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Counterterrorism bills pass Parliament

Published: 7 August 2019

The Parliament has passed bills to allow law enforcement agencies to manage the way Australians who may have links to terrorist groups re-enter Australia, with the introduction of a temporary exclusion order (TEO) scheme to delay their return. The TEO may apply for up to 2 years, although it... Read news item

Social security bill returns for debate

Published: 7 August 2019

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018 has been restored to the Notice Paper for debate in the Senate. The bill was originally introduced in September 2018. When a federal election is called, all bills before the Parliament lapse—are dropped—from the Notice Paper (the document... Read news item

First speeches

Published: 7 August 2019

New members of parliament in both chambers presented their first speech to Parliament. This speech allows members of parliament to outline their visions and hopes, to thank those who helped them get elected, acknowledge people who have inspired them and speak about the needs of Australians. Many began their... Read news item

Drought assistance approved by Parliament

Published: 7 August 2019

Future funding for drought-resilience projects has been put in place, under bills passed by the Parliament. The Future Drought Fund Bill 2019 and the Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 established the Future Drought Fund. This will pay for projects such as research, new technology, environmental management and support... Read news item

Examining national identity

Published: 7 August 2019

The Senate has referred an inquiry relating to nationhood, national identity and democracy to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for investigation. The committee will examine a wide range of issues, including citizenship, social cohesion, cultural identity, globalisation and multiculturalism. The closing date for submissions to the committee... Read news item