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Thursday, 1 March 2012
Page: 1417


Senator McEWEN (South AustraliaGovernment Whip in the Senate) (15:34): By leave—I present the second report of 2012 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.

Senator McEWEN: I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 2 OF 2012

1. The committee met in private session on Thursday, 1 March 2012 at 11.19 am.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

   (a) the provisions of the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Screening) Bill 2012 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 9 May 2012 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

   (b) the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 March 2012 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

   (c) the provisions of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 be referred immediately to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 8 May 2012 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Assisting Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2012

Corporations Amendment (Phoenixing and Other Measures) Bill 2012

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Protecting Elector Participation) Bill 2012

Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012

Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012

Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill (No. 1) 2012

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Disability Support Pension Participation Reforms) Bill 2012

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Obligations and Prudential Standards) Bill 2012.

The committee recommends accordingly. .

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

Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting and Telecommunications Amendment) Bill 2011

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Audit Enhancement) Bill 2012

Indirect Tax Laws Amendment (Assessment) Bill 2012

Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012

Public Service Amendment Bill 2012

Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Natural Program Breaks and Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2012

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 1) Bill 2012.

(Anne McEwen)

Chair

1 March 2012

 

APPENDIX 1

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Screening) Bill 2012

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The privacy and health issues at stake with this technology require input from experts.

Security and counter-terrorism experts should also be surveyed as to whether these invasive scans actually enhance security.

The Information Commissioner's office has been conducting consultations for the Office of Transport Security and given that no material has been released for public discussion, a Senate Inquiry would help to provide more detail about the consultation process.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Medical professionals expert in millimetre wave body scanners

Civil liberties organisations

Law Council

Information Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Rural Affairs and Transport Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

April

Possible reporting date:

9 May 2012

(signed)

Senator Siewert

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

 

APPENDIX 2

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Extent of material currently Refused Classification that would be permissible under the new regime

Likely guidelines to qualify for R18+ and MA15+

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Attorney-General's Department

Classification Board

The Australian Council on Children and the Media Representatives of gaming production companies

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Possible hearing date(s):

As determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

As determined by the Committee

(signed)

Senator Fifield

Selection of Bills Committee member

 

APPENDIX 3

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

ensure that it delivers the workplace productivity measures for women that it is allegedly designed to do so;

consider the impact, if any, of the legislation of the EOWW Act and EOWA within the framework of existing workplace-related legislation; and

consider the effects of the proposed legislation on social inclusion, the economy, the labour market and business competitiveness.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Centre for Leadership for Women

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Australian Federation of Employers and Industries

Australian Federation of University Women

Australian Industry Group

Australian Women's Coalition

Community Employers WA

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Disability Services Australia

Diversity Council of Australia

EOWA

Relevant State & Territory Governments

Relevant employer and industry groups

Submitters to the 2009 review of the Act

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

To be determined by the Committee

(signed)

Senator Fifield

Selection of Bills Committee member