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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1179


Senator McMULLAN (Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services) —I table the government's response to the President's report on outstanding government responses to parliamentary committee reports. I seek leave to incorporate the document in Hansard and move a motion in relation to the document.

  Leave granted.

  The response read as follows

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REPORTS

RESPONSE TO THE LIST TABLED IN THE SENATE BY THE PRESIDENT ON 27 MAY 1993

PRIVILEGES—(Standing)

Possible improper interference with a witness and possible misleading evidence before the National Crime Authority Committee

Recommendation 2 by the Committee was that appropriate steps be taken to clarify matters of concern in relation to sections 51 and 55 of the National Crime Authority Act 1984.

As the Government had foreshadowed in its response to the PJC report "Who is to Guard the Guards?", the National Crime Authority Amendment Bill (No.2) 1992 was introduced in November 1992. The Bill was amended in the Senate in a manner unacceptable to the Government, and was subsequently not pursued in the House of Representatives in December. The Government is still considering what further action it might take.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS—(Standing)

Alleged intimidation of witnesses—implementation of pharmaceutical restructuring measures inquiry

The final response to this report was contained in the document entitled Government Response to Parliamentary Committee Reports—Response to the List Tabled in the Senate by the President on 17 December 1992 which was presented to the Senate on 20 May 1993. No further Government response is necessary.

EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING—(Standing)

Inquiry into the operation of the Education Services for Overseas Students Registration of Providers and Financial Regulations) Act 1991

Tabled in the Senate 19 August 1993.

Wanted: our future—implications of sustained high levels of unemployment among young people (15-24 year olds)

The Government's response is expected to be tabled in the 1993 Budget sittings.

ENVIRONMENT, RECREATION AND THE ARTS—(Standing)

Australian environment and tourism report

The report raises a number of issues which require further consideration by interested parties before a substantive response can be finalised. The federal election period delayed consideration of these issues.

Work is currently being undertaken to resolve outstanding issues and the Government expects to provide its response for tabling during the Budget session of the Parliament.

Physical and sport education

The Government's response is approaching finalisation and is expected to be tabled in the 1993 Budget sittings.

FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION—(Standing)

Management and operation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  Tabled in the Senate 19 August 1993.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE—(Standing)

Implications of United States policies for Australia

The response to this report is to be tabled during the 1993 Budget sittings.

INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY—(Standing)

(Now Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure.)

Gas and electricity—combining efficiency and greenhouse

The Government's response to this report is expected to be tabled in the Budget sittings.

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS—(Standing)

Feasibility of a national ID scheme; the tax file number

The Government's response to this report will be provided in due course.

Review of determinations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Privacy Commissioner

The response is to be tabled during the 1993 Budget sittings.

Doctrine of the shield of the crown

The response is expected to be tabled during the 1993 Budget sittings.

Proposed amendments to Part VA of the Trade Practices Act 1974—product liability—where should the loss fall?

The Government intends to respond to the report in the 1993 Budget sittings.

The cost of justice—foundations for reform

The response is expected to be tabled during the 1993 Budget sittings.

RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS—(Standing)

A national drought policy—appropriate Government responses to the recommendations of the Drought Policy Review Task Force—Final Report

The Government's response to this report is expected to be tabled in the Budget sittings.

Beef cattle feedlots in Australia

The Government's response to this report is expected to be tabled in the Budget sittings.

TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE—(Standing) Now Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure.)

Report on aspects of heavy road vehicle charges

Presented to the President of the Senate on 20 July 1993 and tabled on the 17 August 1993.

COMMUNITY STANDARDS RELEVANT TO THE SUPPLY OF SERVICES UTILISING TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES—(Select) (now Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies)

Final report

The Government intends to respond to this report during the 1993 Budget sitting.

SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION BROADCASTING SERVICES—(Select)

Final report

The final response to this report was contained in the document entitled Government Response to Parliamentary Committee Reports—Response to the List Tabled in the Senate by the President on 17 December 1992 which was presented to the Senate on 20 May 1993.

SUPERANNUATION—(Select)

Super and the financial system

A response to this report is under consideration and will be provided in due course.

CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE OPERATION AND INTERPRETATION OF THE FAMILY LAW ACT—(Joint)

Family Law Act 1975: aspects of its operation and interpretation

The Government intends to respond to this report during the 1993 Budget sittings following the conclusion of the Government's deliberation on the substantial policy issues raised by the report.

CORPORATIONS AND SECURITIES—(Joint)

Close Corporations Act 1989

The Government intends to respond to this report during the 1993 Budget sittings.

ELECTORAL MATTERS—(Joint)

The conduct of elections: new boundaries for cooperation

To be tabled in the 1993 Budget sittings.

Counting the vote on election night

  To be tabled in the 1993 Budget sittings.

Ready or not—refining the process for election `93

  To be tabled in the 1993 Budget sittings.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE—(Joint)

Stock holding and sustainability in the Australian Defence Force

  Tabled in the Senate 19 August 1993.

MIGRATION REGULATIONS—(Joint) (now Migration)

Australia's refugee and humanitarian system: achieving a balance between refuge and control

This report raised a number of complex issues which the Government is   examining. A formal response will be provided at the earliest possible date following the conclusion of Government deliberations.

Conditional migrant entry: the health rules

The Government is examining the complex matters raised by this report and expects to table a formal response at the earliest opportunity following consideration of the related policy issues.

NATIONAL CAPITAL—(Joint) (now National Capital and External Territories)

Our bush capital—protecting and managing the national capital's open spaces

Prior to the March 1993 election, responsibility for preparing the Government's response to the Joint Committee on the National Capital's report, Our Bush Capital—Protecting and Managing the National Capital's Open Spaces was with the then Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories. Following the transfer of responsibility for the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 and the National Capital Planning Authority to the Minister for Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services, preparation of the response became the responsibility of that portfolio.

The response will be tabled in Parliament in the 1993 Budget sittings.

NATIONAL CRIME AUTHORITY—(Joint)

Legal casinos and organised criminal activity

The Committee's inquiry was suspended in June 1992 and has not been resumed. Therefore no Government response is required.

PARLIAMENTARY ZONE—(Joint)

Future of Old Parliament House

  To be tabled in the 1994 Autumn sittings


Senator McMULLAN —I move:

  That the Senate take note of the document.

  Debate (on motion by Senator Reid) adjourned.