Three bills have been drawn from the member’s ballot and introduced to parliament, including one on equal pay.
The Equal Pay Amendment Bill amends the Equal Pay Act 1972 and the Employment Relations Act 2000. Green MP Jan Logie's bill would remove discrimination in pay rates between men and women in the same jobs by making publicly available statistical information relating to their rates of remuneration.
Unions have backed the campaign for pay parity with more than 7,000 people signing up to the Council of Trade Union’s Treat Her Right campaign.
The Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill from Labour MP David Parker would allow the Ombudsmen to set guidelines for recovering the costs of their investigations from the agencies being investigated.
His colleague Ruth Dyson’s Crown Minerals (Protection of World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill has also been drawn from the ballot.
It would add World Heritage Sites to Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, which will provide them with protection from mining.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill (AML/CFT) has been read for the first time in Parliament.
The bill would amend the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 so that the core obligations will also apply to lawyers, real estate agents, accountants, conveyancers, the Racing Board, and some high-value dealers.