to set fees for environmental impact assessments and for the assessment and approval of certain action management plans; and provide for administrative requirements for applications, processes for payment and for refunds, exemptions and waivers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

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

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 75, 2014

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove the carbon component rate from the rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty imposed on aviation fuels.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 87, 2014

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Excise Tariff Amendment (Product Stewardship for Oil) Bill 2014

Amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase the excise duty on new and recycled petroleum-based oils, greases and their synthetic equivalents from 5.449 cents to 8.5 cents per litre or kilogram.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 29/5/14; report presented out of sitting 5/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 71, 2014

Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 23/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 40, 2014

Export Inspection (Quantity Charge) Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 23/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 38, 2014

Export Inspection (Service Charge) Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 23/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 39, 2014

Export Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 28/5/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 23/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 37, 2014

Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 23, 2014

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

Senate:

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

PS  Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

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

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

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

PS  Fair Trade (Workers’ Rights) Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

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

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

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

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

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

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 14/5/14 [ but see bill below]

References:

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

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

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

CID amendments: 9 Govt/passed

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

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: maintain the indexation pause on the child care rebate limit at $7500 for three years from 1 July 2014; and maintain the child care benefit income thresholds at the amounts applicable as at 30 June 2014 for three years from 1 July 2014; and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Act 2011 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/6/14; Passed 18/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 23/6/14 [ and see bill below]

Reference ( see item 8, Journals 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 5/6/14; report tabled 16/6/14

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

Committee amendment: 1 item negatived (Opp)

[House agreed to Senate amendment 23/6/14]

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 66, 2014

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

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

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

Senate:

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

Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Act 1998 to increase to 49 per cent the rate of family trust distribution tax.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 41, 2014

Farm Household Support Bill 2014

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

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 28/3/14; Act No. 12, 2014

Farm Household Support (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 28/3/14; Act No. 13, 2014

PS  Flags Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fringe Benefits Tax Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Fringe Benefits Tax Act 1986 to increase to 49 per cent the rate of fringe benefits tax.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 42, 2014

Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

G20 (Safety and Security) Complementary Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 14/5/14

Senate: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 14/7/14

Assent: 21/7/14; Act No. 92, 2014

Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 13/3/14; Act No. 7, 2014

PS  Great Barrier Reef Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

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

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

PS  Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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

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

Reference (SBC report 10/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; report due 5/2/15

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges (Amendment) Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Health Insurance Amendment (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/3/14; Passed 23/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

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

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 78, 2014

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

Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

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

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

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

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

Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Health Workforce Australia Act 2009 to abolish Health Workforce Australia; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of assets, liabilities, interests in land, records and instruments to the Commonwealth, and the transfer of functions and programs to the Department of Health.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 22/9/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 14/7/14; correction tabled 16/7/14

Assent: 24/9/14; Act No. 103, 2014

PM  High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2013

(Introduced by Mr Albanese - ALP)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/14

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

Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide demand-driven funding to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree courses and extend government subsidies to bachelor and sub-bachelor courses at private universities and non-university higher education providers; remove the maximum student contribution amounts; remove the maximum student contribution amounts that providers can charge students in Commonwealth supported places; merge the FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loan schemes, including the removal of the FEE-HELP loan fee and lifetime limits, HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus; establish a Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme to support disadvantaged students; replace the CPI indexation of HELP loans with the 10 year government bond rate; lower the minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts; enable providers to charge Research Training Scheme students capped tuition fees; remove the lifetime limits on VET FEE-HELP loans and the VET FEE-HELP loan fee; replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the CPI; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; enable certain New Zealand citizens to be eligible for HELP assistance; Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency may determine when fees may be refunded, and disclose certain information; Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit; Australian National University Act 1991 , Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments; and Australian Research Council Act 2001 to enable additional investment in research through the Future Fellowships Scheme, apply indexation, apply a one-off efficiency dividend, and add an additional forward estimate amount. Also: amends the Commonwealth Grants Scheme Guidelines 2012 and Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012; and repeals the Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011 and a determination made under subsection 169-20(1) of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 [FRLI No. F2007B01092].

