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AS AT 21 JANUARY 2003

 

(2002 Final Edition)

 

This is a list of all bills before the Parliament for the 2002 calendar year to date

 

 

 

Abbreviations

 

 

S Senate bill

PS Private Senator’s Bill

PM Private Member’s Bill

D Bill created as a result of dividing a bill

R Restored to Notice Paper

CID Consideration in Detail stage (House of Representatives)

SBC Selection of Bills Committee

 

AD Australian Democrats [Dem]

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Opp]

GWA The Greens (WA)

Ind Independent

LP Libe ral Party [Govt]

NPA National Party of Australia [Govt]

PHON Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

 

 

 

PS ABC Amendment (Online and Multichannelling Services) Bill 2001 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Amends the: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 in relation to the provision of online and multichannelling services; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to enable the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service Corporation to provide unrestricted multichannelling services.

Senate: Intro. 3/4/01; 2nd reading adjourned 3/4/01

SBC report 7/01 (tabled and adopted 23/5/01): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 in relation to: appointment, terms of office and eligibility for election of certain statutory office holders of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC); consistency of terminology and practice with the Commonwealth Accrual-Based Outcomes and Outputs Framework; clarification and enhancement of ATSIC’s internal review process; and access to appeal and review processes through the Administrative Review Tribunal. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 15/5/02

Senate: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 24/6/02]

Assent: 27/6/02; Act No. 40, 2002

 

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to add five parcels of land, one described as Harry Creek East and the remainder collectively described as Upper Daly to Schedule 1 of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 16/10/02

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

SBC report 9/02 (tabled and adopted 25/9/02): No reference

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 99, 2002

ACIS Administration Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the ACIS Administration Act 1999 to allow eligible motor vehicle producers to claim Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) uncapped production credits for the production of derivatives of specified load-carrying vehicles with effect from the date of commencement of ACIS.

Reps: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; Passed 26/9/02

SBC report 7/02 (tabled and adopted 28/8/02): No reference

Assent: 10/10/02; Act No. 83, 2002

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 , Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 to streamline the operation of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code and introduce an approval regime for agricultural and veterinary chemicals categorised as low regulatory activity; and correct minor typographical errors.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Quarantine Act 1908 to: extend the application of the Act to Christmas Island; improve arrangements for the payment of fees; broaden the range of persons who may be appointed as quarantine officers; and make clarifying amendments; Imported Food Control Act 1992 to: insert an objective into the Act; provide for the use of compliance agreements; and allow for the importation of food that does not meet applicable labelling standards, but create an offence if that food is sold by the importer without corrected labelling; and Pig Industry Act 2001 and Wool Services Privatisation Act 2000 to allow Australian Pork Limited and Australian Wool Innovation Limited to carry forward research and development expenditure eligible for Commonwealth matching contributions from one financial year to the next.

Reps: Intro. 29/5/02; 2nd reading adjourned 29/5/02

Senate:

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): Order varied - Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 18/9/02; extension of time to report 11/11/02; report tabled 12/11/02

 

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Makes technical amendments to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 , Export Control Act 1982 , National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 , Quarantine Act 1908 and Dairy Industry Legislation Amendment Act 2002 . Also makes contingent amendments to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2002 and Quarantine Act 1908 in the event that this proposed Act commences before the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2002 .

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

PS Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft

R Movements) Bill 1995 [2002]

(Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Amends the Air Navigation Act 1920 and the Air Navigation (Aerodrome Curfew) Regulations to extend the Kingsford-Smith Airport curfew and to freeze the rate of aircraft movement while a Commission of Inquiry is conducted under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/95; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/95

SBC report 11/95 (tabled and adopted 15/11/95): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96, 23/11/98, 13/2/02

Airports Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Airports Act 1996 in relation to airline ownership rules at leased Federal general aviation airports. Also makes technical amendments to streamline the drafting of regulations.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/02

Discharged from Notice Paper 15/5/02

Senate:

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 13/3/02; report tabled 16/5/02

PS Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Greig - AD)

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

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

Reference: Bill and related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 14/10/99; report due 30/6/00; report tabled 29/6/00; errata presented 3/7/00 and tabled 14/8/00

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

 

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2002-2003

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for service of the year ending on 30 June 2003.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/02; Passed 20/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 24/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee requests: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 43, 2002

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2002-2003

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2003.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/02; Passed 20/6/02

Senate: Intro. 24/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 44, 2002

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2001-2002

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2001-2002 , for the service of the year ending on 30 June 2002.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 2, 2002

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2002-2003

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2002-2003 , for the service of the year ending on 30 June 2003.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2001-2002

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2001-2002 , for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2002.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 3, 2002

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2002-2003

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2002-2003 , for certain expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2003.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

 

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2002-2003

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2003.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/02; Passed 20/6/02

Senate: Intro. 24/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 45, 2002

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2001-2002

Appropriates a sum out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, additional to the sum appropriated by Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2001-2002 , for certain expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2002.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 1, 2002

PS Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements Bill 2000 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Faulkner - ALP)

Establishes the office of Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements as an independent officer of the Parliament. Also makes consequential amendments to the Auditor-General Act 1997 and Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951 .

Senate: Introduced previous Parliament - bill lapsed prior to commencement of 40th Parliament

Reference: Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee previous Parliament (5/12/00); reference re-adopted 21/3/02; extension of time to report 25/6/02; report tabled 29/8/02

Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996 to enable monies received through Emergency Animal Disease Response levies and charges in the event of an emergency animal disease response to be appropriated out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund and paid to the Australian Animal Health Council to allow it to repay livestock industries’ liability to the Commonwealth in relation to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement; and provide a mechanism for any excess levies and charges to be appropriated for research and development activities for the promotion or maintenance of the health of animals.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 17/10/02

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 122, 2002

 

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to establish a parliamentary joint committee on the ABC to: approve appointments to the ABC Board; examine the ABC annual report; and review and make recommendations in relation to its annual appropriation.

Senate: Intro. 25/3/99; 2nd reading adjourned 25/3/99

SBC report 5/99 (tabled and adopted 31/3/99): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Scrutiny of Board Appointments) Amendment Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: provide for scrutiny of appointments to the ABC Board; and improve public visibility of the Board’s activities and decisions.

Senate: Intro. 15/5/02; 2nd reading adjourned 15/5/02

SBC report 11/02 (tabled and adopted 23/10/02): No reference

Australian Capital Territory Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to: align the Act with the Electoral Act 1992 (ACT) ; and make technical amendments, including the removal of redundant references; and Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 to remove the requirement for the full-time member of the National Capital Authority to be present at meetings for there to be a quorum when the full-time member has disclosed a pecuniary interest.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 18/9/02

Senate: Intro. 19/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

PM Australian Citizenship for Eligible De facto Spouses Bill 2002

(Introduced by Ms Plibersek - ALP)

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to ensure that the ministerial discretion to waive residence requirements for married couples also applies to de facto couples.

Reps: Intro. 24/6/02; Read a 1st time 24/6/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 to: update aspects of Australian citizenship law and, in particular, enhance provisions relating to citizenship of children and young adults; enable adult Australian citizens to retain their citizenship when they acquire another citizenship; and strengthen existing integrity measures, including ‘people smuggling’ provisions. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/2/02; Passed 12/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 5, 2002

 

Australian Crime Commission Establishment Bill 2002

Establishes the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) which will combine the functions of the National Crime Authority (NCA), the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence and the Office of Strategic Crime Assessments. The bill: amends the National Crime Authority Act 1984 (which will be renamed to the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 ) to: replace the NCA with the ACC and establish the governing and administrative regimes for the new body, including provision for its review after 1 January 2006; makes consequential amendments to 21 other Acts; and makes amendments to the renamed Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 , Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2002 and Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 contingent on the commencement of other Acts. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

Reference: Referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority 26/9/02; report due 6/11/02; report tabled 11/11/02

CID amendments: 31 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/11/02; Passed 19/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

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

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 2/12/02]

Assent: 10/12/02; Act No. 125, 2002

Australian Heritage Council Bill 2002

Introduced with the Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002 and in conjunction with the Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002, the bill: replaces the Australian Heritage Commission by establishing the Australian Heritage Council which will provide advice on the identification, conservation and protection of places on the National Heritage List and the Commonwealth Heritage List; and provides for the functions, composition and conduct of meetings of the Australian Heritage Council. Also includes a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 14/11/02

Senate: Intro. 15/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Australian Heritage Council Bill 2002, the bill: repeals the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975 ; and amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to remove a reference to the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975 . Also makes consequential amendments to 5 other Acts and provides for transitional arrangements for the transition from the Australian Heritage Commission to the Australian Heritage Council, including a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 14/11/02

Senate: Intro. 15/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

 

Australian Protective Service Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Australian Protective Service Act 1987 to establish the Australian Protective Service (APS) as a statutory agency, thereby transferring responsibility for the APS from the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department to the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 29/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee upon introduction in Reps (16/5/02); report presented 13/6/02 and tabled 18/6/02

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 55, 2002

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Act 1998 to confirm that the charges imposed by the Act are payable even by Commonwealth entities that are otherwise exempt from taxation.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 19/6/02

Senate: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 29/8/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

2nd reading amendments: 2 Dem/passed

Assent: 12/9/02; Act No. 75, 2002

 

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002

Amends the: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to strengthen its counter-terrorism powers, in particular by: enabling the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to seek a warrant to detain and question persons over 14 years of age for the purposes of investigating terrorism offences; and provides for safeguards in relation to these new powers, and penalties for officials’ failure to comply with provisions; and Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 in relation to the authorisation of communication of intelligence by persons other than ASIO officers. Also provides for review of the operation of the legislation 3 years after its commencement.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 24/9/02

Reference: Referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ASIO, ASIS and DSD 21/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; extension of time to report 14/5/02; report due 11/6/02; report tabled in Reps 5/6/02; report tabled in Senate 18/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 57 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; Passed 12/12/02

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 21/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; extension of time to report 16/5/02; report tabled 18/6/02

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

Reference: Bill and related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 21/10/02; report tabled 3/12/02

Committee amendments: 18 Govt (3 amended by 7 Opp)/passed; 38 Opp (2 amended by 2 Dem)/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 4 sections negatived; 10 Govt/negatived; 5 Dem/negatived; 1 Dem to Govt/negatived; 3 Dem to Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 12/12/02: 1 Dem/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 3, 11, 14, 15, 29, 31, 38, 39, 48 to 50, 52, 53, 57 and 58, disagreed to amendments nos 1, 2, 4 to 10, 12, 13, 16 to 28, 30, 32 to 37, 40 to 47, 51 and 54 to 56 and agreed to 14 Government amendments in place of amendments nos 4 to 7, 13, 40, 41 and 43, 13/12/02 a.m.; Senate insisted on its amendments 13/12/02 a.m.; Reps agreed to amendments nos 1, 5 and 7 insisted on by Senate, insisted on disagreeing to amendments nos 2, 4, 6, 8 to 10, 12, 13, 16 to 28, 30, 32 to 37, 40 to 47, 51 and 54 to 56, insisted on its amendments nos 8 and 11 to 14 made in place of Senate amendments and did not insist on its amendments nos 1 to 7, 9 and 10 made in place of Senate amendments 13/12/02 a.m.; Senate further insisted on its amendments nos 2, 4, 6, 8 to 10, 12, 13, 16 to 28, 30, 32 to 37, 40 to 47, 51 and 54 to 56, 13/12/02 a.m.; Reps laid bill aside 13/12/02 a.m.]

 

Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: International Air Services Commission Act 1992 to streamline International Air Services Commission processes; Air Navigation Act 1920 (in preparation for new aviation security regulations) to: introduce a framework for handling aviation security information (including application of the Criminal Code ); reform the regulation of the carriage of munitions and implements of war on civil aircraft; and repeal existing conflicting aviation security provisions. Also repeals the Federal Airports Corporation Act 1986 and provides for the transfer of any remaining contracts, assets and liabilities of the Corporation to the Commonwealth.

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 5/12/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 26 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 10/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 143, 2002

Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Act 1997 to close a loophole by imposing the realisations charge and the interest charge on amounts received by all persons (not only trustees) who are controlling trustees; and Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment Act 2001 to provide for commencement of the Act (as the existing commencement provision is tied to commencement of the Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2001 which lapsed last Parliament). Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 30/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 61, 2002

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Bankruptcy Act 1966 to make changes to bankruptcy law and practice aimed at ensuring that the interests of debtors and creditors are better balanced, particularly in relation to: early discharge arrangements; effective sanctions on uncooperative bankrupts; and administration of bankruptcies by trustees. Also makes technical and machinery amendments and contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 30/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 9 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 15/11/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Committee amendments: 8 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/passed

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 2/12/02; Senate did not insist on its amendments (1 Dem/negatived) 9/12/02]

Assent: 18/12/02; Act No. 131, 2002

 

Border Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 in relation to: monitoring and enforcement of security requirements at Australian borders; provision of certain information to Customs in relation to: people working in restricted areas or issued with security identification cards; and goods in-transit; examination and seizure of in-transit goods; electronic reporting of all mail cargo as part of a cargo report; access to airline computer reservation systems; authorisation of Customs officers; issue and use of firearms and personal defence equipment by Customs officers; powers of arrest in relation to assault or obstruction of Customs officers; and forfeiture of undeclared dutiable goods found in unaccompanied baggage; Customs Act 1901 , Migration Act 1958 , Customs Legislation Amendment and Repeal (International Trade Modernisation) Act 2001 and Evidence Act 1995 in relation to electronic reports to Customs and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in relation to passengers and crew; Fisheries Management Act 1991 to allow the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to disclose vessel monitoring information to Customs; and Customs Administration Act 1985 to include the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence as a Commonwealth agency. Also includes savings provisions.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 8/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02

Committee amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/6/02]

Assent: 5/7/02; Act No. 64, 2002

S Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to delay the commencement date for high definition television programming obligations on commercial television broadcasting licensees and national broadcasters in mainland State capitals until 1 July 2003.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Reps: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 10/12/02; Act No. 126, 2002

 

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to provide for new licensing arrangements for community television services; Broadcasting Services Act 1992 in relation to licensing arrangements for community broadcasting; and Broadcasting Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1992 to repeal the remaining provisions of the Broadcasting Act 1942 dealing with political advertisements which the High Court held invalid. Also contains saving, application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/02; Passed 13/11/02

Senate: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 12/02 (tabled and adopted 13/11/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 120, 2002

S Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: change the high-definition television (HDTV) quota from a weekly to an annual quota; clarify the requirements for program content to be counted towards the HDTV quota; allow advertising and promotional material to count towards the quota; and delay the commencement date for the statutory review of HDTV quota arrangements.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to repeal provisions that restrict foreign ownership of commercial television and subscription television interests; and allow the Australian Broadcasting Authority to grant cross-media exemption certificates on application, provided certain requirements and conditions are met.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 15/10/02

CID amendments: 9 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 23/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 23/10/02

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 21/3/02; extension of time to report 16/5/02; report presented 18/6/02 and tabled 19/6/02

PS Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

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

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

Reference: Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee previous Parliament (29/11/00); reference re-adopted 21/3/02; extension of time to report 25/6/02; report tabled 29/8/02

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

 

Charter of the United Nations Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 to: give holders of assets the same ability as owners of assets to apply to the Minister for permission (given by written notice) to deal with an asset that may be a freezable asset or to give an asset to proscribed persons in specific circumstances; and to ensure the Minister’s ability to issue such a notice on his own motion.

