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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9983


Senator CAROL BROWN (Tasmania) (18:27): I move opposition amendment (12) on sheet 8225:

(12) Clause 53, page 28 (after line 13), at the end of the clause, add:

(4) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after its receipt by the Minister.

(5) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be published on the internet within 30 days after its receipt by the Minister.

This amendment is important to ensure that the government cannot hide the outcomes of the review. The government is asking the parliament to support this bill without proper parliamentary scrutiny and is seeking to keep the review a secret. This is wrong, and Labor urges all senators to support this important amendment. The amendment prescribes that the review report should be tabled in the parliament and made public. It says that the minister must cause a copy of the report be tabled in each house of parliament within 15 sitting days of that house after its receipt by the minister and that the minister must cause a copy of the report to be published on the internet within 30 days after its receipt by the minister.