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Thursday, 12 December 2002
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The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —In accordance with the usual practice, on behalf of the President, I table a report of parliamentary committee reports to which the government has not responded within the prescribed period. The report has been circulated to honourable senators. With the concurrence of the Senate, the report will be incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

PRESIDENT'S REPORT TO THE SENATE ON GOVERNMENT RESPONSES OUTSTANDING TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REPORTS

AS AT 12 DECEMBER 2002

PREFACE

This document continues the practice of presenting to the Senate twice each year a list of government responses to Senate and joint committee reports as well as responses which remain outstanding.

The practice of presenting this list to the Senate is in accordance with the resolution of the Senate of 14 March 1973 and the undertaking by successive governments to respond to parliamentary committee reports in timely fashion. On 26 May 1978 the then Minister for Administrative Services (Senator Withers) informed the Senate that within six months of the tabling of a committee report, the responsible minister would make a statement in the Parliament outlining the action the government proposed to take in relation to the report. The period for responses was reduced from six months to three months in 1983 by the then incoming government. The then Leader of the Government in the Senate announced this change on 24 August 1983. The method of response continued to be by way of statement. Subsequently, on 16 October 1991 the then government advised that responses to committee reports would be made by letter to a committee chair, with the letter being tabled in the Senate at the earliest opportunity. The current government in June 1996 affirmed its commitment to respond to relevant parliamentary committee reports within three months of their presentation.

This list does not usually include reports of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works or the following Senate Standing Committees: Appropriations and Staffing, Selection of Bills, Privileges, Procedure, Publications, Regulations and Ordinances, Senators' Interests and Scrutiny of Bills. However, such reports will be included if they require a response. Government responses to reports of the Public Works Committee are normally reflected in motions in the House of Representatives for the approval of works after the relevant report has been presented and considered.

Reports of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) primarily make administrative recommendations but may make policy recommendations. A government response is required in respect of such policy recommendations made by the committee. However, responses to administrative recommendations are made in the form of an executive minute provided to, and subsequently tabled by, the committee. Agencies responding to administrative recommendations are required to provide an executive minute within 6 months of tabling of a report. The committee monitors the provision of such responses.

The entry on this list for a report of the JCPAA containing only administrative recommendations is annotated to indicate that the response is to be provided in the form of an executive minute. Consequently, any other government response is not required. However, any reports containing policy recommendations are included in this report as requiring a government response.

Legislation and other committees report on bills and the provisions of bills. Only those reports in this category that make recommendations which cannot readily be addressed during the consideration of the bill, and therefore require a response, are listed. The list also does not include reports by legislation committees on estimates or scrutiny of annual reports, unless recommendations are made that require a response.

A guide to the legend used in the `Date response presented/made to the Senate' column

* See document tabled in the Senate on 11 December 2002, entitled Government Responses to Parliamentary Committee Reports—Response to the schedule tabled by the President of the Senate on 27 June 2002, for Government interim/final response.

** Report contains administrative recommendations only—response is to be provided direct to the committee in the form of an executive minute.

Committee and Title of report

Date report tabled

Date response presented/made to the Senate

Response made within specified period (3 months)

A Certain Maritime Incident (Select)

Report on a Certain Maritime Incident

23.10.02

-

Time not expired

Appropriations and Staffing

37th Report: Administration of parliamentary security

18.11.02

Not required

-

ASIO, ASIS and DSD (Joint Statutory)

An advisory report on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002

18.6.02

*(final)

No

Annual Report 2001-02

2.12.02

-

Time not expired

Community Affairs References

The patient profession: Time for action—Report on nursing

26.6.02

*(interim)

No

Participation requirements and penalties in the social security system [Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and Other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002]

25.9.02

-

Time not expired

Corporations and Securities (Joint Statutory)

Report on aspects of the regulation of proprietary companies

8.3.01

*(interim)

No

Corporations and Financial Services (Joint Statutory)

Report on the regulations and ASIC policy statements made under the Financial Services Reform Act 2001

23.10.02

-

Time not expired

Review of the Managed Investments Act 1998

12.12.02

-

Time not expired

Economics References

Report on the operation of the Australian Taxation Office

9.3.00

*(interim)

No

Report on the provisions of the Fair Prices and Better Access for All (Petroleum) Bill 1999 and the practice of multi-site franchising by oil companies

8.3.01

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into mass marketed tax effective schemes and investor protection—Interim report

25.6.01

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into mass marketed tax effective schemes and investor protection—Second report: A recommended resolution and settlement

27.9.01

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into mass marketed tax effective schemes and investor protection—Final report

12.2.02 (presented 11.2.02)

*(interim)

No

Economics References (continued)

Inquiry into the framework for the market supervision of Australia's stock exchanges

12.2.02 (presented 11.2.02)

*(final)

No

A review of public liability and professional indemnity insurance

21.10.02

-

Time not expired

Electoral Matters (Joint Standing)