Reps: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 4/12/02

Senate: Intro. 5/12/02; Passed 5/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

Assent: 10/12/02; Act No. 124, 2002

Coal Industry Repeal (Validation of Proclamation) Bill 2002

Validates the proclamation fixing 1 January 2002 as the commencement date for the Coal Industry Repeal Act 2001 .

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 20, 2002

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide that following elections, public funding for the Liberal Party is to be paid to the Federal Secretariat as agent of the Liberal Party of Australia, unless a notice has been lodged, prior to polling day, setting out the proportions to be paid to the State and Territory Divisions of the Liberal Party and the Federal Secretariat.

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 15/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/5/02; Passed 18/9/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 11 Dem/passed; 1 Opp (amended)/passed; 1 AG/passed; 5 Opp/negatived

[Amendment to motion that report from committee be adopted 18/9/02: 1 Opp/negatived]

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 19/9/02]

Assent: 10/10/02; Act No. 81, 2002

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Members of Local Government Bodies) Bill 2002

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to ensure that eligible members of a local government body do not suffer any penalty arising from their decision to stand as candidates for election to either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to provide for the issue and transfer of Commonwealth government securities by electronic means.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/2/02

Senate: Intro. 11/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 21, 2002

Commonwealth Volunteers Protection Bill 2002

Protects people who perform voluntary work for the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority from civil liability for acts or omissions by such volunteers, done in good faith when performing that work.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/02; Passed 4/12/02

Senate: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the: Australian Communications Authority Act 1997 to allow the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) to incorporate other documents by reference when making a written definitions determination; Freedom of Information Act 1982 to ensure that certain prohibited material is specifically exempt from disclosure under the Act; Radiocommunications Act 1992 to enable, by disallowable instrument, the exemption of certain law enforcement and anti-corruption bodies from the operation of sections of the Act dealing with unlicensed transmissions, equipment standards and interference emissions; streamline licensing provisions and expand the objects clause; Telecommunications Act 1997 to abolish the specially-constituted ACA; and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 in relation to: the National Relay Service; disallowance of a revocation or variation of a customer service guarantee; and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

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

R Government) 2001 [2002]

(Introduced by Senators Stott Despoja and Murray - AD)

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

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

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

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

 

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

R Qualification of Members) 2000 [2002]

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Amends the Constitution in relation to: elector-initiated constitutional change; dissolution of the House of Representatives; term of service of senators; increased duration of the House of Representatives to a 4-year fixed term; holding of simultaneous elections for both Houses; recognition of the office of Prime Minister; dismissal of the Prime Minister; and qualification, and grounds for disqualification, of members of Parliament.

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

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

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

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

R and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2002]

(Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 24/11/98; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/98, 3/12/98

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

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

PS Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Implements Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol by: establishing the Greenhouse Office; and providing for Greenhouse Impact Assessments and Industry Greenhouse Plans.

Senate: Intro. 2/9/99; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/99

Reference: Referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee 22/9/99; extensions of time to report 14/8/00, 3/10/00, 12/10/00; report due 8/11/00; report tabled 7/11/00

SBC report 17/99 (tabled and adopted 13/10/99): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 12/11/02

Copyright Amendment (Parallel Importation) Bill 2002

Amends the Copyright Act 1998 to: enable the parallel importation and subsequent commercial distribution of computer software products, including interactive computer games, books, periodical publications and sheet music; and make minor amendments to correct errors in, and clarify amendments made by, the Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000 . Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 9/12/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 10/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/02

SBC report 5/02 (tabled and adopted 26/6/02): No reference

 

PS Corporate Code of Conduct Bill 2000 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Imposes standards of conduct on Australian corporations undertaking business activities in other countries. Also provides for reporting requirements, enforcement provisions and a regulation-making power.

Senate: Intro. 6/9/00; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/00

SBC report 16/00 (tabled and adopted 11/10/00): No reference

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities 5/10/00; extensions of time to report 27/3/01, 23/5/01, 20/6/01; report tabled 28/6/01

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

PM Corporate Responsibility and Employment Security Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr McClelland - ALP)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 and Workplace Relations Act 1996 to enable employees and subcontractors to pursue the payment of wages and certain other liabilities directly from a related company in the event of insolvency of the company employing them.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/02; Read a 1st time 11/3/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 14/10/02

PM Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Crean - ALP)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: an increase in penalties for serious breaches of the Act; protection for whistleblowers providing information to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission; executive remuneration reporting requirements; auditor independence and reporting obligations; disclosure standards in relation to research reports; access to analyst briefings; and election processes for directors.

Reps: Intro. 23/9/02; Read a 1st time 23/9/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Conroy - ALP)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: an increase in penalties for serious breaches of the Act; protection for whistleblowers providing information to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission; executive remuneration reporting requirements; auditor independence and reporting obligations; disclosure standards in relation to research reports; access to analyst briefings; and election processes for directors.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to permit liquidators to reclaim unreasonable payments made to directors or close associates of directors by companies within 4 years of a liquidation.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 11/12/02; report due 3/3/03

 

Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2002

Part of a package of three bills to implement the next phase of the Corporations Law Economic Reform Program, the bill amends the Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 to modify the regulation-making power under the Act to expand the range of fees that maybe prescribed.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Corporations Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Part of a package of three bills to implement the next phase of the Corporations Law Economic Reform Program, the bill amends the Corporations Act 2001 to simplify document lodgment and compliance procedures for companies; remove the upper age limit for directors of public companies; and remove charges over uncertificated securities from the application of the charges provisions; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to increase the financial cap before Ministerial approval is required for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to enter into contracts; and enable an alternate person to attend meetings of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee in place of the Chairperson. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Corporations (Review Fees) Bill 2002

Part of a package of three bills to implement the next phase of the Corporations Law Economic Reform Program, the bill imposes review fees (to be prescribed by regulations) to be payable by companies, registered schemes, registered Australian bodies, persons registered as auditors and/or liquidators, and holders of a financial services licence, when lodging documents with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Also contains a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Crimes Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to ensure that information contained on a national, State or Territory DNA database is able to be accessed and disclosed for the purposes of identifying an unidentified person who died as a result of the bombing in Bali on 12 October 2002 or for the purpose of conducting a criminal investigation in relation to that incident. Also provides for information to be available in relation to other deaths of Australian citizens overseas, where a disallowable ministerial determination to that effect is made.

Reps: Intro. 22/10/02; Passed 22/10/02

Senate: Intro. 23/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

Assent: 23/10/02; Act No. 88, 2002

 

Crimes Legislation Amendment (People Smuggling, Firearms Trafficking and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new offences in relation to: the smuggling of persons from Australia to another country, or from a country other than Australia to a third country; false travel or identity documents; cross-border firearms trafficking; and amend the theft and fraud offence provisions; Crimes Act 1914 to amend the sentencing provisions; Crimes (Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act 1990 to include the substance “fantasy” as a psychotropic drug; Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 to ensure that remittance dealers are covered by the definition of “cash dealer”; and correct a cross-reference; and International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 to clearly define the role of the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/02; Passed 11/12/02

Senate: Intro. 12/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): No reference

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 141, 2002

S Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2002

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to: provide for the taking of both photographs and fingerprints of a convicted person; clarify consequences of refusal to take part in an identification parade; extend the class of indictable offences that may be dealt with summarily; and make technical corrections to sentencing and parole provisions; Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to remove a repealed reference; Crimes at Sea Act 2000 to clarify that the application of Northern Territory criminal law in adjacent territorial sea areas does not include Commonwealth criminal law in force in the Territory; Foreign Evidence Act 1994 to remove the requirement for foreign material to bear an official or public seal; International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995 to augment the assistance given to international war crimes tribunals including allowing the use of video links; Mutual Assistance in Business Regulation Act 1992 to remove restrictions on the Attorney-General’s delegation powers; and Crimes Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1989 , Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1994 and Retirement Savings Accounts (Consequential Amendments) Act 1997 to correct misdescribed amendments. Also makes technical corrections to 11 Acts in relation to part numbering in the Crimes Act 1914 and contains a saving provision.

Senate: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

Criminal Code Amendment (Anti-hoax and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to sending dangerous, threatening or hoax material through the post or similar services. Also repeals existing provisions in the Crimes Act 1914 in relation to postal offences.

Reps: Intro. 13/2/02; Passed 19/2/02

Senate: Intro. 11/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 9, 2002

 

Criminal Code Amendment (Espionage and Related Matters) Bill 2002

(Previous title: Criminal Code Amendment (Espionage and Related Offences) Bill 2002)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert a new chapter into the Criminal Code which establishes offences dealing with the protection of security and defence; and repeals certain provisions of the Crimes Act 1914 in relation to espionage. Also makes consequential amendments to the Crimes Act 1914 and Australian Protective Service Act 1987 .

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 26/8/02

CID amendments: 14 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/9/02; Passed 15/10/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; interim report presented 26/4/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 10/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02

Committee amendments: 7 AG/negatived

Assent: 31/10/02; Act No. 91, 2002

Criminal Code Amendment (Offences Against Australians) Bill 2002

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new provisions to make it an offence to murder, commit manslaughter or intentionally or recklessly cause serious harm to an Australian citizen or resident where that conduct occurs outside of Australia.

Reps: Intro. 12/11/02; Passed 13/11/02

Senate: Intro. 13/11/02; Passed 14/11/02

Assent: 14/11/02; Act No. 106, 2002

Criminal Code Amendment (Suppression of Terrorist Bombings) Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: give effect to the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings; and insert offences in relation to international terrorist activities using explosive or lethal devices; and Extradition Act 1988 to ensure that the offences shall not be regarded, for the purposes of extradition, as political offences.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 8/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 58, 2002

Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to re-enact counter-terrorism offences as Commonwealth provisions capable of operating throughout Australia, without any constitutional limitations, by virtue of the reference of powers by the States; and Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2002 to add this proposed Act to the list of counter-terrorism legislation that is subject to a public and independent review mechanism. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Bill 2002

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide that regulations made under the Act which specify certain organisations for the purpose of the definition of terrorist organisation take effect in accordance with section 48 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 . Also provides that any existing regulations made before the commencement of this proposed Act are deemed to have taken effect on 21 October 2002.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

Senate: Intro. 23/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

Assent: 23/10/02; Act No. 89, 2002

PS Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the importation of radioactive waste for storage in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 20/10/99; 2nd reading adjourned 20/10/99

SBC report 9/00 (tabled and adopted 21/6/00): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 12/11/02

Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 in relation to: the application of the Criminal Code Act 1995 to existing offence provisions; valuation of imported goods; seizure of certain goods in the Torres Strait; and simplified reporting of re-mail items; Customs Act 1901 , A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999 and Customs Legislation Amendment and Repeal (International Trade Modernisation) Act 2001 in relation to international trade modernisation; and Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 in relation to passenger movement charge exemptions.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 21/8/02

Senate: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 items negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 23/9/02]

Assent: 10/10/02; Act No. 82, 2002

Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to: introduce new provisions for determining the normal value of goods in countries with an economy in transition; ensure that anti-dumping legislation is consistent with the WTO Agreement on the Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994; make consequential amendments in relation to commencement of the monitoring powers and infringement notice scheme; and make minor technical amendments and corrections; and Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 to exempt air security officers (who provide security for civilian aircraft) from the passenger movement charge.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the: Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: ensure that inserted Additional Notes have the same legal force as international Section and Chapter Notes; clarify the classification of “salsas” and ensure their treatment is consistent with international practice; insert a post-2005 phasing rate of duty for the importation of second hand passenger motor vehicles rubber pipes and tubes used in passenger motor vehicles; and correct the duty rate for certain mittens and mitts; and Customs Tariff Act 1995 and Customs Tariff Amendment Act (No. 5) 2001 to correct formatting and typographical errors.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 30/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 26/6/02; Act No. 38, 2002

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: exempt certain goods from the Product Stewardship Oil levy; amend rates of customs duty for low alcohol beer; and make amendments consequential on the removal of indexation provisions for those goods subject to the Product Stewardship Oil levy.

Reps: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 18/9/02

Senate: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 18/9/02; extension of time to report 25/9/02; report tabled 22/10/02

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 114, 2002

Dairy Industry Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Dairy Produce Act 1986 to incorporate planning, facilitation and participation in the reform or privatisation of the Australian Dairy Corporation (ADC) and the Dairy Research and Development Corporation as an additional function of the ADC; and Dairy Produce Act 1986 and Farm Household Support Act 1992 to enable holders of Dairy Structural Adjustment Program scheme and Supplementary Dairy Assistance scheme entitlements to access a farm exit payment under the Farm Help Re-establishment Grant scheme.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; Passed 26/9/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

Assent: 10/10/02; Act No. 84, 2002

Designs Bill 2002

Introduced with the Designs (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002, the bill repeals the Designs Act 1906 and implements a new registration system for industrial designs. Also contains transitional and saving provisions.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

 

Designs (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Designs Bill 2002, the bill amends the Copyright Act 1968 to correct anomalies that may defeat the policy intent of a number of provisions that limit copyright protection for essentially industrial products. Also makes minor amendments to 14 Acts consequential on the proposed Designs Act 2002 and repeal of the Designs Act 1906 .

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Customs Act 1901 and Excise Act 1901 to extend the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme to power generation by retail and hospitality businesses.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 29/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/02; extension of time to report 24/6/02; report tabled 26/6/02

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

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/negatived

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 46, 2002

Disability Discrimination Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to allow the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, in consultation with the National Transport Secretariat, to grant exemptions from disability standards dealing with public transportation services and facilities.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 16/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 62, 2002

S Disability Services Amendment (Improved Quality Assurance) Bill 2001

Reforms Commonwealth-funded employment services and rehabilitation programs provided to people with disabilities by establishing a new quality assurance system which will make funding of employment services and approval of rehabilitation programs dependent on a service provider being certified by an industry-based certification body as meeting relevant standards. Also contains transitional arrangements.

Senate: Introduced previous Parliament - bill lapsed prior to commencement of 40th Parliament

Reference: Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee previous Parliament (19/9/01); report (recommending reference not be re-adopted) tabled 14/2/02

 

S Disability Services Amendment (Improved Quality Assurance) Bill 2002

Reforms Commonwealth-funded employment services and rehabilitation programs provided to people with disabilities by establishing a new quality assurance system which will make funding of employment services and approval of rehabilitation programs dependent on a service provider being certified by an industry-based certification body as meeting relevant standards. Also contains transitional arrangements.

