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Thursday, 24 June 2004
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The SPEAKER (3:25 PM) —For the information of honourable Members, I present a schedule of outstanding government responses to reports of House of Representatives and joint committees, incorporating reports tabled and details of government responses made in the period between 3 December 2003, the date of the last schedule, and 24 June 2004. Copies of the schedule are being made available to honourable members and it will be incorporated in Hansard.

The document read as follows—

THE SPEAKER'S SCHEDULE OFOUTSTANDING GOV-ERNMENT RESPONSES TO REPORTS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND JOINT COM-MITTEES

(also incorporating reports tabled and details of Government responses made in the period between 3 December 2003, the date of the last schedule, and 24 June 2004)

THE SPEAKER'S SCHEDULE OF OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO COMMITTEE REPORTS

On 24 June 2004, the Government presented its response to a schedule of outstanding Government responses to parliamentary committee reports tabled in the House of Representatives on 4 December 2003.

It is Government policy to respond to parliamentary committee reports within three months of their presentation. In 1978 the Fraser Government implemented a policy of responding in the House by ministerial statement within six months of the tabling of a committee report. In 1983, the Hawke Government reduced this response time to three months but continued the practice of responding by ministerial statement. The Keating Government generally responded by means of a letter to a committee chair, with the letter being tabled in the House at the earliest opportunity. In 1996, the Howard Government affirmed the commitment to respond to relevant parliamentary committee reports within three months of their presentation. The Government also undertook to clear, as soon as possible, the backlog of reports arising from previous Parliaments.

The attached schedule lists committee reports tabled and government responses to House and joint committee reports made since the last schedule was presented on 4 December 2003. It also lists reports for which the House has received no government response. A schedule of outstanding responses will continue to be presented at approximately six monthly intervals, generally in the last sitting weeks of the winter and spring sittings.

The schedule does not include advisory reports on bills introduced into the House of Representatives unless the reports make recommendations which are wider than the provisions of the bills and which could be the subject of a government response. The Government's response to these reports is apparent in the resumption of consideration of the relevant legislation by the House. Also not included are reports from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, the House of Representatives Committee of Members' Interests, the Committee of Privileges, the Publications Committee and the Selection Committee. Government responses to reports of the Public Works Committee are normally reflected in motions for the approval of works after the relevant report has been presented and considered. Reports from other committees which do not include recommendations are not included.

Reports of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit primarily make administrative recommendations but may make policy recommendations. A government response is re-quired in respect of such policy recommendations made by the committee. However, responses to administrative recom-men-dations are made in the form of an Executive Minute provided to, and subsequently tabled by, the committee. Agencies responding to administrative recommendations are required to provide an Executive Minute within 6 months of tabling a report. The committee monitors the provision of such responses. The schedule includes reports with policy recommendations.

24 June 2004

Description of Report

Date Tabled or Published1

Date of Government Response2

Responded in Period Specified3

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (House, Standing)

Unlocking the future: The report of the Inquiry into the Reeves Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976

30-08-99

No response to date4

No

Many ways forward: Report of the inquiry into capacity building and service delivery in indigenous communities

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (House, Standing)

Inquiry into future water supplies for Australia's rural industries and communities - Interim Report

05-05-04

Period has not expired

Getting water right(s) - The future of rural Australia

21-06-04

Period has not expired

ASIO, ASIS and DSD (Joint, Statutory)

Private review of agency security arrangements

13-10-03

No response to date5

No

Intelligence on Iraq's weapon of mass destruction

01-03-04

No response to date

No

Review of the Intelligence Services Amendment Bill 2003

11-03-04

30-03-04

Annual Report of Committee Activities 2002-2003

16-06-04

Period has not expired

Review of listing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

16-06-04

Period has not expired

Australian Crime Commission (Joint, Statutory)

Cybercrime

24-03-04

Period has not expired

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (House, Standing)

