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On 24 March 2020, the Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles introduced the Emergency Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (NT) (“the Bill”), to the Legislative Assembly. The Bill passed Parliament on the same day, and received assent to on 25 March 2020.
On 29 March, the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Amendment (COVID‑19 Human Biosecurity Emergency) Regulations 2020 (Cth) (‘the Regulations’) was registered on the Federal Register of Legislation. The Regulations commenced on 30 March. On 30 March, the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Essential Goods) Determination 2020 (Cth) (‘the Essential Goods Declaration’) was registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.
On 24 March 2020, the Taxation and Related Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2020 (Tas) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly by Michael Ferguson MP, the Minister for Finance, with the Bill also passing the House of Assembly on the same day. Due to the urgency of the Bill, it was introduced into and then passed through the Legislative Council on 25 March 2020.
In the most recent week of sittings (1 to 3 April 2020) the WA Government has introduced and immediately passed through the Parliament several items of legislation targeted at matters relating to the State's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Western Australia has introduced and passed four Acts so far.
The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth) (“the Bill”) was first introduced on 23 March 2020 by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, as part of a package of bills aimed to support the Australian community and economy affected by the coronavirus. The Bill passed both houses of Parliament on the same day, and was assented on 24 March 2020.
On 25 March, the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (NSW) (‘the Act’) received assent. The Bill for the Act was introduced to the Legislative Assembly the previous day by NSW Attorney-General, Mr Mark Speakman. The Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly and later that day, was passed by the Legislative Council with a series of amendments. The Act itself amends a total of twenty other Acts of Parliament.
The Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth), Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth), Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth) and Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth) were first introduced on 23 March 2020 by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, as part of a package of bills aimed to support the Australian community and economy affected by the Coronavirus.
On 23 March 2020, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg introduced a package of bills to the House of Representatives containing a number of measures to support the Australian community and economy in response to the various economic challenges posed by the Coronavirus. The bills in the package passed both houses of parliament on the same day. On 24 March 2020, all the Bills received Royal Assent.
On Wednesday, 18 March 2020, Mr J.R. Quigley, the WA Attorney General (the Attorney General) introduced the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2020 (the Bill) and its related Bill the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application (Levy) Bill 2020 (the Levy Bill). The key purpose of the Bill is to apply the "Legal Profession Uniform Law" (with modifications) as a law of Western Australia. The Levy Bill is for the purposes of imposing a levy for the purpose of s 243 of the Bill which relates to Law library contributions.
The COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 (Tas) was assented to as Act 11 of 2020 on 27 March 2020, and commenced on the same day. The COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 (“the Bill”) was originally introduced only two days earlier, on 25 March 2020, by the Premier of Tasmania, Peter Gutwein (“the Premier”). According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum, the Act “is designed to ensure the continuity of government services and allow the Government to support the Tasmanian community in the context of the COVID-19 emergency response.”
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