The integrity of the electoral roll: Review of ANAO report no. 42 2001-02

11.11.02

-

Time not expired

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation

Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002

18.9.02

-

Time not expired

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References

Education of students with disabilities

10.12.02

-

Time not expired

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References

Universities in crisis: Report into the capacity of public universities to meet Australia's higher education needs

27.9.01

11.11.02 (presented 24.10.02)

No

The education of gifted children

12.2.02 (presented 2.10.01)

19.8.02 (presented 6.8.02)

No

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation

Report on the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002

19.6.02 (presented 18.6.02)

*(final)

No

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References

Report on the powers of the Commonwealth in environment protection and ecologically-sustainable development in Australia

27.5.99

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into Gulf St Vincent

5.6.00

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into electromagnetic radiation

22.5.01 (presented 4.5.01)

*(interim)

No

Above board? Methods of appointment to the ABC Board

25.9.01

29.8.02

No

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References (continued)

The value of water: Inquiry into Australia's urban water management

5.12.02

-

Time not expired

Finance and Public Administration Legislation

Report on the Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002] and 3 related bills

29.8.02

-

No

Finance and Public Administration References

Re-booting the IT agenda in the Australian Public Service—Final report on the government's information technology outsourcing initiative

28.8.01

*(interim)

No

Departmental and agency contracts: Report on the first year of operation of the Senate order for the production of lists of departmental and agency contracts

12.12.02

-

Time not expired

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Joint Standing)

From phantom to force—Towards a more efficient and effective army

4.9.00

*(interim)

No

Conviction with compassion: A report into freedom of religion and belief

27.11.00

14.11.02

No

A report on visits to immigration detention centres

18.6.01

9.12.02 (presented 6.12.02)

No

Australia's role in United Nations reform

25.6.01

*(interim)

No

Australia's relations with the Middle East

19.9.01

19.9.02

No

A model for a new army: Community comments on the `From phantom to force' parliamentary report into the Army

24.9.01

*(interim)

No

Review of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence annual reports 2000-01

23.9.02

-

Time not expired

Enterprising Australia—Planning, preparing and profiting from trade and investment

15.10.02

Not required

-

Visit to Australian forces deployed to the international coalition against terrorism

23.10.02

-

Time not expired

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References

Japan: Politics and society

27.9.01

*(interim)

No

Recruitment and retention of ADF personnel

12.2.02 (presented 4.10.01)

*(interim)

No

Information Technologies (Select)

In the public interest: Monitoring Australia's media

13.4.00

*(interim)

No

Legal and Constitutional Legislation

Inquiry into the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Bill 2002 and the Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002

14.5.02 (presented 26.4.02

*(final)

No

Inquiry into the provisions of the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 [No. 2] and 4 related bills

14.5.02 (presented 8.5.02)

*(final)

No

Statutory powers and functions of the Australian Law Reform Commission—Interim report

12.12.02

Not required

-

Legal and Constitutional References

Inquiry into the Commonwealth's actions in relation to Ryker (Faulkner) v The Commonwealth and Flint

30.4.96 (presented 29.4.96)

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into sexuality discrimination

2.12.97

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into the Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders) Bill 1999

13.3.00

22.8.02

No

Humanity diminished: The crime of genocide—Inquiry into the Anti-Genocide Bill 1999

29.6.00

26.9.02

No

Order in the law: Management arrangements and adequacy of funding of the Australian Federal Police and the National Crime Authority

28.8.01

19.9.02

No

Inquiry into the outsourcing of the Australian Customs Service's information technology

16.5.02

14.11.02

No

Migration zone excision: An examination of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Further Border Protection Measures) Bill 2002 and related matters

21.10.02

-

Time not expired

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 and related matters

3.12.02

-

Time not expired

Migration (Joint Standing)

Not the Hilton—Immigration detention centres: Inspection report

4.9.00

*(interim)

No

2001 Review of Migration Regulation 4.31B

18.6.01

9.12.02 (presented 6.12.02)

No

National Capital and External Territories (Joint Statutory)

In the pink or in the red? Health services on Norfolk Island

6.8.01 (presented 9.7.01)

*(interim)

No

Risky business: Inquiry into the tender process followed in the sale of the Christmas Island Casino and Resort

20.9.01

*(interim)

No

Norfolk Island electoral matters

26.8.02

-

No

Striking the right balance: Draft amendment 39, National Capital Plan

21.10.02

-

Time not expired

National Crime Authority (Joint Statutory)

The law enforcement implications of new technology

27.8.01

*(interim)

No

Australian Crime Commission Establishment Bill 2002

11.11.02

-

Time not expired

Examination of the annual report for 2000-01 of the National Crime Authority

11.12.02

Not required

-

Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund (Joint Statutory)

Second interim report for the s.206 inquiry: Indigenous land use agreements (19th report)

26.9.01

*(interim)

No

Examination of the annual reports for 2000-01 in fulfilment of the committee's duties pursuant to s.206(c) of the Native Title Act 1993

