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Thursday, 3 December 2015
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The SPEAKER (15:22): For the information of honourable members, I present a schedule of outstanding responses to reports of the House of Representatives and joint committees, incorporating reports tabled and details of government responses made in the period between 25 June 2015, the date of the last schedule, 2 December 2015. Copies of the schedule have been made available to honourable members and will be incorporated in Hansard.

The schedule read as follows—

THE SPEAKER 'S SCHEDULE OF OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO REPORTS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND JOINT COMMITTEES

(also incorporating reports tabled and details of Government responses made in the period between 25 June 2015, the date of the last schedule, and 2 December 2015)

3 December 2015

THE SPEAKER ' S SCHEDULE OF OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO COMMITTEE REPORTS

The attached schedule lists committee reports tabled and government responses to House and joint committee reports made since the last schedule was presented on 25 June 2015. It also lists reports for which the House has not received a government response. Schedules of outstanding responses will continue to be presented at approximately six monthly intervals, generally in the last sitting weeks of the winter and spring sittings.

The schedule does not include advisory reports on bills introduced into the House of Representatives unless the reports make recommendations which are wider than the provisions of the bills and which could be the subject of a government response. The Government's response to these reports is apparent in the resumption of consideration of the relevant legislation by the House. Also not included are reports from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, the House of Representatives Committee of Privileges and Members' Interests, and the Publications Committee (other than reports on inquiries). Reports from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights are only listed where the committee has examined and reported on a specific item(s) of existing legislation. Not listed are that committee's regular reports on the human rights compatibility of bills and legislative instruments that come before either House of Parliament.

Government responses to reports of the Public Works Committee are usually reflected in motions for the approval of works after the relevant report has been presented and considered. Reports from other committees which do not include recommendations are only included when first tabled.

Reports of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit primarily make administrative recommendations but may make policy recommendations. A government response is required in respect of such policy recommendations made by the committee. Responses to administrative recommendations are made in the form of an Executive Minute provided to, and subsequently tabled by, the committee. Agencies responding to administrative recommendations are required to provide an Executive Minute within six months of the tabling of a report.

3 December 2015

Description of Report

Date Tabled

or Published 1

Date of Government Response 2

Responded in Period Specified 3

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

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

16-11-09

No response to date

No

Sport: More than just a game—Contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring

24-06-13

No response to date

No

Agriculture and Industry

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

A clearer message for consumers: Report on the inquiry into country of origin labelling for food

27-10-14

25-06-15

No

Circumvention: closing the loopholes —Inquiry into Australia's anti-circumvention framework in relation to anti-dumping measures

01-06-15

No response to date

No

Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

Report on the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Annual Report 2011-12

28-05-13

No response to date

No

Australia Fund Establishment

(Joint, Select)

 

 

 

Joint Select Committee on the Australia Fund Establishment:

Report 2015

25-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

(Joint, Statutory)

 

 

 

Integrity of overseas Commonwealth law enforcement operations

24-06-13

No response to date

No

Broadcasting Legislation

(Joint, Select)

 

 

 

Three broadcasting reform proposals

24-06-13

No response to date

No

Climate Change, Environment and the Arts

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

Managing Australia's biodiversity in a changing climate: the way forward—Final report

17-06-13

No response to date

No

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

(Joint, Select)

 

 

 

Progress report

27-10-14

No response to date

No

Final report

25-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Corporations and Financial Services

(Joint, Statutory)

 

 

 

Report on the 2012-13 Annual Reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act

19-03-14

No response to date

No

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Takeovers Panel and the corporations legislation—Report No. 1 of the 44th Parliament

26-11-14

No response to date

No

Inquiry into proposals to lift the professional, ethical and education standards in the financial services industry

19-12-14

No response to date

No

Report on the 2013-14 annual reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act

30-04-15

No response to date

No

Economics

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

Report on foreign investment in residential real estate

27-11-14

11-08-15

No

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2014 (Second report)

23-11-15

No response required

 

Education and Training

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

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

16-11-09

No response to date4

No

Education and Employment

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

International education support and collaboration: Review of the 2010-2011 annual report of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

27-05-13

No response to date

No

TAFE: an Australian asset—Report of the inquiry into TAFE and its operation

24-11-14

No response to date

No

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

25-02-10

No response to date5

No

The 2010 Federal Election: Report on the conduct of the election and related matters

07-07-11

No response to date6

No

Report on the funding of political parties and election campaigns

09-12-11

No response to date7

No

Review of the AEC analysis of the FWA report on the HSU

20-09-12

No response to date8

No

Interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 Federal Election: Senate voting practices

09-05-14

No response to date

No

Second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 federal election: An assessment of electronic voting options

20-11-14

No response to date

No

The 2013 Federal Election: Report on the conduct of the 2013 election and matters related thereto

15-04-15

No response to date

No

Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

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

17-08-05

No response to date9

No

Environment

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streamlining environmental legislation: Inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, 'green tape', and one stop shops

23-02-15

No response to date

No

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Joint, Standing)

 

 

 

