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Thursday, 16 February 2017
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Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (11:06): I present the second report of 2017 of the Selection of Bills Committee and I seek leave to have the report incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 2 OF 2017

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 7.24 pm.

2. The committee recommends—That—

(a) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2017 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the provisions of the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 March 2017 (see appendix 2 and 3 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(c) the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2017 and the Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 20 March 2017 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral).

3. The committee resolved to recommend—That the following bills not be referred to committees:

Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Full Face Coverings in Public Places) Bill 2017

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill 2017

Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Representation) Bill 2017

Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015

Transport Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Treasury Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016.

The committee recommends accordingly.

4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:

Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017

Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2017

Disability Services Amendment (Linking Upper Age Limits for Disability Employment Services to Pension Age) Bill 2017

Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2017

End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2017

Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2016

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Polar Code) Bill 2017

Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017

Treasury Laws Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Employer Register) Bill 2017.

David Bushby

Chair

16 February 2017

 

APPENDIX 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Australian Broadcasting Corporations Amendment (Restoring Short wave Radio) Bill 2017

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Consideration of the impact of the requirement for the ABC to retain its shortwave radio transmission radio service provided in the Bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

The ABC

Australian Strategic and Policy Institute

Friends of the ABC

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Communications

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment and Communications

Possible hearing date(s):

3 April 2017

Possible reporting date:

10 May 2016

(signed)

Senator Kakoschke-Moore

 

APPENDIX 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This is legislation which proposes changes to the Native Title Act. The recognition and protection of native title is important to Indigenous Australians and the broader Australian community.

It is appropriate and responsible for the Senate to properly examine the impact of proposed amendments to native title law.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Attorney-General's Department

Native Title Law Council

National Native Title Council

National Native Title Tribunal

Native Title Services

Australian Law Reform Commission

Minerals Council of Australia

National Parks Associations

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal & Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

17 March 2017

(signed)

Senator Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Stakeholder views on the Bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

National Native Title Council, Northern Land Council, Kimberley Land Council, South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, Central Land Council, Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council and other Native Title groups

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

27 March 2017

(signed)

Senator Siewert

 

APPENDIX 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2017

Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Impact of these bills on the Australian government's budget position

Impact of these bills on the investment environment

Impact of these bills on equality

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Business sector

Trade unions

Social justice sector

Academics

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Economics

Possible hearing date(s):

Early March; April

Possible reporting date:

9 May 2017

(signed)

Senator Siewert

 

Senator BUSHBY: I move:

That the report be adopted.