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Thursday, 24 June 2010
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Senator McEWEN (5:01 PM) —by leave—At the request of the Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator O’Brien), I present the 10th report of the Selection of Bills Committee and I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 10 OF 2010

1. The committee met in private session on Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 11.55 am.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a)   the provisions of the Airports Amendment Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010;

(b)   the provisions of the Access to Justice (Family Court Restructure and Other Measures) Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 September 2010 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c)   the provisions of the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 September 2010 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d)   the Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(e)   the provisions of the Military Court of Australia Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 September 2010 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(f)   the Parliamentary Budget Office Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 25 August 2010 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(g)   the provisions of the Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 September 2010 (see appendix 6 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

  • Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010
  • Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
  • Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
  • Financial Management and Accountability Amendment (Value for Money in Government Spending) Bill 2010
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2010
  • National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010
  • National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2010
  • National Measurement Amendment Bill 2010
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No. 4) Bill 2010.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

  • Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010
  • Choice of Repairer Bill 2010
  • Corporations Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2010
  • Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill 2010
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2010.

 (Kerry O’Brien)

Chair

24 June 2010

 

APPENDIX I

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Access to Justice (Family Court Restructure and Other Measures) Bill 2010 Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The government has not provided the Bill with enough time to examine it adequately before weighing up considerations before referring, therefore referral is necessary.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Law Council

Federation of Community Legal Services Liberty Victoria

Human Rights Law Resource Centre Ltd Public Interest Law Clearing House (VIC) Inc

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional

Possible hearing date(s):

August

Possible reporting date:

21 September 2010

(signed)

Rachael Siewert

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

 

APPENDIX 2

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The bill introduces a range of new evidence gathering powers and data searching capacities for the AFP that require further examination to assess the adequacy of safeguards and privacy considerations.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Law Council

Federation of Community Legal Services Liberty Victoria

Human Rights Law Resource Centre Ltd Public Interest Law Clearing House (VIC) Inc

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional

Possible hearing date(s):

August

Possible reporting date:

21 September 2010

(signed)

Rachael Siewert

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

 

APPENDIX 3

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010 Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Scrutiny of Bills

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Mr Stephen Merchant, Deputy Secretary for Intelligence & Security Mr Frank Roberts, Chief Security Officer, Department of Defence Mr David Lloyd, Defence General Counsel

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

24 August 2010

(signed)

Kerry O’Brien

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

 

APPENDIX 4

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Military Court of Australia Bill 2010

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The government has not provided the Bill with enough time to examine it adequately before weighing up considerations before referral, therefore referral is necessary.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Law Council

Federation of Community Legal Services Liberty Victoria

Human Rights Law Resource Centre Ltd Public Interest Law Clearing House (VIC) Inc

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional

Possible hearing date(s):

August

Possible reporting date:

21 September 2010

(signed)

Rachael Siewert

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

 

APPENDIX 5

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Parliamentary Budget Office Bill

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To review merit of independent analysis and scrutiny of major Government budget statements with the PBO reporting to the Parliament rather than the executive. To note the growing trend for such an office around the world including in the US, Canada and the UK.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Auditor General, Parliamentary Library, Institute of Public Affairs, Menzies Research Institute, Australia Institute, Taxpayers association and various organisations representing best practice public administration.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Finance and Public Administration

Possible hearing date(s):

tba

Possible reporting date:

25 August 2010

(signed)

Kerry O’Brien

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

APPENDIX 6

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Need to assess whether privacy considerations are adequately addressed.

The government has not provided the Bill with enough time to examine it adequately before weighing up considerations before referral, therefore referral is necessary

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Electronic Frontiers Australia Internet Industry Association Australian Law Council

Committee to which bill is to be referred: Environment Communication and the Arts

Possible hearing date(s):

August

Possible reporting date:

21 September 2010

(signed)

Rachael Siewert

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

 

Amendment to Selection of Bills Committee Draft Report No.10 of 2010 to be tabled on Thursday 24 June 2010

Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010 (introduced in the House of Representatives 23 June 2010) refer to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010

Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (introduced in the House of Representatives 23 June 2010) refer to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010  (introduced in the House of Representatives 23 June 2010) refer to Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010

Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals  Network) Bill 2010 (introduced in the House of Representatives 23 June 2010) refer to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 20] 0 (introduced in the House of Representatives 23 June 2010) be deferred for consideration at its next meeting

National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010 (introduced in the House of Representatives 23 June 2010) refer to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2010


Senator McEWEN —I move:

That the report be adopted.