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/8/14; Passed 4/9/14

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

Reference (SBC report 11/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report due 28/10/14

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

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

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

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

Income Tax (Bearer Debentures) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Income Tax (Bearer Debentures) Act 1971 to increase to 47 per cent the rate of non-final withholding tax payable on the interest paid for certain bearer debentures.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 43, 2014

Income Tax (First Home Saver Accounts Misuse Tax) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Income Tax (First Home Saver Accounts Misuse Tax) Act 2008 to increase to 49 per cent the rate of misuse tax.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 44, 2014

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to increase by two per cent: the income tax rates payable on taxable income that exceeds $180 000; certain other income tax rates that are aligned with the top personal marginal tax rate or with calculations comprising that rate and the Medicare levy; and the income tax rate applicable to the unearned income of a minor.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 45, 2014

Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Act 2009 to increase to 49 per cent the rate of tax payable by employees who receive an employee share scheme (ESS) interest under an ESS and have not provided an Australian Business Number or tax file number.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 46, 2014

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Repeal Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Discharged from Notice Paper 17/7/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 27/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extension of time for final report 16/6/14; final report tabled 18/7/14

Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Infrastructure Australia Amendment Act 2014 ]

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

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

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; Passed 23/6/14

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

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 20 Opp/passed; 4 AG/passed; 1 section negatived (Govt); 5 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 26/6/14]

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 77, 2014

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

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

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

CID amendments: 8 Opp/negatived

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

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

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 25/9/14

PS  Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and  

Other Measures) Bill 2011 [2013]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

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

House of Representatives:

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

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to: give legislative effect to the Convention between Australia and the Swiss Confederation for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and its Protocol ; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 2/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 4/9/14

Assent: 24/9/14; Act No. 105, 2014

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

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

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

Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/3/14; Passed 28/8/14

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

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 8 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 28/8/14]

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 101, 2014

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

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

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

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

PM  Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/14; Removed from Notice Paper 15/7/14

PS  Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

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

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

Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014

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

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

Senate: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 15/5/14

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 29, 2014

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 to: clarify that the National Maritime Safety Regulator (NMSR) has the function of surveying vessels and dealing with matters relating to the survey of vessels by accredited surveyors; enable the NMSR to exercise discretion when considering the suspension, revocation and variation of vessel certificates; provide for the sub-delegation of powers; clarify the review rights of the NMSR and marine safety inspectors; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/7/14; Passed 22/9/14

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

Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 25, 2014

Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 24, 2014

PS  Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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

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

ED Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014

Proposes to: enable a terminally ill person to request a medical practitioner to provide dying with dignity medical services for the purpose of ending his or her life; provide for administrative arrangements; create offences and impose penalties; and grant a person immunity from civil, criminal and disciplinary actions.

Senate: Exposure draft tabled 24/6/14

Reference: Exposure draft referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 24/6/14; report due 27/10/14

Meteorology Amendment (Online Advertising) Bill 2014

Amends the Meteorology Act 1955 to: confirm the powers of the Director of Meteorology to include advertising in connection with the Bureau of Meteorology’s services; require the Director to develop and publish guidelines relating to advertising; clarify that the Bureau can charge for its services; validate past advertising on the Bureau’s services; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/6/14; Passed 16/7/14

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 28/8/14

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 102, 2014

Migration Amendment Bill 2013

(Act citation: Migration Amendment Act 2014 )

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

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

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; Passed 14/5/14

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

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 30, 2014

Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/9/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report due 24/11/14

PM  Migration Amendment (Ending the Nation’s Shame) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie - Ind)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to afford specific rights to asylum seekers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/5/14; Read a 1st time 26/5/14; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS  Migration Amendment (Humanitarian Visa Intake) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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

Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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

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

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report due 28/10/14

Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

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

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

CID amendments: 4 Opp/negatived

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PS  Migration Amendment (Visa Maximum Numbers Determinations) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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

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

Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report due 27/11/14

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 16/6/14

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 3/9/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; interim report presented out of sitting 27/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; extension of time for final report 16/6/14; final report presented out of sitting 21/8/14 and tabled 26/8/14

Assent: 24/9/14; Act No. 106, 2014

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to enable the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to retrospectively recalculate the amounts payable for certain claims for transitional permanent impairment compensation.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 1/9/14

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; Passed 4/9/14

Assent: 24/9/14; Act No. 104, 2014

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013

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

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 2nd reading 25/3/14 [ but see bill below]

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 [No. 2]

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

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

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

2nd reading amendments: 2 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 PUP/passed; 3 Schedules negatived (2 Opp; 1 PUP); 1 Govt/negatived; 5 Schedules opposed (1 DLP; 4 LDP)/Schedules agreed to

