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Thursday, 18 June 2009
Page: 3821


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 18 May 2009:

(1) (a)   How many and which statutory reviews are due to commence and/or conclude in 2009; and (b) what are the specified timelines for the commencement and conclusion of each these reviews.

(2) (a)   How many and which statutory reviews are due to commence and/or conclude in 2010; and (b) what are the specified timelines for the commencement and conclusion of each these reviews.


Senator Ludwig (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)  

(a)   Four statutory reviews are due to commence in 2009. They are: An independent review of the operation of the Dental Benefits Act 2008. An independent review of the operation of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006. An independent review of the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006. An independent review of the operation of the Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Act (No. 2) 2008. No statutory reviews are due to conclude in 2009. A review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of the Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare) Act 2004 was completed on 30 April 2009. The report was received by the Minister on 4 May 2009 and was tabled in both Houses of the Parliament on 12 May 2009.

(b)   The specified timelines for these reviews are: The review of the operation of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 is due to commence as soon as possible after 26 June 2009. No conclusion date is specified for the review, but the Act requires a copy of the report of the review to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of the day on which the report is given to the Minister. The review of the operation of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006 is due to commence as soon as possible after 12 December 2009. A written report of the review is to be given to the Council of Australian Governments and both Houses of the Parliament before 12 December 2010. The review of the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006 is due to commence as soon as possible after 12 December 2009. A written report of the review is to be given to the Council of Australian Governments and both Houses of the Parliament before 12 December 2010. The review of the operation of the Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Act (No. 2) 2008 is due to commence as soon as possible after 31 October 2009. No conclusion date is specified in the Act. The Minister is required to cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of the day on which the report is given to the Minister.

(2)  

(a)   One statutory review is due to commence in 2010, namely the independent review of the operation of the Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Act (No. 2) 2008. Two statutory reviews are due to conclude in 2010. They are: An independent review of the operation of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006. An independent review of the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006.

(b)   The specific timelines for these reviews are: The review of the operation of the Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Act (No. 2) 2008 is due to commence as soon as possible after 31 October 2010. No conclusion date is specified in the Act. The Minister is required to cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of the day on which the report is given to the Minister. There is no conclusion date specified for the review of the operation of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006 but a written report of the review is to be given to the Council of Australian Governments and both Houses of the Parliament before 12 December 2010. There is no conclusion date specified for the review of the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 as amended by the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006 but a written report of the review is to be given to the Council of Australian Governments and both Houses of the Parliament before 12 December 2010.