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Thursday, 7 July 2011
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The SPEAKER (15:20): For the information of honourable members, I present a schedule of outstanding government responses to reports of House of Representatives and joint committees, incorporating reports tabled and details of government responses made in the period between 25 November 2010, the date of the last schedule, and 6 July 2011. Copies of the schedule are being made available to honourable members and it will be incorporated in Hansard.

The schedule read as follows—

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REPORTS

RESPONSE TO THE SCHEDULE TABLED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON 25 NOVEMBER 2010

Circulated by the Leader of the House

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

6 July 2011

ABORIGINAL TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS (House, Standing)

Indigenous Australia at work: Successful Initiative in Indigenous employment

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Open for business: Developing Indigenous enterprises in Australia

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Everybody’s Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Stores

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY (House, Standing)

Taking control: a national approach to pest animals

   Circumstances and policy settings have altered since this report was tabled in 2005; the government does not propose to respond to this report.

COMMUNICATIONS (House, Standing)

Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the problem of Cyber Crime

   The government response was tabled on 25 November 2010.

COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS (House, Standing)

Digital Television: Who’s Buying It?

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Community Television: Options for digital broadcasting

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report: Tuning in to community broadcasting

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

CORPORATIONS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES (Joint Statutory)

Inquiry into the Review of the Managed Investments Act 1998

   The government response is being considered.

Inquiry into Regulation 7.1.29 in Corporations Amendment Regulations 2003 (No. 3), Statutory Rules 2003 No. 85

   The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled. Key recommendations relate to the introduction of a licensing exemption for accountants who provide certain financial services. This issue is being addressed by the Future of Financial Advice reforms which will come into effect on 1 July 2012.

Corporations Amendment Regulations 7.1.29A, 7.1.35A and 7.1.40(h)

   The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled. Key recommendations relate to a licensing exemption for accountants who provide certain financial services. The exemption is being addressed by the Future of Financial Advice reforms which will come into effect on 1 July 2012.

Corporate responsibility: Managing risk and creating value

   The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled; and the significant developments in the corporate social responsibility area since the inquiry.

The structure and operation of the superannuation industry

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Better shareholders - better company - Shareholder engagement and participation in Australia

   The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

Aspects of agribusiness managed investment schemes

   The Government will provide a response on the finalisation of two separate committee inquiries that overlap with issues raised in this report.

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, June 2010

   The government response is being considered.

ECONOMICS (House, Standing)

Competition in the banking and non-banking sectors

   Report overtaken by the recommendations of the Senate Economics References Committee report on Competition within the Australian Banking Sector.

Inquiry into raising the productivity growth rate in the Australian economy

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING (House, Standing)

Review of the Department of Education, Science and Training annual report 2006-07

   The government response was tabled on 23 May 2011.

Adolescent Overload? Report of the inquiry into combining school and work: supporting successful youth transition

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

ELECTORAL MATTERS (Joint Standing)

Inquiry into the implications of the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment (Automatic Enrolment) Act 2009 (NSW) for the conduct of Commonwealth elections

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report on the 2007 Federal Election - Events in the Division of Lindsay: Review of penalty provisions in the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

   The government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 1 July 2011 and tabled in the House of Representatives on 4 July 2011.

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION (House, Standing)

Making it work: Inquiry into independent contracting and labour hire arrangements

   The government is currently in discussion with the Committee.

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS (House, Standing)

Making it Fair: pay equity and associated issues related to increasing female participation in the workforce

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE (House, Standing)

Sustainable cities

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Sustainability for survival - Creating a climate for change: Report on the inquiry into a sustainability charter

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

FAMILY, COMMUNITY, HOUSING AND YOUTH (Joint, Standing)

Housing the Homeless: Report on the inquiry into homelessness legislation

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Avoid the Harm - Stay Calm: Report on the inquiry into the impact of violence on young Australians

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE (JOINT, STANDING)

Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific: Challenges and opportunities

   The government response is being considered.

Review of the Defence Annual Report 2008-2009

   The government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 28 June 2011 and tabled in the House of Representatives on 4 July 2011.

HEALTH AND AGEING (HOUSE, STANDING)

Weighing it up: Obesity in Australia

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Regional health issues jointly affecting Australia and the South Pacific: Delegation Report

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Roundtable forum on burns prevention in Australia

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION (House, Standing)

Seasonal forecasting in Australia

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Australia’s International Research Collaboration

   The government response was tabled on 23 June 2011.

INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (House, Standing)

Rebuilding Australia’s coastal shipping industry: Inquiry into coastal shipping policy and regulation

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Funding regional and local community infrastructure: Proposals for the new regional and local community infrastructure program - Interim Report

   Minister Crean wrote to the Secretary of the Committee on 3 April 2011.

INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY (Joint, Statutory)

Annual report of Committee Activities 2008-2009

   The government response was tabled on 12 May 2011.

Review of Administration and Expenditure: No 8 - Australian Intelligence Agencies

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS (HOUSE, STANDING)

A Time for Change: Yes/No? Inquiry into the Machinery of Referendums

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

MIGRATION (Joint, Standing)

Negotiating the maze - Review of arrangements for overseas skills recognition, upgrading and licensing

   The government response was tabled on 23 June 2011.

Immigration detention in Australia: A new beginning - Criteria for release from detention

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Immigration detention in Australia - Community-based alternatives to detention

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Immigration detention in Australia: Facilities, services and transparency

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Enabling Australia: Inquiry into Migration Treatment of Disability

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

NATIONAL CAPITAL AND EXTERNAL TERRITORIES (Joint, Standing)

Inquiry into the changing economic environment in the Indian Ocean Territories

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

PETITIONS (House, Standing)

Electronic Petitioning to the House of Representatives

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The work of the First Petitions Committee 2008-2010

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND RESOURCES (House, Standing)

Farming the future: The role of Government in assisting Australian farmers to adapt to the impact of climate change

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

PROCEDURE (House, Standing)

Motion to suspend standing orders and condemn a Member: Report on events of 10 October 2006

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Building a modern committee system: An inquiry into the effectiveness of the House Committee system

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT (Joint, Statutory)

Report 417 - Review of Auditor-General’s reports tabled between February 2009 and September 2009

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Inquiry into the development of a digital repository and electronic distribution of the Parliamentary Papers Series

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

TREATIES (Joint Standing)

Report 99 - Treaties tabled on 3 December 2008 and 3 February 2009

   The government response was tabled on 10 February 2011.

Report 100 - Treaties tabled on 25 June 2008 (2)

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report 107 - Treaties tabled on 20 August (2) and 15 September 2009

   The government response was tabled on 12 May 2011.

Report 110 - Treaties tabled on 18, 25 (2) and 26 November 2009 and 2 (2) February 2010

   The government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report 11 1 - Treaties tabled on 25 November 2009 (3), 4 and 24 February 2010

   The government response was tabled on 24 March 2011.