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33      National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020

Limitation of debate : The time allotted for the consideration of the bill expired.

Question—That this bill be now read a second time—put and passed.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Explanatory memorandum : The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendments to be moved to the bill.

The following amendments circulated by the Government were agreed to:

Clause 5, page 4 (line 11), after “investment in VET”, insert “, VET in regional, rural and remote Australia”.

Clause 7, page 5 (line 4), omit “and”.

Clause 7, page 5 (after line 4), at the end of paragraph (1)(a), add:

                                   (vi)  opportunities to improve access, skills development and choice for regional, rural and remote Australia in relation to VET; and

The following amendment circulated by the Australian Greens was considered:

Clause 9, page 6 (after line 16), after subclause (3), insert:

Requirement for vocational education and training representative

(3A)  There must be at least one member of each advisory committee who is employed by or is a representative of a body established to provide vocational education or training under one of the following:

                       (a)  the Technical and Further Education Commission Act 1990 (NSW);

                      (b)  the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.);

                       (c)  the TAFE Queensland Act 2013 (Qld);

                      (d)  the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (WA);

                       (e)  the TAFE SA Act 2012 (SA);

                       (f)  the Training and Workforce Development Act 2013 (Tas.);

                      (g)  the Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987 (ACT);

                      (h)  the Charles Darwin University Act 2003 (NT).

Note:       To avoid doubt, a member appointed by the Minister under paragraph (h) must be employed by, or a representative of, the University in relation to its function of providing trade, technical or other vocational education.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 27

Senators—

Bilyk

Faruqi

McAllister

Sheldon

Carr

Gallacher

McCarthy

Siewert

Chisholm

Gallagher

McKim

Sterle

Ciccone

Green

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Walsh

Dodson

Kitching

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

Lines

Rice

 

 

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Antic

Colbeck

McDonald

Reynolds

Askew

Cormann

McGrath

Ruston

Birmingham

Davey*

McKenzie

Ryan

Bragg

Duniam

Molan

Seselja

Brockman

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean

Canavan

Henderson

Paterson

Stoker

Cash

Hume

Rennick

 

* Tellers

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

Senator Faruqi, by leave, withdrew the remaining amendments circulated by the Australian Greens.

The following amendment circulated by the Opposition was considered:

Clause 9, page 6 (after line 16), after subclause (3), insert:

Requirement for representatives nominated by employer and employee representative groups

(3A)  On each advisory committee there must be at least:

                       (a)  one member who has been nominated for appointment by the Australian Council of Trade Unions; and

                      (b)  one member who has been nominated for appointment by an employer organisation (within the meaning of the Fair Work Act 2009 ).

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 27

Senators—

Bilyk

Faruqi

McAllister

Sheldon

Carr

Gallacher

McCarthy

Siewert

Chisholm

Gallagher

McKim

Sterle

Ciccone

Green

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Walsh

Dodson

Kitching

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

Lines

Rice

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Antic

Colbeck

McGrath

Reynolds

Askew

Cormann

McKenzie

Ruston

Birmingham

Davey*

McMahon

Ryan

Bragg

Duniam

Molan

Scarr

Brockman

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Canavan

Henderson

Paterson

Smith, Dean

Cash

Hume

Rennick

Stoker

Chandler

McDonald

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Question—That the remaining stages of the bill be agreed to and the bill be now passed— put and passed.

Bill read a third time.