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Wednesday, 16 June 2004
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Senator LIGHTFOOT (3:35 PM) —I present the eighth report of 2004 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.


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

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 8 OF 2004

1. The committee met on Tuesday, 15 June 2004.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a) the provisions of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment (Export Control) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 June 2004 (see appendix 1 for statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amend-ment (Income Streams) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 June 2004 (see appendix 2 for statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the provisions of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 July 2004 (see appendix 3 for statement of reasons for referral);

(d) the provisions of the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill 2004 and the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Com-mittee for inquiry and report by 19 August 2004 (see appendix 4 for statement of reasons for referral);

(e) the Superannuation Budget Measures Bill 2004, Superannuation Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 1) Bill 2004 and the Superannuation Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 2) Bill 2004 Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Com-mittee for inquiry and report by 21 June 2004 (see appendix 5 for statement of reasons for referral);

(f) the provisions of the Telecommuni-cations (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 July 2004 (see appendix 6 for statement of reasons for referral);

(g) the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting Small Business Employment) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 14 September 2004 (see appendix 7 for statement of reasons for referral); and

(h) the Tax Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 3) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee but was unable to reach agreement on a reporting date (see appendix 8 for statement of reasons for referral);

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

Aged Care Amendment Bill 2004

Australian Institute of Marine Science Amendment Bill 2004

Child Support Legislation Amend-ment Bill 2004

Customs Legislation Amendment (Airport, Port and Cargo Security) Bill 2004

Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuels) Bill 2004

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuels) Bill 2004

Excise and Other Legislation Amendment (Compliance Measures) Bill 2004

Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2004

Extension of Charitable Purpose Bill 2004

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2004

Medical Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Bill 2004

Medical Indemnity Legislation Amendment (Run-off Cover Indemnity and Other Measures) Bill 2004

New International Tax Arrangements (Participation Exemption and Other Measures) Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 2) Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2004

Tourism Australia (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2004

Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Dismissal) Bill 2004.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Bills deferred from meeting of 10 February 2004

Corporate Law Economic Reform Program (Audit Reform and Corporate Disclosure) Bill 2003

Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

Racial and Religious Hatred Bill 2003 [No. 2].

Bill deferred from meeting of 23 March 2004

Resale Royalty Bill 2004.

Bill deferred from meeting of 30 March 2004

Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004.

Bills deferred from meeting of 15 June 2004

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 2004

Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2004.

(Jeannie Ferris)

Chair

16 June 2004

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment (Export Control) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

This bill proposes a number of amendments to legislation flowing from the inquiry into the live-stock export trade by Dr Keniry. An inquiry is needed to ensure these amendments and associated regulations deliver the outcomes intended by Dr Keniry.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

AQIS. AFFA, Livecorp and Animals Australia

Committee to which bill is referred:

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: Week starting 15 June 2004

Possible reporting date(s): Week starting 21 June 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Income Streams) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

The impact of the changes to asset test exemption on retirement income adequacy and take-up of income stream products.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

FaCS, COTA/National Seniors, Association of Independent Retirees (Australia), Investment and Financial Services Association, Financial Planning Association, Association of Super Funds Australia, Small Investment and Super Funds Association, Investment Fund Services.

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): June 24 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Family Law Amendment Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To consider provisions in further detail (19 parts to the bill)

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Family Law Council, National Women's Legal Services Association, Law Council of Australia.

Committee to which bill is referred:

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): by 30 July 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill 2004

National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Whether the bills strike an appropriate balance between the protection of classified and security sensitive information, an the rights of parties in the criminal justice system

The report of the Australian Law Reform Commission on Protecting Classified and Security Sensitive Information

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Legal profession, government and liberties groups

Committee to which bill is referred:

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 19 August 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 5

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Superannuation Budget Measures Bill 2004, Superannuation Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 1) Bill 2004 and the Superannuation Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 2) Bill 2004 Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To receive evidence on the number of persons and socio-economic background of those likely to benefit

Increased level of saving that may result

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Treasury, Association of Super Funds, IFSA, Fin-ancial Planners Association

Committee to which bill is referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: 18/21 June 2004

Possible reporting date(s): 21/22 June 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 6

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Whether previous concerns of the committee have been addressed.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Electronic frontiers, legal profession, civil liberties groups, law enforcement agencies

Committee to which bill is referred:

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 22 July 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 7

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting Small Business Employment) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To consider the best method of ensuring that small businesses which genuinely cannot afford to pay redundancy pay, can readily obtain exemptions

Possible submissions or evidence from:

ACTU, employer groups, AIRC

Committee to which bill is referred:

Employment, Workplace Relations, and Education Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): September 2004

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member

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Appendix 8

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Tax Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 3) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Adequate consideration of the proposed changes to the Venture Capital Regime

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Treasury, ATO

Committee to which bill is referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s):

Senator Lyn Allison

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member