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Notice given 27 June 2002

Senator Murray: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 May 2003, and that, in its recommendations, the committee take into account a preference to maintain overall budget neutrality within the alcohol taxation sector:

(1) The efficiency, equity and complexity of the existing structure (and relevant history) of Commonwealth, state and territory alcohol taxation (excluding goods and services tax) and related rebates, subsidies and grants being applied to each category of alcohol product, including:

(a) beer (low-, mid- and full-strength beer, in packaged and draught form);

(b) ready to drink alcohol products (below 10% alcohol by volume (abv)) currently taxed as ‘other excisable beverages’ under the Excise Tariff Act 1921 );

(c) wine, wine products and cider (currently subject to the wine equalisation tax (WET));

(d) spirits (including brandy) and ‘other excisable beverages exceeding 10% abv’; and

(e) any other alcohol products.

(2) Identification of the amount of Commonwealth taxation revenue collected in the 2001-02 financial year (and forecast to be collected over the next 10 years) on each category of alcohol product, including:

(a) the quantity of customs duty, excise duty and WET collected;

(b) the amounts of rebates, subsidies and grants paid; and

(c) the amounts of drawback of customs and excise duty paid on re-exports and exports.

(3) The effectiveness of the existing alcohol administration arrangements relating to taxation collection, including whether or not the collection should be administered by a single administration agency.

(4) For the purpose of implementing alcohol taxation policy, the extent to which there is substitution between the various categories of alcoholic beverages, including (but not restricted to) issues such as whether substitution between alcoholic beverages is the same for each category of alcoholic beverage.

(5) The impact of the existing alcohol taxation arrangements for:

(a) the economy, employment, the environment and industry;

(b) beverage pricing and cost structures;

(c) the patterns of consumption, including the abuse, of the various categories of alcohol product;

(d) the health and welfare of regional, rural and remote communities (including the funding of alcohol rehabilitation and education); and

(e) the flexibility and sustainability of government revenue.

(6) An examination of selected international alcohol taxation regimes (and recent overseas tax reviews) in order to identify the best options for alcohol taxation policy, legislation and administration in Australia.

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

*1  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*2  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 8) 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

*1  Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 2003— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 19 March 2003 ).

On 17 June 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on progress towards national reconciliation.

On 19 June 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented in respect of the 2003-04 Budget estimates.

On 24 June 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian telecommunications network.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on the role of libraries as providers of public information in the online environment.

On 26 June 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service.

By the last sitting day in June 2003 (26 June 2003)

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on labour market skills requirements.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea and other Pacific island countries.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the import risk assessment on New Zealand apples.

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 .

Superannuation—Select Committee

Report to be presented on planning for retirement.

On 11 August 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

51  Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 6 March 2003 ).

By the last sitting day in August 2003 (21 August 2003)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on forestry plantations.

On the tenth sitting day after 30 June 2003 (9 September 2003)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2003.

On 18 September 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on poverty and financial hardship.

On 7 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2] and the Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Orders of the Day

36  Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

37  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

On 8 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 .

On 27 November 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on issues involved in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services in the Doha Development Round.

On 3 December 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on children in institutional care.

By the last sitting day in 2003 (4 December 2003)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on rural water resource usage.

By the last sitting day in June 2004 (26 June 2003)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the structure and distributive effects of the Australian taxation system.