Senate: Intro. 13/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

Assent: 5/4/02; Act No. 28, 2002

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: clarify the definition of “registered provider”; clarify to whom refunds of student monies should be paid in the case of student default; provide greater flexibility to impose sanctions in cases of non-compliance, including the ability to impose lesser sanctions; and correct technical anomalies.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 26/9/02

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 101, 2002

Egg Industry Service Provision Bill 2002

Introduced with the Egg Industry Service Provision (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002, the bill establishes Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) which will be limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 and will be responsible for providing industry services to the egg industry, including generic promotion and research and development functions.

Reps: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 18/9/02; extension of time to report 22/10/02; report tabled 23/10/02

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 116, 2002

 

Egg Industry Service Provision (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Egg Industry Service Provision Bill 2002, the bill provides for the transfer of assets and liabilities associated with the egg sub-programme of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation to the newly created Australian Egg Corporation Limited. Also makes consequential amendments to the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 .

Reps: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): Provisions of bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 18/9/02; extension of time to report 22/10/02; report tabled 23/10/02

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 115, 2002

PS Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Introduced with the Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000, the bill amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political advertising that is misleading to a material extent.

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

Reference: Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee previous Parliament (29/11/00); reference re-adopted 21/3/02; extension of time to report 25/6/02; report tabled 29/8/02

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Roll Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to: enrolment and voting processes and entitlement to enrolment; prisoners’ rights to vote; multiple voting offences; financial disclosure thresholds; authorisation of electoral advertising in journals and magazines; refund of candidate nomination deposits and declaration of nominations; and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 in relation to public inspection of postal vote applications. Also makes minor technical corrections to the Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999 .

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 14/3/02

Senate:

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

PM Employee Protection (Employee Entitlements Guarantee) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mrs Crosio - ALP)

Provides for the establishment and administration of a scheme, funded by a 0.1% levy on payroll, to pay wages and certain other entitlements owed to employees in the event of employer insolvency.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/02; Read a 1st time 11/3/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 14/10/02

 

Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Introduced in conjunction with the Australian Heritage Council Bill 2002, the bill amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to establish a Commonwealth heritage regime that will focus on matters of national significance and Commonwealth responsibility, including the: establishment of a National Heritage List and a Commonwealth Heritage List. Also contains transitional provisions in relation to places included in the current Register of the National Estate.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 14/11/02

CID amendments: 120 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

PS Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

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

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

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

Excise Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002, the bill amends the: Excise Act 1901 to: enable excise to be charged on the higher of the labelled alcohol content or the actual alcohol content of alcoholic beverages; and allow the Commission of Taxation to determine rules for working out the percentage by volume of alcohol in beverages; and Distillation Act 1901 and Spirits Act 1906 to make consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 16/10/02

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 107, 2002

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to: allow the water component of emulsified diesel/water fuel blends produced by licensed excise manufacturers to be free of excise duty; exempt certain goods from the Product Stewardship Oil levy; amend rates of excise duty for low alcohol beer; and remove indexation provisions for those goods subject to the Product Stewardship Oil levy. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 18/9/02

Senate: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 18/9/02; extension of time to report 25/9/02; report tabled 22/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendments: 4 Dem/negatived; 2 Ind (Murphy)/negatived

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 113, 2002

 

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Consequential on the Excise Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to remove a previous reference to how the volume of alcohol should be physically measured and substitute references to the new provisions in the Excise Act 1901 relating to the calculation of the volume of alcohol and excise duty.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 16/10/02

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 108, 2002

Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 to increase the minimum grant available under the Export Market Development Grants Scheme from $2 500 to $5 000 effective from the 2001-02 financial year.

Reps: Intro. 15/5/02; Passed 5/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 47, 2002

 

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for Parenting Payment Participating Agreements which will require people receiving parenting payments to undertake certain activities; and Social Security Act 1991 to: close access for new applicants to mature age allowance and partner allowance; and introduce more flexible participation requirements for mature age newstart recipients.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 30/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): Deferred

Reference: Referred to Community Affairs References Committee 19/6/02; extension of time to report 29/8/02; report tabled 25/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 24 Govt/passed

Instruction to the committee of the whole (15/11/02):

Bill divided into two bills: this bill and the Family and Community Services Legislation  Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2002 ( see entry below). This bill consists of: clauses 1, 2 (as amended by 1 Govt amendment and amendments consequential on the division) and 3; Schedules 1 (as amended by 3 Govt amendments), 4 (renumbered 2) and 5 (renumbered 3); and enacting words and titles, of the original bill. ( For further details, see Journals of the Senate, p. 1092-1100 .)

[Reps declined to consider Senate message in relation to the division of this bill and requested the Senate to reconsider this bill as originally transmitted 3/12/02; Senate did not insist on its division of the bill (amendment to motion: 1 Dem/passed) and agreed to 55 Opp (1 amended) and 16 Dem (1 reconsidered) amendments (and 24 Govt amendments previously agreed to on 15/11/02) (21 Dem/negatived; 2 Dem/withdrawn; 2 Schedules opposed/Schedules agreed to) 12/12/02; Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 6 and 66 to 68, disagreed to amendments nos 2 to 5, 7 to 65 and 69 to 94 and agreed to 48 Govt amendments in place of amendments nos 2, 3, 5, 7 to 17, 19, 20, 28 to 32, 34, 36, 56, 59, 62, 69 to 73 and 78 to 94, 13/12/02 a.m.; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 4, 21, 23, 25 to 27, 33, 35, 38, 41, 44 to 46, 48, 51 to 53, 55, 57, 58 and 60, agreed to amendments made in place of Senate amendments, and insisted on amendments nos 18, 22, 24, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43, 47, 49, 50, 54, 61, 63 to 65 and 74 to 77, 13/12/02 a.m.; Reps insisted on disagreeing to amendments insisted on by Senate 13/12/02 a.m.]

 

D Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2002

[ This bill is the result of the division by the Senate of the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002 ]

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide a language, literacy and numeracy training supplement to people on specified income support payments; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to introduce the Personal Support Programme which will replace and expand on the current Community Support Program; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to introduce a working credit which can be used to offset later earnings for the income test; and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to amend the confidentiality provisions to enable customer information to be used for the purposes of the Family Homelessness Prevention and Early Intervention Pilot and for other programs to be specified in disallowable instruments.

Senate: Passed 15/11/02

The Senate agreed to this bill consisting of: Schedules 2 (as amended by 3 Govt amendments), 3, 6 (as amended by 17 Govt amendments) and 7, of the original bill ( see entry above), renumbered 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively; and enacting words and provisions for titles and commencement. ( For further details, see Journals of the Senate, p. 1092-1100 .).

[Reps declined to consider Senate message in relation to the division of the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002 and requested the Senate to reconsider the bill as originally transmitted 3/12/02; Senate did not insist on its division of the original bill 12/12/02]

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and 5 other Acts to: correct various cross-references and drafting errors; simplify and clarify existing provisions; achieve consistency between similar provisions and payments types; and address some unintended consequences of earlier amendments; 6 Acts to: repeal redundant provisions and references; renumber misdescribed provisions; and correct various cross-references; Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to restore the equivalent legislative position in respect of recovery of certain debts that existed before the introduction of the family assistance law; Social Security Act 1991 in relation to qualification for mobility allowance; and Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: repeal redundant provisions, references and notes; and renumber misdescribed provisions. Also repeals the First Home Owners Act 1983 .

Reps: Intro. 4/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): No reference

 

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Initiatives and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the: Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to correspondence and payment nominees; and Social Security Act 1991 to extend carer payment eligibility to carers of terminally ill profoundly disabled children.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 17/10/02

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 95, 2002

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Disability Reform) Bill 2002

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: change the qualification criteria for disability support pension in relation to work capacity; and restrict exemptions from the activity test requirements for newstart allowance and youth allowance.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 30/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Message reported 20/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Disability Reform) Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: change the qualification criteria for disability support pension (DSP) in relation to work capacity for people who apply for DSP from 1 July 2003; and restrict exemptions from the activity test requirements for newstart allowance and youth allowance recipients. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 19/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; Negatived at 2nd reading 19/11/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Further Simplification of International Payments) Bill 2002

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to bring the payment of Australian pensions to people overseas long-term in line with international standards; and standardise the recovery of overpayments to people receiving a foreign pension lump sum arrears payment.

Reps: Intro. 13/2/02; Passed 12/3/02

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

 

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to require holders of certain specified visas issued for temporary protection, humanitarian or safe haven purposes to satisfy a special benefit activity test similar to the one that currently operates in relation to newstart allowance, and other newstart allowance conditions; Social Security Act 1991 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and Other 2001 Budget Measures) Act 2002 to ensure that activity test requirements are applied consistently to both special beneficiaries and newstart allowees; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Consequential and Related Measures) Act (No. 2) 1999 and Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (1999 Budget and Other Measures) Act 1999 to correct cross-references as a result of the enactment of the Youth Allowance Consolidation Act 2000 .

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 17/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 16/10/02; extension of time to report 11/11/02; report tabled 2/12/02

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 2 Dem/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 13/12/02 a.m.]

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 147, 2002

Family Law Amendment (Child Protection Convention) Bill 2002

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to enable Australia to ratify the 1996 Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 26/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/8/02; Passed 22/8/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; report tabled 15/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Assent: 3/9/02; Act No. 69, 2002

PS Family Law Amendment (Joint Residency) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Harris - PHON)

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to provide for joint residence orders following separation or divorce, which will designate both parents as a child’s residence provider.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

 

Family Law Legislation Amendment (Superannuation) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to ensure that appropriate means test assessment is applied to superannuation interests that are split pursuant to the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Superannuation) Act 2001 ; Family Law Act 1975 to: clarify the valuing of superannuation interests; enable the consolidation of superannuation plans and the transfer of a superannuation interest to a successor plan; and make minor technical and correcting amendments; and Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 to authorise the making of regulations for determining the proportion of a pension that had accrued at the time of a judge’s marriage breakdown.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 18/9/02

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 25/9/02; Passed 23/10/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 12/11/02]

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 121, 2002

S Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Act 1993 to extend the sunset clause for foreign banks obtaining a banking authority in order to be eligible for concessional tax treatment when transferring assets and liabilities, to 30 June 2003; and to extend the deadline to effect any subsequent transfer of assets and liabilities from 30 June 2004 to 30 June 2006.

Senate: Intro. 12/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

Reps: Intro. 15/5/02; Passed 15/5/02

Assent: 30/5/02; Act No. 33, 2002

 

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the: Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 and Financial Institutions Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1998 in relation to financial institutions supervisory levies; Financial Sector (Transfers of Business) Act 1999 in relation to a transfer of a business; Insurance Act 1973 in relation to general insurance matters; General Insurance Reform Act 2001 to correct a drafting error; Insurance Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1991 to remove the 30 day time limit for ministerial approval of an application for a merger or acquisition; and make consequential amendments; Life Insurance Act 1995 to remove sunset clauses on the right to appeal prudential decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; Reserve Bank Act 1959 in relation to: superannuation provisions and procedures for Reserve Bank, Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board appointments, terminations and resignations; and location of the head office; Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 in relation to: winding up procedures for superannuation funds with less than five members; and Australian Taxation Office secrecy provisions; and Superannuation Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1998 in relation to the levy payable by a previously unregulated superannuation entity.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 19/6/02

Senate: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 26/6/02; Act No. 37, 2002

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the: Banking Act 1959 in relation to: expertise and integrity of directors and senior managers of authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and authorised non-operating holding companies (NOHCs); removal of auditors; reporting requirements in relation to breaches of prudential requirements; application of prudential standards on a consolidated group basis; revocation of authority of an ADI or NOHC to operate a banking business; and protection for APRA officers against lawsuits; Insurance Act 1973 in relation to: APRA’s capacity to discuss submissions on management expertise and integrity with third parties; reporting requirements in relation to breaches of prudential requirements; and penalties; Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993 in relation to: time limits relating to disability benefit complaints; conciliation powers of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal; removal of redundant arbitration powers; and minor technical amendments; Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to allow the recognition of awards, still in force, under arbitration agreements even after removal of the arbitration power; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , Corporations Act 2001 and Corporations (Repeals, Consequentials and Transitionals) Act 2001 to: correct minor errors, grammatical mistakes and erroneous cross references; and remove obsolete provisions.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 14/11/02

CID amendment: 33 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 2/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/02

SBC report 12/02 (tabled and adopted 13/11/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 13/11/02; extension of time to report 10/12/02; report due 12/12/02; report tabled 11/12/02

 

S Financial Services Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002

Amends the: Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 to ensure that a Retirement Savings Account provider can comply with proposed regulations (provided for by the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Superannuation) Act 2001 ) in relation to division of superannuation interests on marriage breakdown; and Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: anti-hawking provisions; insider trading exceptions; definition of “financial products”; and to correct certain drafting errors.

Senate: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Reps: Intro. 19/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

Assent: 5/4/02; Act No. 29, 2002

PS Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2000 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

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

Senate: Intro. 5/9/00; 2nd reading adjourned 5/9/00

SBC report 16/00 (tabled and adopted 11/10/00): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 11/10/00; extension of time to report 27/3/01; report tabled 5/4/01

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

PM Fuel Quality Standards (Renewable Content of Motor Vehicle Fuel) Amendment Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Katter - Ind)

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

Reps: Intro. 21/10/02; Read a 1st time 21/10/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2002]

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

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

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

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

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

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

 

PM Government Advertising (Objectivity, Fairness and Accountability) Bill 2000

(Introduced by Mr Beazley - ALP)

Amends the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 in relation to minimum standards of objectivity, fairness and accountability for government advertising and the use of public money on advertising that promotes political interests.

Reps: Removed from Notice Paper previous Parliament (26/2/01)

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee previous Parliament (5/12/00); reference re-adopted 21/3/02; extension of time to report 25/6/02; report tabled 29/8/02

PM Governor-General Amendment Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Albanese - ALP)

Amends the Governor-General Act 1974 to provide for the automatic referral of the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General annual report to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Reps: Intro. 9/12/02; Read a 1st time 9/12/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Boundary Extension) Amendment Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Bartlett - AD)

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

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/02, 16/5/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Health Care (Appropriation) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998 to: increase the maximum amount of Commonwealth financial assistance grants provided under the 1998-2003 Australian Health Care Agreements; and provide for the tabling of a statement of the total amount of financial assistance paid.