[House disagreed to Senate amendments 18/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House laid bill aside 1/9/14]

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2014

The bill: repeals the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Act 2012 , Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Customs) Act 2012 , Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—Excise) Act 2012 and Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition—General) Act 2012 ; amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to provide that companies can carry tax losses forward to use as a deduction for a future year; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: amend the instant asset write-off threshold provisions for small business entities; provide that motor vehicle purchases made by small business entities will be treated as normal business assets for depreciation purposes; and provide that geothermal energy exploration and prospecting expenditure are no longer immediately deductible; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to enable the Treasurer by non-disallowable legislative instrument to vary the superannuation guarantee charge percentage for a particular year commencing on 1 July; Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003 to abolish the low income superannuation contribution; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the income support bonus payment; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the schoolkids bonus payment; and makes consequential amendments to 13 Acts.

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

Senate: Intro. 1/9/14; Passed 2/9/14

Committee amendments: 13 Govt/passed; 4 Schedules opposed (3 Opp; 1 Opp-AG)/Schedules agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 2/9/14]

Assent: 5/9/14; Act No. 96, 2014

PS  Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

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

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

PS  Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

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

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

PS  National Broadband Network Companies Amendment (Tasmania) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Urquhart - ALP)

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

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

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

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

National Health Amendment (Simplified Price Disclosure) Bill 2013

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

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 13/3/14; Act No. 6, 2014

PS  National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

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

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

National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

Responds to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Report of the Inquiry into Potential Reforms of Australia’s National Security Legislation by amending: the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to: align the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s (ASIO) employment conditions with the Australian Public Service employment framework; modernise ASIO’s warrant-based intelligence collection powers; establish a framework for the conduct of authorised covert intelligence operations; clarify ASIO’s ability to cooperate with the private sector; and provide for certain breaches to be referred to law enforcement agencies for investigation; the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to: enable the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) to collect intelligence on Australian persons involved in activities in relation to its operational security; enable ASIS to cooperate with ASIO without ministerial authorisation when undertaking certain intelligence collection activities; enable ASIS to train certain individuals in the use of weapons and self-defence techniques and provide for a limited exception of these in a controlled environment; extend immunity for actions taken in relation to overseas activities; clarify the authority of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) to provide assistance; and rename DIGO as the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation and the Defence Signals Directorate as the Australian Signals Directorate; the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to create two new offences and update existing offences, and increase penalties, in relation to the protection of intelligence-related information; and 19 Acts to make consequential and technical amendments.

Senate: Intro. 16/7/14; Passed 25/9/14

Reference: Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 16/7/14; report presented out of sitting 17/9/14; report tabled in House and Senate 22/9/14

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

Committee amendments: 56 Govt/passed; 2 PUP/passed; 4 items negatived (PUP); 6 AG/negatived; 3 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 8 LDP/negatived; 1 Ind (Xenophon)-Ind (Madigan)-AG-LDP/negatived; 11 items opposed (5 AG; 2 LDP; 4 Ind (Xenophon))/items agreed to

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/9/14; read a 1st time 30/9/14; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014

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

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

PS  Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: the right to negotiate to apply to offshore areas; good faith negotiations; enabling extinguishment to be disregarded; reversal of the burden of proof; the definition of ‘traditional’; and commercial rights and interests.

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

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Regulatory Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2014, the bill amends the: Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures) Act 2013 to: ensure the commencement of certain pending amendments by updating the commencement provisions to refer to the proposed Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 ; and make consequential renumbering amendments; and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: enable the making of regulations to provide for remissions and refunds of the titles administration levy in certain circumstances; and make minor policy and technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 17/6/14

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 80, 2014

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

Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Regulatory Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2014, the bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003 to: provide for the environment plan levy to be imposed on the submission of an environment plan by an applicant for a petroleum access authority, petroleum special prospecting authority, pipeline licence, greenhouse gas special authority or greenhouse gas search authority; and ensure that the annual titles administration levy is imposed for a year of the term of a title, even if the title does not remain in force for the full year.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 17/6/14

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 79, 2014

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 22/9/14

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

Committee amendments: 3 AG/negatived; 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to; 19 items opposed (12  AG; 7 Ind (Xenophon))/items agreed to

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

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment imported after 1 July 2014.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment imported after 1 July 2014.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment imported after 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 88, 2014