Partnering for the greater good: The role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region

22-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Principles and practice—Australian Defence Industry and Exports

01-12-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Review of the Defence Annual Report 2013-14

01-12-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Health

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

Skin Cancer in Australia: Our National Cancer

24-03-15

No response to date

No

The silent disease: Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia

 

25-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Health and Ageing

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

 

Lost in the labyrinth: Report on the inquiry into registration processes and support for overseas trained doctors

19-03-12

No response to date

No

Diseases have no borders: Report on the inquiry into health issues across international borders

20-03-13

No response to date

No

Bridging the dental gap: Report on the inquiry into adult dental services

17-06-13

No response to date

No

Thinking ahead: Report on the inquiry into dementia—early diagnosis and intervention

24-06-13

No response to date

No

Human Rights

(Joint, Statutory)

 

 

 

Ninth Report of 2013: Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 and related legislation

19-06-13

No response to date

No

Indigenous Affairs

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

 

Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities: Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

25-06-15

01-12-15

Yes

Infrastructure and Communications

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

 

Finding the right balance: Cabin crew ratios on Australian aircraft

21-11-11

No response to date

No

At what cost? IT pricing and the Australia tax

29-07-13

No response to date10

No

Planning, procurement and funding for Australia's future infrastructure: Report on the inquiry into infrastructure planning and procurement

04-12-14

No response to date

No

Balancing freedom and protection: Inquiry into the use of subsection 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 by government agencies to disrupt the operation of illegal online services

01-06-15

23-11-15

Yes

Intelligence and Security

(Joint, Statutory)

 

 

 

Report of the inquiry into potential reforms of Australia's national security legislation

24-06-13

1-07-1511

No

Review of Administration and Expenditure: No. 11 and No. 12—Australian Intelligence Agencies

22-09-14

12-11-15

No

Review of the declaration of al-Raqqa province, Syria

18-03-15

23-07-15

Yes

Review of the declaration of Mosul district, Ninewa province, Iraq

25-05-15

23-07-15

Yes

Review of the re-listing of Ansar al-Islam, Islamic movement of Uzbekistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammad

25-05-15

9-11-15

Yes

Review of the Criminal Code re-listing of Hizballah's External Security Organisation

22-06-15

9-11-15

Yes

Advisory report on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015

04-09-15

No response required

 

Review of Administration and Expenditure No.13 (2013-2014)—Australian Intelligence Agencies

07-09-15

No response required

 

Review of the re-listing of Al-Shabaab, Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),

Lashker-e-Tayyiba and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorist organisations

12-10-15

No response required

 

Annual Report of Committee Activities 2014-2015

12-10-15

No response required

 

Law Enforcement

(Joint, Statutory)

 

 

 

Inquiry into financial related crime

07-09-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Examination of the Annual Report of the Australian Federal Police 2013-14

14-09-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Migration (Joint, Standing)

 

 

 

Immigration detention in Australia: A new beginning: Criteria for release from immigration detention—First report of the inquiry into immigration detention in Australia

01-12-08

No response to date

No

Immigration detention in Australia: Community-based alternatives to detention—Second report of the inquiry into immigration detention in Australia

25-05-09

No response to date

No

Immigration detention in Australia: Facilities, services and transparency—Third report of the inquiry into immigration detention in Australia

18-08-09

No response to date

No

Inquiry into migration and multiculturalism in Australia

18-03-13

No response to date

No

Report on the inquiry into the Business Innovation and Investment Programme

24-03-15

No response to date

No

National Capital and External Territories (Joint, Standing)

 

 

 

Etched in stone? Inquiry into the administration of the National Memorials Ordinance 1928

23-11-11

No response to date

No

Governance in the Indian Ocean Territories: Interim report—Economic Development

23-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

National Disability Insurance Scheme

(Joint, Standing)

 

 

 

Second progress report on the implementation and administration of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

12-11-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Northern Australia

(Joint, Select)

 

 

 

Pivot North: Inquiry into the Development of Northern Australia—Final Report

04-09-14

04-12-1412

No

Procedure

(House, Standing)

 

 

 

Role of the Federation Chamber: Celebrating 20 years of operation

22-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Provisions for a more family-friendly Chamber

02-12-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Public Accounts and Audit

(Joint, Statutory)

 

 

 

Report 446: Review of the operations of the Parliamentary Budget Office

01-12-14

23-06-15

No

Report 447: EPBC Act, Cyber Security, Mail Screening, ABR and Helicopter Program

02-03-15

23-11-1513

No

Report 448: Review of the 2013-14 Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Report

25-05-15

24-11-15

Yes

Report 449: Regional Development Australia Fund, Military Equipment Disposal and Tariff Concessions

11-08-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Report 450: Annual Report 2014-15 Report

07-09-15

No response required

 

Report 451: Community Pharmacy Arrangements, Review of Auditor-General Report No. 25 (2014-15)

23-11-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Social Policy and Legal Affairs (House, Standing)

 

 

 

FASD: The Hidden Harm—Inquiry into the prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

