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Thursday, 13 September 2012
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Senator CAROL BROWN (TasmaniaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (11:52): I present the 11th report of 2012 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.

Senator CAROL BROWN: I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—


REPORT NO. 11 OF 2012

1.   The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 at 7.14 pm.

2.   The committee resolved to recommend—That the Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 20 November 2012 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Aviation Legislation Amendment (Liability and Insurance) Bill 2012

Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012

National Portrait Gallery of Australia Bill 2012

National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2012.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Public Interest Test) Bill 2012

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Derivative Transactions) Bill 2012

Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Fishing Activities) Bill 2012

Higher Education Support Amendment (Maximum Payment Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2012

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Amendment (Protecting Revenue) Bill 2012

Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting and Telecommunications Amendment) Bill 2011

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2012 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2012

Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Natural Program Breaks and Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2012.


(Carol Brown)

Acting Chair

13 September 2012




Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill: Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To hear from medical, psychiatric and psychological experts about the proposal for an independent Health Care Panel to monitor and evaluate the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers who have been sent offshore to Nauru. There are a number of experts who were familiar with issues arising from the last Pacific Solution, and who are familiar with issues arising within the current Immigration Detention Network, who will be able to provide valuable feedback into the proposal for a Panel and its functions.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Professor Louise Newman

Professor Patrick McGorry

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project

Refugee Advice and Casework Service Australia

Amnesty International

Refugee Council of Australia

Australian Children's Commissioners



Immigration Health Advisory Group (formerly DHAG)

Foundation House

Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP)

Australian Psychological Society (APS)



Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma

Salvation Army

Save the Children

United Voice

Brigidine Nuns

Victorian Refugee Health Network

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Possible hearing date(s):

week beginning 22 October

Possible reporting date:

20 Nov 2012


Senator Siewert

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee member