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On Friday, 26 March 2021, Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein called a snap election for the House of Assembly to be held on Saturday, 1 May 2021. The Legislative Council election for the divisions of Derwent, Mersey and Windermere will proceed on the same date.

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Today's Events

ABS: 8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, February 2021 (Additional Information).
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA): Financial Stability Review to be released.
High Court of Australia HCA: For Judgment - In the matter of an application by William Russell Pridgeon for leave to issue or file.
High Court of Australia HCA: For Hearing - Sunland Group Limited & Anor v Gold Coast City Council.
National Cabinet to hold a meeting.
Federal Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, to hold a press conference.
Federal Shadow Minister for Defence, Brendan O'Connor, & Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling, to hold a doorstop.
Senator for Queensland, Malcolm Roberts, to speak with AAP regarding water infrastructure upgrades in North Queensland.
Federal Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, to call for a referendum on the future of poker machines in Tasmania.

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

Delivering more Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the NT

The Australian Government is investing $8.75 million over four years to provide additional health services in the Northern Territory as part of its commitment to strengthen Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. Delivered through the Northern Territory Pathways to Community Control program (NT P2CC), the funding will provide First Nations people with access to effective, high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services. This investment builds on the $4 million already committed for transition activities occurring in West Arnhem, demonstrating the strong partnerships that exist between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government and other key members of the NT Aboriginal Health Forum, including the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT). Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said community driven approaches to delivering health services were delivering major benefits for First Nations people.
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$7 million for Norfolk Island National Park roads

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley has issued tender requests for up to $7 million in tourism spending to upgrade roads in the Norfolk Island National Park. The funding is part of a $233 million Morrison Government investment in infrastructure upgrades across Commonwealth national parks to create jobs and improve access to key tourism sites. Minister Ley said the upgrades would play a key role in enhancing visitor experience as well as ensuring safety and improved access for the local community and park staff. "This is an investment that will help stimulate tourism and provide employment opportunities for the Norfolk Island community," Minister Ley said.
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Put pokies to a referendum

Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, will call for a referendum on the future of poker machines in Tasmania beyond 2023 when the Federal monopoly expires. "Tasmania has held three referendums, including one in 1968 on Australia's first casino licence for Wrest Point (when, ironically, Federal was opposed to poker machines and vowed never to introduce them to Tasmania)," Mr Wilkie said. "It's now time for a fourth to decide the future of poker machines in the State. The sorts of questions that need to be asked are: do we want poker machines; do we want them in our pubs; and should the operator pay full market price for this extremely valuable public licence? While putting such questions to voters at next month's state election is a live option, at the very least candidates must indicate their position on the notion of a referendum being held before poker machine reforms go before the next Parliament."
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Act 2021 22/03 22
Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021 22/03 23
Treasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Act 2021 22/03 24
Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 26/03 25
Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Early Childhood Education and Care Coronavirus Response and Other Measures) Act 2021 26/03 26
Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Act 2021 26/03 27
Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (Customs) Act 2021 26/03 28
Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (Excise) Act 2021 26/03 29
Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (General) Act 2021 26/03 30
Industrial Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2021 26/03 31
Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2021 26/03 32
Biosecurity Amendment (Clarifying Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Act 2021 31/3 33

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

Australian Capital Territory
Act Name Date of Notification Act No.
Plastic Reduction Act 2021 08/04 4
Planning and Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Act 2021 08/04 5
Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2021 08/04 6

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

New South Wales
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Stronger Communities and Health) Act 2021 24/03 4
COVID-19 Recovery Act 2021 25/03 5
Community Land Development Act 2021 26/03 6
Community Land Management Act 2021 26/03 7
Marine Pollution Amendment (Review) Act 2021 26/03 8

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

Northern Territory
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Planning Amendment Act 2021 10/03 4
Statute Law Repeals Act 2021 10/03 5

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

Queensland
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 07/04 6
Criminal Code (Consent and Mistake of Fact) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 07/04 7

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

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Coroners (Inquests and Privilege) Amendment Bill 2020 25/03 10
Criminal Law Consolidation (Causing Death by Use of Motor Vehicle) Amendment Act 2021 08/04 11
Correctional Services (Accountability and Other Measures) Amendment Act 2021 08/04 12

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

Tasmania
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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

Victoria
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Constitution Amendment (Fracking Ban) Act 2021 16/03 8
Education and Training Reform Amendment Act 2021 16/03 9
Education and Training Reform Amendment (Miscellaneous) Act 2021 23/03 10
Justice Legislation Amendment (System Enhancements and Other Matters) Act 2021 23/03 11
Planning and Environment Amendment Act 2021 23/03 12
Spent Convictions Act 2021 30/03 13

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

Western Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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

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Political Calendar

Federal

The Federal Parliament will next sit from 11-13 May 2021.
The Federal Budget will be handed down on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings will be held from 24 May - 18 June 2021.
The next Federal election is scheduled for 2022.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory Parliament will next sit from 20-23 April 2021.
The 2021-22 Territory Budget TBC, most likely 3 August 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings held 19 Feb - 5 March 2021, and scheduled for 6 - 17 September 2021.
The next ACT election is scheduled for 2024.

New South Wales

The New South Wales Parliament will next sit from 4-6 May 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget TBC, most likely 22 June 2021.
Estimates hearings held from 25 February - 12 March 2021, and scheduled for 16-31 August 2021.
The next NSW election is scheduled for 25 March 2023.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Parliament will next sit from 4-6 May 2021.
The 2021-22 Territory Budget will be handed down on the sitting week of 4-6 May 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings are being held from 15-24 June 2021.
The next Northern Territory election is scheduled for 2024.

Queensland

The Queensland Parliament will next sit from 20-22 April 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget will be handed down on the sitting week of 15-18 June 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings are being held from 27 July - 5 August 2021.
The next Queensland election is scheduled for 2024.

South Australia

The South Australian Parliament will next sit from 30 March-1 April 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget will be handed down on Tuesday, 22 June 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings will be held from 21-27 July 2021.
The next South Australian election is scheduled for 19 March 2022.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Parliament will next sit after the state election.
The 2021-22 State Budget will be handed down on Thursday, 26 August 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings will be held from 6-9 September 2021.
The next Tasmanian election is scheduled for 1 May 2021.

Victoria

The Victorian Parliament will next sit on 29 April 2021 (Council only).
The 2021-22 State Budget TBC, most likely 4 May 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Victorian election is scheduled for 26 November 2022.

Western Australia

The WA Parliament will resume sitting after the 2021 State Election, held on Saturday 13 March.
The 40th Western Australian Parliament prorogued on 7 December 2020.
2021-22 State Budget TBC after the Election (handed down on 8 October 2020).
Budget Estimates hearings TBC after the Election (held from 20-22 October 2020).

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