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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Page: 1523


Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesAssistant Treasurer) (18:13): I present the government's response to the President's report of 27 June 2013 on outstanding government responses to parliamentary committee reports. I seek leave to incorporate the document in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows—

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REPORTS

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RESPONSE TO THE SCHEDULE TABLED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE ON 27 JUNE 2013

Circulated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate

Senator the Hon Eric Abetz

11 December 2013

A Certain Maritime Incident (Senate Select)

Report on a Certain Maritime Incident

The Government response is being considered.

Australia ' s Food Processing Sector ( Senate Select )

Inquiry into Australia ' s food processing sector

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

BROADCASTING LEGISLATION (Joint Select)

Three broadcasting reform proposals

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Community Affairs Legislation

Annual reports (No. 2 of 2012)

The Government response is being considered.

National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012 [Provisions]

The Bill was passed in the Senate on 20 March 2013 and in the House of Representatives on 21 March 2013.

Community Affairs References

The effectiveness of special arrangements for the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to remote area Aboriginal Health Services

The Government response is being considered.

The role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration regarding medical devices, particularly Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 31 July 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

The factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

The Government response is being considered.

Palliative care in Australia

The Government response is being considered.

Australia ' s domestic response to the World Health Organization ' s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report " Closing the gap within a generationË®

The Government response is being considered.

Supply of chemotherapy drugs such as Docetaxel

The Government response is being considered.

Constitutional Recognition of Local Government (Joint Select)

Preliminary report on the majority finding of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government: the proposal, timing and likely success of a referendum to amend Section 96 of the Australian Constitution to effect financial recognition of local government

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Final report on the majority finding of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government: the case for financial recognition, the likelihood of success and lessons from the history of constitutional referenda

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Corporations and Financial Services (Joint Statutory)

Inquiry into aspects of agribusiness managed investment schemes

The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

Access for small and medium business to finance

The Government response is being considered.

Report on the 2010-11 annual reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act

The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

Inquiry into the Personal Liability for Corporate Fault Reform Bill 2012

The Government is considering the Committee's recommendations.

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2012

A response to the Committee's recommendations was incorporated into the Bill and Explanatory Memorandum.

Family business in Australia―different and significant: why they shouldn ' t be overlooked

The Government is considering the Committee's recommendations.

Corporations and Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Response provided by Government on 21 November 2013.

Corporations Amendment (Simple Corporate Bonds and Other Measures) Bill 2013

Schedule 1—Response to be provided in updated Explanatory Memorandum; Schedule 2—the Government is not proceeding with these measures.

Regulatory framework for tax (financial) advice services (previously Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 2) Bill 2013 , Schedules 3 and 4)

Addressed through the introduction and passage of Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 3) Act 2013.

Cyber-Safety (Joint Select)

Second interim report Cyber safety for seniors A worthwhile journey

The Government response is being considered.

Economics Legislation

Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Laws) Bill 2009

The Government response is being considered.

Annual reports (No. 2 of 2010)

The Government response is being considered.

Annual reports (No. 1 of 2012)

The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [Provisions] and related bills

The Government response is being considered.

Tax Laws Amendment (Countering Tax Avoidance and Multinational Profit Shifting) Bill 2013 [Provisions]

Addressed through the passage of the Tax Laws Amendment (Countering Tax Avoidance and Multinational Profit Shifting) Bill 2013.

Economics References

Consenting adults deficits and household debt links between Australia ' s current account deficit, the demand for imported goods and household debt

The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

Access of small business to finance

The Government does not intend to respond to the report as this matter is being considered as part of the Government's Financial System Inquiry.

Competition within the Australian banking sector

The Government does not intend to respond to the report as this matter is being considered as part of the Government's Financial System Inquiry.

The post-GFC banking sector

The Government does not intend to respond to the report as this matter is being considered as part of the Government's Financial System Inquiry.

Review of changes to car fringe benefits arrangements

The Government does not intend to respond, as the Government announced its policy on fringe benefits tax during the 2013 election campaign.

Development and operation of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax

The Committee recommendation to abolish the Minerals Resource Rent Tax is being addressed through the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013.

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation

Fair Work Amendment (Small Business Penalty Rates Exemption) Bill 2012

The bill lapsed at end of 43rd Parliament on 12 November 2013.

Protecting Local Jobs (Regulating Enterprise Migration Agreements) Bill 2012 [Provisions]

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill 2013 [Provisions]

The Government's response was given during the debate on the bill.

Social Security Amendment (Supporting More Australians into Work) Bill 2013 [Provisions]

The Bill was passed in both houses of Parliament on 28 June 2013.

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References

Provision of childcare

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Higher education and skill training to support agriculture and agribusiness in Australia

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The shortage of engineering and related employment skills

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The adequacy of the allowance payment system as a support into work and the impact of the changing nature of the labour market

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Teaching and learning maximising our investment in Australian schools

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Electoral Matters (Joint Standing)

Implications of the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment (Automatic Enrolment) Act 2009 (NSW) for the conduct of Commonwealth elections

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report on the funding of political parties and election campaigns

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Review of the AEC analysis of the FWA report on the HSU

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Advisory report on the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Bill 2012

The then Government provided its response to the report during the subsequent parliamentary debate on the bill on 13 March 2013.

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012

No formal Government response will be tabled because of the intention to implement a 'one stop shop' approvals process.