Reps: Intro. 29/8/02; Passed 23/10/02

Senate: Intro. 11/11/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 109, 2002

Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Oncology and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 in relation to payment of Medicare benefits for diagnostic imaging services. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

 

Health Insurance Amendment (Professional Services Review and Other Matters) Bill 2002

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: clarify the intended operation of the Professional Services Review (PSR) Scheme and address certain issues identified by the Federal Court; validate investigative and adjudicative referrals currently under consideration by PSR committees to the extent that the matters referred relate to particular specified conduct or services; amend the age of access to services under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme; remove redundant definitions relating to health care and pensioner concession cards; and Health Insurance Amendment (Professional Services Review) Act 1999 to clarify the transitional provisions in that Act relating to production of documents and obtaining information.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 23/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

Committee request: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps made Senate request for an amendment 3/12/02]

Assent: 18/12/02; Act No. 130, 2002

S Health Insurance Commission Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 to: apply the general provisions of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 , concerning budget estimates and investment of surplus moneys to the Health Insurance Commission (HIC); enable the HIC to borrow money for the purposes of its functions, with the written approval of the Finance Minister; and provide for an increase in the number of Commissioners of the HIC, to a total of 7 Commissioners.

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 5/02 (tabled and adopted 26/6/02): No reference

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 22/8/02

Assent: 4/9/02; Act No. 71, 2002

S Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Industry Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the National Health Act 1953 in relation to: gap cover schemes; the obligations of health funds to provide information to the public and the Health Insurance Commission; rationalising the structure of the Act; and Health Insurance Act 1973 to transfer responsibility for registration of billing agents from the Private Health Insurance Administration Council to the Health Insurance Commission. Also contains transitional provisions.

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 22/8/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Reps: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 25/9/02

Assent: 8/10/02; Act No. 76, 2002

 

Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to: extend access to the Post-graduate Education Loan Scheme to certain universities and colleges; provide funding for the establishment of a Graduate Diploma in Environment and Planning at the University of Tasmania and six associated scholarships; vary funding levels for certain purposes; and correct a minor drafting error; and Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: vary certain annual funding caps for 2003, 2004 and 2005; and insert an additional funding cap for 2006.

Reps: Intro. 5/6/02; Passed 19/8/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 19/6/02; extension of time to report 20/8/02; report tabled 22/8/02

Committee amendments: 16 Opp/passed; 1 Part opposed/Part agreed to; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 4, 5, 9 to 12, 14 and 15, disagreed to Senate amendments nos 2, 3, 6 to 8, 13 and 16 and agreed to 5 Opp amendments in place of Senate amendments nos 2, 6, 8, 13 and 16, 25/9/02; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 3 and 7 disagreed to by Reps and agreed to Reps amendments made in place of its amendments nos 2, 6, 8, 13 and 16, 26/9/02]

Assent: 21/10/02; Act No. 87, 2002

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to establish the Bridging for Overseas-Trained Professionals Loan Scheme to assist overseas trained professionals to cover the costs of bridging training.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 12/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 13, 2002

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the: Higher Education Funding Act 1988 in relation to: funding levels for certain purposes; consistent accountability requirements in relation to grants; removal of requirement for institutions to send a ‘notice of liability’ to overseas fee-paying students; name change of Batchelor College to Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education; application of taxation legislation; and correction of a drafting oversight in relation to the Post-graduate Education Loan Scheme; and Australian Research Council Act 2001 in relation to: funding caps for certain purposes; Ministerial approval of research projects for 4 years; and creation of advisory committees by the Australian Research Council Board.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 19/8/02

Senate: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 8/10/02; Act No. 78, 2002

 

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002

Amends the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 to: extend the application of the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes to Australia’s external territories on the same basis as they apply in the States and mainland Territories; and prohibit the use of “university” or similar words in a company or business name in an external territory without the Minister’s approval.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/11/02; Passed 18/11/02

SBC report 11/02 (tabled and adopted 23/10/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 112, 2002

Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services (Amendment) Bill 2002

Amends the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000 to deem Horticulture Australia Limited in its capacity as the export control body under the Act to be a Commonwealth agency for the purposes of section 16 of the Customs Administration Act 1985 .

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 16/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

Assent: 26/6/02; Act No. 36, 2002

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 to correct a drafting oversight in amendments made by the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999 by clarifying that the Crown in right of the States is bound by the complaints and remedies provisions for unlawful discrimination.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 22, 2002

PS Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing for Property Offences) Bill 2000 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Seeks to give effect to Australia’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing that a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory must not require a court to sentence a person (including a person who is under 18 years of age) to imprisonment or detention for a property offence. Also contains certain application and transitional provisions.

Senate: Intro. 6/9/00; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/00

SBC report 7/01 (tabled and adopted 23/5/01): No reference

Reference: Referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 24/5/01 reference readopted 11/3/02; report due 21/3/02; report tabled 12/3/02

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 12/11/02

 

Import Processing Charges (Amendment and Repeal) Bill 2002

Continues the operation of the import processing charges imposed by the Import Processing Charges Act 1997 after that Act is repealed until certain other provisions of the Customs Legislation Amendment and Repeal (International Trade Modernisation) Act 2001 are proclaimed, and during certain moratorium periods. Also amends the Import Processing Charges Act 2001 to clarify the amount of self-assessed declaration charge that is payable in relation to reportable documents.

Reps: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 21/8/02

Senate: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Assent: 8/10/02; Act No. 79, 2002

Income Tax (Superannuation Payments Withholding Tax) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Taxation Laws Amendment (Superannuation) Bill (No. 1) 2002, the bill imposes a tax on superannuation entitlements paid to temporary residents permanently departing Australia (the “departing Australia superannuation payment”).

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 13/3/02; report tabled 20/3/02

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 16, 2002

Industry, Tourism and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: ACIS Administration Act 1999 to clarify the use of duty credits earned under the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme; Bounty (Computers) Act 1984 to replace a reference to the Standards Association of Australia with a reference to Standards Australia International Limited; Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Act 2001 to correct a drafting error; Pooled Development Funds Act 1992 to correct a drafting oversight in relation to excluded superannuation funds; States Grants (Petroleum Products) Act 1965 to reflect changes in administrative arrangements; and Trade Practices Act 1974 to correct a drafting oversight in relation to country of origin defences. Also repeals the Aluminium Industry Act 1960 and Management and Investment Companies Act 1983 .

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

 

Inspector-General of Taxation Bill 2002

Establishes an independent statutory office of Inspector-General of Taxation to conduct reviews and advise the Minister in relation to tax administration systems. Also makes consequential amendments to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and National Crime Authority Act 1984 .

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 16/10/02

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 13/12/02 a.m.

SBC report 11/02 (tabled 23/10/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 23/10/02): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 23/10/02; report tabled 3/12/02

Committee amendments: 9 Dem/passed; 3 Dem/negatived

[Reps reported message 13/12/02 a.m.]

Insurance and Aviation Liability Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 to correct a technical error in relation to the application of the definitions of “Australian citizen” and “Australian person” to charter operators; Damage by Aircraft Act 1999 to exempt passive owners from liability for damage to third parties on the ground; and Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to allow for the exemption, by regulation, of third party aviation war risk insurance from the cancellation and variation provisions of the Act.

Reps: Intro. 25/9/02; Passed 17/10/02

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 96, 2002

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Patents Act 1990 , Trade Marks Act 1995 and Designs Act 1906 to clarify that errors or omission by persons such as independent contractors, employed by the Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade Marks or Registrar of Designs, are encompassed by the existing extension of time provisions; Patents Act 1990 in relation to disclosure of information to the Commissioner of Patents that is relevant to the patentability of an invention; Trade Marks Act 1995 to: amend the definition of “employee”; and remove the term “trade marks officer”; and Patents Amendment (Innovation Patents) Act 2000 to correct a drafting error. Also contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

International Criminal Court Bill 2002

Introduced with the International Criminal Court (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002, the bill enables Australia to comply with its international obligations on ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/02; Passed 25/6/02

Senate: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

Assent: 27/6/02; Act No. 41, 2002

 

International Criminal Court (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Introduced with the International Criminal Court Bill 2002, the bill amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to enact the crimes punishable by the International Criminal Court as crimes in Australian law (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). Also makes consequential amendments to 6 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 25/6/02; Passed 25/6/02

Senate: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

Assent: 27/6/02; Act No. 42, 2002

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to: give legislative authority to an agreement between Australia and the Russian Federation and a protocol to amend the existing convention between Australia and the United States of America, in relation to double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on incomes; and extend existing rules that exclude royalties taxable on a net basis under a tax treaty from the scope of the royalty withholding tax provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 29/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 59, 2002

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to: give legislative authority to protocols to amend an existing convention between Australia and Canada and an existing agreement between Australia and Malaysia in relation to double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on incomes; ensure that interest that is currently not taxable in Australia does not become so as a result of changes in the International Tax Agreements Amendment Act (No. 1) 2002 to the convention between Australia and the United States of America in relation to double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on incomes; and make minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 13/11/02

Senate: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

SBC report 12/02 (tabled and adopted 13/11/02): No reference

Assent: 11/12/02; Act No. 129, 2002

Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985 to ensure that an automatic annual adjustment is applied to the level of charges for vehicles registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme, by reference to the percentage amount determined for the purposes of the charge under the Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Act 1993 .

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 18, 2002

 

Jurisdiction of Courts Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Judiciary Act 1903 to allow the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to establish an ACT Court of Appeal; and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to: abolish the redundant office of judicial registrar; and amend certain practices and procedures of the Federal Court. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/8/02; Passed 22/8/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 3/9/02; Act No. 70, 2002

PS Kyoto Protocol (Ratification) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 19/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/02

SBC report 9/02 (tabled and adopted 25/9/02): No reference

Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Act 1981 and Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Act 1993 to increase the monetary liability and compensation for pollution damage resulting from the escape or discharge of “persistent oil” (heavy oils which do not evaporate readily) from oil tankers; Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to prohibit the disposal from a ship into the sea of incinerator ashes from plastic products which may contain toxic or heavy metal residues; allow garbage disposal placards to be written in Spanish (rather than English or French); and convert penalties from monetary amounts to penalty units. Trade Practices Act 1974 to clarify that stevedoring operators are not permitted to collude in setting charges for stevedoring services. Also repeals the Bass Strait Sea Passenger Service Agreement Act 1984 .

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

Marriage Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: reform the Marriage Celebrants Program, primarily to raise the level of professional standards required of celebrants and have them promote pre-marriage and other relationship education services, including the creation of the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants, and review of certain decisions by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and make technical amendments in relation to: the Notice of Intended Marriage; passports as a means of identification; authorisation of a shortened timeframe between lodgment of a Notice of Intended Marriage and the marriage; and removal of redundant provisions. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 21/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/5/02; Passed 23/9/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/negatived

Assent: 8/10/02; Act No. 77, 2002

 

Medical Indemnity Agreement (Financial Assistance—Binding Commonwealth Obligations) Bill 2002

The bill: appropriates funds out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for payments in accordance with an indemnity agreement between the Commonwealth and Australasian Medical Insurance Limited/United Medical Protection Limited; and confirms the Commonwealth’s commitments under the indemnity agreement.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 17/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; Passed 19/11/02

SBC report 9/02 (tabled and adopted 25/9/02): No reference

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

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 111, 2002

Medical Indemnity Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills to implement a framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill: implements the IBNR (incurred but not reported) indemnity scheme and the high cost claims scheme which provide for Commonwealth assistance in relation to certain liabilities of medical defence organisations and medical indemnity insurers; and introduces premium subsidies to assist medical practitioners in meeting the cost of indemnity coverage. Also contains a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 9/12/02; Passed 10/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled 4/12/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 4/12/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed; 1 Ind (Lees)/passed

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 132, 2002

Medical Indemnity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills to implement a framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill amends: the secrecy provisions of the Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953 to include reference to the medical indemnity legislation; and Health Insurance Commission Act 1973 to: amend certain offence definitions; and require the Health Insurance Commission to include in its annual report material on the operations of the medical indemnity legislation.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

Senate: Intro. 9/12/02; Passed 10/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled 4/12/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 4/12/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 133, 2002

 

Medical Indemnity (Enhanced UMP Indemnity) Contribution Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills to implement a framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill imposes a tax on certain members and former members of United Medical Protection Limited (UMP) to recover the costs of the Commonwealth guarantee to the provisional liquidator of UMP/AMIL (Australasian Medical Insurance Limited). Also contains a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

Senate: Intro. 9/12/02; Passed 10/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled 4/12/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 4/12/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 134, 2002

Medical Indemnity (IBNR Indemnity) Contribution Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills to implement a framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill imposes a tax on members of medical defence organisations with unfunded incurred but not reported liabilities to recover the costs of Commonwealth assistance in meeting these liabilities. Also contains a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

Senate: Intro. 9/12/02; Passed 10/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled 4/12/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 4/12/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 135, 2002

Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002 and further to the package of bills implementing the framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill provides for: medical indemnity cover only to be provided by general insurers and only under contracts of insurance, which will ensure that providers are subject to appropriate prudential supervision by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; transitional arrangements for current providers to meet minimum capital requirements; minimum product standards for medical indemnity insurance contracts; compulsory retroactive cover; and anti-avoidance provisions. Also contains a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Bill 2002 and further to the package of bills implementing the framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 , Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001 , Insurance Act 1973 and Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to: require medical defence organisations (MDOs) to provide data to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; and prevent MDOs with discretionary liabilities from becoming authorised insurers.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Bill 2002

Establishes uniform arrangements for all Life Gold Pass holders, their spouses and their widows or widowers, including limits on the number of return trips within Australia and forfeiture of travel entitlements linked to the forfeiture of superannuation benefits following a corruption offence conviction.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 23/9/02

Senate: Intro. 24/9/02; Passed 18/11/02

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 28/6/02 a.m.; extension of time to report 22/8/02; report tabled 19/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Committee amendments: 3 Dem/negatived; 4 AG/negatived; 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 33 clauses opposed/clauses agreed to

Committee request: 1 Opp/passed

[Reps did not make Senate request for an amendment 16/10/02; Senate resolved to press its request for an amendment 21/10/02; Reps again did not make Senate request for an amendment 14/11/02; Senate did not further press its request for an amendment 18/11/02]

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 110, 2002

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997 to increase the upper limit for the charge imposed by regulations for registration applications by migration agents.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 5/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 26/6/02; Act No. 34, 2002

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify certain visa related matters (immigration status of non-citizen children born in Australia, security for compliance, bridging visas, special purpose visas and non-citizen student visas); create a Deputy Principal Member position for the Migration Review Tribunal; remove ambiguities surrounding certain offence provisions; and correct a technical error. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 12/12/02

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

Senate:

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 15/5/02; interim report presented 22/5/02 and tabled 18/6/02; report presented 5/6/02 and tabled 18/6/02

 

Migration Legislation Amendment (Contributory Parents Migration Scheme) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to make minor technical amendments in relation to the visa application charge limit; and Migration Regulations 1994 to: establish new parent visa classes and subclasses, both offshore and onshore; increase the assurance of support bond and period of effect in relation to applicants for the new parent visa classes; and offset the health costs of parent entry by requiring applicants for the new visa classes to pay an additional application charge.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): No reference

Migration Legislation Amendment (Further Border Protection Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to expand the definition of “excised offshore place” to include the Coral Sea Islands Territory and certain islands that form part of Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 24/6/02; Negatived at 2nd reading 9/12/02

Reference: Bill and related matters referred to Legal and Constitutional References Committee 25/6/02; extensions of time to report 27/8/02, 25/9/02; report tabled 21/10/02

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Advice Industry) Bill 2002

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to repeal the sunset clause (due to take effect on 21 March 2003) to enable the continuation of the current statutory self-regulatory arrangements in relation to the migration advice industry.

