On 11 December 2019, the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Act 2019 (Cth) (‘the Act’) received assent. The Act is intended to strengthen Australia’s counter-terrorism legislative network and introduces a range of amendments that fall into two major categories:
On 4 December 2019, the Export Control Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Bill”) was introduced into the House of Representatives by Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud.
The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced to the Senate on 2 December 2019, by Senator Duniam, the Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries and Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism, with the Bill currently before the Senate. The Bill proposes amendments to:
On 27 November 2019, Mr W J Johnston, Minister for Industrial Relations (the Minister) introduced the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (the Bill) into the WA Parliament. While introducing the Bill the Minister said:
On 11 September 2019, Attorney-General Christian Porter introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) to the House of Representatives. The Bill was passed the House of Representatives on 15 October and was introduced to the Senate on 17 October. In his second reading speech, Mr Porter stated that the Bill is “an example of the government's commitment to protect children in Australia and overseas from the dangers of sexual exploitation and abuse and to improve justice outcomes for survivors of child sex offences”. If the Bill is passed by the Senate and receives assent it will initiate 4 major changes to the current framework for child sex offences which include:
On 27 November 2019, the Interactive Gambling Amendment (National Self-exclusion Register) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Interactive Gambling Bill”) and the National Self-exclusion Register (Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Cost Recovery Levy Bill”) were introduced into the Commonwealth House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher.
On 28 November 2019, the Sexual Offences (Evidence and Procedure) Amendment Bill 2019 (NT) (the “Bill”) was introduced to NT’s Legislative Assembly (the “Assembly”) by the Hon Nicole Manison. The Bill was immediately referred to the Legislation Scrutiny Committee for report by 24 March 2020. The Bill proposes amendments to:
The Family Violence Legislation Reform Bill 2019 (WA) (the Bill) was introduced into the WA Parliament on Wednesday 27 November 2019 by Mr JR Quigley (the Attorney-General). In a Media Release, the Government has indicated that the reforms proposed by the Bill represent the “most comprehensive family violence law reform package ever seen in Western Australia” and “address a number of election commitments around family violence.”
On 12 November 2019, the Duties Amendment Bill 2019 (Tas) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly (the “Assembly”) by the Hon Peter Gutwein. The Bill passed the Assembly on 26 November 2019 and was immediately introduced to the Legislative Council (the “Council”) on the same day. The Bill, which proposes amendments to the Duties Act 2001 (the “Act”), is currently before the Council and.
On 18 September 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Bill”) was introduced to the House of Representatives by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The Bill passed both houses of parliament on 25 November 2019 and is currently awaiting assent.
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