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Convergence Review and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Provisions] and related bills

The Government's response was given during the debate on the bill.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 [Provisions]

No formal Government response will be tabled as the Bill obtained Royal Assent in June 2013.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Great Barrier Reef) Bill 2013

No formal Government response will be tabled because of the intention to implement a 'one stop shop' approvals process.

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERENCES

The koala saving our national icon

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation ' s commitment to reflecting and representing regional diversity

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The feasibility of a prohibition on charging fees for an unlisted number service

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS REFERENCES

The impacts of mining in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Finance and Public Administration Legislation

Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008

The Government response is being considered.

The performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services Interim report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

The performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services Final report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

Finance and Public Administration References

Staff employed under Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984

The Government response is being considered.

Implementation of the National Health Reform Agreement

The Government response is being considered.

Progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the 1999 Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance

The Government response is being considered.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE (Joint Standing)

Australia ' s trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Care of ADF personnel wounded and injured on operations

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Trading lives: Modern day human trafficking

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION

Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010 [Provisions]

The former Government responded to the Committee's recommendations during the Second Reading Speech on the Bill in the Senate on 10 May 2011, tabling a replacement explanatory memorandum taking account of the recommendations.

International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Amendment Bill 2013

The Bill was debated and passed by the previous Parliament.

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (New Mandate and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Provisions]

The Government does not intend to reintroduce the bill.

Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2013

The Government does not intend to reintroduce the bill.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE REFERENCES

Australia ' s overseas development programs in Afghanistan

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The importance of the Indian Ocean rim for Australia ' s foreign, trade and defence policy

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Gambling Reform ( Joint Select )

Fifth report The advertising and promotion of gambling services in sport Broadcasting Services Amendment (Advertising for Sports Betting) Bill 2013

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Intelligence and Security (Joint Statutory)

Report of the inquiry into potential reforms of Australia ' s national security legislation

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Law Enforcement (Joint Statutory)

Inquiry into the gathering and use of criminal intelligence

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Examination of the Australian Crime Commission annual report 2011-12

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation

Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

The previous Government sought time to examine the recommendations arising from the committee's report into the Bill. Future directions for federal anti-discrimination laws will be considered by the Government.

Migration and Security Legislation Amendment (Review of Security Assessments) Bill 2012

The legislation lapsed at end of 43rd Parliament.

Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013 [Provisions ]

The Government response is being considered.

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 [Provisions]

The Bill was passed by Parliament on 25 June 2013 and received Royal Assent on 28 June 2013.

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References

The road to a republic

The Government response is being considered.

Impact of federal court fee increases since 2010 on access to justice in Australia

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia

The Government response is being considered.

Migration (Joint Standing)

Immigration detention in Australia A new beginning Criteria for release from detention First report of the inquiry into immigration detention

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Immigration detention in Australia Community-based alternatives to detention Second report of the inquiry into immigration detention

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Immigration detention in Australia Facilities, services and transparency Third report of the inquiry into immigration detention

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Inquiry into migration and multiculturalism in Australia

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

National Broadband Network (Joint Standing)

Review of the Rollout of the National Broadband Network Fifth Report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

National Broadband Network (Senate Select)

Another fork in the road to national broadband Second interim report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

Third report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

Fourth interim report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

Final report

The Government response was presented out of sitting in the Senate on 2 August 2013 and tabled on 12 November 2013.

National Capital and External Territories (Joint Standing)

Etched in stone? Inquiry into the administration of the National Memorials Ordinance 1928

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

An estate for the future―The allocation of land to diplomatic missions in the ACT

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report on the visit to Norfolk Island 29-30 April 2013

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Public Accounts and Audit (Joint Statutory)

Report 417: Review of Auditor-General ' s reports tabled between February 2009 and September 2009

The Government response is being considered.

Report 423: Review of Auditor-General ' s reports Nos 39 (2009-10) to 15 (2010-11)

The Government response is being considered.

Report 434: Annual public hearing with the Commissioner of Taxation - 2012

The government response was given by Executive Minute.

Report 435: Review of Auditor-General ' s reports Nos 33 (2011-12) to 1 (2012-13)

The government response was given by Executive Minute.

Report 436: Review of the 2011-12 Defence Materiel Organisation major projects report

The Government response is being considered.

Report 437: Review of Auditor-General ' s reports Nos 2 to 10 (2012-13)

The Government response is being considered.

Report 438: Advisory report on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill 2013

The Government response is being considered.

PUBLIC WORKS (Joint Standing)

Public works on Christmas Island

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (Senate Select)

Final report 2010

The Government response is being considered.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013

The Government response is being considered.

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Food Labelling) Bill 2012 (No. 2)

The Government response is being considered.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References

The possible impacts and consequences for public health, trade and agriculture of the Government ' s decision to relax import restrictions on beef First report

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

The possible impacts and consequences for public health, trade and agriculture of the Government ' s decision to relax import restrictions on beef Final report

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Management of the Murray Darling Basin The impact of mining coal seam gas on the management of the Murray-Darling Basin Interim report

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Operational issues in export grain networks

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test―Interim report: Tax arrangements for foreign investment in agriculture and the limitations of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975

The Government does not intend to respond to the report because of the time elapsed since the report was tabled.

The management of the Murray-Darling Basin―Final report

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Aviation accident investigations

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Auditor-General ' s reports on Tasmanian Forestry Grants Programs

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Foreign investment and the national interest

The Government is considering the Committee's recommendations.

Treaties (Joint Standing)

Report 128—Inquiry into the Treaties Ratification Bill 2012

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.

Report 130―Treaty tabled on 14 August 2012

The Government response is being considered and will be tabled in due course.