Reps: Intro. 16/10/02; Passed 13/11/02

Senate: Intro. 14/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 14/11/02

SBC report 11/02 (tabled and adopted 23/10/02): No reference

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Agents) Bill 2002

Amends the regulatory scheme for the migration advice industry and migration agents in the Migration Act 1958 , in relation to investigation of complaints, re-registration and the scope of the scheme. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 5/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 26/6/02; Act No. 35, 2002

 

Migration Legislation Amendment (Procedural Fairness) Bill 2002

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: provide clear legislative intention that compliance with codes of procedure (for making decisions about visa applications, certain visa cancellations and revocations of visa cancellations, and for the conduct of reviews by relevant merits review tribunals) fully satisfies the common law requirements of the natural justice hearing rule. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 26/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 15/5/02; interim report presented 22/5/02 and tabled 18/6/02; report presented 5/6/02 and tabled 18/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 60, 2002

Migration Legislation Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2002

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide increased protection to confidential information given to the Minister for the purposes of making decisions to refuse a visa application or to cancel an existing visa on the basis of the character or conduct of a non-citizen, by extending the statutory protection scheme in section 503A of the Act to the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Migration Legislation Amendment (Transitional Movement) Bill 2002

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: allow certain non-citizens to be brought to Australia without a visa for a temporary purpose (a “transitory person”); bar a transitory person from making a visa application whilst in Australia, unless the Minister believes it is in the public interest to do so; allow an assessment of the refugee status of certain transitory persons; stop legal proceedings being taken in relation to the transitory person’s presence in Australia; and provide clear statutory authority for the removal of the person from Australia.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled 20/3/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 20/3/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 3 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 21/3/02]

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 10, 2002

 

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Migration Legislation Amendment (Contributory Parents Migration Scheme) Bill 2002, the bill amends the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997 to provide for: a visa application charge limit of $26 745 in relation to certain visa applications made during the 2002-2003 financial year; and indexation of the new visa application charge limit.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): No reference

Ministers of State Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Ministers of State Act 1952 to increase the limit on the sum appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the payment of salaries of Ministers.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/2/02

Senate: Intro. 11/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 6, 2002

PS Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senators Stott Despoja and Murray - AD)

Regulates certain pre- and post-retirement conduct of, and places post-retirement employment restrictions on, Ministers and ministerial advisers; and includes offence and penalty provisions.

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

Murray-Darling Basin Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993 to approve and give effect to the Murray-Darling Basin Amending Agreement between the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia which will make new arrangements for sharing water made available in the River Murray catchment above Hume Dam by the Snowy Scheme.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 19/9/02

Senate:

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

National Blood Authority Bill 2002

Establishes the National Blood Authority to manage and coordinate Australia’s blood supply in accordance with the National Blood Agreement agreed by the Commonwealth, States and Territories. Also provides for corporate plans, reporting requirements and a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

 

National Environment Protection Council Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 to: simplify the process for making minor variations to National Environment Protection Measures; require 5 yearly reviews of the Act; and allow the NEPC Service Corporation to provide support and assistance to other ministerial councils.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 11/12/02

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 142, 2002

S National Gallery Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the National Gallery Act 1975 to enable the National Gallery of Australia to gift works of art with saleable value, subject to approval by the Gallery Council and the Minister.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to increase Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme patient co-payments and safety net thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 6/6/02; Passed 18/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Negatived at 2nd reading 20/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget Measures) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Amends the National Health Act 1953 to increase Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme patient co-payments and safety net thresholds.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; Passed 4/12/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

National Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages Bill 2002

(Draft bill tabled by Senator Crowley - ALP)

Establishes a National Births, Deaths and Marriages Register.

Senate: Tabled 26/6/02

 

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 to restate the operative and maximum rates of national residue survey customs levy on apples and pears from a per box rate to a per kilogram rate.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998 to restate the operative and maximum rates of national residue survey excise levy on apples and pears from a per box rate to a per kilogram rate.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

New Business Tax System (Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2002

Further to the New Business Tax System (Consolidation) Act (No. 1) 2002 and proposed New Business Tax System (Consolidation, Value Shifting, Demergers and Other Measures) Act 2002 , the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to further implement the consolidation regime which commenced on 1 July 2002. Also contains application and transitional provisions and makes consequential amendments to the Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Act 1993 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Wool Services Privatisation Act 2000 .

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 16/10/02

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 18/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 16/10/02; report due 21/11/02; report tabled 18/11/02

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 117, 2002

New Business Tax System (Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2002

Introduced with the New Business Tax System (Venture Capital Deficit Tax) Bill 2002 and further to the New Business Tax System (Consolidation) Act (No. 1) 2002 , New Business Tax System (Consolidation, Value Shifting, Demergers and Other Measures) Act 2002 and New Business Tax System (Consolidation and Other Measures) Act (No. 1) 2002 , the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and 5 other Acts to implement the final stage of the consolidation regime which commenced on 1 July 2002 in relation to consolidated groups (including the taxation of life insurance companies) and the simplified imputation system (including venture capital franking). Also contains transitional provisions and makes consequential amendments.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

New Business Tax System (Consolidation) Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to introduce a consolidation regime for resident entities that comprise a wholly-owned corporate group. Also amends the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 in relation to transitional concessions available for transferred losses; Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to pay as you go instalments for entities in consolidated groups; makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ; and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 29/5/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled 19/6/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 19/6/02): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/02; report tabled 26/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 28/6/02 a.m.]

Assent: 22/8/02; Act No. 68, 2002

New Business Tax System (Consolidation, Value Shifting, Demergers and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Further to the New Business Tax System (Consolidation) Bill (No. 1) 2002, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and New Business Tax System (Consolidation) Act (No. 1) 2002 to further implement the consolidation regime from 1 July 2002; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments in relation to imputation treatment of exempting entities and former exempting entities; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to allow global company asset valuations in loss integrity measures; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to introduce a general value shifting regime (in place of existing share value shifting and asset stripping rules), applying mainly to interests in controlled companies and trusts that are not consolidated which meet control or common ownership tests; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide capital gains tax relief for a demerger in certain circumstances. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 28/8/02

CID amendments: 53 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/9/02; Passed 21/10/02

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 18/9/02; report due 22/10/02; report presented 18/10/02 and tabled 21/10/02

Assent: 24/10/02; Act No. 90, 2002

 

New Business Tax System (Franking Deficit Tax) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the New Business Tax System (Franking Deficit Tax) Act 2002 to make amendments consequential on the new simplified imputation system to facilitate the transitional determination of franking deficit tax liability for late balancing companies.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 16/10/02

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 18/11/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 118, 2002

New Business Tax System (Franking Deficit Tax) Bill 2002

Part of a package of three bills to introduce a simplified imputation system, the bill imposes a franking deficit tax on companies that over-impute franking credits when making franked distributions to shareholders.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/02; Passed 6/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 50, 2002

New Business Tax System (Imputation) Bill 2002

Part of a package of three bills to introduce a simplified imputation system, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to implement the new system. Also amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to make transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/02; Passed 6/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 48, 2002

New Business Tax System (Over-franking Tax) Bill 2002

Part of a package of three bills to introduce a simplified imputation system, the bill imposes an over-franking tax on companies that do not frank all relevant distributions within a franking period to the same extent (ie that stream distributions).

Reps: Intro. 30/5/02; Passed 6/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 49, 2002

New Business Tax System (Venture Capital Deficit Tax) Bill 2002

Introduced with the New Business Tax System (Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2002, the bill imposes a tax in relation to venture capital sub-account deficits of pooled development funds.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Employee Involvement and Compliance) Bill 2002

Amends the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 to provide improved health and safety protection for Commonwealth employees; and makes technical amendments and contains transitional, application and savings provisions. Also amends the Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001 to repeal certain redundant amendments.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

PS Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2002]

R   (Introduced by Senator Bourne - AD)

Provides for parliamentary approval of international treaties and any reservations to a treaty signed by Australia.

Senate: Intro. 31/5/95; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/95

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/5/96, 23/11/98, 13/2/02

PS Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Bali Bombings) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Provides for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry in relation to the operation of Australian security and intelligence services relating to the Bali terrorist attack on 12 October 2002. Also provides for a regulation-making power.

Senate: Intro. 4/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/02

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

PS Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Forest Practices) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Provides for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry in relation to Forestry Tasmania to investigate certain matters.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/02

SBC report 5/02 (tabled and adopted 26/6/02): No reference

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Parliamentary Proceedings Act 1946 to alter gender specific references to non-gender specific references.

Reps: Intro. 12/2/02; Read a 1st time 12/2/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2002]

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Patents Act 1990 to prohibit the patenting of naturally occurring genes or gene sequences.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/96; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/96

SBC report 10/96 (tabled and adopted 12/9/96): No reference

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

 

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Amendment Bill 2002

Implements recommendations from a national review of legislation governing exploration and development of offshore petroleum resources and its compliance with competition policy principles by amending the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 to: impose a limit on renewals of exploration permits; and reduce compliance costs for the petroleum industry by reducing the number of reviews required, of the commerciality of a discovery held under a retention lease.

Reps: Intro. 15/5/02; Passed 6/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 16/10/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Committee amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 31/10/02; Act No. 93, 2002

S Plant Breeder’s Rights Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 to: clarify the rights of plant breeders in certain circumstances where restrictions are imposed; enhance the access of breeders to the Plant Breeder’s Rights scheme; and improve the administration of the Act and the scheme. Also contains application provisions.

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 18/11/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 18 Dem/negatived

Reps: Intro. 3/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 148, 2002

Plant Health Australia (Plant Industries) Funding Bill 2002

The bill: enables monies up to the amounts received through certain levies and charges to be appropriated out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund and paid to Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) to fulfil PHA plant industry members’ yearly contribution obligations; and provides a mechanism for monies collected in excess of a plant industry’s liability to PHA to be appropriated for research and development activities. Also includes a regulation-making power and makes consequential amendments to the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000 and Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 .

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 21/8/02

Senate: Intro. 22/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Assent: 8/10/02; Act No. 80, 2002

PM Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Andren - Ind)

Provides for the assessment and collection of a 25 cent levy on the use of plastic bags at retail points of sale. Also includes reporting requirements and a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/02; Read a 1st time 21/10/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

 

PS Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Provides for the assessment and collection of a 25 cent levy on the use of plastic bags at retail points of sale. Also includes reporting requirements and a regulation-making power.

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/02

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

Plastic Bag Levy Imposition Bill 2002

(Draft bill tabled in Senate by Senator Brown - AG)

(Draft bill tabled in Reps by Mr Andren - Ind)

Imposes a levy of 25 cents on the use of plastic bags at retail points of sale.

Senate: Tabled 21/10/02

Reps: Tabled 21/10/02

PM Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Andren - Ind)

Establishes the Plastic Bag and Other Waste Minimisation of Usage and Education Fund. Also includes reporting requirements.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/02; Read a 1st time 21/10/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Brown - AG)

Establishes the Plastic Bag and Other Waste Minimisation of Usage and Education Fund, for the purpose of education about plastic bag damage to the environment and dangers posed by plastic bags to wildlife and marine life. Also includes reporting requirements.

Senate: Intro. 21/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/02

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

 

Proceeds of Crime Bill 2002

Gives effect to Australia’s obligations under the Council of Europe Money-Laundering Convention and other international instruments concerning the confiscation of proceeds of crime by providing for a civil forfeiture scheme, which will operate in parallel with the existing conviction-based confiscation regime, to confiscate unlawfully acquired property without first requiring a conviction. Also: enables freezing and confiscation of property used in, intended to be used in or derived from terrorism offences; strengthens provisions in relation to conviction-based confiscation; and provides for the confiscation of literary proceeds derived from the exploitation of criminal notoriety for commercial purposes.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

CID amendments: 26 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/8/02; Passed 23/9/02

References:

(Agreed to 14/2/02) Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee upon introduction in Reps (13/3/02); extension of time to report 14/3/02; interim report presented 10/4/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 26/4/02 and tabled 14/5/02; erratum tabled 16/5/02

Proposed Reps Govt amendments referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 26/6/02; report due 1/7/02; report presented 28/6/02 a.m. and tabled 19/8/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 4 Dem/negatived

Assent: 11/10/02; Act No. 85, 2002

 

Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Proceeds of Crime Bill 2002, the bill amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new money laundering offences; Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 to update cross references; International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995 in relation to enforcement of foreign restraining and forfeiture orders; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to: reflect provisions of the new proceeds regime; and relocate provisions which relate to foreign orders and offences; Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 to relocate record retention provisions; Bankruptcy Act 1966 to ensure that bankruptcy is not used to thwart confiscation of proceeds of crime; Family Law Act 1975 to ensure that property settlements and spousal maintenance cannot be used to defeat confiscation of proceeds of crime; Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997 so that it does not apply to certain decisions of the Director of Public Prosecutions or an approved examiner; Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 in relation to the functions of the AFP and the DPP respectively; Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 and National Crime Authority Act 1984 to include forfeiture proceedings within the meaning of relevant proceedings; Taxation Administration Act 1953 in relation to access to taxation information; and Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 to repeal relocated and redundant provisions, including provisions relating to existing money laundering offences. Also makes consequential amendments to 8 other Acts and contains transitional and application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

CID amendments: 21 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 20/8/02; Passed 23/9/02

References:

(Agreed to 14/2/02) Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee upon introduction in Reps (13/3/02); extension of time to report 14/3/02; interim report presented 10/4/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 26/4/02 and tabled 14/5/02; erratum tabled 16/5/02

Proposed Reps Govt amendments referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 26/6/02; report due 1/7/02; report presented 28/6/02 a.m. and tabled 19/8/02

Assent: 11/10/02; Act No. 86, 2002

D Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002

[ This bill is the result of the division by the House of Representatives of the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 - For further details, see Votes and Proceedings, pp.383-384, 386-387 ]

Prohibits certain practices associated with reproductive technologies, including the cloning of a human being. Includes a regulation-making power and makes a consequential amendment to the Gene Technology Act 2000 .

