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Thursday, 15 October 2015
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Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (11:59): I present report No. 13 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Ordered that the report be adopted.

Senator BUSHBY: I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 13 of 2015

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at 7.16 pm.

2. The committee resolved to recommend:

That—

(a) the provisions of the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2015 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 March 2016 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 12 May 2016 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d) the provisions of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2015 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(e) the provisions of the Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 9 November 2015 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(f) the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 February 2016 (see appendices 6 and 7 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(g) the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2015 (see appendix 8 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Cargo) Bill 2015

Customs Amendment (Fees and Charges) Bill 2015

Customs Depot Licensing Charges Amendment Bill 2015

Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2015

Education Legislation Amendment (Overseas Debt Recovery) Bill 2015

Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Bill 2015.

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2015

Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment (GST Distribution) Bill 2015

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2015

Defence Legislation Amendment (First Principles) Bill 2015

Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015

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

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 5) Bill 2015.

 

APPENDIX 1

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Scrutinise impact of the provision of the bill; and identify any unintended consequences and risks to students, and to the integrity and reputation of Australia's international education

Possible submissions or evidence from:

University peak bodies, including Universities Australia

National Tertiary Education Union

TEQSA

ASQA

Australian Education Union

TAFE Directors Australia

International Education Association of Australia

English Australia

Council of Private Higher Education Providers

Individual universities, TAFE colleges, registered training organisations and non-university higher education providers

State governments and regulators

Independent education policy experts

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

30 November 2015

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 2

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Alternatives to using primates in research

Animal welfare

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Animal welfare groups

Researchers

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment and Communications References Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible hearing date(s):

To be negotiated

Possible reporting date:

1 March 2016

(signed)

Senator Siewert

 

APPENDIX 3

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Consideration of policy proposal to help close the gender pay gap by giving workers the freedom to discuss their pay without fear of sanctions

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Women's groups (i.e. ES4W, ERA, Fair Agenda, NFAW)

Professor Michelle Brown, Melbourne University

Professor Beth Gaze, Melbourne University

ACTU

Other relevant trade unions

Employer representatives

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Employment and Education Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

March/April 2016 (TBC pending sitting calendar)

Possible reporting date:

12 May 2016 (TBC pending sitting calendar)

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 4

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Scrutiny of the impact of the amendments to definitions in the Act

Scrutiny of the impact to the amendments of the composition of the FSANZ board detailed in Schedule 2 of the Bill, including the potential impact of reducing the representation of science and public health expertise on the board.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

National Health and Medical Research Council

Public Health Association of Australia

Health Consumers Forum

Choice

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible reporting date:

February 2016

(signed)

Senator Siewert

 

APPENDIX 5

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

For detailed consideration of the implications of the changes to the collection, distribution and use of personal information in the Healthcare Identifiers act and for the purposes of the personally controlled electronic health record system (MyHealth Record system)

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Australian Medical Association, Consumer's Health Forum, National e-Health Transition Authority, Department of Health.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation

Possible hearing date(s):

Suggest papers only

Possible reporting date:

9 November

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 6

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Narrows the definition by which someone can access complimentary protection. Will potentially see people in genuine need of protection returned to danger.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Refugee Churches Taskforce

Human Rights Law Centre

Australian Law Council

Refugee Immigration and Legal Centre

Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

18 February 2016

(signed)

Senators Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 7

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To further investigate potential impacts and unintended consequences of the Bill

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Australian Human Rights Commissioner

Law Council of Australia

Refugee Council of Australia

Save the Children

Amnesty International

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

23 November 2015

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 8

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Scrutinise any impact and unintended consequences to young jobseeker

Possible submissions or evidence from:

NB Suggest submissions on paper only, from:

ACROSS

Department of Social Services

Welfare Rights Group

St Vincent's de Paul

Youth Affairs Coalition

Brotherhood of St Laurence

National Union of Students

Anglicare

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

30 November 2015

(signed)

Senators McEwen