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Thursday, 25 June 2009
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The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Trood)—On behalf of the President, and in accordance with the usual practice, I table a report of parliamentary committee reports to which the government has not responded within the prescribed period. The report has been circulated to honourable senators. With the concurrence of the Senate, the report will be incorporated in Hansard.

The report read as follows—

PRESIDENT’S REPORT TO THE SENATE ON GOVERNMENT RESPONSES OUTSTANDING TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REPORTS

AS AT 25 JUNE 2009

PREFACE

This document continues the practice of presenting to the Senate twice each year a list of government responses to Senate and joint committee reports as well as responses which remain outstanding.

The practice of presenting this list to the Senate is in accordance with the resolution of the Senate of 14 March 1973 and 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. Subsequently, on 16 October 1991 [tabled 5 Nov 1991] the government advised that responses to committee reports would be made by letter to a committee chair, with the letter being tabled in the Senate at the earliest opportunity. The government affirmed this commitment in June 1996 to respond to relevant parliamentary committee reports within three months of  presentation. The current government indicated on 26 June and 4 December 2008 that it is committed to providing timely responses to parliamentary committee reports1.

This list does not usually include reports of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works or the following Senate Standing Committees: Appropriations and Staffing, Selection of Bills, Privileges, Procedure, Publications, Regulations and Ordinances, Senators’ Interests and Scrutiny of Bills. However, such reports will be included if they require a response. Government responses to reports of the Public Works Committee are normally reflected in motions in the House of Representatives for the approval of works after the relevant report has been presented and considered.

Reports of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) primarily make administrative recommendations but may make policy recommendations. A government response is required in respect of such policy recommendations made by the committee. However, responses to administrative recommendations are made in the form of an executive minute provided to, and subsequently tabled by, the committee. Agencies responding to administrative recommendations are required to provide an executive minute within six months of the tabling of a report. The committee monitors the provision of such responses.

An entry on this list for a report of the JCPAA containing only administrative recommendations is annotated to indicate that the response is to be provided in the form of an executive minute. Consequently, any other government response is not required. However, any reports containing policy recommendations are included in this report as requiring a government response.

Committees report on bills and the provisions of bills. Only those reports in this category that make recommendations which cannot readily be addressed during the consideration of the bill, and therefore require a response, are listed. The list also does not include reports by committees on estimates or scrutiny of annual reports, unless recommendations are made that require a response.

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A guide to the legend used in the ‘Date response presented/made to the Senate’ column

* See document tabled in the Senate on  24 June 2009, entitled Government Responses to Parliamentary Committee Reports-Response to the schedule tabled by the President of the Senate on 4 December 2008 , for Government interim/final response.

** Report contains administrative recommendations - any response to those recommendations is to be provided direct to the JCPAA committee in the form of an executive minute.

1 See House of Representatives Hansard, 26 June 2008, p6131 and 4 December 2008, p12623, and Journals of the Senate, 4 December 2008, p1447.

Committee and title of report

Date report tabled

Date response presented/made to the Senate

Response made within specified period (3 months)

A Certain Maritime Incident (Senate Select)

Report on a Certain Maritime Incident

23.10.02

*(interim)

No

Administration of Indigenous Affairs (Senate Select)

After ATSIC—Life in the mainstream?

8.3.05

*(final)

No

Agricultural and Related Industries (Senate Select)

Interim report—Food production in Australia

18.6.09

Not required

-

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (Joint Statutory)

Inquiry into law enforcement integrity models

10.3.09 (tabled HoR 23.2.09)

-

No

Examination of the annual report of the Integrity Commissioner 2007-08

16.6.09 (tabled HoR 1.6.09)

-

Time not expired

Australian Crime Commission (Joint Statutory)

Review of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002

10.11.05

*(interim)

No

Examination of the annual report for 2004-05 of the Australian Crime Commission

19.10.06

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into the manufacture, importation and use of amphetamines and other synthetic drugs (AOSD) in Australia

28.2.07

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into the future impact of serious and organised crime on Australian society

19.9.07

*(interim)

