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Last updated Friday 30 October, 2020 11:16 AM

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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 when Treasurer Rob Lucas hands down the Budget on 10 November.

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.

COVID-19 microsite

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The information in this site spans legal, legislative and health content aimed at clarifying the impact to the legal industry and the practice of law in Australia and around the globe. The site will cover topics from business updates, legal & regulatory news and changes (from Capital Monitor), health news (via our sister company Elsevier), and useful COVID-19 specific practical guidance checklists. The site will be regularly updated, so please bookmark it and check-in for regular updates. We also encourage you to share this site amongst your colleagues and peers.

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Today's Events

Calendar

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

Ministry and Cabinet arrangements

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, "I am pleased to confirm Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has been sworn in as the Minister for Finance by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Hon David Hurley AC DSC. Senator Birmingham's appointment follows Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann's resignation today. In his new role, Senator Birmingham will assist the Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, in leading Australia's economy through the COVID recovery. As previously announced, he will also assume the role of the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Minister for Employment Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash becomes Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate."
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Final Report
Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

The 2019-2020 bushfires started in Australia's hottest and driest year on record. Much of the country was in drought, and the first bushfire started in the middle of winter. Over the following months, fires burnt across tens of millions of hectares of land, threatening and displacing hundreds of communities. Many thousands of volunteers and professional emergency responders worked tirelessly and made great sacrifices to save lives, homes and precious natural landscapes. Thirty-three people died, including six Australian firefighters and three American aerial firefighters. Thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged. Smoke blanketed much of Australia, including capital cities, and contributed to hundreds of deaths. Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced, and the fires harmed many threatened species and ecological communities. Overall, the fires caused billions of dollars of damage. For many communities, the bushfires were not the only disaster they faced that summer. After the drought and the fires came storms and floods, and before the last fire was extinguished, Australia announced its first case of COVID-19. Australia's ability to coordinate nationally, learn and adapt, in the face of deep uncertainties and rising risks, had been tested. We provide here an overview of our report. Our recommendations are listed up-front, but to be properly understood, they should be read in the context of the chapters in which they appear.
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Victorian Budget to create jobs and help Victoria recover

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the Victorian Government will deliver the Victorian Budget 2020/21 on 24 November. The Budget will continue vital support for Victorian families, businesses and jobs, and kickstart an unprecedented investment in infrastructure and services our state will need for decades to come. Coronavirus has taken a huge toll on economies around the world. And as other countries re-enter lockdowns, our success in aggressively suppressing the virus means Victoria is in a position to re-open, rebuild and grow. The Budget will build on the billions of dollars in support and stimulus the Government has already announced - delivering jobs for Victorians and helping repair the damage this once-in-a-generation pandemic has wrought.
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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 Act 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 Federal Parliament will next sit from 9-12 November 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings were held from 19-30 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 will next sit from 10-13 November 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 24 November 2020.
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 were held from 20-22 October 2020.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 13 March 2021.

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