Reps: 2nd reading 29/8/02; Passed 29/8/02

Senate: Intro. 18/9/02; Passed 14/11/02

Committee amendments: 1 Murphy/passed; 1 McLucas/Stott Despoja/passed; 16 Abetz/negatived; 1 Bishop/negatived; 7 Harradine/negatived; 6 Harradine/withdrawn 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 11/12/02]

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 144, 2002

 

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to correct unintended effects of amendments made by the International Maritime Convention Legislation Amendment Act 2001 , by providing offence provisions in relation to escape or discharge of pollutants in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 4, 2002

PS Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2001 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Provides protection for persons who disclose conduct adverse to the public interest in the public sector.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/01; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/01

Reference: Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee previous Parliament (8/8/01); reference re-adopted 21/3/02; extension of time to report 25/6/02; report tabled 26/9/02

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

Discharged from Notice Paper 11/12/02

PS Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Provides protection for persons who disclose conduct adverse to the public interest in the public sector.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

Quarantine Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Quarantine Act 1908 in relation to: Australia’s national emergency powers in the event of a major national animal disease; compensation for property destroyed and a new offence for commercial smuggling, with increased pecuniary penalties applicable to individuals and corporations.

Reps: 14/3/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

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

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 21/3/02]

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 17, 2002

 

Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983 to correct an anomaly in the Act by clarifying the power to impose a tax on the issue of a transmitter licence where there has been no application for that licence. Also validates the imposition of the tax on licences that have been affected by the anomaly.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/2/02

Senate: Intro. 11/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 7, 2002

PS Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Ridgeway - AD)

Advances reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all other Australians, by establishing processes to identify, monitor, negotiate and resolve unresolved issues for reconciliation.

Senate: Intro. 5/4/01; 2nd reading adjourned 5/4/01

SBC report 7/01 (tabled and adopted 23/5/01): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

S Regional Forest Agreements Bill 2002

The bill: gives effect to certain Commonwealth obligations under Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs); provides legislative support to the National Forest Policy Statement and Forest and Wood Products Action Agenda; and provides for the continuation of the Forest and Wood Products Council. Also amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to ensure that it contains identical provisions to the proposed Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002 in relation to its application to RFA forestry operations.

Senate: Intro. 13/2/02; Passed 15/3/02 a.m.

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

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

Committee amendments: 2 Opp (1 amended)/passed; 2 Opp/negatived; 4 Dem/negatived; 15 AG/negatived; 1 Ind (Murphy)/negatived; 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 2 items opposed/items agreed to; 1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

Reps: Intro. 19/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

Assent: 5/4/02; Act No. 30, 2002

 

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 in relation to: clarification of definitions, including those related to eligible renewable energy sources, components of a power station, relevant acquisitions of electricity and penalty charges; extension of authorised officers; capacity of Renewable Energy Regulator to: vary certain decisions; suspend entitlements, including the accreditation of a power station, in certain limited circumstances; and gather information; and inclusion of administrative review provisions covering decisions by the Regulator to take action to vary or suspend; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to clarify the avenues for appeal in relation to assessment decisions under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 . Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 12/12/02

Senate: Intro. 13/12/02 a.m.; Passed 13/12/02 a.m.

SBC report 9/02 (tabled and adopted 25/9/02): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee 25/9/02; extension of time to report 14/11/02; interim report presented 28/11/02 and tabled 2/12/02; report tabled 2/12/02

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 5 Dem/negatived; 5 AG/negatived; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

[Reps reported message 13/12/02 a.m.]

PS Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Provides for electors to be consulted, at the same time as the next House of Representatives general election, on whether Australia should become a republic and on whether they should vote again, if applicable, to choose from different republic models.

Senate: Intro. 26/9/01; 2nd reading adjourned 26/9/01

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 14/5/02

Research Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972 and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 to: allow greater commercialisation of technology developed by the Australian Institution of Marine Science and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; and minimise administrative demands on these agencies.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/8/02; Passed 17/10/02

SBC report 5/02 (tabled and adopted 26/6/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 26/6/02; report tabled 29/8/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 98, 2002

 

Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002

Establishes a regulatory framework which: prohibits certain practices associated with reproductive technologies, including the cloning of a human being; and regulates activities that involve the use of certain human embryos created by assisted reproductive technology. Includes a regulation-making power. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Gene Technology Act 2000 .

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02

Motion to divide bill into 2 bills agreed 29/8/02:

Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 consisting of, with associated amendments, the title, enacting formula and Parts 1 and 2 and clauses 56, 61 and 62 and the schedule of the bill as introduced, and an activating clause.

Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002 consisting of, with associated amendments, Parts 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the bill, and also including, with amendments, the provisions of clauses 56, 61 and 62 of the bill as introduced, and a new clause 55A.

( For further details, see Votes and Proceedings, pp.383-384, 386-387 )

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): Provisions of bill referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee 21/8/02; report presented 24/10/02 and tabled 11/11/02

D Research Involving Human Embryos Bill 2002

(Previous title: Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002)

[ This bill is the result of the division by the House of Representatives of the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 - For further details, see Votes and Proceedings, pp.383-384, 386-387 ]

Establishes a regulatory framework in relation to activities that involve the use of certain human embryos created by assisted reproductive technology. Includes a regulation-making power.

Reps: 2nd reading 16/9/02; Passed 25/9/02

CID amendments: 3 Cadman (LP)/negatived; 2 Pyne (LP)/negatived; 1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; Passed 5/12/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Murray-Ridgeway/passed; 1 Stott Despoja/passed; 1 Nettle-Brown/negatived

Committee amendments: 5 Barnett/passed; 2 Bishop (1 amended)/passed; 3 Collins (1 amended)/passed; 1 Harradine/passed; 1 Hogg/passed; 1 Murphy/passed; 1 Stott Despoja-McLucas/passed; 7 Barnett/negatived; 1 Barnett/withdrawn; 2 Bishop/negatived; 1 Bishop/withdrawn; 2 Boswell/negatived; 14 Harradine/negatived; 12 Harradine/withdrawn; 2 Collins/negatived; 5 Hogg/negatived; 1 Hogg/withdrawn; 2 Murphy/negatived; 7 Nettle/negatived; 1 Division opposed/Division agreed to; 1 clause opposed/clause agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 11/12/02]

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 145, 2002

 

Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Act 1993 to provide for automatic annual adjustments to the level of heavy vehicle registration charges in the Australian Capital Territory.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 19, 2002

Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new offences in relation to treason and terrorism related activities, all of which carry a penalty of life imprisonment; provide for ministerial declaration of proscribed organisations and insert offences in relation to membership or links with such an organisation; Crimes Act 1914 to repeal the existing treason offence; Migration Act 1958 to update treason offence cross-references; and Australian Protective Service Act 1987 and Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 to ensure that the Australian Protective Service has power to deal with terrorist related offences and to perform the aircraft security officer function on intra-state flights. Also contains savings and application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/3/02

Discharged from Notice Paper 13/3/02

Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new offences in relation to treason and terrorism related activities, all of which carry a penalty of life imprisonment; provide for ministerial declaration of proscribed organisations and insert offences in relation to membership or links with such an organisation; Crimes Act 1914 to repeal the existing treason offence; Migration Act 1958 to update treason offence cross-references; and Australian Protective Service Act 1987 and Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 to ensure that the Australian Protective Service has power to deal with terrorist related offences and to perform the aircraft security officer function on intra-state flights. Also contains savings and application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 13/3/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 8/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02

Committee amendments: 19 Govt (3 amended by 9 Opp)/passed; 2 Opp/passed; 1 section negatived; 1 Opp/withdrawn; 6 Dem/negatived; 7 Dem to Govt/negatived; 7 AG/negatived; 13 AG to Govt/negatived; 1 Division opposed/Division agreed to; 1 section opposed/section agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/6/02]

Assent: 5/7/02; Act No. 65, 2002

 

Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to enable States and Territories to legislate to limit access to assisted reproductive technology services to married couples and couples in a de facto marriage.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Pregnancy and Work) Bill 2002

Amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to clarify certain provisions in relation to discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy, potential pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/02, 13/12/02 a.m.

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 to exempt from goods and services tax certain transactions and transfers associated with the corporatisation of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority.

Reps: Intro. 11/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/02

Social Security and Veterans’ Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Disposal of Assets—Integrity of Means Testing) Bill 2002

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to gifting of assets by introducing a free area of $25 000, over and above already deprived assets, that will apply over a rolling 5-year period and will operate concurrently with the current $10 000 per year free area. Gifts in excess of this $25 000 free area within the 5 years will be assessed as a deprived asset for 5 years. Also changes the applicable period from a pension year to a financial year. The new rules will apply from 1 July 2002.

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 19/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 9 Dem/passed

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/6/02]

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 54, 2002

 

Space Activities Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Space Activities Act 1998 in relation to: insurance and liability; licensing activities undertaken by scientific and educational organisations; the test applying to the safety of launch activities; cost recovery for the operations of the regulator; and clarifying the activities that fall within the scope of the Act. Also makes technical and administrative amendments.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 28/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 17/10/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

SBC report 5/02 (tabled and adopted 26/6/02): Order varied - Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 26/6/02; extension of time to report 20/8/02; report tabled 27/8/02

Committee amendments: 7 Dem/negatived

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 100, 2002

PS State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2002]

R  (Introduced by Senator Murray - AD)

Provides that the “one vote, one value” principle must be observed as closely as possible in state and territory elections.

Senate: Intro. 7/8/01; 2nd reading adjourned 7/8/01

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

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/02

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Act 2000 to alter the mechanism for establishment grant funding for new non-government schools to a per capita entitlement payable to all eligible schools as a standing appropriation rather than through a fixed legislated special appropriation for the 2001-2004 funding period. Also contains transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/2/02

Senate: Intro. 11/3/02; Passed 20/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Committee amendments: 6 Opp/passed; 4 Dem/passed; 2 Dem/negatived; 3 AG/negatived; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

Committee request: 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment no. 10 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 9, 21/3/02; Senate did not insist on its amendments 21/3/02]

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 14, 2002

 

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Act 2000 to provide maximum capital grant funding amounts for government and non-government schools for 2005-2007.

Reps: Intro. 21/8/02; Passed 19/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; Passed 15/10/02

SBC report 7/02 (tabled and adopted 28/8/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed; 1 AG/passed

Committee request: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 31/10/02; Act No. 92, 2002

Statute Law Revision Bill 2002

Amends 42 Acts to correct minor clerical and drafting errors.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 6/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 63, 2002

Student Assistance Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Student Assistance Act 1973 to: permit social security, veterans’ and family assistance legislation overpayments to be offset against benefits payable under the Assistance for Isolated Children and ABSTUDY schemes; update certain definitions to reflect that the Aboriginal Overseas Student Assistance Scheme no longer exists; and increase the 7-day notification period, within which students are obliged to notify certain prescribed events, to a 14-day period.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 16/5/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 30/5/02; Act No. 31, 2002

Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Act 1993 to: allow for a minimum and maximum levy payable in respect of any levies imposed; and enable aggregate amounts of financial assistance to be collected in one levy in each financial year, rather than individually.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002, the bill establishes arrangements for government-funded superannuation co-contributions for eligible low income earners.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 23/10/02

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 11/11/02, 18/11/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 21/8/02; report tabled 26/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/pending

PM Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Latham - ALP)

Amends the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to require employers to remit superannuation guarantee payments at least on a quarterly, rather than a yearly, basis.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/02; Read a 1st time 11/3/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 14/10/02

Superannuation Guarantee Charge Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Taxation Laws Amendment (Superannuation) Bill (No. 2) 2002, the bill provides for the quarterly imposition of the superannuation guarantee charge.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 5/6/02

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled 19/6/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 19/6/02): Referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 19/6/02; report due 26/6/02; report tabled 25/6/02

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 52, 2002

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to make minor consequential amendments to: clarify a reference; and remove and replace certain terms.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002, the bill amends: 9 Acts consequential on Government superannuation co-contributions in relation to: eligibility and taxation treatment; arrangements for certain Defence personnel and Commonwealth public servants; use of the Superannuation Holding Accounts Reserve; and review of certain decisions; 3 Acts to reduce the maximum superannuation and termination payments surcharge rates from 15 to 10.5 per cent over the next 3 years; 5 Acts to reduce the superannuation surcharge cap; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to repeal the existing personal superannuation contribution taxation rebate for low income earners. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 23/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

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

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 21/8/02; report tabled 26/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Choice of Superannuation Funds) Bill 2002

Amends the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to: require employers to make superannuation contributions on behalf of an employee to a complying superannuation fund or scheme or retirement savings account in compliance with the choice of fund requirements; and provide for penalties for breach of the choice of fund requirements.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): Provisions of bill referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 21/8/02; extensions of time to report 19/9/02, 16/10/02; report tabled 12/11/02

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Family Law) Bill 2002

Amends 7 Acts in relation to Commonwealth civilian and Australian Defence Force superannuation schemes as a consequence of new legislative arrangements for splitting superannuation on marriage breakdown. The bill provides for a framework within each relevant superannuation scheme for dealing with an agreement made by separating parties or a Family Court order that provides for an amount of the member’s superannuation to be allocated and paid to the member’s former spouse.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Superannuation Legislation (Commonwealth Employment) Repeal and Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Superannuation Act 1976 in relation to: reversionary benefits; consolidation of funds from other superannuation arrangements into the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS); powers of Reconsideration Advisory Committees; Superannuation Act 1976 and Superannuation Act 1990 in relation to the scope and administration of the Acts, the CSS and the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS); delegation by the relevant Board; and benefit options for members who cease membership on sale of an asset or transfer or outsourcing of a function, retrospective to 27 June 1997; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 , Law Officers Act 1964 and Workplace Relations Act 1996 in relation to benefits for CSS and PSS members who join the Judges’ Pension Scheme; and Superannuation Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1995 to remove redundant references.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/02; Passed 15/5/02

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism Bill 2002

Part of a package of four bills, the bill implements Australia’s obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by amending the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert an offence directed at those who provide or collect funds to facilitate terrorist activities; Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to: require cash dealers to report suspected terrorist-related transactions; and streamline procedures for the disclosure of financial transaction reports information to foreign countries; and Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 to introduce higher penalty offences for providing assets to, or dealing in assets of, persons and entities engaged in terrorist activities. Also provides for an independent review of the amendments made to the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 .

Reps: Intro. 12/3/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 8/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02

Committee amendments: 19 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Part negatived; 2 Dem/negatived; 9 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/6/02]

Assent: 5/7/02; Act No. 66, 2002

PM Taxation Laws Amendment (A Simpler Business Activity Statement) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr McMullan - ALP)

Provides for a business activity statement which will allow small businesses to pay a goods and services tax (GST) payment based on a calculated GST ratio multiplied by their quarterly turnover and will eliminate the need for quarterly and annual GST reconciliations.

Reps: Intro. 11/3/02; Read a 1st time 11/3/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Removed from Notice Paper 14/10/02

 

Taxation Laws Amendment (Baby Bonus) Bill 2002

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to introduce the first child tax refund (baby bonus) which provides for a refundable tax offset, of a minimum of $500 and up to $2 500 per annum, for a maximum period of 5 years, for parents following the birth, adoption or legal guardianship of a child on or after 1 July 2001.

