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Today's Events

ABS: 4524.0 - Crime and Justice Statistics, Disability and violence - April 2021.
Senate: Environment and Communications References Committee Inquiry into Australia Post.
Joint: Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into certain aspects of the Department of Foreign Affairs Annual Report 2019-20.
High Court of Australia: For Hearing - Commonwealth of Australia v AJL20 (Two appeals).
The Shadow Minister for Defence, Brendan O'Connor, to hold a press conference on Labor's commitment to a local defence industry.
Senate: Select Committee on Job Security.
NSW Labor to announce their Upper Hunter candidate.
Media Literacy in Australia project to launch its ''Media Literacy in Australia' report.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Stephen Jones, to hold a doorstop about superannuation funds investing in job-creating infrastructure.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President, Michele O'Neil, and The Parenthood's Executive Director, Georgia Dent, to hold a press conference regarding the failure of the Federal Government's response to the Respect@Work report.
QLD Treasurer, Cameron Dick, to hold a press conference.
QLD Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch, to hold a press conference to make an announcement about public art at the Queen's Wharf precinct.
The Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Anthony Albanese, to tour Adarsh Australia and a doorstop to follow.
QLD Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, to open the new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Sunshine Motorway at Sippy Downs.
QLD Minister for Health, Yvette D'Ath, & QLD Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, to hold a press conference.
Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, to hold a doorstop on the vaccine rollout.

See our Diary and Calendar pages for more detailed information.

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Top Headlines

Consultation open for review of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

The Morrison Government is encouraging small and family businesses to have their say in the independent review of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said the review is considering how effectively and efficiently the Ombudsman has provided assistance and advocacy for Australian small businesses. Ms Carmel McGregor PSM has been appointed to lead the review. Ms McGregor has held a number of senior executive positions in the public service and has significant expertise in public sector reform and service delivery. The review will consider how the Ombudsman has responded to the recommendations of the 2017 review including delivery of new functions since that time. The review will also consider the need for any legislative or administrative improvements to support the Ombudsman. The review is a statutory requirement, due to be completed every four years.
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AMA identifies savings of $21.2 billion in aged care hospital admissions

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has estimated that over the year up until 30 June 2021, there will have been 27,569 admissions of residents from nursing homes to hospitals that were potentially avoidable, costing $312 million and accounting for 159,693 hospital patient days. The staggering figure is the first national estimate of potentially preventable admissions to hospitals from nursing homes alone. In total, new AMA modelling has identified $21.2 billion of savings that could be made over four years if immediate reforms were implemented to our aged care system. The $21.2 billion comprises four-year savings from potentially avoidable admissions to private and public hospitals from nursing homes ($1.4 billion), from older people in the community ($18.2 billion), those transferred to emergency departments but not admitted ($497 million), representations to emergency departments within 30 days ($138 million) and people waiting in hospital for a place in a nursing home ($887 million).
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Gender equality advocates join unions to condemn Morrison Government's response to sexual harassment

The ACTU said that, following the March4Justice actions last month, and the failure of the Federal Government to properly respond to the Repect@Work report last week, a diverse group of organisations representing women's rights have today launched a 4 point demand that will deliver real safety at work for women. The Safe Work 4 Women statement outlines key changes to legislation aimed at eliminating sexual violence and harassment at work. In its response to Respect@Work, the Federal Government has failed to provide proper protections for women at work, with no new rights for people experiencing sexual violence and harassment and no further responsibility on employers to ensure a safe workplace and prevent sexual violence and harassment. The group identifies the upcoming meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Work health and safety Ministers in May as a test of whether the Government will vote to support change so employers are obliged to prevent sexual harassment.
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Act 2021 22/03 22
Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021 22/03 23
Treasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Act 2021 22/03 24
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

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.
COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Stronger Communities and Health) Act 2021 24/03 4
COVID-19 Recovery Act 2021 25/03 5
Community Land Development Act 2021 26/03 6
Community Land Management Act 2021 26/03 7
Marine Pollution Amendment (Review) Act 2021 26/03 8

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.
Planning Amendment Act 2021 10/03 4
Statute Law Repeals Act 2021 10/03 5

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

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

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Coroners (Inquests and Privilege) Amendment Bill 2020 25/03 10
Criminal Law Consolidation (Causing Death by Use of Motor Vehicle) Amendment Act 2021 08/04 11
Correctional Services (Accountability and Other Measures) Amendment Act 2021 08/04 12

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.
Constitution Amendment (Fracking Ban) Act 2021 16/03 8
Education and Training Reform Amendment Act 2021 16/03 9
Education and Training Reform Amendment (Miscellaneous) Act 2021 23/03 10
Justice Legislation Amendment (System Enhancements and Other Matters) Act 2021 23/03 11
Planning and Environment Amendment Act 2021 23/03 12
Spent Convictions Act 2021 30/03 13

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 20-23 April 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 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 the sitting week of 4-6 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 20-22 April 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 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 TBC, most likely 4 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 TBC after the Election (handed down on 8 October 2020).
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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