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Thursday, 25 June 1998
Page: 5438


Mr REITH (Workplace Relations and Small Business) —Papers are tabled as listed in the schedule circulated to honourable members. Details of the papers will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings and Hansard.

The schedule read as follows

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act—Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—Report—Australia's health 1998.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act—Nuclear Safety Bureau—Report for period 1 October to 31 December 1997.

Committee reports—Government responses to parliamentary committee reports—Response to the schedule tabled on 3 December 1997.

United Nations—

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination—Communication No. 7/1995—Decisions: Paul Babaro v. Australia (CERD/C/51/D/7/1995).

Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment—Outlines of communications 1998 Nos. 102, 106.

Human Rights Committee under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Communications—

No. 560/1993—Views: A v. Australia (CCPR/C/59/D/560/1993) together with Australian government response.

No. 579/1994—Decisions: Klaus Werenbeck v. Australia (CCPR/C/59/D/579/1994).

No. 692/1996—Views: A. R. J. v. Australia (CCPR/C/60/D/692/1996).

No. 706/1996—Views: Mrs G. T. v. Australia (CCPR/C/61/D/706/1996).

Outlines of communications 1997 Nos. 737, 762,772, 776 and 1998 No. 802.

I seek leave to have incorporated in Hansard the government response to the schedule tabled in the House by the Deputy Speaker in the sittings of 3 December 1997.

Leave granted.

The response read as follows—

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS (House, Standing)

Torres Strait Islanders: a new deal—A report on greater autonomy for Torres Strait Islanders

The Government response was tabled on 23 June 1998.

Review of Auditor-General's audit report No 26, 1996-97—Phase II of audit—Community Development Employment Projects Scheme: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

The Government response was tabled on 4 December 1997.

Review of Auditor-General's audit reports No 36, 1992-93; No 1, 1993-94 Volume 3, Sections 1.13—1.39; and No 27, 1993-94, Sections 16.19—16.24

The Government response was tabled on 4 December 1997.

BANKING, FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (House, Standing)

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia's 1993-94 annual report and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission's 1993-94 annual report

The Government response is expected to be tabled in the near future.

Taxing relaxing: Report on the impact of Australia's taxation regime on the tourism industry

The Government response will be tabled at the earliest possible date.

CERTAIN FAMILY LAW ISSUES (Joint, Select)

Funding and administration of the Family Court of Australia

The Government response was tabled on 3 March 1998.

COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT AND MICROECONOMIC REFORM (House, Standing)

Planning not Patching—An inquiry into federal road funding

The Government response is being considered, and will be tabled when this process is complete.

ELECTORAL MATTERS (Joint, Standing)

Industrial Elections: Report of the inquiry into the role of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in conducting industrial elections

The report's recommendations are currently being considered. The Government response is expected to be tabled in the near future.

The 1996 Federal Election: Report of the inquiry into the conduct of the 1996 Federal Election and matters related thereto

The Government response was tabled on 8 April 1998.

EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING (House, Standing)

Youth employment: A working solution

The Government response is expected to be tabled in the 1998 spring sittings.

Truancy and exclusion from school

A number of the report's recommendations require further consultation with various Commonwealth agencies prior to the response being finalised. The Government response is expected to be tabled in the 1998 spring sittings

ENVIRONMENT, RECREATION AND THE ARTS (House, Standing)

Rethinking the funding of community sporting and recreational facilities: A sporting chance

The recommendations of the report are currently being considered by the Government and it is anticipated that the response will be tabled during the 1998 winter sittings.

Review of Auditor-General's audit report No 31 of 1995-96—Performance audit—Environmental management of Commonwealth land: Site contamination and pollution prevention

The Government is finalising its response and intends to table it in the 1998 spring sittings.

Managing Australia's World Heritage

The Government response was tabled on 8 April 1998.

Working with the environment: Opportunities for job growth

The Government has addressed the Committee's recommendations through the Natural Heritage Trust, Green Corps and Work for the Dole scheme. The Government does not intend to respond further.

