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COMMITTEES—REFERENCES

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 3—That—

 (1) To ensure appropriate consideration of time critical bills by Senate committees, the provisions of all bills introduced into the House of Representatives after 10 May 2012 and up to and including 31 May 2012 that contain substantive provisions commencing on or before 1 July 2012 (together with the provisions of any related bill), are referred to committees for inquiry and report by 18 June 2012.

 (2) The committee to which each bill is referred shall be determined in accordance with the order of 29 September 2010, as amended on 8 February 2012, allocating departments and agencies to standing committees.

 (3) A committee to which a bill has been referred may determine, by unanimous decision, that there are no substantive matters that require examination and report that fact to the Senate.

 (4) This order does not apply in relation to bills which contain:

  (a) no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys (appropriation bills); and

  (b) commencement clauses providing only for the legislation to commence on Royal Assent.

Question put and passed.