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Thursday, 4 July 2019
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The SPEAKER (15:26): I present a schedule of the status of government responses to committee reports as at 30 June 2019. Copies of the schedule are being made available to honourable members and will be incorporated in Hansard.

The schedule read as follows—

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

(as at 30 June 2019)

The Speaker's schedule to the House of Representatives on the status of government responses to committee reports is presented at six monthly intervals, usually in the last sitting weeks of the winter and spring sittings. The schedule presents a list of committee reports that contain recommendations requiring a government response. The last schedule was presented in the House on 6 December 2018. Government responses received during the period are included in the schedule and the report it relates to is then removed from subsequent schedules.

The timeframe for government responses to committee reports in this schedule is determined by the resolution adopted by the House on 29 September 2010, in which government responses to House and Joint committee reports are required within a six month period from the presentation of the report in the House. The Senate has resolved to require government responses to Senate and Joint committee reports within three months of a report being tabled. (A)

This schedule does not list reports that do not require a government response. In the past, the practice was to include all reports tabled in the House in the Speaker's schedule. However, the intent of this schedule is to provide an update to the House on the status of government responses to committee reports.

The schedule does not include advisory reports on bills introduced into the House of Representatives unless the reports make recommendations that are wider than the provision of the bill and would therefore be the subject of a government response. The Government's response to bill inquiry 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 Privileges and Members' Interests, and the Publications Committee (other than reports on inquiries). Government responses to reports of the Public Works Committee are usually reflected in motions for the approval of works after the relevant report has been presented and considered. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights' regular scrutiny reports on the human rights compatibility of bills and legislative instruments are not listed, as the timeframe for a response is specified in correspondence to the relevant minister.

Reports of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit primarily make administrative recommendations but may make policy recommendations. A government response is required in respect of such policy recommendations made by the committee. Responses to administrative recommendations 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 six months of the tabling of a report. Executive Minutes are included in this schedule.

(A) This practice has arisen from a Senate resolution of 14 March 1973, in which the Senate declared its opinion that the government should provide a response to committee reports within three months of tabling. Successive governments have affirmed their commitment to providing such responses.

The table below provides a summary of received and outstanding government responses spanning the last four parliaments.

Table of responses received and outstanding (as at end of June 2019):

Parliament

Awaiting response

Awaiting response (time has not expired)

Response received (time has expired)

Response received (time not expired)

42nd

1

-

-

-

43rd

4

-

1

-

44th

18

-

2

-

45th

31

46

9

9

 

Description of Report

Date Tabled or Published - 1

Date of Government Response - 2

Responded in Period Specified - 3

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (House, Standing)

Everybody's Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Stores

16/11/09

No response to date

No

Agriculture and Industry (House, Standing)

Smart farming—Inquiry into agricultural innovation

4/5/16

No response to date

No

Agriculture and Water Resources (House, Standing)

Making every drop count

20/12/17

No response to date

No

Super-charging Australian agriculture

11/12/18*

No response to date

Time not expired

Australia Fund Establishment (Joint, Select)

Report

25/6/15

No response to date

No

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (Joint, Statutory)

Integrity of overseas Commonwealth law enforcement operations

24/6/13

No response to date

No

Inquiry into the jurisdiction of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

5/5/16

No response to date

No

Examination of the Annual Report of the Integrity Commissioner 2016-17

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Communications and the Arts (House, Standing)

Report on the inquiry into the Australian film and television industry

7/12/17

No response to date

No

Report on the inquiry into the Australian music industry

2/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Joint, Select)

Progress report

27/10/14

No response to date

No

Final report

25/6/15

No response to date

No

Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Joint, Select)

Final report

29/11/18

No response to date

No

Corporations and Financial Services (Joint, Statutory)

Inquiry into the impairment of customer loans

4/5/16

No response to date

No

Whistleblower Protections: Report on the inquiry into Whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors

13/9/17

9/4/19*^

No

Inquiry into the life insurance industry report

27/3/18

No response to date

No

Options for greater involvement by private sector life insurers in worker rehabilitation report

24/10/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Statutory Oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Takeovers Panel and the Corporations Legislation: Report No. 1

14/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Fairness in franchising

14/3/19*

No response to date

Time not expired

Report on the 2017-2018 annual reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act

2/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Economics (House, Standing)

Review of the Four Major Banks (Third Report)

7/12/17

No response to date

No

Report on the inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Report on the inquiry into impediments to business investment

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Education and Employment (House, Standing)

Innovation and Creativity

19/6/17

No response to date

No

Employment, Education and Training (House, Standing)

Unique Individuals, Broad Skills

30/5/18

No response to date

No

Australian Government funding arrangements for non-NHMRC research

26/11/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Electoral Matters (Joint, Standing)

Second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 federal election: An assessment of electronic voting options

20/11/14

No response to date

No

The 2013 Federal Election: Report on the conduct of the 2013 election and matters related thereto