29-11-12

No response to date14

No

Eyes in the sky: Inquiry into drones and the regulation of air safety and privacy

14-07-14

No response to date

No

Revisiting recognition:

Report on the roundtable with Australian South Sea Islanders

24-03-15

No response to date

No

Roundtable on surrogacy

24-03-15

No response to date

No

Reviewing Troubled Waters: Consideration of the Government response to the 2012 inquiry into arrangements surrounding crimes at sea

22-06-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

From conflict to cooperation: Inquiry into the Child Support Program

20-07-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Tax and Revenue (House, Standing)

 

 

 

Tax disputes

26-03-15

No response to date

No

2014 Annual report of the Australian Tax Office (Second Report)

23-11-15

No response required

 

Trade and Investment Growth

(Joint, Select)

 

 

 

Inquiry into Business Utilisation of Australia's Free Trade Agreements

 

15-10-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Treaties (Joint, Standing)

 

 

 

Report 149: Treaty tabled on 10 February 2015

16-06-15

11-11-15

Yes

Report 151: Treaty tabled on 28 October 2014

08-09-15

11-11-15

Yes

Report 152: Treaty tabled on 16 June 2015

18-08-15

No response required

 

Report 153: Treaties tabled on 16 June and 23 June 2015

08-09-15

No response required

 

Report 154: Treaty tabled on 17 June 2015

19-10-15

No response to date

Time has not expired

Report 155: Treaties tabled on 11 August and 12 August 2015

19-10-15

No response required

 

Report 156: Treaties tabled on 8 September 2015

23-11-15

No response required

 

Report 157: Treaties tabled on 13 October 2015

02-12-15

No response required

 

Notes

______________

1 The date of tabling is the date the report was presented to the House of Representatives or to the Speaker, whichever is earlier. In the case of joint committees, the date shown is the date of first presentation to either the House or the Senate or to the President or Speaker (if presented earlier out of session). Reports published when the House (or Houses) are not sitting are tabled at a later date.

2 If the source for the government response date is not the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives or the Journals of the Senate, the source is shown in an endnote.

3 For reports up to the end of 42nd Parliament, the time specified is three months from the date of tabling. While the Government has undertaken to continue to respond to reports within three months, from the 43rd Parliament (28 September 2010 onwards) the period within which the House requires a response is six months—see resolution of the House of Representatives of 29 September 2010. This resolution also puts in place additional steps for reports not responded to within that six month period. The period from when the 43rd Parliament was prorogued on 5 August 2013 and the commencement of the 44th Parliament on 12 November 2013 is not included in the response period.

4 The committee still awaits a response to this report.

5 Since December 2014 the Government has advised that the need for a response was overtaken by legislation introduced by the previous Government and passed by the previous Parliament. The committee still awaits a response to this report.

6 On 7 February 2012 the Government provided a statement regarding the reasons for the delay in presenting the response, in accordance with the House resolution of 29 September 2010 on government responses to committee reports. The Government advised that the 37 recommendations required detailed consideration and analysis, and that as an interim response to the report, and to progress the priority measures, the Government intended to introduce legislation in the 2012 Autumn sittings. Since December 2014 the Government has advised that given the passage of time and the change of government, the Government does not intend to respond to the report. The committee still awaits a response to this report.

7 Since December 2014 the Government has advised that given the passage of time and the change of government, the Government does not intend to respond to the report. The committee still awaits a response to this report.

8 Since December 2014 the Government has advised that given the passage of time and the change of government, the Government does not intend to respond to the report. The committee still awaits a response to this report.

9 In June 2009 the Government advised that it did not intend to respond formally to this report. In November 2009 the Government indicated a response was being considered and would be tabled in due course. In November 2011 and December 2013 the Government indicated it was in discussion with the committee on this matter. In July 2014 the Government advised that the Independent Contractors Act 2006 was assented to on 1 December 2006 and that the Government's response was covered during debate on the Bill. The committee has not agreed to the removal of this report from the schedule.

10 On 22 June 2015, during debate on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, the Senate noted that the Government has not responded to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications report on its inquiry into information technology pricing. The committee still awaits a response to this report.

11 On 1 July 2015 the Government provided a response to Chapters 2 and 3 of this report. The Government has advised that the response to Chapter 4 was given effect to in the National Security Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2014. The response to Chapter 5 was given effect to in the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015.

12 On 4 December 2014 the Government provided an interim response to the report, advising that the committee's report is informing the Government's White Paper, which is being prepared. The White Paper will set out a clear and well defined policy platform for unlocking the full potential of the north, including actions through to 2030. The Government indicated that it will respond to the committee's specific recommendations through the White Paper. On 18 June 2015 the Government released the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future. The committee still awaits a response to this report.

13 This Report contained a series of recommendations directed at multiple Agencies. The Committee has received responses to some recommendations.

14 On 14 July 2014 the Government advised the committee that on 25 June 2014 it announced funding for the National FASD Action Plan, and that the plan would form the basis of the formal response to the inquiry. The committee still awaits a response to recommendations of the report.