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 19/3/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opposition/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

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

Committee amendments: 1 Dem/passed; 8 Dem/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendment 21/3/02; Senate did not insist on its amendment 15/5/02]

Assent: 30/5/02; Act No. 32, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to allow an immediate tax deduction for specific prepaid expenditure invested in a plantation forestry managed agreement; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to remove an unintended limitation on the Commissioner of Taxation’s discretion under the non-commercial losses rules. Also contains a minor consequential amendment and application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 20/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/negatived; 2 AG/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 21/3/02]

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 26, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to: imputation (consequential on company rate changes); intercorporate dividend rebates for prescribed dual resident companies; eligibility for the senior Australians tax offset; franking rebates for exempt institutions; and a new demutualisation method for non-insurance mutual entities; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: certain investment income received by friendly societies; calculation of the capital component of ordinary life insurance investment policies; demutualisation of Tower Corporation; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to: income tax deductions for gifts to certain organisations; capital gains tax same asset rollovers; refunds of excess imputation credits; and technical amendments; and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to correct cross-references. Also makes technical amendments to 24 Acts, repeals certain provisions of 13 Acts and contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 19/6/02

CID amendment: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 24/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 57, 2002

 

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002

Amends the: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 in relation to: supplies in return for rights to develop land; and transfer of tax losses, net capital losses and excess foreign tax credits so that they are not subject to GST, with effect from 1 July 2000; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Act 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide a one-off credit to businesses that held rental cars on 1 July 2000; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to taxation of general insurance companies and workers’ compensation self-insurers; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to broaden the eligibility criteria for accessing the intercorporate dividend rebate. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 26/9/02

CID amendments: 17 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; Passed 17/10/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 97, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 2002

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to amend the thin capitalisation regime; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: insert a capital gains tax roll-over for a trust restructuring into a company; and introduce statutory caps on the effective life for the calculation of the declined value of depreciating assets; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide certain tax exemptions for temporary residents. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 30/5/02; Passed 19/6/02

CID amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled 19/6/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 19/6/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/02; report tabled 26/6/02

Committee amendment: 1 Schedule negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendment 28/6/02 a.m.]

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 53, 2002

 

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 5) 2002

Amends the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide transitional valuation arrangements for the 2001-02 income year for oyster farmers capturing oyster spat by the traditional stick farming method; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to prevent double taxation where an amount is paid in respect of work in progress; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and New Business Tax System (Capital Allowances—Transitional and Consequential) Act 2001 in relation to the capital allowances system; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to enable the Commissioner to recover outstanding pay as you go withholding amounts by making an estimate of the debt. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 23/10/02

Senate: Intro. 11/11/02; Passed 14/11/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Assent: 2/12/02; Act No. 119, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 6) 2002

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 in relation to interest withholding tax exemptions; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to capital gains tax exemption for certain compensation payments; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to friendly society investment products. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 13/12/02 a.m.

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed

Senate:

SBC report 12/02 (tabled and adopted 13/11/02): No reference

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 7) 2002

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 in relation to tax exemptions for: certain temporary residents; and the Commonwealth Games Federation; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exempt from income tax compensation received for loss of defence remuneration; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to exclude repayment of certain amounts from assessable income; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to increase the level of expenses above which the medical expenses tax offset applies. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 23/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 23/10/02

Senate:

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

 

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 8) 2002

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: provide for income tax deductions for gifts to certain organisations; and enable co-operative companies to either frank distributions to shareholders or claim existing deductions for distributions of assessable income to shareholders; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 to take into account capital gains or losses while shares or rights are in an employee share trust; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to correct an anomaly in the reasonable benefit limit provisions; Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: recognise expenditures associated with closing down a facility that has ceased to be used for a petroleum project but continues to be used under an infrastructure licence; and provide for uniform treatment of partial use arrangements. Also makes technical amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and 11 other Acts; ensures that there are no taxation consequences as a result of the corporate conversion of AGL (Australian Gas Light Company) and its registration; and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

Taxation Laws Amendment (Earlier Access to Farm Management Deposits) Bill 2002

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: exempt farmers in “exceptional circumstances” declared areas from the requirement that farm management deposits have to be held for 12 months in order to qualify for tax concessions; and make minor amendments in relation to the operation of the farm management deposit scheme. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/02; Passed 10/12/02

Senate: Intro. 11/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): No reference

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 138, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment (Film Incentives) Bill 2002

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to create a refundable tax offset for film production in Australia and include a review of the offset after 5 years. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 27, 2002

 

Taxation Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2002

Amends the: A New Tax (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to increase the Medicare levy low income thresholds and the Medicare levy surcharge low income thresholds for the 2001-2002 financial year and later financial years; Medicare Levy Act 1986 in relation to eligibility to use a family income threshold; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to make minor technical amendments.

Reps: Intro. 14/5/02; Passed 28/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 20/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 26/6/02; Act No. 39, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment (Structured Settlements and Structured Orders) Bill 2002

(Previous title: Taxation Laws Amendment (Structured Settlements) Bill 2002)

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide an income tax exemption: for annuities and certain deferred lump sums paid under structured settlements to seriously injured persons, subject to eligibility criteria; and for life insurance companies on income derived from assets that support structured settlements; and Life Insurance Act 1995 to provide that any commutation or assignment of a tax-exempt structured settlement annuity or lump sum will be ineffective. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 6/6/02; Passed 18/9/02

CID amendments: 4 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/9/02; Passed 5/12/02

SBC report 7/02 (tabled and adopted 28/8/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 61 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Dem/passed; 2 items negatived; 3 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 8, 10 to 12 and 14 to 64 and disagreed to amendments nos 9 and 13, 10/12/02; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 9 and 13, 13/12/02 a.m.]

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 139, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment (Superannuation) Bill (No. 1) 2002

Introduced with the Income Tax (Superannuation Payments Withholding Tax) Bill 2002, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Taxation Administration Act 1953 , Income Tax Act 1986 and Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995 to establish arrangements for the administration of the “departing Australia superannuation payment” imposed by the proposed Income Tax (Superannuation Payments Withholding Tax) Act 2002 . Also contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 13/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Economics Legislation Committee 13/3/02; report tabled 20/3/02

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 15, 2002

 

Taxation Laws Amendment (Superannuation) Bill (No. 2) 2002

Introduced with the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends: the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to require at least quarterly superannuation contributions on behalf of employees; 3 Acts to reduce the superannuation surcharge rates; 5 Acts to reduce the superannuation surcharge cap; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to limit when a contribution to a complying superannuation fund or retirement saving account will be an allowable tax deduction; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to: allow superannuation contributions to be made on behalf of children; and increase the deduction limit for personal superannuation contributions made by the self-employed; and the Bankruptcy Act 1966 to ensure that the superannuation guarantee charge and any related general interest charge have the same priority in bankruptcy as salary or wages. Also makes technical amendments to 4 Acts, consequential amendments to 6 Acts and contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 16/5/02; Passed 5/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 28/6/02 a.m.

SBC report 4/02 (tabled 19/6/02; motion to adopt report amended and agreed to 19/6/02): Referred to Select Committee on Superannuation 19/6/02; report due 26/6/02; report tabled 25/6/02

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

Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 1 Schedule negatived; 1 item negatived; 1 Opp/negatived; 3 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 28/6/02 a.m.]

Assent: 29/6/02; Act No. 51, 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment (Venture Capital) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Venture Capital Bill 2002, the bill amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 to: amend the existing tax treatment of venture capital limited partnerships and Australian venture capital funds of funds and the capital gains tax treatment of “carried interests”; and provide a tax exemption to eligible non-resident partners of these limited partnerships on profits from the disposal of investments in eligible venture capital businesses. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Pooled Development Funds Act 1992 .

Reps: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

Senate: Intro. 9/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 136, 2002

 

Telecommunications Competition Bill 2002

Facilitates increased competition and investment in the telecommunications industry by amending the Trade Practices Act 1974 , Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997 .

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 13/11/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 9/12/02

SBC report 9/02 (tabled and adopted 25/9/02): Provisions of bill referred to Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee upon introduction in Reps (26/9/02); extensions of time to report 14/11/02, 19/11/02; report presented 22/11/02 and tabled 2/12/02

Committee amendments: 16 Govt/passed; 6 Opp/passed; 5 Dem/passed; 1 Part negatived; 1 Schedule negatived; 2 Opp/negatived; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 10/12/02]

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 140, 2002

Telecommunications Interception Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 in relation to: application of the Act to telecommunications services such as e-mail, SMS messaging and voicemail; interception in relation to terrorism, serious arson and child pornography offences; use of lawfully intercepted information in connection with dismissal of an officer; the Anti-Corruption Commission of Western Australia, and the Western Australian Royal Commission into Police Corruption; operation of certain warrants authorising entry onto premises; merger of the Queensland Crime Commission and Criminal Justice Commission into the Crime and Misconduct Commission; and technical corrections; and Customs Act 1901 to enable Federal Magistrates to be nominated to be judges for the purposes of issuing listening device warrants.

Reps: Intro. 12/3/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Referred to Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee 20/3/02; interim report presented 3/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02; report presented 8/5/02 and tabled 14/5/02

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 1 item negatived; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 27/6/02]

Assent: 5/7/02; Act No. 67, 2002

Terrorism Insurance Bill 2002

Deems all eligible insurance contracts to include terrorism risk cover and implements a framework for reinsurance for terrorist acts for commercial properties and infrastructure, including business interruption and public liability risks. Also establishes the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation which will provide the reinsurance cover; and contains a regulation-making power.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

 

Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to enable the Minister to allow the importation, manufacture or supply of unapproved therapeutic goods that are needed to treat large numbers of patients in a national emergency. Also provides for strengthened offence provisions and recording keeping and reporting requirements in relation to such unapproved therapeutic goods.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 20/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/passed; 4 Dem/negatived

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments 21/3/02]

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 23, 2002

Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to clarify the definition of a “therapeutic good”; transfer advertising offences from the regulations to the Act; create new offences for publishing advertisements that breach the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code and extend the coverage of existing offences to broadcast media; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove provisions relating to pre-approval of therapeutic goods advertisements in the broadcast media, to enable these functions to be transferred to the Therapeutic Goods Regulations.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 8/02 (tabled and adopted 18/9/02): No reference

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Medical Devices) Bill 2002

Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2002, the bill amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to introduce a medical device regulatory system, including a new electronic application lodgment system for inclusion of medical devices on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods; and provides transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 20/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 24, 2002

 

Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to: clarify the powers, functions and duties of Commonwealth officials and authorities within the Commonwealth-State cooperative scheme for the regulation of therapeutic goods (as a consequence of the High Court’s decision in R v Hughes ); enable the implementation of the mutual recognition agreement entered into between Australia and Singapore relating to the manufacture of medicines; provide for implementation of other similar mutual recognition agreements; enable collection of information and documents in relation to blood and blood component manufacturing processes and practices; clarify the timeframe for payment of evaluation fees; and allow the Minister to impose conditions for the listing of goods on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods; Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 and National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Act 1985 to reflect new administrative and financial arrangements required as a result of changed portfolio responsibilities; and proposed Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Medical Devices) Act 2002 , if it commences after this proposed Act, in relation to the definition of “conformity assessment certificate”.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 19/6/02

Senate: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

Assent: 3/7/02; Act No. 56, 2002

Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2002

Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Medical Devices) Bill 2002, the bill amends the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Act 1989 to provide for annual charges to be payable for medical devices to be included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

Reps: Intro. 14/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 20/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 25, 2002

PM Tobacco Excise Windfall Recovery (Assessment) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr S Smith - ALP)

Provides for the assessment of certain windfall amounts not paid to the States as tobacco franchise fees or to the Commonwealth as tobacco excise.

Reps: Intro. 16/9/02; Read a 1st time 16/9/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

S Torres Strait Fisheries Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 to allow for the Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority to be appointed as a full member of the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority.

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 15/10/02

SBC report 5/02 (tabled and adopted 26/6/02): No reference

Reps: Intro. 16/10/02; Passed 23/10/02

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 103, 2002

 

Trade Practices Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to: clarify the prohibition of pyramid selling; amend provisions relating to defences to prosecutions; and re-insert a penalty which was inadvertently omitted. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 4/12/02

Senate: Intro. 5/12/02; Passed 5/12/02

SBC report 12/02 (tabled and adopted 13/11/02): No reference

Assent: 11/12/02; Act No. 128, 2002

PM Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Griffin - ALP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission power to deal with any price exploitation arising from changes in the regulation of credit card fees.

Reps: Intro. 23/9/02; Read a 1st time 23/9/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

PS Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Conroy - ALP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission power to deal with any price exploitation arising from changes in the regulation of credit card fees.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Trade Practices Amendment (Liability for Recreational Services) Bill 2002

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to allow individuals to waive their contractual right to sue when undertaking hazardous recreational activities.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 28/8/02

Senate: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

SBC report 7/02 (tabled and adopted 28/8/02): Order varied - bill reconsidered

SBC report 11/02 (tabled and adopted 23/10/02): Referred to Economics Legislation Committee 23/10/02; extensions of time to report 3/12/02, 5/12/02; report tabled 10/12/02

Committee amendments: 1 Opp (amended)/passed; 4 Dem/passed; 1 Dem/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 13/12/02 a.m.; Senate did not insist on its amendments 13/12/02 a.m.]

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 146, 2002

PM Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr McMullan - ALP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission power to deal with any price exploitation arising from changes in the law in relation to public liability.

Reps: Intro. 23/9/02; Read a 1st time 23/9/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

 

PS Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Senator Conroy - ALP)

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission power to deal with any price exploitation arising from changes in the law in relation to public liability.

Senate: Intro. 23/9/02; 2nd reading adjourned 23/9/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Trade Practices Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2002

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to allow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to bring representative actions in relation to contraventions of provisions relating to secondary boycotts and contracts, arrangements or understandings affecting the supply or acquisition of goods or services. Also contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 15/5/02

Senate: Intro. 16/5/02; Negatived at 3rd reading 19/8/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/passed

Trade Practices Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to allow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to bring representative actions in relation to contraventions of provisions relating to secondary boycotts and contracts, arrangements or understandings affecting the supply or acquisition of goods or services. Also contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 13/12/02 a.m.

