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National Emergency Declaration Bill 2020


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

Summary

Introduced with the National Emergency Declaration (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 to implement a recommendation of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, the bill: establishes a framework for the declaration of a national emergency by the Governor-General, on the advice of the Prime Minister; enables ministers to suspend, vary or substitute administrative requirements in legislation they administer in certain circumstances; and enables the Prime Minister to require Commonwealth entities to report on available stockpiles, assets and resources, and options and recommendations to respond to a national emergency.

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 03/12/20  
Second reading moved 03/12/20  
Second reading debate 09/12/20  
Second reading agreed to 09/12/20  
Consideration in detail debate 09/12/20 Amendment details: 5 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 09/12/20  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 10/12/20  
Second reading agreed to 10/12/20  
Third reading agreed to 10/12/20  
     
Finally passed both Houses 10/12/20  
Assent 15/12/20 Act no: 128 - Year: 2020
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet PX105]

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (09/12/2020): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 3 of 2021
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)