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Thursday, 24 March 1994
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The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —On behalf of the President and in accordance with the usual practice, I table a list of parliamentary committee reports to which the government has not responded within the prescribed period. This list has been circulated to honourable senators. With the concurrence of the Senate, the list will be incorporated in Hansard.

  The report read as follows—


AS AT 24 MARCH 1994

  This document continues the practice of presenting to the Senate at the end of each period of sittings a schedule listing Government responses to Senate and joint committee reports as well as responses which remain outstanding.

The practice of presenting this schedule to the Senate follows the undertaking by successive governments to respond to parliamentary committee reports in timely fashion. On 26 May 1978 the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator Withers) informed the Senate that within six months of the tabling of a committee report, the responsible Minister would make a statement in the Parliament outlining the action the Government proposed to take in relation to the report. The period for responses was reduced from six months to three months in 1983 by the incoming government. The Leader of the Government in the Senate announced this change on 24 August 1983. The method of response continued to be by way of statement. More recently the Government has advised that responses to committee reports will be made by letter to a committee chairman, with the letter being tabled in the Senate at the earliest opportunity. The date of the presentation of the Government's response to the Senate has been taken as the date that the response is presented, not the date of any correspondence with the committee.

The schedule does not include reports of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works or the Senate Standing Committees on Appropriations and Staffing, Selection of Bills, Procedure, Publications, Regulations and Ordinances and Scrutiny of Bills. Government responses to reports of the Public Works Committee are normally reflected in motions for the approval of works after the relevant report has been presented and considered. Responses to reports of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts are usually made in the form of Finance Minutes which are tabled by the committee. Where a response has been made by

way of Finance Minute, the date of presentation has been appropriately annotated.

Senate standing committees are often required to report on the provisions of bills. Only those reports by the standing committees in this category, that make recommendations and therefore require a response, are listed in the schedule.

Date response Response within

Date report presented/made time specified

Title of Report presented to Senate (3 months)

Australian Loan Council

(Senate Select)

Third report 14.12.93 # No

Community Affairs

(Senate Standing)

Proposed treatment of un-

realised capital gains and

losses on listed securities

under the income tax for

pensioners 1.9.93 # No

Validation of CAM and SAM

funding of nursing homes 23.11.93 2.2.94 Yes

Report on the examination

of annual reports—

Nos 1 and 2 of 1993 22.3.94 Not required —

Community Standards Relevant

to the Supply of Services

Utilising Electronic

Technologies (Senate Select)

Video and computer games and

classification issues 28.10.93 # No

0055 reverse phone directory

service 7.12.93 17.3.94 No

Corporations and Securities

(Joint Statutory)

Close Corporations Act 4.5.93 28.9.93 No

(released (Interim)

21.12.92) # No

Differential voting shares

and the Australian Stock

Exchange 23.11.93 # No

The role of audit committees

in corporate governance—

A progress report 23.11.93 ## No

Electoral Matters

(Joint Standing)

The conduct of elections: New

boundaries for cooperation 10.9.92 # No

Counting the vote on

election night 24.11.92 # No

Ready or not—Refining the 4.5.93

process for Election `93 (released

21.12.92) # No

Employment, Education

and Training

(Senate Standing)

Wanted: Our Future—

Implications of sustained

high levels of unemployment 27.5.93

among young people (Interim) No

(15-24 years old) 16.12.92 # No

The efficacy of the

Education Services for

Overseas Students (Registration

of Providers and Financial

Regulation) Act 1991 in the

light of the collapse of the

Australian Business College

in Perth in January 1993 19.8.93 ## No

Operation of sections 45D

and 45E of the Trade

Practices Act 1974 7.10.93 ## No

Examination of annual

reports—No. 1 of 1994 28.2.94 Not required —

Organisation and Funding of 24.3.94 Not received Time not

Research in Higher Education expired

Environment, Recreation

and the Arts (Senate Standing)

Australian environment and

tourism report 7.10.92 19.8.93

(Interim) No

2.2.94 (Final) No

Physical sport and education 16.12.92 24.3.94 No

Examination of annual

reports—1992-93 reports

tabled in the Senate August Time not

to December 1993 24.3.94 Not received expired

Family Law Issues (Joint Select)

