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Today's Events

NSW Supplementary Budget Estimates.
Senate: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee inquiry into Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill 2023.
ABS: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia.
ABS: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed.
Joint: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry into Ethics and Professional Accountability: Structural Challenges in the Audit, Assurance and Consultancy Industry.
Federal Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, and Federal Minister for Education, Jason Clare, to launch the virtual work experience program.
Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, to give an interview with Hughesy, Ed and Erin on 2DayFM.
Prime Minister, Anthony ALbanese, to give an interview with Will and Penbo on FiveAA.

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Top Headlines

Australian competition tribunal decision on ANZ acquisition of Suncorp Bank

'The Australian Competition Tribunal has found the acquisition of Suncorp Bank by ANZ Group HoIdings Ltd meets the criteria of the Com petition and Consumer Act 2010. This overturns the August 2023 decision by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. ANZ now requires further approval under the Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998 (FSSA) to proceed with the acquisition. As is the case with Tribunal decisions like these, applicants and other interested parties can now seek a review by applying to the Federal Court,' said Treasurer Jim Chalmers.
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Minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank Board

Members began by observing that global inflation remained high but that there had been encouraging progress in reducing inflation towards central banks’ targets. Much of the easing in inflation in advanced economies had been due to movements in energy and goods prices. Members noted that global shipping costs had increased recently, partly related to attacks on vessels in the Red Sea. While this posed some upside risk to tradable goods inflation, the increases in shipping costs had been small relative to those seen during the pandemic.
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Questions for Vic Opposition Leader about his donor-funded legal defence

'After revelations his legal fees are being paid for by former Liberal Premiers, wealthy donors and even members of his own staff, John Pesutto must come clean with Victorians about the extent of his fundraising drive in his defamation case with Liberal Party member Moira Deeming. In November 2023 Mr Pesutto said that he would 'not be asking the (Liberal) Party to cover any legal fees'. Now it's been reported that several people, including former Premiers Jeff Kennett, Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine have already made donations towards his million-dollar legal defence - which his own party has refused to pay for,' said Leader of the House Mary Anne-Thomas.
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.

Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act 2024

20/02/24

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Australian Capital Territory

Act Name Date of Notification Act No.
     

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New South Wales

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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Northern Territory

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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Queensland

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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South Australia

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Electoral (Control of Corflutes) Amendment Act 2024

15/02/24

1

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

Tasmania

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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Victoria

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Incident Response) Act 2024

13/02/24

1

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

Western Australia

Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
     

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Political Calendar

Federal

Federal Parliament will next sit from 6-8 February 2024.
The 2024-25 Federal Budget will be handed down on Tuesday, 14 May.
Additional Budget Estimates are on Monday 12 Feb - Friday 16 Feb.
Budget Estimates are on 28 May-7 June.
Supplementary Budget Estimates are on 4-8 Nov.
The last Federal Election was on 21 May 2022.
Federal Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 16 August 2023.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory Parliament will next sit from 6-8 February 2024.
The 2024-25 Territory Budget will be handed down on Tuesday 25 June.
Budget Estimates are on 22 July-5 August.
The next ACT election is scheduled for Saturday 19 October 2024.
ACT Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 11 December 2023.

New South Wales

NSW Parliament will next sit 6-8 February 2024.
The 2024-25 State Budget will be handed down in June TBC.
2024 Supplementary Budget Estimates are on 20 Feb-7 March.
Budget Estimates are on Tuesday 27 August - Wednesday 11 September.
The last NSW Election was on 25 March 2023.
New South Wales Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 05 April 2023.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Parliament will next sit from 13-15 February 2024.
The 2024-25 Territory Budget is scheduled to be handed down on Tuesday, 14 May.
Budget Estimates are on 11-20 June.
The next Northern Territory Election is scheduled for Saturday 24 August 2024.
Northern Territory Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 01 February 2024.

Queensland

The Queensland Parliament will next sit 13-15 February 2024.
The 2024-25 State Budget will be handed down on Tuesday, 11 June.
Budget Estimates are on 23 July-1 August.
The next Queensland Election is scheduled for Saturday 26 October 2024.
Queensland Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 18 December 2023.

South Australia

The South Australian Parliament will next sit from 6-8 February 2024.
The 2024-25 State Budget will be handed down on Thursday, 6 June.
Budget Estimates are on 20-26 June.
The last South Australian Election was on 19 March 2022.
South Australian Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 29 September 2022.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Parliament will next sit on 5-21March 2024.
The 2024-25 State Budget will be handed down on Thursday, 30 May.
Budget Estimates are on 11-14 June.
The last Tasmanian Election was held on Saturday 1 May 2021.
Tasmanian Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 25 July 2023.

Victoria

The Victorian Parliament will next sit on 6 - 8 February 2024.
The 2024-25 State Budget will be handed down in May TBC.
Budget Estimates are in June TBC.
The last Victorian election was held on 26 November 2022.
Victorian Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 02 October 2023 with supplementary Orders made on 12 December 2023.

Western Australia

The Western Australian Parliament will next sit on 13 - 29 February 2024.
The 2024-25 State Budget will be handed down in May TBC.
Budget Estimates are on 21-23 May.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 8 March 2025.
Western Australian Administrative Arrangements Orders were most recently made on 08 June 2023.

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