The NSW Government has introduced the Crown Land Management Bill 2016 into the Legislative Council. The Bill is the result of a lengthy review conducted by the Government into the NSW Crown lands system, including a white paper released in 2014 (see TimeBase’s earlier article), a parliamentary inquiry and an Audit Office report into the sale and leasing of Crown land. The Bill significantly reforms Crown land legislation, by repealing a number of Acts and consolidating the provisions into one piece of legislation. The Government has announced it will introduce a second bill dealing with consequential amendments to legislation in 2017.
Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has introduced the Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures) Bill 2016 into the Federal House of Representatives. The amendments will serve to support the government’s initiative to promote Australia as an attractive destination for tourism. Furthermore, it will use enhanced technology to improve the traveller experience at Australian borders.
The Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 has been introduced into Parliament as part of the working holiday maker reform package. The Bill, along with its accompanying bills, reforms other arrangements for individuals holding a subclass 417 (working holiday) visa. This follows the Government’s commitment to sustaining Australia as an attractive and safe destination for working holiday-makers.
Yesterday (18 October 2016) the School Boarding Facilities Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2015 (the School Boarding Facilities Bill) was ruled to be out of order by the Speaker of the WA Assembly with the effect being that the Bill would need to be reintroduced into the Assembly again and then proceed through both the Assembly and the Council before it could proceed to being enacted as legislation.
On 13 October 2016, the Commonwealth House of Representatives introduced a three Bill package of legislative reforms to modernise aspects of the Seacare scheme, aligning work health and safety with the model work health and safety laws, giving effect to recommendations in a review of workers compensation and making the scheme consistent with the government’s cost recovery guidelines.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an Issues Paper for the New Car Retailing Industry Market Study which was announced in June 2016, providing detailed information on the scope of the study and how interested parties can participate.
After a Notice of Motion in the Legislative Assembly of NSW on 1 June 2016, on 13 October 2016, the Civil Remedies for Serious Invasions of Privacy Bill 2016 (the Bill) was finally introduced into the NSW Parliament. The Bill aims to implement the legislative recommendations of a report of the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice and, among other amendments, suggests the creation of a statutory cause of action for serious invasions of privacy in NSW.
The Federal Government has introduced three bills as part of a package to overhaul the vocational education loan system. The VET Student Loans Bill 2016, the VET Student Loans (Charges) Bill 2016 and the VET Student Loans (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016 were all introduced into the House of Representatives on 13 October 2016.
The Commonwealth Parliament has introduced the Customs Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016 (collectively, the amendment bills) into the Legislative Assembly. Both Bills will amend the Customs Act 1901 and the Customs Tariff Act 1995 respectively (collectively, the principal acts) to implement changes resulting from the fifth review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.
Queensland GPs will soon be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients under new proposed laws which were passed by State Parliament in the Legislative Assembly on 12 October 2016. The Bill was passed unanimously with Opposition and crossbench support.
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