No

Examination of the Australian Crime Commission annual report 2006-07

18.6.08

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into the Australian Crime Commission Amendment Act 2007

4.9.08

*(interim)

No

Examination of the Australian Crime Commission annual report 2007-08

17.6.09

-

Time not expired

Climate Policy (Senate Select)

Report

15.6.09

-

Time not expired

Community Affairs Legislation

Tobacco advertising  prohibition

16.11.04 (presented 30.9.04)

*(final)

No

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005

8.2.06

*(final)

No

Compliance audits on Medicare benefits

17.6.09

-

Time not expired

Community Affairs References

Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities

20.6.06

*(final)

No

Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians revisited—Report on the progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians reports

25.6.09

-

Time not expired

Community Affairs Standing

Funding and operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement

8.2.07

*(interim)

No

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2007 [Provisions]

18.6.07

*(final)

No

Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Dental Services) Bill 2007 [Provisions]

10.9.07 (presented 5.9.07)

*(final)

No

Highway to health: better access for rural, regional and remote patients

20.9.07

*(interim)

No

Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]

18.6.08

*(final)

No

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical and Other Benefits—Cost Recovery) Bill 2008

26.8.08

*(interim)

No

Towards recovery: Mental health services in Australia

25.9.08

*(interim)

No

Building trust: Supporting families through disability trusts

16.10.08

14.5.09

No

Social Security and Veterans’ Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Schooling Requirements) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

13.11.08

*(final)

No

Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures    No. 1) Bill 2009 [Provisions], Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [Provisions] and the impact of the tax on ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages

16.3.09

-

No

Community Affairs Standing (continued)

Grasping the opportunity of Opal: Assessing the impact of the petrol sniffing strategy

19.3.09

-

No

Corporations and Financial Services (Joint Statutory)

Report on the regulations and ASIC policy statements made under the Financial Services Reform Act 2001

23.10.02

*(final)

No

Review of the Managed Investments Act 1998

12.12.02

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into Regulation 7.1.29 in Corporations Amendment Regulations 2003 (No. 3), Statutory Rules 2003 No. 85

26.6.03

*(interim)

No

Money matters in the bush: Inquiry into the level of banking and financial services in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia

10.2.04 (presented 15.1.04)

*(interim)

No

Report on the ATM fee structure

10.2.04 (presented 15.1.04)

*(interim)

No

Corporations Amendment Regulations 2003 (Batch 6); Draft Regulations: Corporations Amendment Regulations 2003/04 (Batch 7); and Draft Regulations: Corporations Amendment Regulations 2004 (Batch 8)

24.3.04

*(final)

No

Corporations Amendment Regulations 7.1.29A, 7.1.35A and 7.1.40(h)

15.6.04

*(interim)

No

Property investment - Safe as houses?

23.6.05

*(final)

No

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

7.2.06 (presented 19.12.05)

*(final)

No

Corporate responsibility: Managing risk and creating value

21.6.06

*(interim)

No

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

16.8.06

*(final)

No

Corporations Amendment (Takeovers) Bill 2006 [Exposure Draft]

26.2.07 (presented 23.2.07)

*(final)

No

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

1.3.07

*(final)

No

Corporations Amendment (Insolvency) Bill 2007 [Exposure draft]; Corporations and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment Regulations 2007 [Exposure draft]

29.3.07

*(final)

No

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Simpler Regulatory System) Bill 2007 and related bills

19.6.07

*(final)

No

Corporations and Financial Services (Joint Statutory) (continued)

The structure and operation of the superannuation industry

7.8.07

*(interim)

No

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

9.8.07

*(final)

No

Better shareholders - better company—Shareholder engagement and participation in Australia

24.6.08

*(interim)

No

Opportunity not opportunism: improving conduct in Australian franchising

2.12.08 (tabled  HoR 1.12.08)

*(interim)

No

Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

10.3.09 (tabled  HoR 23.2.09)

Not required

-

Corporations and Securities (Joint Statutory)

Report on aspects of the regulation of proprietary companies

8.3.01

*(interim)

No

Economics Legislation

Annual reports (No. 1 of 2006)

