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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Page: 69

Senator CAROL BROWN (3:40 PM) —On behalf of Senator McEwen, I present the 15th report of 2008 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.

Senator CAROL BROWN —I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows


REPORT NO. 15 OF 2008

(1)   The committee met in private session on Thursday, 13 November 2008 at 1.33 pm.

(2)   The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a)   the provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Short Selling) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 27 November 2008; and

(b)   the Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry and report by 10 March 2009 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral).

(3)   The committee resolved to recommend—That the following bills not be referred to committees:

  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Bill 2008
  • Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2008
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Economic Security Strategy) Bill 2008.

The committee recommends accordingly.

(4)   The committee deferred consideration of the Tax Agent Services Bill 2008 to its next meeting.

(Anne McEwen)

Acting Chair

13 November 2008

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill:

Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The issue of Australia becoming a republic is an extremely important one for the Australian Parliament and public. It is important that the process by which this issue is progressed now has appropriate public input and is properly scrutinised and debated.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Republic Movement

Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy

Republic Australia

Peak Indigenous bodies

Professor John Williams

Professor George Williams

Australian Monarchist League

Professor Gregory Craven

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

16-19 February 2009

Possible reporting date:

10 March 2009