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Business of the Senate

Deferred Votes

* 1  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee—Proposed reference

Pursuant to the order of the Senate of 17 August 2006, votes to be taken, at the time for the discovery of formal business, on the motion moved by Senator O’Brien—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2007:

The administration of quarantine by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and its ministers, with particular reference to:

(a) the effectiveness of current administrative arrangements for managing quarantine, including whether the community is best served by maintaining the division between Biosecurity Australia and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS);

(b) whether combining Biosecurity Australia and the AQIS would provide a better structure for delivering the quarantine outcomes that Australia requires;

(c) the legislative or regulatory underpinning of the import risk assessment process, including the status of the current AQIS Import Risk Analysis Process Handbook ;

(d) the methodology used by Biosecurity Australia for determining appropriate levels of protection;

(e) the role, if any, of ministers in making final decisions on import risk assessments; and

(f) any related matters ( 17 August 2006 ).

* 2  Legal and Constitutional References Committee—Proposed reference

Pursuant to the order of the Senate of 17 August 2006, votes to be taken, at the time for the discovery of formal business, on the motion moved by Senator Ludwig—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report:

Temporary Business Long Stay (subclass 457) visas, with particular reference to:

(a) the general efficiency and effectiveness of the visa;

(b) the safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of the system;

(c) the Government’s performance as administrator of the visa system;

(d) the role of domestic and international labour hire firms and agreements;

(e) the potential for displacement of Australian workers;

(f) the difference between the pay and conditions of visa holders and the relevant rates in the Australian labour market;

(g) the Government’s labour market testing required before visa approval;

(h) the Government’s requirements of Regional Certifying Bodies for visa certification;

(i) the interaction of this visa with the Work Choices legislation; and

(j) any other related matter ( 17 August 2006 ).

 

Notice of Motion