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Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Amendment Bill 2019


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 to: amend the definition of 'communication activity' to capture a person that produces information or material on behalf of a foreign principal for the purpose of the information or material being distributed to the public; provide that a person's belief about the intention of a foreign principal may be taken into account when determining the purpose of an activity; provide that the reporting obligations under the foreign influence transparency scheme apply to persons that are liable to register, but who have not yet actually registered; extend the obligation to make disclosures in registrable communications activity to any person who undertakes a registrable communication activity on behalf of a foreign principal (not just to those who are already registered); and make technical amendments to certain offence provisions.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20/02/19  
Second reading moved 20/02/19  
Second reading debate 02/04/19  
Second reading agreed to 02/04/19  
Third reading agreed to 02/04/19  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 03/04/19  
Second reading agreed to 03/04/19  
Third reading agreed to 03/04/19  
     
Finally passed both Houses 03/04/19  
Assent 05/04/19 Act no: 32 - Year: 2019
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (28/03/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 2 of 2019
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (02/04/2019): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 2 of 2019
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)