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Thursday, 10 November 2016
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Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (11:53): I present the eighth report of 2016 of the Selection of Bills Committee and I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 8 OF 2016

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 7.20 pm.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

(a) the provisions of the Civil Nuclear Transfers to India Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2016 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the provisions of the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 February 2017 (see appendices 2 and 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) contingent upon its introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2016 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d) the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 28 November 2016 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(e) the provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 November 2016 (see appendices 6 and 7 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(f) the Privacy Amendment (Re-identification Offence) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017 (see appendix 8 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(g) the provisions of the Seafarers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the Seafarers Safety and Compensation Levies Bill 2016 and the Seafarers Safety and Compensation Levies Collection Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017 (see appendices 9 and 10 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(h) the provisions of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 November 2016 (see appendices 11 and 12 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(i) the provisions of the Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 14 February 2017 (see appendices 13 and 14 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(j) the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 and the Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 23 November 2016 (see appendix 15 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016

Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island CGT Exemption) Bill 2016

Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.

The committee recommends accordingly.

4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive Component Industry) Bill 2015

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

Law and Justice Amendment (Northern Territory Local Court) Bill 2016

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016

Registration of Deaths Abroad Amendment Bill 2016

Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016

Restoring Territory Rights (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2016

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Caring for Single Parents) Bill 2014.

(David Bushby)

Chair

10 November 2016

 

APPENDIX 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Civil Nuclear Transfers to India Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To ensure the bill achieves the object of codifying, for the special case of India, and for the purposes of the relevant laws, the content of Australia ' s relevant international obligations in relation to nuclear safeguards to be applied by the IAEA in India.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department for Industry, Innovation and Science Individuals and organisations with relevant expertise Export businesses

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee.

Possible reporting date:

24 November 2016.

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Fairer Paid Parental Leave 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Impact of bill on working mothers and their children, particularly women who are already pregnant

Overall economic productivity

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Fair Agenda ACOSS ACTU

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment

Possible hearing date(s):

 

Possible reporting date:

7/2/2017

Senator Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Proper scrutiny of the Bill.

Examine implications of the proposed changes on women and newborn babies.

Examine implications of the proposed changes on employer provided paid parental leave.

Examine implications of the proposed changes on family living standards.

Examine implications of the proposed changes on women ' s workforce participation.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Social Services

The Parenthood

Women & Work Research Group, University of Sydney

National Foundation for Australian Women

ACOSS

Fair Agenda

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

15th February 2017

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 4

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Concerns about enforcement of penalties on offshore gambling providers in problematic jurisdictions.

Concern whether legislation will prevent offshore wagering in a meaningful way.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Mission Australia

Financial Counselling Australia

Sportsbet

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment and Communications Legislation

Possible hearing date(s):

25/11/2016

Possible reporting date:

30/11/2016

Senator Kakoschke-Moore

 

APPENDIX 5

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

T o further investigate the potential impacts of the bill and seek views from affected stakeholders.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Tourism sector

Community and Public Union

Unions

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

Thursday 28 November 2016

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 6

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Cohort Processing Bill) 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Impact on families and children, compliance with Australia ' s International Human Rights obligations.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Aus. Human Rights Commission, Refugee Council of Australia, Law Council of Australia, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal & Constitutional Affairs Legislation

Possible hearing date(s):

Friday 18 th November 2016

Possible reporting date:

24 th November 2016

Senator Rachel Siewert

 

 

APPENDIX 7

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

T o further investigate the potential impacts of the bill and seek views from affected stakeholders.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Refugee advocates

Resettlement services

Legal services

Migration agents

UNHCR

Amnesty International

The Salvation Army

Save the Children

Get Up

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

Thursday 24 November 2016

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 8

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Privacy Amendment (Re-identification Offence) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

This is legislation which proposes changes to the Privacy Act. Privacy law has a significant impact on the Australian people's rights to privacy.

It is appropriate and responsible for the Senate to properly examine the impact of proposed privacy laws.

There has also been a significant change in the composition of the Senate and it would be appropriate to allow the new Senators the opportunity to engage with this legislation.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Attorney-General ' s Department

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Law Council of Australia

Australian Privacy Foundation

Liberty Victoria

Civil Liberties Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia

Digital Rights Watch

Universities Australia

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

7 November 2016

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 9

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Seafarers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 Seafarers Safety and Compensation Levies Bill 2016

Seafarers Safety and Compensation Levies Collection Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Impact of bill on conditions of workers in maritime industry

Possible submissions or evidence from:

MUA

AIMPE

AMOU

State governments

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment

Possible hearing date(s):

 

Possible reporting date:

7/2/2017

Senator Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 10

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Seafarers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Seafarers Safety and Compensation Levies Bill 2016

Seafarers Safety and Compensation Levies Collection Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To ensure a thorough and complete assessment of its potential impact on workers, the maritime industry and governance of the Seacare scheme. There must also be an examination to ensure there are no unforeseen consequences arising from the Bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Unions (MUA, AIMPE, AMOU), employers, employer associations (Maritime Industry Association) and academics.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

7 February 2016

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 11

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Concern of the impact of the bill on young people

Possible submissions or evidence from:

National Welfare Rights Network, ACOSS, Catholic Social Services, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Week of 14th November

Possible reporting date:

March 2017

Senator Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 12

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To apply proper scrutiny to the Bill and the wider program. To give an opportunity for affected stakeholders to provide evidence and give input to the program. To ascertain the possible consequences of the program. To examine thoroughly the Bill to ensure there are no unforeseen or unintended consequences.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Employment

Interns Australia

Jobs Australia

Australian Council of Trade Unions

National Employment Services Association

Anglicare

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Employers

Employer Associations (ACCT, BCA, AlGroup)

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be agreed

Possible reporting date:

November 29, 2016

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 13

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Superannuation (Objective) Bill 201

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Requires broader stakeholder consultation

$7.6 billion package (revenue positive/negative)

Stakeholder concerns/pushing technical amendments

Political parties have already flagged amendments

Assessing whether the package can be made fairer and more fiscally sustainable

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Super sector stakeholders — ISA, AIST, ESC, SPAA

Grattan Institute, ACOSS, Council of the Ageing

Unions and employers groups

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Economics Legislative Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

14 February 2017

Senator Anne Urquhart

 

APPENDIX 14

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016 Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016 (to be originated in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 9 November 2016)

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Examining for unintended consequences and loopholes

Concerns that the government ' s proposed carry-forward contributions and tax deductibility for personal contributions open up even more possibility for exploitation by financial planners.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

ATO

Treasury

Grattan Institute

Australia Institute

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Economics

Possible hearing date(s):

 

Possible reporting date:

2nd February 2017

Senator Siewert

 

APPENDIX 15

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

$7,6 billion package (revenue positive/negative)

Stakeholder concerns/pushing technical amendments

Political parties have already flagged amendments

Assessing whether the package can be made fairer and more fiscally sustainable

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Super sector stakeholders — ISA, AIST, FSC, SPAA

Grattan Institute, ACOSS, Council of the Ageing

Unions and employers groups

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Economics Legislative Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Senator Anne Urquhart

Ordered that the report be adopted.