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Western Australian Legislation and Gazettes

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Today's Events

ACT Estimates.
NSW Estimates.
Senate: Finance and Public Administration References Committee inquiry into the current capability of the Australian Public Service (APS).
Senate: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee inquiry into Online Safety Bill 2021 and Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021.
Extinction Rebellion to hold a Free Speech Demonstration.
Senate: Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology Inquiry into Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology.
High Court of Australia (HCA): For Hearing - MZAPC v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor.
QLD Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Yvette D'Ath, QLD Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart, QLD Member for Mundingburra, Les Walker, and QLD Member for Thuringowa, Aaron Harper, to launch the Townsville University Hospital vaccination hub.
National Cabinet to hold a meeting, followed by a press conference.
Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought, and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, & Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, to hold a media conference.
Federal Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, & Shadow Minister for Defence Industry, Matt Keogh, to hold a doorstop.
Tas Attorney-General, Elise Archer, to appear before hearing into government COVID-19 financial response.
Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, to hold a PICFAC & remarks.
Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, to address media in Townsville regarding the live export industry.
Qld Treasurer, Cameron Dick , to open Oreco’s new manufacturing facility.
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, to hold a press conference.
Federal Minister for Finance, Simon Birmingham, to hold a press conference on the independent review into the workplaces of Parliamentarians & their staff.

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

National Accounts show plan working

Real GDP increased in Dec quarter by 3.1%,' said Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. 'This was above market expectations of 2.5%. For first time since records began over 60 years ago, GDP growth above 3% for two consecutive quarters. This is remarkable progress, given the economic abyss Australia was staring into last year.Australia’s performance on both the health and the economic fronts is world-leading.In 2020, the United Kingdom’s economy contracted by 9.9%. Italy’s economy contracted by 8.9%, France by 8.2%, Canada by 5%, Japan by 4.8%, and the United States by 3.3%.'
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Australian-first initiative 'Stop Child Abuse - Trace an Object' opens up investigations to the community

The Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is calling on members of the community to join the fight against online child sexual exploitation. Launched at the ACCCE facility in Brisbane ‘Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object’ is a community focused initiative aimed to help identify objects extracted from the backgrounds of sexually explicit materials involving children. Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the initiative that originated from Europol in 2017 gives the community an opportunity to help law enforcement crack cases that are yet to be solved.
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Respect, Care and Dignity: Aged Care Royal Commission $452 million immediate response as Government commits to historic reform to deliver respect and care for senior australians

The Australian Government welcomes the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which has been tabled in Parliament, noting its significant and sweeping proposals for reform of the aged care sector. The Government is committed to transforming aged care and the Royal Commission's monumental report, with 148 recommendations, delivers a challenging, but achievable road to reform, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck.
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Act 2021 01/03 9
Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals and Other Measures) Act 2021 01/03 10
Export Control Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2021 01/03 11
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 01/03 12
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2021 01/03 13
Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Category Standards and Other Measures) Act 2021 01/03 14
National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Amendment (Technical Amendments) Act 2021 01/03 15
Agriculture Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Administration) Act 2021 01/03 16
VET Student Payment Arrangements (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2021 01/03 17
Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Refunds of Charges and Other Measures) Bill 2020 02/03 18
Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2020 02/03 19
National Collecting Institutions Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 02/03 20
Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2020 02/03 21

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

Australian Capital Territory
Act Name Date of Notification Act No.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation Amendment Act 2021 19/02 1
Planning and Development Amendment Act 2021 19/02 2
Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Act 2021 19/02 3

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.
Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Act 2021 24/02 1
Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Repeal Act 2021 24/02 2
Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving Offence) Act 2021 24/02 3

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.
Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment Act 2021 25/02 1

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

Queensland
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
COVID-19 Emergency Response (Expiry) Amendment Act 2021 04/02 1
Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Omnibus) Act 2021 11/02 2
South Australian Employment Tribunal (Costs) Amendment Act 2021 11/02 3
Radiation Protection and Control Act 2021 11/02 4
Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget Measures) Act 2021 25/02 5
Education and Children's Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2021 25/02 6

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.
Summary Offences Amendment (Decriminalisation of Public Drunkenness) Act 2021 02/03 6

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

Western Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Appropriation (Recurrent 2020-21) Act 2020 30/11 42
Appropriation (Capital 2020-21) Act 2020 30/11 43
Mutual Recognition (Western Australia) Act 2020 30/11 44

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 15 - 25 March 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 30 -31 March 2021.
The 2021-22 Territory Budget TBC.
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 16 - 25 March 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget TBC (handed down on 17 November 2020).
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 25 February - 12 March 2021.
The next NSW election is scheduled for 25 March 2023.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Parliament will next sit from 23 - 25 March 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 NT election is scheduled for 2024.

Queensland

The Queensland Parliament will next sit from 9 - 11 March 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 QLD election is scheduled for 2024.

South Australia

The South Australian Parliament will next sit from 16 -18 March 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 SA election is scheduled for 19 March 2022.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Parliament will next sit from 16 - 26 March 2021.
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 2022.

Victoria

The Victorian Parliament will next sit from 16-18 March 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget TBC (handed down on 24 November 2020).
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, to be 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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