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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg handed down the Federal Budget 2021-22 at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

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Today's Events

House: Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport inquiry into approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia.
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA): Board to release Minutes of April 2021 Monetary Policy meeting.
ABS: Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey.
Joint: Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Australian Council of Social Services to hold post-Budget event with Assistant Treasurer & Shadow Treasurer.
High Court of Australia HCA: For Publication of Reasons and Pronouncement of Orders: Glending & Anor v SF Consentino Pty Ltd, Wilson Pastoral International Pty Ltd & Anor v George Street Steel Pty Ltd, Anderson v The State of Tasmania.
High Court of Australia HCA: For hearing - Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Voller, Nationwide News Pty Limited v Voller, Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller.
High Court of Australia HCA: For judgement - Palmer & Anor v The State of Western Australia & Anor.
Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck and Member for Braddon Gavin Pearce MP to hold a doorstop at Melaleuca Home for the Aged.
Federal Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, Senator for South Australia, Penny Wong, Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare, Senator for NSW, Jenny McAllister, and Member for Macnamara, Josh Burns to hold a doorstop interview.
Federal Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small & Family Business, Stuart Robert, and Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, to visit local small businesses.
Federal Shadow Minister for Industry & Innovation, Ed Husic, & Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain, to hold a doorstop interview.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to visit Taipan Hydraulic Hose Systems.
Federal Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, Labor Multicultural Engagement Taskforce Chair, Peter Khalil, & Labor Multicultural Engagement Taskforce Secretary, Anne Stanley, to hold a doorstop interview.
Federal Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Shayne Neumann, & Member for Adelaide, Steve Georganas, to hold a doorstop interview.
QLD Minister for Employment and Small Business, Di Farmer, to launch new app & online resource for small businesses.
Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, to hold a press conference.
QLD Premierk, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to hold a press conference.

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

Response to Productivity Commission's Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory report

The Morrison Government has today provided its response to the Productivity Commission's final Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory report which outlines in-principle support for the suggested reforms. The Productivity Commission report made 11 recommendations over four reform areas focusing on cooperative and collaborative funding, improved data, and stronger supporting institutions. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston and Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt reaffirmed the Government's commitment to improving outcomes for children and families living in the Northern Territory. "The Commonwealth provided $225 million in 2018-19 to support services aimed at children and young people specifically in the NT with a number of positive reforms being implemented across governments," Minister Ruston said. "But despite significant funding we understand the importance of improved collaboration to reduce gaps as well as double ups in the services being offered as we aim to achieve better child safety and wellbeing outcomes in the NT.
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NSW leads on cyber security, but export capability needs support

Australia's most populous state is leading the country in developing innovative and commercially viable tools to protect Australia's cyber security at a time of growing threats, but gaps in export capability must be addressed to lock in further growth, data from AustCyber shows. The New South Wales Cyber Industry Snapshot draws on data collected for Australia's Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2020 to examine state-specific capabilities. It found that the capability and jobs footprint from cyber is significant in NSW. NSW hosts the largest and most diverse range of cyber security providers in Australia. Around 80 cyber security providers are headquartered in NSW, with 75 per cent of these providing services to the financial services sector, and the state has an estimated 10,150 cyber security workers, more than any other state. However, only 38 per cent of NSW's cyber security providers are exporting - below the national average of 43 per cent - and more than one-third of those surveyed cited gaining access to export markets as a key barrier to growth.
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Australian anti-vaxx Facebook groups swell nearly 300% during pandemic

The number of Australians following public anti-vaxx Facebook groups grew nearly 300% during the pandemic, Reset Australia has found, in direct correlation with Australia's rising vaccine hesitancy rates. Reset Australia's report identified 13 public Facebook groups with users based in Australia and tracked their growth between January 2020 to March 2021. The 13 included anti-lockdown style groups, such as 'End the Lockdown in Australia, ' Digital Warfare', and 'Australia Freedom Alliance', and larger, established anti-vaxx groups, such as 'Australians for Safe Technology'. During the research period, subscription to these groups grew by 280%, and as of March 2021, these groups had a combined total of over 115,000 members, generating over 2.66 million interactions. Reset Australia noted that surge in online followers coincided with Australia's growing vaccine hesitancy. A University of Melbourne survey found between October 2020 and February this year, the percentage of Australians willing to get the COVID-19 jab fell by 8.2% from 74% to 66%.
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
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
Appropriation Act 2020-2021 28/04 7
Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Act 2020-2021 28/04 8

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.
Heavy Vehicle Legislation Amendment (National Regulator) Act 2021 14/05 9

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.
Criminal Code Amendment Act 2021 13/04 6
Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 13/04 7
Police Administration Amendment Act 2021 13/04 8

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
COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 23/04 8
Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 30/04 9

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

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Landscape South Australia (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2021 13/05 13
Statutes Amendment (Recommendations of Independent Inquiry into Child Protection) Act 2021 13/05 14

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.
Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 11/05 14
Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Arbitration) Act 2021 11/05 15

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 11-13 May 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 will be handed down on a date 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 4 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 11-13 May 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget will be handed down on the sitting week of 15-18 June 2021.
Budget Estimates hearings will be 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 will be handed down on Thursday, 20 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 next sit on 29 April 2021.
The 2021-22 State Budget will be handed down on a date TBC.
Budget Estimates hearings will be held from 21-23 September 2021.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 8 March 2025.

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