Connecting Australia! Wireless broadband

11-11-02

No response to date6

No

From reel to unreal: future opportunities for Australia's film, animation, special effects and electronic games industries

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Review of the Special Broadcasting Service annual report 2002-03

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Corporations and Securities (Joint, Statutory)

Report on aspects of the regulation of proprietary companies

08-03-01

No response to date7

No

Corporations and Financial Services (Joint, Statutory)

Inquiry into the review of the Managed Investments Act 1998

12-12-02

No response to date8

No

Report on the regulations and ASIC policy statements made under the Financial Services Reform Act 2001

23-10-02

No response to date9

No

Inquiry into Regulation 7.1.29 in Corporations Amendment Regulations 2003 (No.3), Statutory Rules 2003 No. 85

26-06-03

No response to date9

No

Inquiry into the disclosure of commissions on risk products

12-08-03

17-06-04

No

Money matters in the bush-Inquiry into the level of banking & financial services in rural, regional & remote areas of Australia

15-01-04

No response to date

No

Report on the ATM fee structure

15-01-04

No response to date

No

Corporations amendment regulations 2003

24-03-04

No response to date

No

Corporations Amendment Regulations 7.1.29A, 7.1.35A and 7.1.40(h)

02-06-04

Period has not expired

CLERP (Audit Reform and Disclosure) Bill 2003-Part 1: Enforcement, executive renumeration, continuous disclosure, shareholder participation and related matters

04-06-04

Period has not expired

CLERP (Audit Reform and Disclosure) Bill 2003-Part 2: Financial reporting and audit reform

15-06-04

Period has not expired

Economics, Finance and Public Administration (House, Standing)

Numbers on the run: Review of the ANAO Report no. 37 1998-1999 on the management of Tax File Numbers

28-08-00

No response to date10

No

Rates and Taxes: A fair share for responsible local government

24-11-03

No response to date11

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2002-2003 - Interim report

22-03-04

No response required

Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual report 2003

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Education and Training (House, Standing)

Learning to work: Report on the inquiry into vocational education in schools

29-03-04

Period has not expired

Electoral Matters (Joint, Standing)

Territory representation: Report of the inquiry into increasing the minimum representation of the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives

01-12-03

25-03-04

No

Employment and Workplace Relations (House, Standing)

Back on the job: Report into aspects of Australian workers compensation schemes

02-06-03

No response to date12

No

Environment and Heritage (House, Standing)

Coordinating catchment management

26-02-01

04-12-03

No

Public good conservation: Our challenge for the 21st century

27-09-01

No response to date13

No

Employment in the environment sector: Methods, measurements and messages

01-12-03

No response to date13

No

Family and Community Affairs (House, Standing)

Road to recovery: Report on the inquiry into substance abuse in Australian communities

08-09-03

No response to date14

No

Every picture tells a story: Report on the inquiry into child custody arrangements in the event of family separation

29-12-03

No response to date

No

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Joint, Standing)

Expanding Australia's trade and investment relationship with the countries of Central Europe

15-09-03

13-05-04

No

Review of the Defence annual report 2001-2002

13-10-03

11-03-04

No

Report of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands, 17-18 December 2003

06-05-04

No response required

Near Neighbours - Good Neighbours: An inquiry into Australia's Relationship with Indonesia

31-05-04

Period has not expired

Report of the Parliamentary delegation to the Gulf States

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Inquiry into Australia's Maritime Strategy

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Industry and Resources (House, Standing)

Exploring: Australia's future impediments to increasing investment in minerals and petroleum exploration in Australia

15-09-03

No response to date13

No

Industry, Science and Resources (House, Standing)

Getting a better return: Inquiry into increasing the value added to Australian raw materials second report

24-09-01

No response to date13

No

Legal and Constitutional Affairs (House, Standing)

The third paragraph of section 53 of the Constitution

30-11-95

No response to date15

No

Modern-day usage of averments in customs prosecutions

31-05-04

Period has not expired

Migration (Joint, Standing)