12.12.02

Not required

-

Public Accounts and Audit (Joint Statutory)

Corporate governance and accountability arrangements for Commonwealth government business enterprises, December 1999 (Report No. 372)

16.2.00

*(interim)

No

Review of Coastwatch (Report No. 384)

23.8.01

19.9.02

No

Review of the Auditor-General Act 1997 (Report No. 386)

26.9.01

19.9.02

No

Review of the accrual budget documentation (Report No. 388)

19.6.02

*(interim)

No

Review of Auditor-General's Reports 2001-2002, First, second and third quarters (Report No. 390)

29.8.02

**

-

Review of independent auditing by registered company auditors (Report No. 391)

18.9.02

-

Time not expired

Annual report 2001-02 (Report No. 392)

14.11.02

Not required

-

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation

An appropriate level of protection? The importation of salmon products: A case study of the administration of Australian quarantine and the impact of international trade arrangements

7.6.00

*(interim)

No

The proposed importation of fresh apple fruit from New Zealand—Interim report

6.8.01 (presented 18.7.01)

*(interim)

No

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation (continued)

Inquiry into the administration of motor vehicle standards and regulations

18.6.02

9.12.02 (presented 6.12.02)

No

Quota management control on Australian beef exports to the United States

26.6.02

*(interim)

No

Administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority—Interim report

27.6.02

Not required

-

Proposed importation of fresh apple fruit from New Zealand—Interim report

27.6.02

Not required

-

Administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J—Interim report

27.6.02

Not required

-

The Australian meat industry consultative structure and quota allocation—Interim report: Allocation of the US beef quota

24.9.02

-

Time not expired

Australian meat industry and export quotas

12.12.02

-

Time not expired

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References

Air safety and cabin air quality in the BAe 146 aircraft

12.10.00

19.8.02 (presented 28.6.02)

No

Airspace 2000 and related issues

5.4.01

*(interim)

No

The incidence of Ovine Johne's Disease in the Australian sheep flock—Second report

6.8.01 (presented 25.7.01)

*(interim)

No

Scrutiny of Bills

Fourth report of 2000: Entry and search provisions in Commonwealth legislation

6.4.00

*(interim)

No

Sixth report of 2002: Application of absolute and strict liability provisions in Commonwealth legislation

26.6.02

*(interim)

No

Superannuation and Financial Services (Select)

The opportunities and constraints for Australia to become a centre for the provision of global financial services

26.3.01 (presented 22.3.01)

14.11.02

No

A `reasonable and secure' retirement?: The benefit design of Commonwealth public sector and defence force unfunded superannuation funds and schemes

5.4.01

*(interim)

No

Report on the provisions of the Parliamentary (Choice of Superannuation) Bill 2001

9.8.01

*(final)

No

Prudential supervision and consumer protection for superannuation, banking and financial services: First report

20.8.01

11.11.02 (presented 24.10.02)

No

Superannuation and Financial Services (Select) (continued)

Prudential supervision and consumer protection for superannuation, banking and financial services: Second report—Some case studies

30.8.01

11.11.02 (presented 24.10.02)

No

Prudential supervision and consumer protection for superannuation, banking and financial services: Third report—Auditing of superannuation funds

24.9.01

*(interim)

No

Report on early access to superannuation benefits

12.2.02 (presented 31.1.02)

*(interim)

No

Superannuation (Select)

Taxation Laws Amendment (Superannuation) Bill (No. 2) and Superannuation Guarantee Charge Amendment Bill 2002

25.6.02

Not required

-

Taxation treatment of overseas superannuation transfers

19.8.02 (presented 25.7.02)

-

No

Provisions of Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002 and Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

26.9.02

Not required

-

Provisions of Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Choice of Superannuation Funds) Bill 2002

12.11.02

-

Time not expired

Tax arrangements for superannuation and related policy

12.12.02

-

Time not expired

Treaties (Joint Standing)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (17th report)

10.11.98 (presented 28.8.98)

*(interim)

No

Privileges and immunities of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and the treaties tabled on 27 February and 6 March 2001 (39th report)

22.5.01 (presented 18.4.01)

19.9.02

No

Extradition—a review of Australia's law and policy (40th report)

6.8.01

*(interim)

No

Who's afraid of the WTO? Australia and the World Trade Organization (42nd report)

24.9.01

29.8.02

No

Thirteen treaties tabled in August 2001 (43rd report)

27.9.01

*(final)

No

The Statue of the International Criminal Court (45th report)

15.5.02

*(interim)

No

Treaties tabled 12 March 2002 (46th report)

24.6.02

*(final)

No

Treaties tabled on 18 and 25 June 2002 (47th report)

26.8.02

Not required

-

Treaties tabled in August and September 2002 (48th report)

21.10.02

-

Time not expired

The Timor Sea Treaty (49th report)

12.11.02

-

Time not expired

Treaties tabled 15 October 2002 (50th report)

10.12.02

-

Time not expired