30.3.06

*(final)

No

Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [Provisions]

22.6.09

-

Time not expired

Economics References

Consenting adults deficits and household debt—Links between Australia’s current account deficit, the demand for imported goods and household debt

13.10.05

*(interim)

No

Economics Standing

Private equity investment in Australia

10.9.07 (presented 20.8.07)

*(final)

No

Reserve Bank Amendment (Enhanced Independence) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

16.6.08 (presented 11.6.08)

*(interim)

No

Tax Laws Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2008

24.6.08

*(final)

No

Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2008 and the Excise Tariff Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2008

27.8.08

*(final)

No

Unit Pricing (Easy comparison of grocery prices) Bill 2008

1.9.08

*(final)

No

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008

16.9.08

*(interim)

No

Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Greenhouse Gas Storage) Bill 2008 [Provisions], Offshore Petroleum (Annual Fees) Amendment (Greenhouse Gas Storage) Bill 2008 [Provisions], Offshore Petroleum (Registration Fees) Amendment (Greenhouse Gas Storage) Bill 2008 [Provisions] and Offshore Petroleum (Safety Levies) Amendment (Greenhouse Gas Storage) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

23.9.08

*(final)

No

National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008 and the National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

14.10.08

*(final)

No

Lost in space? Setting a new direction for Australia’s space science and industry sector

12.11.08

*(interim)

No

Australia’s mandatory Last Resort Home Warranty Insurance scheme

13.11.08

*(final)

No

Temporary Residents’ Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 and the Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Amendment Bill 2008 [Provisions]

 24.11.08 (presented 18.11.08)

*(final)

No

Corporations Amendment (Short Selling) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

27.11.08

*(final)

No

The need, scope and content of a definition of unconscionable conduct for the purposes of Part IVA of the Trade Practices Act 1974

3.12.08

*(interim)

No

Matters relating to the gas explosion at Varanus Island, Western Australia

3.12.08

*(interim)

No

Disclosure regimes for charities and not-for-profit organisations

4.12.08

22.6.09 (presented 19.6.09)

No

Trade Practices Amendment (Cartel Conduct and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

10.3.09 (presented 26.2.09)

-

No

Exposure draft of the legislation to implement the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

12.5.09 (presented 16.4.09)

-

Time not expired

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References

Tender process for employment services contracts

25.6.09

-

Time not expired

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Standing

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

24.11.08

*(final)

No

Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2008

1.12.08 (presented 28.11.08)

*(interim)

No

Fair Work Bill 2008 [Provisions]

10.3.09 (presented 27.2.09)

-

No

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and Other Measures) Bill 2009 [Provisions]

10.3.09

-

No

Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 [Provisions]

12.5.09 (presented 7.5.09)

-

Time not expired

Electoral Matters (Joint Standing)

Civics and electoral education

18.6.07

10.11.08 (interim)

No

Advisory report on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008

10.11.08 (tabled HoR 23.10.08)

*(final)

No

Report on the 2007 federal election electronic voting trials—Interim report of the inquiry into the conduct of the 2007 election and matters related thereto

17.3.09 (tabled HoR 16.3.09)

-

No

Report on the conduct of the 2007 federal election and matters related thereto

23.6.09 (tabled HoR 22.6.09)

-

Time not expired

Advisory report on the Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2008

23.6.09 (tabled HoR 22.6.09)

Not required

-

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References

Bridging the skills divide

24.11.03 (presented 6.11.03)

12.5.09 (presented 17.4.09)

No

Indigenous education funding - Final report

22.6.05

*(final)

No

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References (continued)

Student income support

23.6.05

*(final)

No

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Standing

Workforce challenges in the transport industry

9.8.07

*(interim)

No

Quality of school education

13.9.07

*(final)

No

Environment, Communications and the Arts Standing

The effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice

19.6.08

*(interim)

No

Sexualisation of children in the contemporary media

26.6.08

*(interim)

No

Save Our Solar (Solar Rebate Protection) Bill 2008 [No. 2]

26.8.08 (presented 25.8.08)

*(final)

No

Management of Australia’s waste streams (including consideration of the Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008)

