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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5297


Senator FERRIS (3:36 PM) —I present the 10th report of 2002 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.


Senator FERRIS —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 2002

1. The committee met on Tuesday, 15 October 2002.

2. The committee resolved to recommend— That—

(a) the provisions of the following bills be referredimmediately to committees as follows:

Bill title

Legislation Committee

Reporting date

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002 (see appendix 1 & 2 for statement of reasons for referral)

Community Affairs

11 November 2002

New Business Tax System (Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2002 (see appendix 3 for statement of reasons for referral)

Economics

21 November 2002

(b) the order of the Senate of 28 August 2002 adopting the Committee's 7th report of 2002 be varied to provide that the Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 12 November 2002 (see appendix 4 for statement of reasons for referral).

(c) the following bills not be referred to committees:

· Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Amendment Bill 2002

· Australian Crime Commission Establishment Bill 2002

· Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

· Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002

· Excise Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

· Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Initiatives and Other Measures) Bill 2002

· Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Boundary Extension) Amendment Bill 2002

· Insurance and Aviation Liability Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

· Murray-Darling Basin Amendment Bill 2002

· National Gallery Amendment Bill 2002

· New Business Tax System (Franking Deficit Tax) Amendment Bill 2002

· Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

· Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

· Trade Practices Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

· Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Dismissal) Bill 2002 [No. 2].

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Bill deferred from meeting of 19 March 2002

· Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002.

Bill deferred from meeting of 18 June 2002

· Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Scrutiny of Board Appointments) Amendment Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 20 August 2002

· Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

· Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Employee Involvement and Compliance) Bill 2002

· Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2002.

Bill deferred from meeting of 27 August 2002

· Trade Practices Amendment (Liability for Recreational Services) Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 24 September 2002

· Inspector-General of Taxation Bill 2002

· International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

· Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 6) 2002

Bill deferred from meeting of 15 October 2002

· Trade Practices Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

(Jeannie Ferris)

Chair

16 October 2002

APPENDIX 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of Bill:

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The Bill will expose holders of temporary protection visas (TPV) to activity testing and mutual obligation. Typically holders of TPVs have absent or poor English language skills, high levels of poverty, unstable accommodation and few resources, and the following issues need to be examined:

· the ability of people to comply with complex mutual obligation requirements;

· the impact of breaching and financial punitive measures on already disadvantaged people,

· the ability of job network providers to provide language and culturally appropriate employment services

· the ability of TPV holders to access the review and appeals system.

Possible submission or evidence from:

Welfare Rights Centre NSW

ACOSS (NSW)

Wesley Mission

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Hanover Welfare Services

Justice and International Mission Unit, Justice and International Mission Unit, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church Centre (Vic)

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

As soon as practicable,

(signed)

Senator Bartlett

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

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Appendix 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Consideration of the application of mutual obligation to the nominated special benefit recipients with particular consideration of:

(a) Language barriers and availability of English language tuition;

(b) Availability of Job Network Services; and

(c) Practical imputations for administration of Centrelink.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Welfare Rights Centre, ACOSS

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

25 October 2002 and 28 October-1 November 2002

Possible reporting date(s):

11 November 2002

(signed)

Senator Mackay

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

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Appendix 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

New Business Tax System (Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To explore the detail of the operations, revenue costs and compliance costs of the major measures in the bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Treasury, ATO, COSBOA, ACCI, CPA, ICCA, National Institute of Accountants, BCA, Tax Institute of Australia, Corporate Taxpayers Association, Freehills, PWC, Earnst and Young, KPMG.

Committee to which bill is referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: 15 November 2002

Possible reporting date(s): 21 November 2002

(signed)

Senator Mackay

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member

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Appendix 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Concern from aviation groups which were not consulted.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Paul Middleton—ED, Australian Ultralight Federation

Boyd Munro—Air Safety Australia

Bill Hamilton—Vice President, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia

Committee to which bill is referred:

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: Friday, 25 October 2002

Possible reporting date(s):

(signed)

Senator Meg Lees