Oct 29, 2010

Parliamentary wrap up

After three full sitting weeks the evidence is clear: the new, reformed Parliament is functioning well and getting on with the job of passing legislation, providing new opportunities for MPs to express the views of their local communities and keeping the Government accountable.

Yesterday the Government supported the first Private Member’s Bill to be passed by the House of Representatives in more than a decade, Andrew Wilkie’s Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010.

As well as giving individual members more opportunities to raise issues and put forward legislation of their own, the new Parliament has also been busy debating and passing the Government’s ambitious reform agenda.

In just three sitting weeks, the House of Representatives has passed 29 government bills, with 11 of them having passed both the House and Senate and on the way to becoming law – see below.

From day one the Gillard Labor Government has approached parliamentary reform with a determination to make it work – an approach we will continue to take in the interest of good, stable government.

BILLS PASSED HOUSE, SENATE AND BOTH HOUSES

(as at 28 October 2010)

Passed the house (29 bills):

  • Airports Amendment;
  • National Health and Hospitals Network;
  • Sex and Age Discrimination Amendment;
  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency;
  • Radiocommunications Amendment;
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Connecting People with Jobs);
  • Autonomous Sanctions;
  • Australian Civilian Corps;
  • Corporations Amendment (No. 1);
  • Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises);
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment (No. 2);
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Weekly Payments) Bill;
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2010 Measures No. 1);
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme);
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measure) Bill;
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety Levies) Amendment Bill;
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment;
  • Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment;
  • Protection of the Sea Legislation Amendment;
  • National Security Legislation Amendment Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement;
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment (No. 2);
  • Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment;
  • Tradex Scheme Amendment;
  • Carer Recognition;
  • Civil Dispute Resolution;
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment;
  • Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment;
  • Veterans’ Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures).

Passed the senate (16 bills):

  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2010;
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2010;
  • National Measurement Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Service and Execution of Process Amendment (Interstate Fine Enforcement) Bill 2010;
  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Protection of the Sea Legislation Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Native Title Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2010;
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2010;
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety Levies) Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Veterans’ Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2010;
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Carer Recognition Bill 2010;
  • Tradex Scheme Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2010.

Passage completed through both houses (11 bills):

  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2010;
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Protection of the Sea Legislation Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2010;
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety Levies) Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Veterans’ Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2010;
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Carer Recognition Bill 2010;
  • Tradex Scheme Amendment Bill 2010;
  • Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Bill 2010.