3.9.08

*(interim)

No

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

15.9.08

*(final)

No

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff) Bill 2008

10.11.08

*(interim)

No

Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008

3.2.09  (presented 18.12.08)

-

No

The operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999—First report

18.3.09

-

No

The operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999—Second and final report

12.5.09 (presented 30.4.09)

-

Time not expired

The reporting of sports news and the emergence of digital media

14.5.09

-

Time not expired

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References

Regulating the Ranger, Jabiluka, Beverley and Honeymoon uranium mines

14.10.03

*(final)

No

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References (continued)

Lurching forward, looking back: Budgetary and environmental implications of the Government’s Energy White Paper

14.6.05 (presented 16.5.05)

*(final)

No

The performance of the Australian telecommunications regulatory regime

10.8.05

*(final)

No

Living with a salinity - a report on progress: The extent and economic impact of salinity in Australia

28.3.06

*(interim)

No

About time! Women in sport and recreation in Australia

6.9.06

*(interim)

No

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Standing

Conserving Australia—Australia’s national parks, conservation reserves and marine protected areas

9.5.07 (presented 12.4.07)

*(interim)

No

Finance and Public Administration Legislation

Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008

15.6.09

-

Time not expired

Finance and Public Administration References

Staff employed under Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984

16.10.03

*(interim)

No

Matters relating to the Gallipoli Peninsula

13.10.05

*(interim)

No

Government advertising and accountability

6.12.05

*(interim)

No

Finance and Public Administration Standing

Transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure

1.3.07

Chairs’ Committee response 21.6.07, interim Government response 10.3.09

No

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 [Provisions]—Interim report

10.9.07 (presented 4.9.07)

*(final)

No

Annual reports (No. 2 of 2007)

12.9.07

*(interim)

No

Annual reports (No. 1 of 2008)

20.3.08

*(interim)

No

Finance and Public Administration Standing (continued)

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008

24.6.08

*(final)

No

Knock, knock…who’s there? The Lobbying Code of Conduct

3.9.08

3.2.09 (presented 15.1.09)

No

Annual reports (No. 2 of 2008)

17.9.08

*(interim)

No

Item 16525 in Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007

13.11.08

*(interim)

No

Additional estimates 2008-09

17.3.09

-

No

Annual reports (No. 1 of 2009)

19.3.09

-

No

Residential and community aged care in Australia

12.5.09 (presented 29.4.09)

-

Time not expired

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Joint Standing)

Review of the Defence annual report 2006-2007

2.12.08 (tabled  HoR 1.12.08)

*(interim)

No

Inquiry into Australia’s relationship with ASEAN

24.6.09

-

Time not expired

Sealing a just outcome—Report from the  inquiry into RAAF F-111 deseal/reseal workers and their families

25.6.09

-

Time not expired

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 2006

7.9.06

*(final)

No

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Standing

Blue water ships: consolidating past achievements

7.12.06

*(final)

No

Reforms to Australia’s military justice system: Second progress report

29.3.07

*(final)

No

Australia’s public diplomacy: building our image

16.8.07

5.2.09

No

Reforms to Australia’s military justice system: Third progress report

10.9.07

*(final)

No

Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations

26.8.08 (presented 1.8.08)

*(interim)

No

Reforms to Australia’s military justice system: Fourth progress report

24.9.08

*(interim)

No

Fuel and Energy (Senate Select)

The CPRS: Economic cost without environmental benefit—Interim report

12.5.09 (presented 7.5.09)

-

Time not expired

Housing Affordability in Australia (Senate Select)

A good house is hard to find: Housing affordability in Australia

16.6.08

*(interim)

No

Intelligence and Security (Joint)

Review of security and counter terrorism legislation

4.12.06

3.2.09 (presented 23.12.08)

No

Inquiry into the proscription of ‘terrorist organisations’ under the Australian Criminal Code

20.9.07

3.2.09 (presented 23.12.08)

No

Review of the re-listing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

25.6.08

15.6.09 (tabled HoR 28.5.09)

No

Review of the re-listing of  Al-Qa’ida, Jemaah Islamiyah and Al-Qa’ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb

14.10.08

15.6.09 (tabled HoR 28.5.09)

No

Review of the re-listing of Abu Sayyaf Group, Jamiat ul-Ansar and Al-Qa’ida in Iraq as terrorist organisations

12.2.09

15.6.09 (tabled HoR 28.5.09)

No

Review of the re-listing of Ansar al-Islam, AAA, IAA, IMU, JeM and LeJ as terrorist organisations

15.6.09

-

Time not expired

Review of the re-listing of Hizballah’s External Security Organisation as a terrorist organisation

25.6.09

-

Time not expired

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Standing

Unfinished business: Indigenous stolen wages

7.12.06

*(interim)

No

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Child Sex Tourism Offences and Related Measures) Bill 2007 [Provisions]

12.2.08 (presented 10.10.07)

*(final)

No

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2008

13.5.08 (presented 6.6.08)

*(final)

No

Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008

16.6.08

*(interim)

No

Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

28.8.08

*(final)

No

Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

14.10.08

*(final)

No

Migration Legislation Amendment (Worker Protection) Bill 2008

10.11.08

*(final)

No

Effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality

3.2.09 (presented 12.12.08)

-

No

Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 [Provisions]

10.3.09 (presented 26.2.09)

-

No

Exposure draft of the Personal Property Securities Bill 2008

19.3.09

18.6.09

Yes

Legal and Constitutional References

Reconciliation: Off track

9.10.03

*(interim)

No

The road to a republic

16.11.04 (presented 31.8.04)

*(interim)

No

Medicare (Senate Select)

Medicare - healthcare or welfare?

30.10.03

*(final)

No

Second report: Medicare Plus: the future for Medicare?

11.2.04

*(final)

No

Men’s Health (Senate Select)

Report

15.6.09 (presented 29.5.09)

-

Time not expired

Mental Health (Senate Select)

A national approach to mental health - from crisis to community - Final report

9.5.06 (presented 28.4.06)

*(final)

No

Migration (Joint Standing)

Negotiating the maze—Review of arrangements for overseas skills recognition, upgrading and licensing

11.9.06

*(interim)

No

Temporary visas…permanent benefits: Ensuring the effectiveness, fairness and integrity of the temporary business visa program

12.9.07

*(interim)

No

Immigration detention in Australia—A new beginning—Criteria for release from detention

2.12.08 (tabled  HoR 1.12.08)

*(interim)

No

Immigration detention in Australia—Community-based alternatives to detention

15.6.09 (tabled HoR 25.5.09)

-

No

Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters (Senate Select)

Report

31.3.04

*(interim)

No

National Broadband Network (Senate Select)

Another fork in the road to national broadband—Second interim report

12.5.09

-

Time not expired

National Capital and External Territories (Joint Standing)

The way forward—Inquiry into the role of the National Capital Authority

26.8.08 (presented 16.7.08)

3.2.09 (presented 11.12.08)

No

Inquiry into the Immigration Bridge proposal

15.6.09 (presented 29.5.09)

-

Time not expired

Public Accounts and Audit (Joint Statutory)

Report 407—Review of Auditor-General’s reports tabled between 18 January and 18 April 2005

4.9.06

**(final)

No

Report 409—Developments in aviation security since the Committee’s June 2004 Report 400: Review of aviation security in Australia

4.12.06

*(final)

No

Report 411—Progress on equipment acquisition and financial reporting in Defence

1.9.08 (presented 8.8.08)

3.2.09 (presented 27.1.09)

No

Report 412—Audit reports reviewed during the 41st Parliament

1.9.08

 Recommendations 11 and 12, 15.6.09, (tabled HoR 28.5.09) recommendation 18, 25.6.09

No

Report 413—The efficiency dividend and small agencies: Size does matter

4.12.08

*(interim)

No

Report 414—Review of Auditor-General’s reports tabled between August 2007 and August 2008

24.6.09 (tabled HoR 22.6.09)

-

Time not expired

Publications (Joint Standing)

Printing standards for documents presented to Parliament

20.9.07

*(interim)

No