Senate:

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

Transport and Regional Services Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Bill 2002

Makes consequential amendments to the Aircraft Noise Levy Collection Act 1995 , Air Navigation Act 1920 , Airports Act 1996 and Civil Aviation Act 1988 to reflect the application of the Criminal Code Act 1995 to existing offence provisions from the day after Royal Assent.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 13/3/02

Senate: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 14/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 8, 2002

 

Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002

Introduced with the Transport Safety Investigation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002, the bill deals with aviation, marine and rail transport safety and provides for: reporting of transport safety matters; conduct of safety investigations by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau; making of safety action statements; and publication of investigation results. Also contains regulation-making provisions.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 24/9/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 1 Ind (Andren)/passed; 1 Ind (Andren)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 15/10/02

SBC report 7/02 (tabled and adopted 28/8/02): No reference

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): Order varied - Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 16/10/02; extensions of time to report 12/11/02, 18/11/02, 3/12/02, 5/12/02, 10/12/02, 11/12/02; report due 4/2/03

Transport Safety Investigation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Consequential on the Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002, the bill: repeals certain provisions of the Air Navigation Act 1920 and Navigation Act 1912 concerning aviation and marine safety investigations; and amends the: Air Services Act 1995 , Civil Aviation Act 1988 and Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 to include cooperation with the Australian Transport Safety Board in the objects of the Acts; and Freedom of Information Act 1982 to exempt certain safety information. Also contains transitional arrangements.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 24/9/02

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 15/10/02

SBC report 7/02 (tabled and adopted 28/8/02): No reference

Treasury Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Clarifies the operation of the Financial Sector (Collection of Data—Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2001 and General Insurance Reform Act 2001 to ensure that, where both Acts amend the same provision, the amendments made by the Financial Sector (Collection of Data—Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2001 operate first.

Reps: Intro. 19/9/02; Passed 25/9/02

Senate: Intro. 26/9/02; Passed 17/10/02

SBC report 9/02 (tabled and adopted 25/9/02): No reference

Assent: 31/10/02; Act No. 94, 2002

PS Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) 

R Bill 1998 [2002]

(Introduced by Senator Allison - AD)

To prohibit the mining, extraction, treatment and transport of any uranium or uranium ore in or near any property in Australia on the World Heritage List.

Senate: Intro. 28/5/98; 2nd reading adjourned 28/5/98

SBC report 8/98 (tabled and adopted 24/6/98): No reference

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/98, 11/12/02

 

Venture Capital Bill 2002

Introduced with the Taxation Laws Amendment (Venture Capital) Bill 2002, the bill establishes a registration and reporting process for venture capital limited partnerships, Australian venture capital funds of funds and eligible venture capital investors, administered by the Pooled Development Funds Registration Board.

Reps: Intro. 14/11/02; Passed 5/12/02

Senate: Intro. 9/12/02; Passed 12/12/02

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

Assent: 19/12/02; Act No. 137, 2002

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2002 Budget Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: indexation of the ceiling rate of income support supplement and service pension; backdating claims for income support supplement for certain war widows and widowers; and family situation rules applicable to income support supplement recipients.

Reps: Intro. 20/6/02; Passed 27/8/02

Senate: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 29/8/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Assent: 6/9/02; Act No. 72, 2002

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 as a consequence of the income support supplement to war widows and widowers introduced in 1994 under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 ; Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997 , Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Family and Other Measures) Act 1997 , Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Compensation Measures) Act 1997 and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2000 to correct misdescribed amendments that resulted in intended amendments not being made; and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to correct certain references, omissions and other typographical errors and omit redundant provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 27/8/02

CID amendments: 13 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 28/8/02; Passed 29/8/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 6/9/02; Act No. 73, 2002

 

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: double counting of civilian compensation payments; recovery of lump sum compensation payments received by the partners of service pension or income support supplement recipients; misuse of retirement village entry contribution payments to obtain rent assistance; telephone allowance eligibility; rent assistance eligibility for persons receiving Family Tax Benefit; Pension Loan Scheme eligibility; seniors health card eligibility; and definition of “non-illness separated spouse”.

Reps: Intro. 27/6/02; Passed 22/8/02

Senate: Intro. 26/8/02; Passed 29/8/02

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Assent: 6/9/02; Act No. 74, 2002

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: continued indexation of “saved” child-related income support payments; misuse of the commutation provisions relating to the means testing of income streams for income support pensions; transfer of certain pension bonuses unclaimed under social security law; calculation of pension bonuses; backdating of claims for partner service pensions in certain circumstances; and alignment with social security law of compensation recovery provisions applicable to multiple lump sum compensation payments. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 5/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): No reference

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Further Budget 2000 and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to: treatment of periodic compensation payments and recovery of compensation debts from payers and insurers; treatment of unrealisable financial assets for the purposes of the assets test hardship provisions and income test deeming provisions; inclusion of small superannuation accounts in definitions relating to income and assets; operation of income streams rules; and rounding of service pensions and income support supplement payments to the nearest cent.

Reps: Intro. 21/2/02; Passed 20/3/02

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 1/02 (tabled and adopted 13/3/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 11, 2002

 

Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Gold Card Extension) Bill 2002

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to extend eligibility for full repatriation health care (that is, the Gold Card) to Australian veterans who are aged 70 or over and who have post-World War 2 qualifying service.

Reps: Intro. 14/3/02; Passed 20/3/02

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

Senate: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 21/3/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Dem/negatived

Assent: 4/4/02; Act No. 12, 2002

Vocational Education and Training Funding Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992 to: supplement 2002 funding; appropriate general vocational education and training funding for 2003; and provide additional growth funding in 2003 for those State and Territories that satisfy the provisions set out in the Australian National Training Authority Agreement for 2001-2003.

Reps: Intro. 5/6/02; Passed 16/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 17/10/02; Passed 22/10/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): No reference

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Assent: 10/11/02; Act No. 102, 2002

Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the Wheat Marketing Act 1989 to provide for an appropriation out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Wheat Export Authority (WEA), of monies equivalent to a charge to be imposed on exports of wheat through regulations which are proposed to be made under the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999 ; and includes minor technical amendments relating to the operations of the WEA and its compliance monitoring powers.

Reps: Intro. 12/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/02

Workplace Relations Amendment (Award Simplification) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to limit and clarify the allowable award matters and make related changes to the award making powers of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Also contains application and transitional provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Choice in Award Coverage) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: provide all businesses with information about their rights and the processes involved with logs of claims; limit the ability of unions to involve small businesses which employ no union members into the federal jurisdiction; and require the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to inquire into views of unrepresented small business employers potentially affected by a logs of claims. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

PM Workplace Relations Amendment (Emergency Services) Bill 2002

(Introduced Mr Crean - ALP)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to provide employment protection to employees who take part in emergency operations as members of an emergency services organisation. Also contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 21/10/02; Read a 1st time 21/10/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Dismissal) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to exempt small businesses from the unfair dismissal provisions (except in relation to apprentices and trainees); and require the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to order that an unfair dismissal application is invalid if it relates to a small business employer.

Reps: Intro. 13/2/02; Passed 21/2/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 11/3/02; Passed 27/6/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 14/5/02; report tabled 15/5/02

Committee amendments: 5 Opp (1 amended by Dem)/passed; 3 items negatived; 5 Opp/negatived; 1 Ind (Murphy) to Opp/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 28/6/02 a.m.; Senate insisted on its amendments 28/6/02 a.m.; Reps insisted on disagreeing to amendments insisted on by Senate and laid bill aside 28/6/02 a.m.]

Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Dismissal) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to exempt small businesses from the unfair dismissal provisions (except in relation to apprentices and trainees); and require the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to order that an unfair dismissal application is invalid if it relates to a small business employer.

Reps: Intro. 18/9/02; Passed 22/10/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 12 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/10/02; 2nd reading adjourned 23/10/02

SBC report 10/02 (tabled and adopted 16/10/02): No reference

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Termination) Bill 2002

Amends the termination of employment provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 by: excluding certain classes of employees, including short-term casual employees; validating the operation of regulations purporting to exclude short-term casual employees (following a Federal Court decision invalidating these regulations) from the time the regulations were made to the commencement of the new termination provisions in this bill; and providing for payment, and indexation, of a lodgment fee for termination of employment applications; and Workplace Relations Regulations 1996 to repeal now invalidated provisions excluding certain classes of employees from termination of employment provisions. Also contains an application provision.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 11/12/02

CID amendments: 3 Opp/negatived; 4 Ind (Andren)/negatived

Senate: Intro. 12/12/02; Passed 13/12/02 a.m.

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 14/5/02; report tabled 15/5/02

Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 3 Dem/passed; 1 Schedule opposed/Schedule agreed to

[Reps reported message 13/12/02 a.m.]

Workplace Relations Amendment (Genuine Bargaining) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: list factors to be taken into account by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission when considering whether a negotiating party is not genuinely trying to reach agreement; and empower the Commission to make orders in relation to new bargaining periods. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 26/6/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 20/8/02; Passed 25/9/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 14/5/02; report tabled 15/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 4 Dem/passed; 1 Schedule negatived; 1 item negatived; 2 Opp/negatived; 1 item opposed/item agreed to

[Reps agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 4 and 5, 16/10/02; Senate did not insist on its amendments nos 4 and 5, 19/11/02]

Assent: 6/12/02; Act No. 123, 2002

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Improved Protection for Victorian Workers) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to enhance the safety net entitlements for employees in Victoria not covered by federal awards or agreements. Also contains application and saving provisions.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/02

Senate:

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

SBC report 11/02 (tabled and adopted 23/10/02): Order varied — Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 23/10/02; extension of time to report 12/11/02; report presented 15/11/02 and tabled 18/11/02

Workplace Relations Amendment (Improved Remedies for Unprotected Action) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to ensure that applications for orders to prevent unprotected industrial action are dealt with quickly and that, in dealing with applications, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission takes into account the undesirability of unprotected action.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

PS Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Senator Stott Despoja - AD)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to provide for a system of paid maternity leave, including provision for a Government-funded basic maternity payment, for employees not employed by Commonwealth, State or Territory governments; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that women who receive this new maternity payment will be ineligible for the existing maternity allowance and maternity immunisation allowance.

Senate: Intro. 16/5/02; 2nd reading adjourned 16/5/02

SBC report 4/02 (tabled and adopted 19/6/02): Referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 19/6/02; report tabled 18/9/02

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2002

Amends the certified agreement and freedom of association provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: nullify clauses in certified agreements that purport to require payment of bargaining services fees; and prohibit conduct designed to compel persons to pay such fees. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 16/5/02

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/6/02; Passed 21/8/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 14/5/02; report tabled 15/5/02

Committee amendments: 2 Dem/passed; 4 items negatived; 8 PHON/negatived

[Reps disagreed to Senate amendments 28/8/02; Senate insisted on its amendments 28/8/02; Reps insisted on disagreeing to Senate amendments and laid bill aside 18/9/02]

Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Amends the certified agreement and freedom of association provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: nullify clauses in certified agreements that purport to require payment of bargaining services fees; and prohibit conduct designed to compel persons to pay such fees. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 4/12/02; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Deferred

Workplace Relations Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Bill 2002

(Previous title: Workplace Relations (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Bill 2002)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 in relation to the registration, amalgamation and internal administration and regulation of registered organisations, including election processes, duties of officers and employees of those organisations, financial accountability and disclosure, democratic control and penalties for breaches.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 18/9/02

CID amendments: 182 Govt/passed; 11 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; Passed 16/10/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 14/11/02; Act No. 104, 2002

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Secret Ballots for Protected Action) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to require that, in order to be protected industrial action under the Act, such action must be preceded by a secret ballot process overseen by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission; and, consequential on commencement of the proposed Workplace Relations Amendment (Genuine Bargaining) Act 2002 , allows protected industrial action to be taken without a secret ballot, after a cooling-off period; and provides for the recommencement of protected action after the end of a suspension of a bargaining period. Also contains application and saving provisions.

Reps: Intro. 20/2/02; Passed 20/6/02

Senate: Intro. 24/6/02; Negatived at third reading 25/9/02

SBC report 2/02 (tabled and adopted 20/3/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 20/3/02; extension of time to report 14/5/02; report tabled 15/5/02

Committee amendments: 4 Dem/negatived

Workplace Relations Amendment (Secret Ballots for Protected Action) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to require that, in order to be protected industrial action under the Act, such action must be preceded by a secret ballot process overseen by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission; and, consequential on commencement of the proposed Workplace Relations Amendment (Genuine Bargaining) Act 2002 , allows protected industrial action to be taken without a secret ballot, after a cooling-off period; and provides for the recommencement of protected action after the end of a suspension of a bargaining period. Also contains application and saving provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/02

Senate:

SBC report 13/02 (tabled and adopted 4/12/02): No reference

Workplace Relations Amendment (Simplifying Agreement-making) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: simplify agreement-making at the workplace level; reduce the delays, formality and cost involved in having an agreement certified; and prevent interference by third parties in agreement-making. Also contains application and saving provisions.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/02

Senate:

SBC report 6/02 (tabled and adopted 21/8/02): No reference

Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: extend the operation of the federal unfair dismissal system to all employees of constitutional corporations; prevent employees from accessing remedies under comparable State unfair dismissal schemes; and make amendments to the operation of the unfair dismissal system. Also contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 13/11/02; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/02

Senate:

SBC report 14/02 (tabled and adopted 11/12/02): Provisions of bill referred to Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee 11/12/02; report due 18/3/03

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Transmission of Business) Bill 2002

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to empower the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to make an order that a certified agreement does not bind a new employer as a result of a transfer of a business, or only binds the new employer to a specified extent.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/02

Senate:

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

PM Workplace Relations Amendment (Unfair Dismissal—Lower Costs, Simpler Procedures) Bill 2002

(Introduced by Mr Crean - ALP)

Amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to simplify procedures for consideration of unfair dismissal cases by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission; and require claimants to seek reinstatement as one of their remedies.

Reps: Intro. 26/8/02; Read a 1st time 26/8/02; 2nd reading order of day for next sitting

Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 , Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992 to: effect the transfer of operational responsibility for the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relation to Comcare; and make minor and technical amendments, including removing the requirement for ministerial approval of contracts over $500 000 and delegation of rehabilitation powers and functions by the Chief of the Defence Force; and National Labour Consultative Council Act 1977 to: rename the Council as the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council; update the purpose and membership provisions and travelling allowance provisions; and includes a regulation-making power. Also makes consequential amendments to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Freedom of Information Act 1982 , minor and technical amendments to 7 other Acts and contains application provisions.

Reps: Intro. 26/6/02; Passed 14/11/02

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 3/12/02; Passed 5/12/02

SBC report 11/02 (tabled and adopted 23/10/02): No reference

Assent: 11/12/02; Act No. 127, 2002

 

Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002

(Previous title: Workplace Relations (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002)

Further to the Workplace Relations Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Bill 2002, the bill: makes consequential amendments, including the repeal of certain provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 ; and contains transitional and savings provisions; also amends the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to: correct errors and omissions; and remove obsolete references; and makes consequential amendments to 20 other Acts.

Reps: Intro. 21/3/02; Passed 18/9/02

CID amendments: 233 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 15/10/02; Passed 16/10/02

SBC report 3/02 (tabled and adopted 15/5/02): No reference

Assent: 14/11/02; Act No. 105, 2002