Family Law Act 1975:

Aspects of its operation and

interpretation 24.11.92 1.2.94 No

Finance and Public

Administration (Senate Standing)

Annual reports tabled

January 1993-June 1993 2.9.93 ## No

Performance Pay 1.2.94 (released Time

22.12.93) Not received not expired

Provisions of the Taxation

(Deficit Reduction) Bill

(No. 1) concerning the

taxation treatment of credit

unions 18.10.93 ## No

Report on annual reports

tabled July-December 1993 17.3.94 Not required —

Foreign Affairs, Defence

and Trade (Joint)

Australia, the World Bank and the

International Monetary Fund 30.9.93 # No

Australia's relations with

Indonesia 18.11.93 # No

(Senate Standing)

Implications of United States

policies for Australia 16.12.92 21.2.94 No

Industry, Science, Technology,

Transport, Communications and

Infrastructure (Senate Standing)

Gas and electricity—combining

efficiency and greenhouse 10.12.92 17.3.94 No

Legal and Constitutional

Affairs (Senate Standing)

Feasibility of a National ID

Scheme; the Tax File Number 20.10.88 # No

Review of determinations of

the Human Rights and Equal

Opportunity Commission and

the Privacy Commissioner 11.11.92 3.3.94 No

Doctrine of the shield of 4.5.93 (released

the crown 18.12.92) 24.3.94 No

Proposed amendments to Part

VA of the Trade Practices Act

1974—Product liability— 4.5.93 (released

Where should the loss fall? 18.12.92) # No

Scrutiny of annual reports—

No. 2 of 1992 4.5.93 ## No

The cost of justice—

checks and imbalances 1.9.93 # No

Checking the cash—The

effectiveness of the Financial

Transaction Reports Act 1988 18.11.93 # No

Native Title Bill 1993 9.12.93 ## No

Scrutiny of annual reports—

No. 1 of 1994 24.3.94 Not required —

Migration (Joint Standing)

Australia's refugee and

humanitarian system:

Achieving a balance between

refuge and control 14.9.92 # No

Conditional migrant entry: 4.5.93

The health rules (released

12.1.93) # No

Asylum, border control Time not

and detention 2.3.94 Not received expired

National Crime Authority

(Joint Statutory)

The National Crime Authority

and James McCartney Anderson 23.2.94 Not required —

Parliamentary Zone (Joint Statutory)

Future of the old

Parliament House 25.11.92 # No

Pay Television Tendering

Processes, Matters Arising

from (Senate Select)

Terms of reference part (1)(b)16.12.93 # No

Privileges (Senate Standing)

Possible improper interference

with a witness and possible

misleading evidence before

the National Crime Authority

Committee 25.6.92 # No

Possible adverse treatment

of a witness before the

Corporations and Securities

Committee (42nd Report) 27.5.93 ## No

Person referred to in the

Senate (Mr TT Vajda) 7.2.94 Not required —

Possible false or misleading

information given to Estimates

Committee E or the Senate 2.3.94 Not required —

Public Accounts (Joint Statutory)

Managing people in the

Australian Public Service:

dilemmas of devolution 4.5.93 (released

and diversity 21.12.92) Not received No

The Midford Paramount case

and related matters:

Customs and Midford shirts— 4.5.93 30.9.93+ No

the paramount case of a (released 25.11.93+ No

failure of customs 21.12.92) 23.2.94 (Final) No

An assessment of tax 17.11.93 Not received No

Review of Auditor-General's

reports May 1991- Time not

September 1992 22.3.94 Not received expired

Rural and Regional

Affairs (Senate Standing)

Beef cattle feedlots

in Australia 17.12.92 3.3.94 No

Employment of visitors to

Australia in the shearing Time not

industry 23.2.94 Not received expired

Superannuation (Senate Select)

Super Complaints Tribunal 16.12.93 # No

#See document tabled in the Senate on 17 March 1994, entitled Government Responses to Parliamentary Committee Reports—Response to the list tabled in the Senate by the President on 16 December 1993, for Government interim responses.

##See document tabled in the Senate on 17 March 1994, entitled Government Responses to Parliamentary Committee Reports—Response to the list tabled in the Senate by the President on 16 December 1993, for Government final responses.

+Finance Minute tabled as response.