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8          Selection of Bills—Standing Committee—Report no. 8 of 2020

The Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator Dean Smith) tabled the following report:

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 8 of 2020

1.     The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at 7.30 pm.

2.    The committee recommends that—

(a)                  contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 and the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 5 November 2020 ;

(b)                  the provisions of the Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Levy) Bill 2020 and the Civil Aviation Amendment (Unmanned Aircraft Levy Collection and Payment) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 November 2020 ;

(c)                  the provisions of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Grid Reliability Fund) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 November 2020 ;

(d)                 the provisions of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 November 2020 ;

(e)                  the provisions of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020 and the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee but was unable to reach agreement on a reporting date ;

(f)                   the provisions of the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020 , the Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2020 and the Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2020

be
referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 November 2020
;

(g)                  the provisions of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, the Recycling and Waste Reduction (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, the Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Bill 2020, the Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020 and the Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 September 2020 ; and

(h)                 the Treasury Laws Amendment (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 November 2020 .

3.    The committee recommends that the following bills not be referred to committees:

Family Law Amendment (Risk Screening Protections) Bill 2020

Franchising Laws Amendment (Fairness in Franchising) Bill 2020.

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

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Improved Home Care Payment Administration No. 1) Bill 2020

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020

Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020

Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2019

Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

Fair Work Amendment (Improving Unpaid Parental Leave for Parents of Stillborn Babies and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Governor-General Amendment (Cessation of Allowances in the Public Interest) Bill 2019

Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2019

Health Insurance Amendment (Administration) Bill 2020

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Category Standards and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Interactive Gambling Amendment (Prohibition on Credit Card Use) Bill 2020

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Strengthening Banning Orders) Bill 2020

Regional Forest Agreements Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2017

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2019

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019

Sport Integrity Australia Amendment (World Anti-Doping Code Review) Bill 2020.

5.    The committee considered the following bills but was unable to reach agreement:

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020

Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020.

Dean Smith

Chair

3 September 2020.

Senator Dean Smith moved—That the report be adopted.

The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam) moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “and, in respect of the provisions of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020 and a related bill, the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee report on 30 November 2020”.

Senator Lambie moved the following amendment to Senator Duniam’s proposed amendment:

Omit “30 November 2020”, substitute “24 April 2021”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That Senator Lambie’s amendment to Senator Duniam’s proposed amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 25

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McCarthy

Sheldon

Bilyk

Griff

McKim

Siewert

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Lambie

Patrick

Walsh

Farrell

Lines

Polley

Watt

Faruqi

McAllister

Pratt

Wong

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 25

Senators—

Antic

Colbeck

Hume

O’Sullivan

Askew

Cormann

McGrath

Ruston

Birmingham

Davey

McKenzie

Ryan

Bragg

Duniam

McLachlan

Scarr

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

McMahon

Seselja

Cash

Hughes

Molan

Smith, Dean*

Chandler

 

* Tellers

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment moved by Senator Duniam be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 25

Senators—

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McMahon

Ruston

Bragg

Henderson

Molan

Ryan

Cash

Hughes

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Colbeck

Hume

Payne

Smith, Dean*

Cormann

McGrath

Rennick

Stoker

Davey

McKenzie

Reynolds

Van

Duniam

 

 

 

NOES, 25

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McCarthy

Sheldon

Bilyk

Griff

McKim

Siewert

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Lambie

Patrick

Walsh

Farrell

Lines

Polley

Watt

Faruqi

McAllister

Pratt

Wong

Gallagher

 

* Tellers

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.

The Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “and, in respect of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020, the bill be referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 25 September 2020”.

Senator Gallagher moved the following amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment:

Omit “25 September 2020”, substitute “30 November 2020”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That Senator Gallagher’s amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment be agreed to—put and negatived. All Opposition and Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.

Question—That the amendment moved by Senator Ruston be agreed to—put and passed.

Senator Hanson-Young moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “and, in respect of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020, the provisions of the bill be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 November 2020”.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 25

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McCarthy

Sheldon

Bilyk

Griff

McKim

Siewert

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Lambie

Patrick

Walsh

Farrell

Lines

Polley

Watt

Faruqi

McAllister

Pratt

Wong

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 25

Senators—

Antic

Davey

Hume

Rennick

Askew

Duniam

McGrath

Ruston

Birmingham

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ryan

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

McLachlan

Seselja

Cash

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean*

Colbeck

Hughes

Payne

Stoker

Cormann

 

* Tellers

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.