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Thursday, 14 February 2019
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Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (09:32): I move:

That—

(a) the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019

Wine Australia Amendment (Trade with United Kingdom) Bill 2019; and

(b) the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019 be called on before government business order of the day no. 1 (Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and related bill).

I table statements of reasons justifying the need for these bills to be considered during these sittings and seek leave to have the statements incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The statement s read as follows—

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR INTRODUCTION AND PASSAGE IN THE 2019 AUTUMN SITTINGS

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 2019

Purpose of the Bill

The purpose of the Bill is to make the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and each State anti-corruption body an "interception agency" for the purposes of the industry assistance measures under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (the Assistance and Access Act). The purpose of the Bill is also to require the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of the amendments made by the Assistance and Access Act before the end of the 18 month period beginning on the day on which that Act received Royal Assent (being 8 December 2018).

Reasons for Urgency

Passage of the Bill is required in the 2019 Autumn sittings to expedite the INSLM's oversight and scrutiny of the operation of the measures introduced by the Assistance and Access Act. This will support timely monitoring by the INSLM to ensure the Assistance and Access Act is operating as intended. Further, timely passage is required in order to extend to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and State anti-corruption bodies the industry assistance measures enacted as part of the Assistance and Act. This will enable the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and State anti-corruption bodies to identify and investigate serious crime, and serious misconduct and corruption across the public sector.

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Home Affairs)

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR INTRODUCTION AND PASSAGE IN THE 2019 AUTUMN SITTINGS

WINE AUSTRALIA AMENDMENT (TRADE WITH UNITED KINGDOM) BILL

Purpose of the Bill

The bill will amend the Wine Australia Act 2013 to enable continued facilitation of trade in wine between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) if the UK begins transitional arrangements to withdraw from the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019. Trade in wine between Australia and the UK is currently facilitated by the Agreement between Australia and the European Community on Trade in Wine (EC-AU Wine Agreement). The EC-AU Wine Agreement:

provides for the recognition of Australian wine-making techniques,

establishes wine labelling and certification requirements

provides for the recognition and protection of Australian geographical indications (GIs).

This agreement will no longer apply to the UK following the withdrawal from the EU. In the event of a transition period, provided for under the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, the UK would remain bound by obligations 'stemming from' EU-third country agreements from 29 March 2019 until the end of 2020. To ensure the UK continues to be recognised as a member of the EU for the purposes of the EC-AU Wine Agreement, during any transition period, amendment to the Wine Australia Act 2013 is required.

Amendment to the definition of an EC country under the Wine Australia Act 2013 is required to clarify that the UK is taken to be an EU country for the purposes of the agreement during the transition period. The amendment will enable the EC-AU Wine Agreement to continue to facilitate wine trade between Australia and the UK.

Reasons for Urgency

Passage is required in Autumn 2019 to ensure the legislative amendments commence before 29 March 2019 to enable the continued trade in wine with the UK on 29 March 2019 and beyond. Failing to enact the legislative amendments in time could have a significant impact on Australia's wine trade with the UK. Without the amendments, Australia's wine-making practices may no longer be recognised by the UK, limiting access to the UK market or requiring winemakers to re-label their products. Australia's GIs would also no longer be protected in the UK.

The UK is a key export market for Australian winemakers as it is the sixth largest wine market in the world and the second largest wine importer. The UK is Australia's top wine export market by volume and third largest market by value. In the 12 months to

September 2018, Australia exported 238.6 million litres of wine to the UK, with a value of $380 million. The UK also represents a significant market for Australian bulk wine. Approximately 80 per cent of wine shipped to the UK is unpacked (bulk), which is bottled in market and distributed across the EU. The value of bulk wine exports to the UK grew by 20 per cent to $200 million in the 12 months to September 2018.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Fifield be agreed to.