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Wednesday, 8 December 2004
Page: 84


Senator FERRIS (3:37 PM) —I present the 14th report for 2004 of the Standing Committee for the Selection of Bills.

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—

1. The committee met on Tuesday, 7 December 2004.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a) the provisions of the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-Siphoning) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 March 2005 (see appendix 1 for statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the provisions of the National Health Amendment (Prostheses) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 February 2005 (see appendix 2 for statement of reasons for referral); and

(c) the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Right of Entry) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 March 2005 (see appendices 3 and 4 for statements of reasons for referral); and

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 2004

Australian Passports Bill 2004

Australian Passports (Application Fees) Bill 2004

Australian Passports (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2004

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

James Hardie (Investigations and Proceedings) Bill 2004

Postal Industry Ombudsman Bill 2004

Tax Laws Amendment (Retirement Villages) Bill 2004

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Bill 2004

Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Dismissal Reform) Bill 2004.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Bills deferred from meeting of 7 December 2004

Australian Communications and Media Authority Bill 2004

Australian Communications and Media Authority (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2004

Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Amendment Bill 2004

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2004

Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2004

Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2004

Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2004

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2004

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2004

Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2004.

Jeannie Ferris

Chair

8 December 2004.

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-Siphoning) Bill 2004 Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Possible submissions or evidence from:

To explore the adequacy of the current anti-siphoning regime and to examine whether any changes are require to ensure that it remains effective.

Committee to which bill is referred:

Environment, Communications Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date:

Possible reporting date(s): 7 March 2005

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Appendix 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

National Health Amendment (Prostheses) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Impact on private health insurance premiums and patient choice

Need for provisions to ensure that patients are informed of potential gap costs

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Consumer/patient groups; doctors groups; PHIO; DOHA: state health departments; independent experts

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: TBD

Possible reporting date(s): 10 February 2005

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Appendix 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Workplace Relations Amendment (Right of Entry) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To examine the provisions of the bill relating to the expansion of the Commonwealth system for union right of entry over state systems; changes to criteria for a person to be granted a right of entry permit; and proposed limitations on union right of entry, and any related matters.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Australian Industry Group (MG)

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Master Builders Association (MBA)

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Union (CFMEU)

Independent Contractors of Australia

BGC Construction (WA Company)

ANZ Bank

Financial Sector Union

Commonwealth and State Governments

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date: 7 March 2005

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Appendix 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Workplace Relations Amendment (Right of Entry) Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

Whether provisions of the bill are appropriate/justified

Possible submissions or evidence from:

ACTU; ACCI; AIG; unions; BCA

Committee to which bill is referred:

Employment, Workplace Relations, and Education Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: TBC

Possible reporting date(s): 13 May 2005