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Thursday, 25 September 2008
Page: 5690


Senator STERLE (4:01 PM) —On behalf of Senator McEwen, I present the 12th report of 2008 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.


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

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT No. 12 OF 2008

(1)   The committee met in private session on Thursday, 25 September 2008 at 12.36 pm.

(2)   The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a)   the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 13 October 2008;

(b)   the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television Switch-over) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 25 November 2008;

(c)   the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 10 November 2008 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d)   the provisions of the National Rental Affordability Scheme Bill 2008 and the National Rental Affordability Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 20 November 2008 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(e)   the provisions of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2008 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(f)   the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 5) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 13 October 2008 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(g)   the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Education Refund) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 13 October 2008; and

(h)   the provisions of the Temporary Residents’ Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 and the Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Amendment Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 20 November 2008.

(3)   The committee resolved to recommend—That the following bills not be referred to committees:

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2008
  • Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008
  • Financial Transaction Reports Amendment (Transitional Arrangements) Bill 2008
  • National Measurement Amendment Bill 2008
  • Stolen Generations Reparations Tribunal Bill 2008.

The committee recommends accordingly.

(4)   The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:

  • Dairy Adjustment Levy Termination Bill 2008
  • Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2008
  • Road Charges Legislation Repeal and Amendment Bill 2008
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Worker Protection) Bill 2008
  • Schools Assistance Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008 (No. 2)
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Clarity in Pricing) Bill 2008
  • Transport Security Amendment (2008 Measures No. 1) Bill 2008
  • Urgent Relief for Single Age Pensioners Bill 2008
  • Water Amendment Bill 2008.

(Anne McEwen)

Acting Chair

25 September 2008


Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Various grounds for repeal and inconsistencies with other legislation.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Environmental, indigenous, legal experts

Committee to which bill is referred:

Environment, Communications and the Arts

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 10 November 2008


Appendix 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

National Rental Affordability Scheme Bill 2008 and the National Rental Affordability Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Whether the bill is targeted to deliver affordable housing to those in greatest need

Whether the bill is an efficient and effective way to deliver increased affordable housing

Whether the bill facilitates investment in social housing by not-for-profit community housing organisations, as well as private investors

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Welfare and advocacy groups,

Community Housing Association

Planning and building associations and other industry groups

Academics with expertise in this area

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s):


Appendix 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

The Bill is providing for a new framework of compliance measures for employment related social security benefits. Concerns have been raised by social service providers that these measures would have a detrimental impact on vulnerable job seekers.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Council of Social Services

Catholic Social Services

Australia Uniting Care

Anglicare

Welfare Rights Advocacy Service

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 24 November 2008


Appendix 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 5) Bill 2008

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This bill proposes to make a number of tax technical changes to GST & FBT legislation and thus would require additional scrutiny

Possible submissions or evidence from:

CPA Australia

Institute of Chartered Accountants

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Economics Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date: 13 October 2008