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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
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Senator FERRIS (3:40 PM) —I present the 14th report of 2002 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.


Senator FERRIS —I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 14 OF 2002

1. The committee met on Tuesday, 10 December 2002.

2. The committee resolved to recommend— That—

(a) the provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors' Bonuses) Bill 2002 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 March 2003 (see appendix 1 for statement of reasons for referral)

(b) the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002 be referred immediately to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 March 2003 (see appendix 2 for statement of reasons for referral)

(c) the following bills not be referred to committees:

· Crimes Legislation Amendment (People Smuggling, Firearms Trafficking and Other Measures) Bill 2002

· Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

· Migration Legislation Amendment (Contributory Parents Migration Scheme) Bill 2002

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 2002

· Taxation Laws Amendment (Earlier Access to Farm Management Deposits) Bill 2002

· Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Bill deferred from meeting of 20 August 2002

· Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Employee Involvement and Compliance) Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 12 November 2002

· Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002

· Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 19 November 2002

· Workplace Relations Amendment (Award Simplification) Bill 2002

· Workplace Relations Amendment (Choice in Award Coverage) Bill 2002.

Bill deferred from meeting of 3 December 2002

· Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 10 December 2002

· Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2002

· Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Bali Bombings) Bill 2002

· Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 8) 2002

· Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2002 [No. 2].

(Jeannie Ferris)

Chair

11 December 2002

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Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors' Bonuses) Bill 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Closely examine the government's proposal.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Shareholders Association, Institute of Company Directors, Business Council of Australia, ASX, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, Australian Council of Institutional Super Funds

Committee to which bill is referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: Late January/Early February 2003

Possible reporting date(s): Week of 3 March 2002

(signed)

Senator Mackay

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

· The impact of the bill on job security

· The constitutional implications of the bill

· The development of the bill and Commonwealth-State relations

· The impact of the bill on procedures

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Employees, employees trade unions, community legal centres and other community organisations, academics, legal experts

Committee to which bill is referred:

Employment, Workplace Relations, and Education Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: March 2002

Possible reporting date(s): April 2002

(signed)

Senator Mackay

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member