As previously mentioned on TimeBase, the Federal Parliament has completed its consultation on the draft Biosecurity legislation, introducing five new bills into Parliament yesterday (27 November 2014) to bring about a more modern and responsive biosecurity system.
Previously we have reported on the Federal Government'swhich, among other matters, would see the introduction of:
The Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 has been introduced into Federal Parliament with amendments that would see the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA)amended to implement elements of The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws. If passed, the bill will also give effect to the Government’s commitment to promote harmonious, sensible and productive enterprise bargaining.
The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Transparency) Bill 2014 (the Transparency Bill), a Private Members Bill introduced by Labor MP and Shadow Assistant Treasurer Mr Andrew Leigh on 24 November 2014, which ". . . seeks to increase tax transparency by requiring the Australian Tax Office (the ATO) to publish data on what big companies have paid [in tax] . . ." is reported by the Financial Review as being unlikely to receive Government support and therefore likely to fail in the House of Representatives. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is reported as having:
As part of its ongoing strategy to deal with online crime, the Federal Government yesterday (26 November 2014) launched a new reporting network at the CeBIT conference. The network, known as ACORN (the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network), allows victims to securely report cybercrime incidents. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that “ACORN will also enable police to compile a national picture of the types of cybercrime affecting individuals and businesses, improving the way they tactically respond to key cybercrime theft”.
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