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Personal income tax bill passes Parliament

Published: 29 June 2018

Personal income tax rates and thresholds will change, under a bill passed by the Parliament. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 brings in wide-ranging changes to the taxation system over several years: From the 2018-19 financial year to the 2021-22 financial year, low and... Read news item

Preventing foreign interference in Australian politics

Published: 29 June 2018

Individuals and organisations who participate in Australian political life would have to declare any foreign ties or funding under a bill passed by the Parliament. Introducing the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2018, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, explained that the scheme is, ‘intended to provide... Read news item

Senator Stoker’s first speech

Published: 29 June 2018

Senator Amanda Stoker was chosen by the Queensland Parliament under section 15 of the Australian Constitution to fill the casual vacancy created by Senator Brandis’s resignation. In her first speech to the Senate, she observed that, ‘Australians don't trust politicians.’ She spoke about the importance of self-reliance: ‘The government can't... Read news item

Tackling modern slavery in supply chains

Published: 29 June 2018

Australian businesses would be required to report on how they are reducing the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives. Introducing the Modern Slavery Bill 2018, the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, told the... Read news item

Investigation into video game loot boxes

Published: 29 June 2018

The Senate has asked the Environment and Communications References Committee to investigate whether buying chance-based items in video games is a form of gambling and what consumer protections are in place for gamers who buy items in games using micro-transactions. The committee plans to report by 17 September 2018. Read news item