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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 85


Senator FERRIS (3:45 PM) —I present the 12th report of 2004 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. 12 OF 2004

1. The committee met on Tuesday, 30 November 2004.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a) the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Amendment Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 March 2005 (see appendix 1 for statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the Disability Discrimination Amendment (Education Standards) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 December 2004 (see appendix 2 for statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the provisions of the National Water Commission Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 December 2004 (see appendix 3 for statement of reasons for referral);

(d) the provisions of the Private Health Insurance Incentives Amendment Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 8 February 2005 (see appendix 4 for statement of reasons for referral); and

(e) the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Superannuation Reporting) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 December 2004 (see appendix 5 for statement of reasons for referral).

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

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004

Aviation Security Amendment Bill 2004

Bankruptcy and Family Law Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004

Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (2004 Election Commitments) Bill 2004

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Adjustment of Certain FTB Child Rates) Bill 2004

Health Insurance Amendment (100% Medicare Rebate and Other Measures) Bill 2004

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2004

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2004

Legislative Instruments (Technical Amendment) Bill 2004

New International Tax Arrangements (Managed Funds and Other Measures) Bill 2004

Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Teaching Profession) Bill 2004

Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (2004 Measures No. 6) Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Measures) Bill 2004

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Investment Program Amendment (Post-2005 Scheme) Bill 2004

Customs Tariff Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Post-2005 Arrangements) Bill 2004

Vocational Education and Training Funding Amendment Bill 2004.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Bills deferred from meeting of 30 November 2004

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2004

National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill 2004

National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2004

Postal Industry Ombudsman Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (Retirement Villages) Bill 2004.

(Jeannie Ferris)

Chair

1 December 2004

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Amendment Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

1. concerns regarding the downgrading and potential loss of independence of the tribunal.

2. concerns relating to the potential downgrading of AAT as an accountability mechanism.

3. concerns about the impact of procedural changes to AAT processes

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Law Council of Australia, ACOSS, veterans groups, welfare rights groups

Committee to which bill is referred:

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 10 March 2005

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Appendix 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Disability Discrimination Amendment (Education Standards) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To investigate the adequacy of Commonwealth support to States/Territories for transitional costs associated with the Standard's implementation particularly relating to professional development; to examine the Standard's implementation strategy, and to facilitate the Standard's expeditious tabling.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Federation of Disability (member) Organisations

Ms Jenny Shaw, President, Australian Learning Disability Association

Blind Citizens Australia

State/Territory Departments of Education and Training

Australian Learning Disability Association

Australia Parents Council

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Royal Blind Society

Isolated Children's Parents Association of Australia

Australian Federation of SPELD Associations

National Independent Special Schools Association

Australian Associations of Christian Schools

Australian Association of Special Education

Independent Education Union of Australia

Australian Education Union

Australian Council of State School Organisations

Australian Council of Deans of Education

Committee to which bill is referred:

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 7 December 2004

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Appendix 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

National Water Commission Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To assess the appropriateness of establishing a Federal body, namely the National Water Commission, to administer funds through the Australian Water Fund and to examine further both the appointment and reporting processes associated with the Commission's operations

Possible submissions or evidence from:

State governments and bodies charged with regional management of water resources, including Western Australia and Tasmania which have yet to sign on to the National Water Initiative

Bodies representing farmers and private land-holders, such as the National Farmers Federation

Environment groups and parties with interest in land-care and water-care including the Australian Conservation Foundation and Worldwide Fund for Nature.

Committee to which bill is referred:

Environment, Communications Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 7 December 2004

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Appendix 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Private Health Insurance Incentives Amendment Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To examine the provisions of the bill relating to increases in the private health insurance rebate to ascertain if the bill will increase the affordability of private health insurance for all older Australians, regardless of whether they currently hold private health insurance or not, and to examine if there are any inequity implications relating to the affordability of private health insurance for other Australians arising from the changes proposed in the bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Health Insurance Association (AHIA)

Australian Consumers Association

Private Health Insurance Ombudsman

Australian Private Hospitals Association

Medibank Private

Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Limited

Jeremy Temple, Australian National University

Professor Jane Hall; Director Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, Sydney

Public Health Association of Australia

Professor Stephen Duckett, Professor of Health Policy, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences

John Deeble

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 8 February 2005

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Appendix 5

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Tax Laws Amendment (Superannuation Reporting) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Dangers to workers' payment if insufficient reporting to enable monitoring of payments by employers to funds

Possible submissions or evidence from:

ACTU, ASFA, Conference of Major Superannuation Funds, FPA

Committee to which bill is referred:

Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 7 December 2004