15/4/15

No response to date

No

Third interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election: AEC modernisation

21/6/17

No response to date

No

Excluded: The impact of section 44 on Australian democracy

17/5/18

No response to date

No

Report on the conduct of the 2016 federal election and matters related thereto

5/12/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Environment (House, Standing)

Streamlining environmental legislation: Inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, 'green tape', and one stop shops

23/2/15

No response to date

No

Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations

4/5/16

No response to date

No

Environment and Energy (House, Standing)

Living with fruit bate: Inquiry into flying-fox management in the eastern states

27/2/17

No response to date

No

Powering our future: Inquiry into modernizing Australia's electricity grid

5/2/18

No response to date

No

Report on the inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water

7/12/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Cane toads on the march: Inquiry into controlling the spread of cane toads

26/3/19*

No response to date

Time not expired

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Joint, Standing)

Australia's trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East

4/5/16

22/3/19*

No

Modern slavery and global supply chains - interim report

17/8/17

No response to date

No

Hidden in Plain Sight

7/12/17

No response to date

No

Contestability and consensus: A bipartisan approach to more effective parliamentary engagement with Defence

26/11/18

7/3/19*

Yes

Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases

3/12/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Compassion, Not Commerce: An inquiry into human organ trafficking and organ transplant tourism.

3/12/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Use of Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force

4/12/18

15/3/19*

Yes

From little things big things grow: Supporting Australian SMEs go global

14/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Inquiry into transition from the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

3/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Second Interim Report: freedom of religion and belief, the Australian experience

3/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

First report: Inquiry into Australia's aid program in the Indo-Pacific

3/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Health (House, Standing)

Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care

5/5/16

No response to date

No

Health and Ageing (House, Standing)

Lost in the labyrinth: Report on the inquiry into registration processes and support for overseas trained doctors

19/3/12

No response to date

No

Bridging the dental gap: Report on the inquiry into adult dental services

17/6/13

No response to date

No

Health, Aged Care and Sport (House, Standing)

Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia

23/8/13

No response to date

No

Report on the inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia

17/10/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Report on the inquiry into the quality of care in residential aged care facilities in Australia

22/10/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Report on the Inquiry into the 2017-18 Annual Reports of the Department of Health and Australian Hearing

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Bedtime Reading: Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Human Rights (Joint, Statutory)

Eleventh Report of 2013: Review of Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 and related legislation — Interim report

26/6/13

No response to date

No

2016 Review of Stronger Futures measures: Final Report

16/3/16

No response to date

No

Freedom of speech in Australia: Inquiry into the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and related procedures under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)

28/2/17

Partial response

No

Indigenous Affairs (House, Standing)

Interim report: First steps for improving educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

4/5/16

No response to date

No

The power of education from surviving to thriving: Educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

15/12/17

No response to date

No

Report on the impact of inauthentic art and craft in the style of First Nations peoples

19/12/18*

No response to date

Time not expired

Industry, Innovation, Science & Resources (House, Standing)

Internet Competition Inquiry: Inquiry into impacts on local businesses in to Australia from global internet-based   date competition

11/4/18

No response to date

No

Keep it in the regions: Mining and resources industry support for businesses in regional economies

3/12/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Infrastructure, Transport and Cities (House, Standing)

Smart ICT: Report on the inquiry into the role of smart ICT in the design and planning of infrastructure

15/3/16

No response to date

No

Building up & Moving Out

17/9/18

No response to date

No

Innovating Transport across Australia

2/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Intelligence and Security (Joint, Statutory)

ASIO's questioning and detention powers

10/5/18

3/4/19

No

Review of the re-declaration of Mosul District, Ninewa Province, Iraq

20/6/18

6/12/19

Yes

Review of the re-listing of Hizballah's External Security Organisation as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code

20/6/18

3/4/19

No

Review of the re-listing of five organisations and the listing of two organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code: Al-Shabaab, Hamas' lzz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Jemaah Anshorut Daulah and Jama'at Mujahideen Bangladesh

20/9/18

No response to date

No

Intergenerational Welfare Dependence (House, Select)

Living on the Edge: Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence

22/3/19*

No response to date

Time not expired

Law Enforcement (Joint, Statutory)

Inquiry into financial related crime

7/9/15

No response to date

No

An inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices

18/7/17

No response to date

No

Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice): First Report

6/9/17

No response to date

No

Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice): Final Report

27/3/18

No response to date

No

Examination of the Australian Federal Police Annual Report 2015-16

28/3/18

No response to date

No

Inquiry into the trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn

19/9/18

No response to date

No

Impact of new and emerging information and communications technology

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Theft and export of motor vehicles and parts

4/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Migration (Joint, Standing)

Inquiry into efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration and education agents

21/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

The report of the inquiry into review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds

21/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

National Broadband Network (Joint, Standing)

