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Title

  • Bills — Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021; in Committee
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 - in Committee - Agree with bill as amended

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>The question is that the bill as amended be agreed to.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?gid=2021-08-09.223.1) to agree to the bill, as amended. This vote ends the '[in committee](https://peo.gov.au/understand-our-parliament/how-parliament-works/bills-and-laws/making-a-law-in-the-australian-parliament/)' stage of debate and means that the Senate can now decide on whether they wish to pass the bill in its amended form.
  • ### What does this bill do?
  • According to the [bills digest](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd2122a/22bd001), the bill includes two schedules. The first is not controversial. It will "*allow meetings to be held virtually, to allow documents relating to meetings to be provided and signed electronically and for minutes to be kept electronically*" (see the [bills digest](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd2122a/22bd001) for more information).
  • Schedule 2 is very controversial, because it effectively waters down current continuous disclosure provisions, as well as misleading and deceptive conduct provisions, by making it harder to enforce civil penalties against people who allegedly breach these provisions.
  • According to the [bills digest](https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd2122a/22bd001), Schedule 2 will:
  • > * *permanently add a fault element to continuous disclosure civil penalty provisions, so that a person will only be eligible for a civil penalty where they have acted with knowledge, recklessness or negligence in failing to update the market with price sensitive information*
  • > * *impose the same fault standard for misleading and deceptive conduct that relates to alleged failure to provide an update with price sensitive information to the market*
  • > * *retain the existing standard for administrative penalties, so ASIC can continue to issue infringement notices without proving knowledge, recklessness or negligence. The existing standard is also retained for ASIC’s other non-pecuniary enforcement tools, such as requiring the disclosure of information to the market by obtaining a court order.*