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COMMITTEES—MATTERS REFERRED TO COMMITTEES IN PREVIOUS PARLIAMENT

Senator Carol Brown, at the request of the chairs of the respective committees, tabled the following reports:

 Community Affairs References Committee—

  The committee met and considered references which the committee commenced during the 42nd Parliament but for which, due to the timing of the election and prorogation of parliament, the committee was unable to make substantive reports.

  The committee has resolved to recommend to the Senate that the following inquiries of the 42nd Parliament be re-referred with the same terms of reference so that the committee can complete and table a comprehensive report on the findings of the committee:

   Inquiry into Gene Patents, with a reporting date of 25 November 2010; and

   Inquiry into Consumer Access to Pharmaceutical Benefits, with a reporting date of 25 November 2010.

  The committee has resolved to recommend to the Senate that the following inquiry of the 42nd Parliament be re-referred with updated terms of reference so that the committee can complete and table a comprehensive report on the findings of the committee:

   Inquiry into Planning Options and Services for People Ageing with a Disability, with a reporting date of 31 March 2011.

  The committee recommends the following updated terms of reference in order to clarify the intent of the inquiry into Planning Options and Services for People Ageing with a Disability:

   Access to options for and services to assist people with a disability and their carers to plan for the future, including:

   (a) Inadequacies in the choice and funding of planning options currently available to people ageing with a disability and their carers;

   (b) Ways to ensure the continued quality of life for people with a disability as they and their carers age;

   (c) The types of options and services that could be developed to help people with a disability and their carers to plan for the future; and

   (d) Any other matters which would assist carers to find an adequate and appropriate answer to the question: `What happens when I / we can no longer care?'


  That, in respect of each of the matters to be referred to the committee, it have the power to consider and use the records of the Community Affairs References Committee appointed in the previous parliament.

  Senator Rachel Siewert

  Chair

  September 2010.

 Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee—

  The committee met and considered references not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament and resolved to recommend to the Senate that the following inquiries of the 42nd Parliament be re-adopted with terms of reference unchanged:

   Inquiry into the administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing, with a reporting date of 24 November 2010;

   Inquiry into Industry Skills Councils, with a reporting date of 16 March 2011; and

   Inquiry into Primary Schools for the 21st Century, with a reporting date of 17 March 2011.

  Further, the committee resolved to recommend to the Senate that, in respect of each of the matters to be referred to the committee, it have power to consider and use the records of the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee appointed in the previous parliament.

  Senator Chris Back

  Chair.

 Environment and Communications References Committee—

  The committee met and considered references not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament and resolved to recommend to the Senate that:

   the following inquiries of the 42nd Parliament be re-adopted:

    Inquiry into the Government's Green Loans Program, with a reporting date of 27 October 2010;

    Inquiry into Sustainable Management by the Commonwealth of Water Resources, with a reporting date of 7 October 2010; and

    The adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online, with a reporting date of 17 November 2010; and

   in respect of the matters to be referred to the committee, it have power to consider and use the records of the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee appointed in the previous parliament.

  Senator Mary Jo Fisher

  Chair

  30 September 2010.

 Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee—

  The Committee has met and considered the references not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament and resolved to recommend to the Senate:

  That the following inquiry of the 42nd Parliament be re-adopted with terms of reference unchanged and with a reporting date of 1 July 2011:

   Inquiry into the Exposure Drafts of Australian Privacy Amendment Legislation.


  That, in respect of the matter to be referred to the Committee, it have power to consider and use the records of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee appointed in the previous Parliament.

  Senator Helen Polley

  30 September 2010.

 Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—

  The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee met on 30 September 2010 and considered references not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament and resolved to recommend to the Senate that the following inquiries of the 42nd Parliament be re-adopted:

   Australia's administration and management of the Torres Strait with a reporting date of 25 November 2010; and

   Equity and diversity health checks in the Royal Australian Navy, with a reporting date of 12 May 2011.

  Further, the committee resolved to recommend to the Senate that, in respect of these matters to be referred to the committee, it have the power to consider and use the records of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee appointed in the previous Parliament.

  Senator Helen Kroger

  Chair

  30 September 2010.

 Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—

  The Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee met on 30 September 2010 and considered references not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament. The Committee resolved to recommend to the Senate that the following inquiries of the 42nd Parliament be re-adopted:

   Inquiry into Review of Government Compensation Schemes, with a reporting date of 24 November 2010; and

   Inquiry into Donor Conception Practices in Australia, with a reporting date of 24 November 2010.

  The Committee also resolved to recommend to the Senate that, in respect of these matters, the Committee have power to consider and use the records of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee appointed in the previous parliament.

  Senator Guy Barnett

  Chair

  30 September 2010.

 Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee—

  The Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee met on 30 September 2010 and considered references not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament. The committee resolved to recommend to the Senate:

  That the following inquiry of the 42nd Parliament be re-adopted:

   Inquiry into biosecurity and quarantine, with a reporting date of 22 November 2010.


  The committee also resolved to recommend to the Senate that the committee have the power to consider and use the records of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport appointed in the previous parliament.

  Senator the Hon. Bill Heffernan

  Chair

  30 September 2010.

Senator Carol Brown, by leave, moved—That the reports be adopted.

Question put and passed.