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

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill provides for a transitional exemption from the carbon charge component of the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases imported between 1 April and 30 June 2014 if certain conditions are met.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill provides for a transitional exemption from the carbon charge component of the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases imported between 1 April and 30 June 2014 if certain conditions are met.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill provides for a transitional exemption from the carbon charge component of the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases imported between 1 April and 30 June 2014 if certain conditions are met.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 90, 2014

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

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment manufactured after 1 July 2014.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment manufactured after 1 July 2014.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995 to remove the applicable charge rate from the levy charged on synthetic greenhouse gases and equipment manufactured after 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 89, 2014

Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

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

PM  Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australia Fund Bill 2014

(Introduced by Mr Palmer - PUP)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/14

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

PS  Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

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

Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PS  Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Singh - ALP)

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

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

PS  Private Health Insurance Amendment (GP Services) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG)

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

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

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

Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Committee amendment: 1 Ind (Xenophon)/negatived

Assent: 9/4/14; Act No. 26, 2014

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/9/14

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 to: clarify the use and management of public resources and the capacity of an accountable authority to issue instructions on resource management and governance matters within entities; require Commonwealth entities to provide annual reports to the relevant minister by the 15th day of the fourth month after the reporting period; clarify the nature of certain legislative instruments and enable the Finance Minister to make other instruments that are not subject to disallowance; and make technical amendments.

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

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

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

Assent: 26/6/14; Act No. 58, 2014

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends: 246 Acts to: replace references to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 ; rationalise provisions relating to conflicts of interest, termination of appointments, corporate planning and annual reporting requirements; the Public Service Act 1999 and Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to address a recommendation of the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit to reduce potential confusion regarding the duties for public officials and the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct for APS employees and the Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct for parliamentary service employees; and the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to guarantee that parliamentary departments will have access to their appropriations over the course of the financial year. Also repeals the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 26/6/14]

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 62, 2014

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential Modifications of Appropriation Acts (No. 1), (No. 3) and (No. 5)) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends six Acts which appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government to make amendments consequential on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 60, 2014

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential Modifications of Appropriation Acts (No. 2), (No. 4) and (No. 6)) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends six Acts which appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure to make amendments consequential on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 61, 2014

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential Modifications of Appropriation Acts (Parliamentary Departments)) Bill 2014

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends four Acts which appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments to make amendments consequential on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 59, 2014

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

(Introduced by Mr Bandt - AG)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/14; Removed from Notice Paper 15/7/14

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

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

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

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

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

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

Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; Passed 18/7/14

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

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 1 Schedule negatived (Opp); 2 DLP-AG-Ind (Xenophon)/negatived; 1 Schedule opposed (DLP-AG-Ind (Xenophon))/Schedule agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 18/7/14]

Assent: 8/8/14; Act No. 94, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Collection) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 15, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 16, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2014

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

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

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

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 17, 2014

Quarantine Charges (Imposition—General) Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 18, 2014

PS  Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

Railway Agreement (Western Australia) Amendment Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 28/5/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 72, 2014

PS  Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

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

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

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

Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/3/14; Passed 23/6/14

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; Passed 10/7/14

Reference (SBC report 4/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report presented out of sitting 8/5/14 and tabled 13/5/14

Assent: 21/7/14; Act No. 93, 2014

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

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

Amends the Reserve Bank Act 1959 to: establish the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board as the third Board within the Reserve Bank of Australia; and provide for the functions, membership, meetings and other administrative arrangements of the board, including resolving any policy differences between the three boards.

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

Reference (SBC report 11/13): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 12/12/13; extensions of time to report 25/3/14, 17/6/14, 15/7/14; report due 4/12/14

Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Senate:

Reference (SBC report 12/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report due 24/11/14

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

Senate:

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

PS  Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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

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

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

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

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

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

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/14; Passed 15/5/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

References:

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 73, 2014

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 16/6/14

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

[House agreed to Senate amendments 16/6/14]

Assent: 18/6/14; Act No. 35, 2014

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Stronger Penalties for Serious Failures) Bill 2014

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that: jobseekers who incur an eight week non-payment penalty for refusing suitable work will no longer be able to have the penalty waived; and jobseekers who persistently fail to comply with participation obligations will only be able to have the penalty waived once while in receipt of an activity tested income support payment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; Negatived at 2nd reading 3/9/14

