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MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT (LIFE GOLD PASS) AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2012

Order read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Senator Lundy)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.


Bill debated.

Senator Xenophon moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Clause 2, page 2 (at the end of the table), add:

7. Schedule 3Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 6.

Page 9 (after line 15), at the end of the bill, add:

 

Schedule 3—Determinations and reports about politicians' pay and entitlements

 

Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973

 1 After section 7

  Insert:

 

7AA Process for making determination or report about members of Parliament

  (1) Before making a determination or report under this Act relating to a member of the Parliament (including a Minister of State), the Tribunal must:

 (a) make a call to the public for submissions; and

 (b) publish on its website each submission received (but only with the consent of the person making the submission); and

 (c) conduct a public hearing in relation to the matters that are the subject of the proposed determination or report.

  (2) The Tribunal must publish on its website a transcript of public hearings conducted under paragraph (1)(c).

 2 Section 7A

  Before "The Tribunal", insert "(1)".

 3 At the end of section 7A

  Add:

  (2) The Tribunal's reasons for a determination or report under this Act relating to a member of the Parliament (including a Minister of State) must address:

 (a) any submissions received under subsection 7AA(1); and

 (b) any evidence given in a public hearing conducted under that subsection.

 4 At the end of section 11

  Add:

  (3) This section applies subject to section 7AA (process for making determination or report about members of Parliament).

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.


The committee divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Rhiannon

Siewert

Waters

Wright

Xenophon (Teller)

NOES, 40

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boswell

Boyce

Brown, Carol

Bushby (Teller)

Cameron

Carr

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Edwards

Farrell

Feeney

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Heffernan

Hogg

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the chair and the Chair of Committees (Senator Parry) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence (Senator Feeney) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.