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Queensland Election

Capital Monitor has launched a brand new 2020 Queensland Election product page to help you keep up with the latest in the lead up to the 31st of October State Election. The content included is updated daily, with Electoral Commission of Queensland results to published as soon as they are available.

South Australia State Budget

Capital Monitor is pleased to report that we now have a South Australian State Budget page. This page will be updated live with all Budget-related material on 10 November when Treasurer Rob Lucas hands down the Budget.

Western Australian Legislation and Gazettes

The Capital Monitor digital archive now includes more than 8,800 pieces of Western Australian Subsidiary Legislation, including all legislation from 1996 to present day. Our editorial team is currently in the process of auditing the WA Gazettes collection back to 1996 to ensure there are no gaps. Current Subsidiary Legislation and Gazettes continue to be published as they become available.

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Today's Events

Calendar

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

Appointments to the High Court of Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter said that His Excellency the Governor-General has accepted the advice of the Government to appoint the Honourable Justice Simon Steward and the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson as Justices of the High Court of Australia. Justice Steward and Justice Gleeson will respectively fill the vacancies that will arise upon the retirements of the Honourable Justice Geoffrey Nettle AC on 30 November 2020 and the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC on 28 February 2021.
Media Release
Press Conference

Final Report of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said that the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has received the Final Report of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The report has been provided to the Commonwealth Government and simultaneously provided to the states and territories. The report remains embargoed and confidential until it is tabled and published on Friday, 30 October 2020, in order to provide the Commonwealth, States and Territories time to consider the report's findings.
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These Bills include a package of reforms to ensure Australia's foreign investment screening framework keeps pace with emerging risks and global developments while remaining a welcoming destination for foreign investment. The Bill improves and updates the operation of the framework across national security, compliance monitoring and enforcement, and integrity as well as streamlining requirements and making technical changes to improve the operation of the law. The Imposition Bill simplifies the existing fee arrangements.

The Bill:

  • introduces a new national security review and gives the Treasurer as a last resort, the ability, in extraordinary circumstance, to issue a divestment order where there is no other remedy for a national security risk;
  • strengthens the Treasurer and Commissioner's enforcement powers through increased penalties, directions powers and new monitoring and investigative powers;
  • improves the integrity of the framework by closing potential gaps in the screening regime;
  • expands the information sharing arrangements to assist with the Treasurer and Commissioner's compliance activities and address national security risks;
  • establishes a new Register of foreign owned assets to record all foreign interests acquired in Australian land; water entitlements and contractual water rights; and business acquisitions that require foreign investment approval; and
  • provides that fees are payable for the new types of actions established under the reforms.

Explanatory Memorandum

Consumer Price Index, Australia
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Key statistics

  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.6% this quarter.
  • Over the twelve months to the September 2020 quarter the CPI rose 0.7%.
  • Child care was the most significant rise (contributing 0.9 percentage points to the headline CPI quarterly movement), following the end of free child care on 13 July.

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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 14/10 91
Treasury Laws Amendment (A Tax Plan for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery) Act 2020 14/10 92
Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Act 2020 27/10 93

See Capital Monitor's Federal Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

New South Wales
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Road Transport Amendment (Digital Licensing) Act 2020 19/10 27
Transport Administration Amendment (Closures of Railway Lines in Northern Rivers) Act 2020 19/10 28

See Capital Monitor's New South Wales Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Queensland
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 14/09 32
Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa (Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice) Act 2020 14/09 33
Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Act 2020 14/09 34
Public Service and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 14/09 35
Appropriation (Parliament) Act 2020 14/09 36
Appropriation Act 2020 14/09 37

See Capital Monitor's Queensland Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Statutes Amendment (Sentencing) Act 2020 22/10 35
Equal Opportunity (Parliament and Courts) Amendment Act 2020 22/10 36
Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Penalties and Enforcement) Act 2020 22/10 37
Teachers Registration and Standards (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 22/10 38

See Capital Monitor's South Australian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Victoria
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2020 20/10 27
National Energy Legislation Amendment Act 2020 20/10 28
Police and Emergency Legislation Amendment Act 2020 27/10 29
Project Development and Construction Management Amendment Act 2020 27/10 30

See Capital Monitor's Victorian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Western Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 18/08 31
Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Amendment Act 2020 13/08 32
Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 21/08 33
COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Omnibus Bill 2020 11/09 34

See Capital Monitor's Western Australian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

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Political Calendar

Federal

The House of Representatives is sitting from 26-29 October 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings are being held from 26-30 October 2020.
The next Federal election is scheduled for 2022.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory Parliament has no scheduled siting days for 2020.
The next Budget will be handed down in 2021.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The ACT election was held on 17 October 2020.

New South Wales

The New South Wales Parliament will next sit from 10-12 November 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 17 November 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next NSW election is scheduled for 25 March 2023.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Parliament will next sit from 10-12 November 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 10 November 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 7-10 December 2020.
NT Labor won the election held on 22 August 2020. The next NT election is scheduled for 2024.

Queensland

The Queensland Parliament entered caretaker mode on 6 October 2020. The next scheduled sitting dates after the election are 1-3 December 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next QLD election is scheduled for 31 October 2020.

South Australia

The South Australian Parliament will next sit from 10-12 November 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 10 November 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 18-24 November 2020.
The next SA election is scheduled for 19 March 2022.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Parliament will next sit from 10-12 November 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 12 November 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Tasmanian election is scheduled for 2022.

Victoria

The Victorian Parliament is sitting from 27-29 October 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Victorian election is scheduled for 26 November 2022.

Western Australia

The Western Australian Parliament will next sit from 3-5 November 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 8 October 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 13 March 2021.

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