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

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014, the bill amends: the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the senior supplement for holders of the Commonwealth seniors health card or the veterans’ affairs gold card from 20 June 2014; six Acts to rename the clean energy supplement as the energy supplement and cease indexation of the supplement from 1 July 2014; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , Farm Household Support Act 2014 and Social Security Act 1991 to pause indexation on certain income and assets test free areas and thresholds for three years from 1 July 2014; the Social Security Act 1991 to: make minor changes to the partner income free area from 20 September 2014; index parenting payment single to the Consumer Price Index from 20 September 2014; review disability support pension recipients under age 35 against revised impairment tables, and apply program of support requirements, from 1 July 2014; limit the six-week overseas portability period for student payments from 1 October 2014; and extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 October 2014; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the standard FTB child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of family tax benefit Part A and the maximum rate of family tax benefit Part B, from 1 July 2014; the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account Act 2012 to provide that the State pay equity order (Western Australia) made on 29 August 2013 is a pay equity order for the purposes of the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account and amend the amounts by which the account will be credited accordingly; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, Farm Household Support Act 2014 , Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme 2004 and Veterans’ Children Education Scheme to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14, 30/9/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; extension of time to report 3/9/14; interim report presented out of sitting 10/9/14 and tabled 22/9/14; final report presented out of sitting 12/9/14 and tabled 22/9/14; corrigendum to final report presented out of sitting 19/9/14 and tabled 22/9/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: pause indexation on certain income and assets test free areas and thresholds for three years; index pensions (other than parenting payment single) to the Consumer Price Index from 20 September 2017; reduce social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds from 20 September 2017; exclude from the social security and veterans’ entitlements income test payments made under the Young Carer Bursary Programme from 1 January 2015; include tax-free superannuation income in the assessment of income for qualification for the seniors health card; and increase the age pension qualifying age, and the non-veteran pension age, from 67 to 70 years by six months every two years, commencing on 1 July 2025; Social Security Act 1991 to: extend to 19 weeks the portability period for seniors health cardholders; restrict qualification for relocation scholarship payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 January 2015; and provide for 26-week waiting periods and non-payment periods from 1 January 2015; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: limit the overseas portability period for disability support pension from 1 January 2015; and abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015; Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the education entry payment from  1 January 2015; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 in relation to family tax benefit (from 1 July 2015) by: limiting the large family supplement; removing the per-child add-on; revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting family tax benefit Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement; Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension from 1 January 2015; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

CID amendments: 17 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14, 30/9/14

Reference (SBC report 7/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; extension of time to report 3/9/14; interim report presented out of sitting 10/9/14 and tabled 22/9/14; final report presented out of sitting 12/9/14 and tabled 22/9/14; corrigendum to final report presented out of sitting 19/9/14 and tabled 22/9/14

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

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

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assent: 31/3/14; Act No. 14, 2014

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 17/7/14

Senate: Intro. 18/7/14; Passed 1/9/14

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

Assent: 11/9/14; Act No. 98, 2014

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/7/14

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 1) 2014

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

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

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 15/5/14

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 31, 2014

PS  Stop Dumping on the Great Barrier Reef Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

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

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

Student Identifiers Bill 2014

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 5/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 36, 2014

Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Act 2007 to increase the rates of tax payable on departing Australia superannuation payments from a taxed superannuation fund to 38 per cent and from an untaxed superannuation fund to 47 per cent.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 51, 2014

Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Act 2007 to increase to 49 per cent the rate at which excess non-concessional contributions tax is payable on an individual’s excess non-concessional contributions.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 52, 2014

Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Act 2007 to increase to 49 per cent the rate at which excess untaxed roll-over amounts tax is payable on an individual’s excess untaxed roll-over amounts.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 53, 2014

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

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 2) Bill 2014

Amends the: Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the Medicare levy low-income threshold amounts for families and the dependent child-student component of the threshold from the 2013-14 financial year; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to ensure outcomes are preserved in relation to tax assessments where taxpayers have self-assessed on the basis of certain announced taxation measures which have been discontinued; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to limit the ability of taxpayers who obtain additional franking credits as a result of ‘dividend washing’ to obtain a tax benefit; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 68, 2014

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 3) Bill 2014

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to limit immediate deductibility of expenditure on mining rights and mining information first used for exploration.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 69, 2014

