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Wednesday, 27 May 1998
Page: 3239


Senator CALVERT (4:31 PM) —I present the seventh report of 1998 of the Standing Committee for the Selection of Bills. I move:

That the report be adopted.

I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard . (Quorum formed)

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

REPORT NO. 7 OF 1998

1. The Committee met on 26 May 1998.

2. The committee resolved:

That the provisions of the following bills be referred to committees:

Bill title

Stage at which referred

Legislation committee

Reporting date

Film Licensed Investment Company Bill 1998 (see appendices 1 and 2 for a statement of reasons for referral)

immediately

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

11 August 1998

Taxation Laws Amendment (Film Licensed Investment Company) Bill 1998 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral)

immediately

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

11 August 1998

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1998 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral)

immediately

Economics

25 June 1998

Trade Practices Amendment (Country of Origin Representations) Bill 1998 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral)

immediately

Economics

23 June 1998

3. The Committee resolved to recommend—That the following bills not be referred to committees:

. Customs Legislation (Anti-dumping Amendments) Bill 1998

. Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 1998

. Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1998

. Income Tax (Untainting Tax) Bill 1998

. National Measurement Amendment Bill 1998

. Taxation Laws Amendment (Company Law Review) Bill 1998.

The Committee recommends accordingly.

4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to the next meeting:

(deferred from meeting of 31 March 1998)

. Australian Hearing Services Reform Bill 1998

(deferred from meeting of 7 April 1998)

. Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 1998

(deferred from meeting of 12 May 1998)

. Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Bill 1998

(deferred from meeting of 26 May 1998)

. Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Amendment Bill 1998

. Employee Protection (Wage Guarantee) Bill 1998 [No. 2]

. Financial Sector Reform (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

. Wheat Marketing Legislation Amendment Bill 1998.

5. The committee considered a proposal to refer the provisions of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998 (see appendix 5) , and recommends that the provisions of the bill be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee. The committee did not reach a decision on a reporting date.

(Paul Calvert)

Chair

27 May 1998

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Film Licensed Investment Company Bill 1998

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Provides for the establishment of a pilot scheme for the delivery of tax concessions to investors in the film industry and consideration needs to be given to the adequacy of the level of the proposed tax deduction, to capital gains tax provisions which may be a disincentive to investment, and to whether this scheme will be effective in attracting more investment in Australian films.

Possible submission or evidence from:

Australian Screen Directors Association (Mr Ian Collie, Exec Director) Screen Producers Association of Australia (Mr Nick Heard, Exec Director) Australian Writers Guild (Ms Sue McGreedy, Exec Director) Movieco (Mr David Court, Director) Australian Film Commission Australian Film Finance Corporation Film Finances (Ms Sue Milliken, Manager)

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date : As soon as practicable.

(signed)

Vicki Bourne

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

Appendix 2

Name of bill:

Film Licensed Investment Company Bill 1998

Taxation Laws Amendment (Film Licensed Investment Company) Bill 1998

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

The bills give the effect to a trial of a scheme of investment in the Australian film and television product.

The bills were introduced together and need to be reviewed conjointly

Possible submission or evidence from:

Representatives of the film and television industry.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date : As soon as practicable.

(signed)

S. Conroy

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

Appendix 3

Name of bill:

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1998

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Schedule 1: Retrospective application of sales tax on infrastructure projects.

Schedule 5: gifts

Schedule 4: possible anomalies in depreciation provisions.

Possible submission or evidence from:

Australian Constructors Association, Australian Council for Infrastructure Development Limited, Ernst and Young

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date : 25 June 1998

(signed)

S. Conroy

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

Appendix 4

Name of bill :

Trade Practices Amendment (Country of Origin Representations) Bill 1998

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This legislation sets up a framework for establishing country of origin labelling claims and consideration needs to be given as to whether this legislation will meet the requirements called for by various industry bodies and whether it will adequately meet public and industry expectations.

Possible submission or evidence from

Pork Council of Australia

Strawberry Growers Association

South Australian Farmers Federation

National Farmers Federation

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date: As soon as practicable.

(signed)

Vicki Bourne

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

Appendix 5

Name of bill:

Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Impact of increase in disclosure amounts on transparency and intensity of funding and disclosure provisions.

Regulations as per item 19—need input into make-up of regulations

Clarify use of elector information provisions to members of parliament and senators.

Possible submission or evidence from:

Political parties and academics

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date : 10 August 1998

(signed)

S. Conroy

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member