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Last updated Wednesday 8 July, 2020 1:08 PM

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Today's Events

Calendar

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

Minister for the NDIS and Government Services Stuart Robert

Transcript of Speech and Q&A at National Press Club, Canberra
Speech - Subjects: Services Australia, Centrelink, Welfare, Bushfires, COVID-19, Medicare, Digital transformation
Q&A - Subjects: Income compliance program, Service Australia operations, COVIDSafe app, Victoria lockdown, NDIS, myGov, Cyber security, Public service experience, Digital identity

Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia Board decided to maintain the current policy settings, including the targets for the cash rate and the yield on 3-year Australian Government bonds of 25 basis points. The global economy has experienced a severe downturn as countries seek to contain the coronavirus. Many people have lost their jobs and there has been a sharp rise in unemployment. Leading indicators have generally picked up recently, suggesting the worst of the global economic contraction has now passed. Despite this, the outlook remains uncertain and the recovery is expected to be bumpy and will depend upon containment of the coronavirus. Over the past month, infection rates have declined in many countries, but they are still very high and rising in others.
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Banks enter phase two on COVID-19 deferred loans

As customers approach the end of their six-month loan repayment deferral period, Australia's banks will implement a new phase of support to assist customers to get back to making their repayments. In this next phase, customers who can restart paying their loans will be required to do so at the end of their six-month deferral period. In the long run it is best for the financial wellbeing of individuals, families and businesses to return to full loan repayments and pay off their debt. 'Those who are able to repay their loans will resume doing so, which is in the best interests of those customers and allows support to be directed to those who need it. Encouragingly, many customers have already chosen to resume making repayments' said Australian Banking Association CEO, Anna Bligh.
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Statement from the Premier

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said, 'Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer and across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, Stage 3 'Stay at Home' restrictions will be reinstated from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July. For six weeks, and if you live in these areas, there'll be only four reasons to leave your home: Shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Exercise. Work and study - if you can't do it from home. Otherwise: Stay home. Stay home. Stay home. In case it needs repeating, stay home. We are fighting a global and deadly pandemic. This Stay Home direction will apply to your principal place of residence - that means no escaping to holiday homes. And because we need to limit the spread of the virus across our state, there will only be three reasons to cross the border of these metropolitan areas: Shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Work and study - if you can't do it from home.'
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Health Insurance Amendment (Continuing the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner) Act 2020 25/06 74
Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Act 2020 25/06 75

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

New South Wales
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Crimes Amendment (Special Care Offences) Act 2020 23/06 11
Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 23/06 12
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Amendment Act 2020 23/06 13
State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Act 2020 23/06 14

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

Queensland
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 22/06 17
Co-operatives National Law Act 2020 22/06 18
Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2020 22/06 19
Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 30/06 20

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

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 25/06 18
Liquor Licensing (Liquor Production and Sales Licence) Amendment Act 2020 25/06 19

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

Victoria
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2020 30/06 22
Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Act 2020 30/06 23

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

Western Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 07/07 26

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 4-6 August 2020.
The Budget is scheduled for 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 19-23 and 26-30 October 2020.
The next Federal election is scheduled for 2022.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory Parliament will next sit on 23 July 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 ACT election is scheduled for 17 October 2020.

New South Wales

The New South Wales Parliament will next sit from 28-30 July 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 20 August-4 September.
The next NSW election is scheduled for 25 March 2023.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Parliament has no scheduled sitting days until after the Territory election.
The Budget will be delivered after 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next NT election is scheduled for 22 August 2020.

Queensland

The Queensland Parliament will next sit from 14-16 July 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised. Treasury will publish a COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review in September 2020.
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 21-23 July 2020.
The Budget is scheduled for 16 June 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 22-28 July.
The next SA election is scheduled for 19 March 2022.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Legislative Assembly will next sit from 18-20 August 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 Tasmanian election is scheduled for 2022.

Victoria

The Victorian Parliament will next sit from 4-6 August 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 Victorian election is scheduled for 26 November 2022.

Western Australia

The Western Australian Parliament will next sit from 11-13 August 2020.
The Budget is scheduled for 8 October 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 13 March 2021.

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