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 4) Bill 2014

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: amend the statutory debt limits for the thin capitalisation rules; increase the de minimis threshold for thin capitalisation limits; provide for a new gearing debt test for inbound investors; prevent the double counting of certain non-taxable Australian real property assets that can distort the application of the Principal Asset Test; and clarify the meaning of ‘permanent establishment’; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make non-portfolio returns on equity to Australian resident companies exempt of Australian income tax; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to require taxpayers to be issued with an annual tax receipt for the income tax assessed to them; and 15 Acts to make style changes, repeal redundant provisions, correct anomalous outcomes and make technical corrections.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 24/9/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Bill 2013

(Act citation: Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Act 2014 )

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/3/14; Passed 15/5/14

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 32, 2014

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

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 15/5/14

Assent: 30/5/14; Act No. 34, 2014

Tax Laws Amendment (Implementation of the FATCA Agreement) Bill 2014

Amends the: Taxation Administration Act 1953 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA ; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 4/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 67, 2014

Tax Laws Amendment (Interest on Non-Resident Trust Distributions) (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to increase by two per cent the rate of tax on the amount of interest payable by an Australian resident taxpayer on distributions from non-resident trust estates.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 47, 2014

Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to determine the budget repair levy liability for certain taxpayers from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017; Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 to align the fringe benefits rebate rate to the fringe benefits tax rate from 1 April 2015; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 and Taxation Administration Regulations 1976 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

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

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 48, 2014

Tax Laws Amendment (Untainting Tax) (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to increase by 2.5 per cent the rate of untainting tax payable by a company which chooses to untaint a franking account.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 49, 2014

Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 1) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Act (No. 1) 2007 to increase to 49 per cent the rate of trustee beneficiary non-disclosure tax where a share of the net income of a trust is distributed to the trustee of a closely held trust and there is no correct trustee beneficiary statement.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 54, 2014

Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 2) Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) Act (No. 2) 2007 to increase to 49 per cent the rate of trustee beneficiary non-disclosure tax where a share of the net income of a trust is distributed to the trustee of a closely held trust.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 55, 2014

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2013

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

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

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

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

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 3, 2014

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013

(Act citation: Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Act 2014 )

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/12/13; Passed 15/5/14

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

Assent: 27/5/14; Act No. 33, 2014

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2014

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

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

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 4, 2014

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

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson - AG)

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

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

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

Trade Support Loans Bill 2014

Introduced with the Trade Support Loans (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill establishes the Trade Support Loans Programme to provide concessional, income-contingent loans of up to $20 000 over four years to certain apprentices which will be repayable when the individual’s income reaches the Higher Education Loan Program repayment threshold.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 14/7/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/6/14; report tabled 16/6/14

2nd reading amendments: 2 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 14 AG/negatived; 2 clauses opposed (AG)/clauses agreed to

Committee requests for amendments: 3 AG/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments 15/7/14]

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 81, 2014

Trade Support Loans (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Trade Support Loans Bill 2014, the bill amends five Acts consequential on the establishment of the Trade Support Loans Programme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/6/14; Passed 24/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; Passed 14/7/14

Reference ( see item 8, Journals 15/5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/6/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 82, 2014

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

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is a duty of excise.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is a duty of excise.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 85, 2014

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

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

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

Senate: Intro. 2/12/13; Negatived at 3rd reading 20/3/14 [ see bills below]

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

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

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

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; Negatived in committee of the whole 10/7/14 [Question—That the bill be agreed to—negatived] [ see bill below]

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

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 8 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill imposes a levy on persons who were over-allocated free carbon units under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program in the 2013-14 financial year and would have had their allocation in the 2014-15 financial year reduced if the carbon tax had remained in force, so far as that levy is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/7/14; Passed 14/7/14

Senate: Intro. 15/7/14; Passed 17/7/14

Assent: 17/7/14; Act No. 84, 2014

Trust Recoupment Tax Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 15 bills to implement a three-year progressive budget repair levy, the bill amends the Trust Recoupment Tax Act 1985 to increase to 47 per cent the rate of tax imposed on amounts involved in certain trust stripping arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro 13/5/14; Passed 28/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 17/6/14

Reference (SBC report 5/14): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Assent: 25/6/14; Act No. 50, 2014

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

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

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

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 29/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; Passed 19/6/14

Assent: 30/6/14; Act No. 74, 2014

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2013

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

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

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

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

Assent: 28/2/14; Act No. 5, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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