The rollout of the NBN in rural and regional areas—Second report

19/11/18

19/2/19*

Yes

National Capital and External Territories (Joint, Standing)

Etched in stone? Inquiry into the administration of the National Memorials Ordinance 1928

23/11/11

3/4/19

No

Maintaining Australia's national interests in Antarctica: Inquiry into Australia's Antarctic Territory

18/6/18

5/4/19*^

No

Commonwealth approvals for ACT light rail: Commonwealth and Parliamentary approvals for the proposed Stage 2 of the Australian Capital Territory light rail project

22/10/18

6/3/19*

Yes

Telling Australia's story - and why it's important: Report on the inquiry into Canberra's national institutions

3/4/19*

No response to date

Time not expired

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Joint, Standing)

Market readiness for provision of services under the NDIS

20/9/18

No response to date

No

Provision of assistive technology under the NDIS

12/12/18*

7/3/19*

Yes

NDIS ICT Systems

8/1/19*

7/3/19*

Yes

Progress report

29/3/19*

No response to date

Time not expired

Northern Australia (Joint, Standing)

Northern Horizons - Unleashing Our Tourism Potential

28/6/18

No response to date

No

Oversight of the implementation of redress related to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse (Joint, Select)

Getting the National Redress Scheme right: An overdue step towards justice

21/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Petitions (House, Standing)

Your voice can change our future:

The inquiry into the future of petitioning in the House

21/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Procedure (House, Standing)

Role of the Federation Chamber: Celebrating 20 years of operation

22/6/15

No response to date

No

Maintenance of the standing orders

2/5/16

 

No

Division required? Electronic voting in the House of Representatives

2/5/16

No response to date

No

Maintenance of the standing orders - Interim Report

21/5/18

No response to date

No

Maintenance of the standing orders - Final Report   

4/12/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Public Accounts and Audit (Joint, Statutory)

Report 460: Public Sector Governance - Inquiry based on Auditor-General's report 29 (2015-16)

16/2/17

No response to date

No

Report 463: Commonwealth Financial Statements

5/9/17

Partial response received

No

Report 467: Cybersecurity Compliance

25/10/17

3/4/19

No

Report 470: Defence Sustainment Expenditureg

20/3/18

14/2/19

No

Report 471: Security of Overseas Missions

8/5/18

No response to date

No

Report 472: Commonwealth Procurement - Second Report

17/10/18

Partial response received

Time not expired

Report 473: Defence Major Projects Report (2016-17)

18/9/18

18/2/19

Yes

Report 475: Defence First Principles Review, Naval Construction and Mental Health in the AFP

14/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Report 476: Australian Government Funding

14/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Report 477: Commonwealth Financial Statements - Second Report, and Foreign Investment in Real Estate

2/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Report 478: Issuing of a Certificate under section 37 of the Auditor-General's Act 1997

2/4/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Report 479: Australian Government Security Arrangements

2/4/19

Partial response received

Time not expired

Regional Development and Decentralisation (House, Select )

Regions at the ready: investing in Australia's future

28/6/18

13/2/19

No

Social Policy and Legal Affairs (House, Standing)

Breaking barriers: A national adoption framework for Australian children

26/11/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Tax and Revenue (House, Standing)

Taxpayer Engagement with the Tax System

10/9/18

No response to date

No

2017 annual report of the Australian Taxation Office: Fairness, functions and frameworks - Performance review

21/2/18

No response to date

Time not expired

Trade and Investment Growth (Joint, Select)

Inquiry into Australia's Future Research and Innovation

3/5/16

No response to date

No

Trade and Investment Growth (Joint, Standing)

Trade and the digital economy   

20/9/18

No response to date

No

Austrade's role in attracting investment in Australia

18/2/19

No response to date

Time not expired

Treaties (Joint, Standing)

Report 179: Reprocessing Nuclear Fuel-France; PACER Plus Agreement

9/5/18

18/12/18*

No

Report 181: Comprehensive and progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific partnership

22/8/18

12/4/19*^

No

Report 183: Aspects of the Peru Australia Free Trade Agreement revisited

19/11/18

4/4/19

Yes

* Presented out of session

^ Presented to Senate only

Notes

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

2 If the source for the government response date is not the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives or the Journals of the Senate, the source is shown in an endnote.

3 For reports up to the end of 42nd Parliament, the time specified is three months from the date of tabling. The Government has undertaken to respond to committee reports within a six month period—see House of Representatives Standing Orders, resolution of the House of Representatives of 29 September 2010. This resolution also puts in place additional steps for reports not responded to within that six month period. The period from when the 44th Parliament was prorogued on 9 May 2016 to the commencement of the 45th Parliament on 30 August 2016 is not included in the response period. The period from when the 45th Parliament was prorogued on 11 April 2019 to the commencement of the 46th Parliament on 2 July 2019 is not included in the response period.