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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (11:45): I present the 7th report of 2018 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Report no. 7 of 2018

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 7.20 pm. As resolved at the previous meeting, three members of the New South Wales Legislative Council Selection of Bills Committee attended the meeting to observe proceedings.

2. The committee recommends that—

(a) contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 September 2018 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipbuilding) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 October 2018 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 13 August 2018 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d) contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 August 2018 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(e) the provisions of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018, and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 13 August 2018 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(f) the provisions of the Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 6 August 2018 (see appendix 6 for a statement of reasons for referral).

3. The committee recommends that the following bills not be referred to committees:

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2018

Export Control Amendment (Equine Live Export for Slaughter Prohibition) Bill 2018

Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018

Office of National Intelligence (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

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

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment (Restoring the Debt Ceiling) Bill 2018

Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Censorship) Bill 2018

Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Insult and Offend) Bill 2018

Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Security) Bill 2018

Legislation Amendment (Sunsetting Review and Other Measures) Bill 2018

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Bill 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Financial Sector Regulation) Bill 2018.

5. Agenda item 3 (Committee membership) deferred until the next meeting.

(David Bushby)

Chair

28 June 2018

Appendix 1

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To further investigate potential impacts and unintended consequences of the Bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Defence

Attorney-General's Department

Chief of Defence Force ASIO

Australian Federal Police

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

3 September 2018

Appendix 2

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipbuilding) Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Examine the national security and economic benefits that flow from enhancing Australia's sovereign naval shipbuilding capability.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

ASC

Austal

Henderson Alliance

Defence Teaming Centre

Australian Industry Defence Network

Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union

Damen Shipyards Group

BAE Systems Australia

Saab Australia

Fincantieri

Luerssen

Navantia Australia

Australian Maritime Shipbuilding and Export Group

Submarine Institute of Australia

Civmec

Naval Group

Thales Australia

J & H Williams

Department of Defence

South Australian Government

West Australian Government

Professor John Spoehr

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s): TBC

Appendix 3

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To ensure Bill is fit for purpose, and to allow stakeholders a chance to provide advice on any problems to be fixed or improvements that could be made.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Law Council of Australia Womens Legal Services

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

13 August 20187

Appendix 4

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Modern Slavery Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This proposed legislation is the first of its kind in Australia

Need to consider expert views on impacts and possible improvements

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Attorney-General's Department

Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions

Australian Federal Police

Law Council of Australia

Transparency International

Uniting Church of Australia

International Bar Association

Walk Free Foundation

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Anti-Slavery Australia

ACRATH

Business Council of Australia

Stakeholders who provided submissions to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement's Human Trafficking Inquiry and the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

24 August 2018

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Modern Slavery Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To fully consider relevant matters of policy concern, such as appropriate thresholds, penalties, compliance mechanisms, resourcing levels, and the need for independent oversight. To allow stakeholders an opportunity to contribute to this consideration.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Stop the Traffik; Uniting Church in Australia; Salvation Army; Human Rights Law Centre;

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs — Legislation

Possible hearing date(s):

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Possible reporting date:

Friday 21 September 2018

Appendix 5

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The bill makes significant amendments to various areas of intellectual property Possible submissions or evidence from:

Oil and gas industry

Climate and Environment organisations

Department of Environment

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Economics Legislation Committee

Possible Hearing date(s):

Possible Reporting date:

Appendix 6

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This bill would affect State and Territory governments. It is important that we give them an opportunity to provide their views and raise concerns about the proposed national scheme.

This bill would also affect law enforcement across Australia. Our law enforcement agencies should have an opportunity to comment on the proposed national scheme.

Finally, this bill would affect people's rights and liberties. It would be appropriate to provide legal organisations and advocates an opportunity to raise any concerns about the protections contained in the bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions

Australian Federal Police

State and Territory law enforcement

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Home Affairs Department

State and Territory governments

Law Council of Australia

Legal Aid organisations

State and Territory bar councils

Law Institute of Victoria

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

10 August 2018

Senator BUSHBY: I thank the Senate and move:

That the report be adopted.

Question agreed to.