Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Page: 438


Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (11:57): I present the first report of 2017 of the Selection of Bills Committee. I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Report no. 1 of 2017

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 at 7.32 pm.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a) the provisions of the Airports Amendment Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 28 March 2017 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the provisions of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 February 2017 (see appendix 2 and 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 20 March 2017 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(d) the provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2017 (see appendix 5 and 6 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Excise Levies Legislation Amendment (Honey) Bill 2016

Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Superannuation Amendment (PSSAP Membership) Bill 2016

Treasury Laws Amendment (Bourke Street Fund) Bill 2017.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017

Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Full Face Coverings in Public Places) Bill 2017

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016

End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill 2017

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2017

Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Representation) Bill 2017

Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2016

Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015

Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

Transport Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Treasury Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2017

Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017.

The committee recommends accordingly.

5. The committee considered the following bill but was unable to reach agreement:

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017.

(David Bushby)

Chair

9 February 2017

APPENDIX 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Airports Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The amendments make changes to a complex system planning framework

Airport planning is a rare area where the Federal Government is the lead consent authority. This is normally a State area.

There are likely to be areas of concern around shifting settings for obtaining consent to what can be major development.

Airport planning issues are of significant interest to communities near airports

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

States and Territories

Local Government

Community organisations

Residents near airports

Airports

Airlines

Development interests

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Rural & Regional Affairs Legislation Committee.

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee.

Possible reporting date:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Senator Anne Urquhart

APPENDIX 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Expo Building and Construction (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The Bill requires investigation on the consequences of a shorter proposed transition period.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Previous submitters

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment Legislation Committee.

Possible hearing date(s):

13 February 2017

Possible reporting date:

15 February 2017

Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore

APPENDIX 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Unions and industry groups

CFMEU

ETU Vic

ACTU

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

27 February 2017

Senator Rachel Siewert

APPENDIX 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Concerns over whether Bill will not inadvertently disadvantage defence force members.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

DVA

Vietnam Vets Association

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Possible hearing date(s):

Week beginning 20 February 2017.

Possible reporting date:

20 March 2017

Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore

APPENDIX 5

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This bill enables changes to a complex regulatory system. The changes will mostly be made via regulations that have not been drafted, necessitating further scrutiny of the bill and the Government's implementation planning. Once made these changes would be difficult to unwind, heightening the bar for passage

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Relevant Government agencies (e.g. TGA); stakeholders including industry and consumer groups; health and regulatory experts

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee.

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee.

Possible reporting date:

27 March 2017

Senator Anne Urquhart

APPENDIX 6

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Concerns about process proposed in the Bill

Possible submissions or evidence from:

TGA

AMA

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee.

Possible hearing date(s):

Week commencing 6 March 2017.

Possible reporting date:

23 March 2017

Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore

Senator BUSHBY: I move:

That the report be adopted.