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14    Legislation Committees—Estimates Hearings

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 2—

    (1)   That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2016 be scheduled as follows:

             2015-16 additional estimates:

Monday, 8 February and Tuesday, 9 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 10 February and Thursday, 11 February ( Group B ).

             2016-17 Budget estimates:

Monday, 23 May to Thursday, 26 May, and, if required, Friday, 27 May ( Group A )

Monday, 30 May to Thursday, 2 June, and, if required, Friday, 3 June ( Group B )

Monday, 17 October and Tuesday, 18 October ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesday, 19 October and Thursday, 20 October ( supplementary hearings—Group B ).

    (2)   That pursuant to the orders of the Senate of 26 August 2008 and 23 June 2015, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 12 February, Friday, 27 May and Friday, 21 October, but not restricted to these days.

    (3)   That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to committees agreed to by the Senate.

    (4)   That committees meet in the following groups:

             Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

             Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

    (5)   That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

                 (a)   Tuesday, 1 March 2016 in respect of the 2015-16 additional estimates; and

                 (b)   Tuesday, 28 June 2016 in respect of the 2016-17 Budget estimates.

Question put and passed.