2003 Review of Migration Regulation 4.31B

29-04-03

13-05-04

No

To make a contribution: review of skilled migration

29-03-04

Period has not expired

National Capital and External Territories (Joint, Standing)

In the pink or in the red? Health services on Norfolk Island

06-07-01

No response to date16

No

Norfolk Island electoral matters

26-08-02

No response to date17

No

Inquiry into pay parking in the parliamentary zone

13-10-03

No response to date18

No

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Inquiry into Governance on Norfolk Island

03-12-03

No response to date19

No

Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund (Joint, Statutory)

Nineteenth Report: Second interim report for the s.206(d) Inquiry - Indigenous Land Use Agreements

26-09-01

No response to date12

No

The effectiveness of the National Native Title Tribunal

04-12-03

No response to date20

No

Procedure (House, Standing)

Balancing tradition and progress: Procedures for the opening of Parliament

27-08-01

No response to date15

No

Sessional Order 344

18-06-03

No response to date21

No

Revised Standing Orders

24-11-03

No response to date22

No

Arrangements for second reading speeches

01-12-03

No response to date15

No

Trial of additional tellers

01-12-03

No response to date23

No

Renaming the Main Committee: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Main Committee

03-06-04

Period has not expired

Arrangements for joint meetings with the Senate

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Public Accounts and Audit (Joint, Statutory)

Corporate governance and accountability arrangements for Commonwealth government business enterprises, December 1999 (Report No. 372)

16-02-00

No response to date24

No

Review of Auditor-General's reports 2001-02: First, second and third quarters (Report No. 390)

28-08-02

11-05-04

No

Review of Independent Auditing by Registered Company Auditors (Report No. 391)

18-09-02

No response to date25

No

Review of Australia's quarantine function (Report No. 394)

05-03-03

01-06-04

No

Inquiry into the draft financial framework legislation Amendment Bill (Report No. 395)

20-08-03

No response to date

No

Review of Auditor-General's 2002 - 2003 reports First, Second & Third quarters (Report No. 396)

08-10-03

13-05-04

No

Review of Auditor-General's Reports 2002-03: Fourth Quarter (Report 398)

30-03-04

Period has not expired

Inquiry into the Management and Integrity of Electronic Information in the Commonwealth (Report No. 399)

01-04-04

Period has not expired

.

Recent Australian Bushfires (House, Select)

A nation charred: Inquiry into the recent Australian bushfires

05-11-03

No response to date26

No

Science and Innovation (House, Standing)

Riding the Innovation Wave: The Case for Increasing Business Investment in R&D

23-06-03

01-04-04

No

Science overcoming salinity: Coordinating and extending the science to address the nation's salinity problem

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Transport and Regional Services (House, Standing)

Moving on intelligent transport systems

09-12-02

No response to date27

No

Regional aviation and island transport services: Making ends meet

01-12-03

No response to date12

No

National road safety - Eyes on the road ahead

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Ship salvage

21-06-04

Period has not expired

Treaties (Joint, Standing)

Extradition - a review of Australia's law and policy (40th Report)

06-07-01

13-05-04

No

The Statute of the International Criminal Court (45th Report)

14-05-02

12-02-04

No

Treaties tabled 4 March 2003 (52nd Report)

26-06-03

17-06-04

No

Treaties tabled May and June 2003 (53rd Report)

19-08-03

No response to date28

No

Treaties tabled June and August 2003 (54th Report)

17-09-03

No response required

Treaties tabled 9 September 2003 (55th Report)

16-10-03

No response to date29

Treaties tabled 8 on October 2003 (56th Report)

01-12-03

No response to date30

Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 and the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Security Code (57th Report)

04-12-03

No response to date

No

Optional and protocol to the convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (58th Report)

23-03-04

No response to date

No

Treaties tabled in December 2003 (59th Report)

31-03-04

Period has not expired

Treaties tabled on 2 March 2004 - Consular agreement with Vietnam, World Tourism Organization, Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunications Union, Withdrawal from International Fund for Agricultural Development (60th Report)

16-06-04

Period has not expired

The Australia - United States Free Trade Agreement (61st Report)

23-06-04

Period has not expired

These notes reflect the response circulated by the Leader of the House on 3 December 2003 entitled Government Responses to Parliamentary Committee reports. Response to the schedule tabled by the Speaker of the House of Representatives on 26 June 2003.

