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Notice given 6 August 2001

974  Senator Murray: To move—

Establishment of a select committee

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Australian Tax System be established to inquire into and report, by 30 June 2002, on the manner in which the Australian tax system is catering for the social, environmental and economic needs of Australia.

Matters to be explored by the committee

(2) That, in conducting its inquiry, the committee:

(a) examine the following matters:

(i) the New Tax System, including the goods and services tax (GST) and any proposals for modifications to the GST,

(ii) the business tax measures recommended by the Ralph review, including measures which have, and have not, been implemented, and

(iii) the estimated additional revenue required to provide government services and programs demanded by the Australian community, and possible sources of revenue;

(b) establish the cost benefits and impacts, and strengths and weaknesses of the measures and proposals outlined in subparagraphs (a)(i) to (iii);

(c) in examining the implementation of the new tax system and the Ralph business tax measures—compare the impacts of these tax changes with the claims and estimates that underpinned the proposals for change; and

(d) examine how low income persons could benefit from changes to the tax system.

Composition of the committee

(3) That the committee consist of 7 senators, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

(4) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(5) That:

(a) senators may be appointed to the committee as substitutes for members of the committee in respect of particular matters before the committee;

(b) on the nominations of the Australian Greens, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation or independent senators, participating members may be appointed to the committee; and

(c) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(6) That the chair of the committee be elected by and from the members of the committee.

(7) That the deputy chair of the committee be elected by and from the members of the committee immediately after the election of the chair.

(8) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

Powers and administration of the committee

(9) That the committee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10) That the quorum of the committee shall be a majority of the members of the committee.

(11) That the committee not commence its inquiry until the date on which the second quarter’s Business Activity Statement for the 2001-02 financial year is due to be lodged.

(12) That the committee advertise for submissions and hold hearings in each state and territory as required.

(13) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee, including to provide economic modelling, with the approval of the President.

(14) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

On 6 December 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On the last sitting day in December 2001

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented Australian Customs Service’s information technology and communications systems.

On 28 February 2002

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Scrutiny of Bills—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the application of absolute and strict liability offences in Commonwealth legislation.

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000, the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000, the Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements Bill 2000 [No. 2] and the provisions of the Government Advertising (Objectivity, Fairness and Accountability) Bill 2000. ( First two bills referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Orders of the Day

85  Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 10 October 2000 ).

88  Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements Bill 2000 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Faulkner )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 9 November 2000 ).

On the tenth sitting day of 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 31 October 2001.

On 28 March 2002

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

*1  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented Ansett Australia.

On the last sitting day in March 2002

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Superannuation and Financial Services—Select Committee

Report to be presented on initial terms of reference.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J .

On the first sitting day in April 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on the Trade Practices Act—Misuse of market power—Onus of proof.

On 1 April 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on water management.

On 18 April 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

103  Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2001—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 27 June 2001 ).

On 1 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Corporations and Securities—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on the requirement in the Financial Services Reform Bill 2001 that commissions on risk products be fully disclosed.