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14       Selection of Bills—Standing Committee—Report no. 9 of 2020

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

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 9 of 2020

1.     The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 7 October 2020 at 7.26 pm.

2.    The committee recommends that—

(a)                  the Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 November 2020;

(b)                  the provisions of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Category Standards and Other Measures) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 27 November 2020;

(c)                  contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Amendment (Technical Amendments) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 5 November 2020; and

(d)                 contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee but was unable to reach agreement on a reporting date .

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

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

Health Insurance Amendment (Administration) Bill 2020

Royal Commissions Amendment (Confidentiality Protections) 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

Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2020

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

Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2019

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

Export Market Development Grants Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

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

Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2019

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

Judges’ Pensions Amendment (Pension Not Payable for Misconduct) Bill 2020

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

Native Title Amendment (Infrastructure and Public Facilities) Bill 2020

Regional Forest Agreements Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2017

Social Security Amendment (COVID-19 Supplement) Bill 2020

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

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019

Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.

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

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

Economic Recovery Package (JobMaker Hiring Credit) Amendment Bill 2020

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

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

Treasury Laws Amendment (A Tax Plan for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery) Bill 2020.

Dean Smith

Chair

8 October 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:

(a)              Export Market Development Grants Legislation Amendment Bill 2020, the provisions of the bill be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 November 2020; and

(b)              following bills, the bills not be referred for inquiry and report:

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

(ii)                  Economic Recovery Package (JobMaker Hiring Credit) Amendment Bill 2020;

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

(iv)                Treasury Laws Amendment (A Tax Plan for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery) Bill 2020; and

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

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

Omit subparagraph (b)(ii) and add, at the end of the amendment:

(c)       Economic Recovery Package (JobMaker Hiring Credit) Amendment Bill 2020, the provisions of the bill be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 6 November 2020.

Question—That Senator Faruqi’s amendment to Senator Duniam’s proposed amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

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

Omit subparagraph (b)(iv) and add, at the end of the amendment:

(d)      Treasury Laws Amendment (A Tax Plan for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery) Bill 2020, the provisions of the bill be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 December 2020.

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

Question—That Senator Duniam’s amendment, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.

Senator Gallagher moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “and, in respect of the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020, the Community Affairs Legislation Committee report by 26 November 2020”.

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

Senator Gallagher, by leave, 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 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, 27

Senators—

Ayres

Gallagher

McCarthy

Smith, Marielle

Brown

Green

McKim

Sterle

Carr

Griff

Patrick

Thorpe

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

Polley

Urquhart*

Dodson

Lambie

Pratt

Waters

Farrell

Lines

Sheldon

Watt

Faruqi

McAllister

Siewert

 

 

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

Hume

Ruston

Antic

Davey

McKenzie

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McLachlan

Scarr

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McMahon

Seselja

Canavan

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean*

Chandler

Henderson

Reynolds

Stoker

Colbeck

Hughes

Roberts

 

* Tellers

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

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

 

 

 

After 12.45 pm—