Commonwealth environmental impact assessment processes

The Government is considering options for implementing the COAG Heads of Agreement on Commonwealth and State Roles and Responsibilities for the Environment, which was agreed to in principle by Heads of Government in November 1997. Proposals for reform of environment protection legislation being pursued by the Environment Minister aim to implement the COAG Agreement. The proposed reforms are expected to address many of the matters in the Committee's report. The Government will respond to the report in that context.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (House, Standing)

Men's Health—summary report

The Government response is expected to be tabled before the end of the 1998 winter sittings.

Health on Line: A report on health information management and telemedicine

The Government response is expected to be tabled before the end of the 1998 winter sittings.

Concessions—who benefits? Report on concession card availability and eligibility for concessions

The Government response is being finalised and is expected to be tabled early in the 1998 spring sittings.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (House, Standing)

Report of the inquiry into ANAO audit report No 6. 1996-97 on Commonwealth guarantees, indemnities and letters of comfort

The Government response was tabled on 26 May 1998.

Reviews of the 1995-96 annual reports of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Securities Commission and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission

The Government response is expected to be tabled in the near future.

Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 1995-96 annual report

The Government response was tabled on 3 March 1998.

Cultivating Competition: Inquiry into aspects of the national competition policy reform package

The Government response was tabled on 26 May 1998.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE (Joint, Standing)

Sharpening the focus: Report on a seminar on the Simons Committee Report

The Government response was tabled on 8 April 1998.

From empire to partnership: Report on a seminar on the Commonwealth of Nations

The Government response was tabled on 23 June 1998.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissioner and the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report on Public Seminars 20 and 25 September 1996

The Government response was tabled on 23 June 1998.

Papua New Guinea Update: Report on proceedings of a seminar, 11 and 12 November 96, Canberra

The Government response was tabled on 28 May 1998.

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS (House, Standing)

Aspects of section 44 of the Australian Constitution

The Government response was tabled on 4 December 1998.

The third paragraph of section 53 of the Constitution

The Government response is expected to be tabled in the near future.

In Confidence: the protection of confidential personal and commercial information held by the Commonwealth

The report is being reviewed to take into account a number of Government decisions made since it was released. The report raises complex issues that require careful consideration in the development of a response.

LONG TERM STRATEGIES (House, Standing)

Australia's population carrying capacity—one nation—two ecologies

The Government response is currently being prepared and is expected to be tabled when relevant consultations have been completed.

MIGRATION (Joint, Standing)

Working holiday makers: More than tourists

The Government response will be tabled as soon as the relevant consultations are completed.

Australia's visa system for visitors

The Government is currently considering its response which will be tabled in the near future.

NATIONAL CAPITAL AND EXTERNAL TERRITORIES (Joint, Standing)

A right to protest

The Government response was tabled on 25 March 1998.

NATIVE TITLE AND THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LAND FUND (Joint, Statutory)

Native Title Amendment Bill 1997

The Committee's recommendations were addressed by debate and Government Amendments to the Native Title Amendment Bill 1997. The Government does not intend to table a separate response to this report.

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, RESOURCES AND RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS (House, Standing)

Managing Commonwealth Fisheries; The last frontier

Developments in New Zealand Agriculture—Report of a visit to New Zealand, 16-19 June 1997

These reports will be addressed in a single Government response which will be tabled during the 1998 spring sittings.

TREATIES (Joint, Standing)

Twelfth Report—Australia-Indonesia Maritime Delimitation Treaty

The Government response will be tabled as soon as the relevant consultations are completed.

Eleventh Report

The Government response is in preparation and is expected to be tabled in the 1998 spring sittings.

Tenth Report

As the report contained no recommendations, the Government does not intend to respond to this report.

Ninth Report—Amendments to the Bonn Convention

The Government response was tabled on 27 May 1998.

Eighth report—Treaties tabled on 18 March 1997 and 13 May 1997

The Government response is in preparation and is expected to be tabled in the 1998 spring sittings.

Seventh report—Australia's withdrawal from UNIDO and treaties tabled on 11 February 1997

The Government response was tabled on 14 May 1998.

Third Report—Two International Agreements on Tuna

The Government response was tabled on 26 May 1998.