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Stronger penalties for food tampering

Published: 25 September 2018

Penalties for tampering with food will be increased under a bill that passed the Parliament. The Criminal Code Amendment (Food Contamination) Bill 2018 was passed in response to the recent contamination of strawberries, which has resulted in economic losses for Australian farmers. Under the new law, the maximum penalty for... Read news item

Ending live sheep exports

Published: 25 September 2018

Live sheep exports would be phased out over a 5-year period, under a private senator’s bill that has passed the Senate. The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 aims to immediately ban the export of live sheep and lambs via ship during the northern hemisphere... Read news item

New senator sworn in

Published: 25 September 2018

Greens Senator Larissa Waters was sworn in as a senator for Queensland.  Senator Waters left the Parliament in July last year as she was ineligible to sit in the Senate because of her dual citizenship. She was replaced by Andrew Bartlett who resigned from the Senate in the last sitting... Read news item

Expansion of cashless debit card trial

Published: 25 September 2018

The cashless debit card trial already in operation in certain parts of Australia will be expanded to include sites in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland, under a bill passed by the Parliament. The trial requires a portion of welfare payments be put into the account of the person receiving... Read news item

Wentworth by-election

Published: 25 September 2018

A by-election for the federal seat of Wentworth in Sydney will be held on 20 October. A by-election is held to fill a single vacancy in the House of Representatives if a member resigns from Parliament, dies or is found ineligible to have been a member. The Wentworth by-election will... Read news item