1. The date of tabling is the date the report was presented to the House of Representatives. In the case of joint committees, the date shown is the date of first presentation to either the House or the Senate. Reports published when the House (or Houses) are not sitting are tabled at a later date.

2. If the source for the date is not the Votes and Proceed-ings of the House of Representatives or the Journals of the Senate, the source is shown in an endnote.

3. The time specified is three months from the date of tabling.

4. The government is considering the final form of a re-form package to the Act and expects to be in a position shortly to announce proposed legislative reforms.

5. The government is considering its response to the re-port.

6. The government is currently considering its response with a view to it being tabled shortly.

7. The response is being finalised and will be tabled in the near future.

8. The government is considering the recommendations and will table a response as soon as possible.

9. The response is in the final approval stage and will be tabled shortly.

10. The report is being considered and response will be tabled in due course.

11. The response will be finalised after consultation with the State and Territory governments and local government is completed.

12. The response is being finalised and will be tabled shortly.

13. A response will be tabled in due course.

14. The issues and recommendations raised in the report fall with the responsibility of a range of government portfolios and the non-government sector. Comments on the draft response have been received and the document is currently being finalised. A response is expected to be tabled shortly.

15. The response will be tabled as soon as possible.

16. The response will be incorporated into the final response to the Governance and Financial Sustainability Reports.

17. Two of the three recommendations have been implemented. The third recommendation relates to the involvement of the Australian Electoral Commission and a formal response is expected shortly.

18. Comments have been received from all interested parties on the proposed response to the recommendation and it is expected to be tabled shortly.

19. The first part of the report was tabled in December 2003 and the second part of the inquiry is due to be tabled in the next 6 months. The response to this report will be in two phases. The initial response is expected to be finalised in August; the second response will be developed once the financial sustainability report is available.

20. The government is considering its response to the re-port.

21. Responded to in the explanatory schedule 3 December 2003.

22. The Government: notes that the intention of the revised standing orders is to make them more logical, intelligi-ble and readable; notes that it would be appropriate for the timing of the introduction of revised standing orders to coincide with a new session of Parliament; notes that a new edition of House of Representatives Practice that includes references to the revised standing orders should be prepared as soon as possible; and agrees to the adoption of the revised standing orders, subject to the right of the House to make further amendments as necessary.

23. In a statement to the House on Tuesday 10 February 2004, the Speaker indicated that following a trial of ad-ditional tellers during the latter part of 2003, the evaluation of the trial by the Procedure Committee and discussion with the Chief Whips, he had decided to revert to the practice of appointing only one pair of tellers for each side.

24. The government is currently considering the recommen-dations and a response will be tabled in due course.

25. The response is being considered in light of the government's position on CLERP 9 reforms and will be tabled as soon as possible.

26. A response will be finalised after completion of the re-port of the COAG national inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management.

27. Consultations concerning finalization are continuing. The response is expected to be tabled in the near future.

28. Consultations with relevant portfolios and still proceed-ing. The response will be tabled as soon as consultations have been completed.

29. The response will be tabled as soon as consultations have been completed.

30. The response has been finalised and will be tabled shortly.


Mr Price —On indulgence, Mr Speaker: is the Procedure Committee report that was tabled in the last parliament included in your schedule as one that has not attracted a government response?


The SPEAKER —I would have to consult the Clerk. I will do that and respond to the member for Chifley.