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Thursday, 3 December 2015
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Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (23:03): I present the 16th report of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee and seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 16 OF 2015

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 2 December 2015 at 7.23 pm.

2. The committee resolved to recommend—That-

(a) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 20 June 2016 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) contingent upon its introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 February 2016 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 2 February 2016 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d) the provisions of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 February 2016 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(e) the provisions of the Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 2 February 2016 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(f) contingent upon its introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Fair Work Amendment (Remaining 2014 Measures) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 February 2016 (see appendix 6 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(g) the provisions of the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 March 2016 (see appendices 7 and 8 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(h) the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 February 2016 (see appendix 9 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(i) the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 29 February 2016 (see appendices 10, 11 and 12 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(j) the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 4 February 2016 (see appendix 13 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(k) the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 February 2016 (see appendices 14 and 15 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(l) the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 March 2016 (see appendices 16 and 17 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(m) the provisions of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 February 2016 (see appendix 18 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Bill 2015

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Amendment Bill 2015

Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Bill 2015.   

The committee recommends accordingly.

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

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015

Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015

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

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2015

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2015

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

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2015

Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015

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

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 6) Bill 2015

Tax Laws Amendment (Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard) Bill 2015

Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

Medicare Levy Amendment (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

Income Tax (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts—Offsets) Bill 2015

Veterans' Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Bill 2015

Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015.

(David Bushby) Chair

3 December 2015

 

APPENDIX 1

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015

Reasons for refe rral/principal issues for consideration:

To investigate the proposed Amendments and to identify any other measures that may promote regional news services and journalism in rural and regional Australia.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Regional journalists, Regional residents, regional businesses, regional representatives.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

20 June 2016

(signed)

Senator Canavan

 

APPENDIX 2

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015

Reasons for refe rral/principal issues for consideration:

Thorough consideration of the issues surrounding the impact of this legislation on the start-up sector.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Crowd-funding and venture capital peak bodies and firms, including the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Ltd..

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

22 February 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 3

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Courts Administration Legislation Amendment 81112015

Reasons for refe rral/principal issues for consideration:

Consideration of suitability of proposed measures to achieve administrative efficiencies.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Attorney-General's Department Federal Court of Australia

Family Court of Australia

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the committee

Possible reporting date:

2 February 2016

(signed)

Senator Bushby

 

APPENDIX 4

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITT EE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

For further scrutiny of the Bill and an opportunity for stakeholders to raise any concerns with the proposed measures.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Law Council of Australia

Australian Federal Police Association

Law Institute of Australia

Australian Federal Police

Attorney Generals Department

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:

3 February 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 5

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

For further scrutiny of the Bill and an opportunity for stakeholders to raise any concerns with the introduction of mandatory minimum sentencing.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Law Council of Australia

Australian Human Rights Commission

Civil Liberties Australia

Rob Hulls, Centre for Innovative Justice Australian Federal Police

Attorney General Department

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:

2 February 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 6

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Fair Work Amendment {Remaining 2014 Measures) Bill

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To ensure a thorough and complete assessment of its potential impact on parties' ability to engage in Australia 's workplace relations system and to examine any unforeseen consequences arising from the Bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Unions (Australian Council of Trade Unions, United Voice, SDA), employers (AIGroup, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Council of Australia}, academics (workplace relations experts), and the Department of Employment .

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:

February 2016

(Signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 7

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package)

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To examine the impact proposed changes to early education and care will have on Australian families, workforce participation and early childhood development.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Education and Training Early Childhood Australia

Australian Child Care Alliance

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Community Child Care Co Ops and Associations

Family Day Care Australia

National Out of School H ours Services Association

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

National Association of Mobile Services for Rural and Remote Families and Children Inc

National Association of Multicultural Ethnic Children' s Services

The Parenthood

National ln-Home Child Care Association

Early Learning Association

Australia Early education providers

Educators and unions

Academics and experts

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Australian Industry; Group

Parents Others

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:

17 March 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen -

 

APPENDIX 8

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The legislation outlines significant child care reforms at a cost of $40 billion over the next four years, including more than $3 billion in additional funding.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Parents and child care sector

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

22 February 2016

(signed)

Senator Bushby

 

APPENDIX 9

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

The Bill changes rules for entering into binding financial agreements ('pre-nups') and also financial agreements made by couples after they separate. There will need to be thorough scrutiny of issues such as:-

o   Whether lowering the standard of legal advice required before entering into these agreements might leave parties vulnerable.

o   Whether changes will have an adverse effect on women. o   Whether changes will result in more litigation.

The Bill also changes the way family violence is handled in the family courts. There will need to be thorough scrutiny of the efficacy of these changes, and whether they can be further improved.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

The Attorney -General's Department ;

The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia;

National Association of Community Legal Centres;

Our Watch.

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:

1 March, 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 10

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMIT T EE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To fully evaluate the impact of these measures on remote communities

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Community organisations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, social security, and other groups, and interested individuals.

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Community Affairs

Possible hearing date(s):

Feb-March 2016

Possible reporting date:

15 March 2016

(signed)

Senator Siewert   

 

APPENDIX 11

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITT EE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration :

The Bill reforms the operation of the Community Development Programme, the remote job seeker programme, by creating a new remote income support payment and changing the way Community Development Programme providers work with job seekers in remote communities. The proposed changes should be considered by a Committee to enable the views of communities and providers to be taken into account to ensure that the proposed changes deliver the best practical outcomes.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations including the Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation

Community Development Programme providers including the Arnhem Land Progress Association

Peak representative bodies including the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council and the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly

Leaders and experts including Mr Andrew Forrest

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

2 February 2016

(signed)

Senator Bushby   

 

APPENDIX 12

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To determine the impact of the measures in the Bill on various types of families

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Social Services

Australian Council of Social Services Jobs Australia

Professor Jon Altman

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Thamarrurr Development Corporation

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:

1March 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 13

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To evaluate the impact of proposed measures on pensioners.

Possible submissions or evidence from :

Social security peak bodies, other relevant organisations, and interested individuals

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Community Affairs

Possible hearing date(s):

Feb 2016

Possible reporting date:

1March 2016

(signed)

Senator Siewert   

 

APPENDIX 14

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To enable Members to better understand the purpose and effects of the Bill. The Cessation of Large Family Supplement has not previously been considered by this Committee

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Social Services

Patrick McClure

UnitingCare

ACOSS

National Welfare Rights Network

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

22 February 2016

(signed)

Senator Bushby   

 

APPENDIX 15

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To evaluate the implications of the measures for impacted individuals

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Social services peak bodies, interested organisations and individuals

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Community Affairs

Possible hearing date(s):

Feb 2016

Possible reporting date:

1 March 2016

(signed)

Senator Siewert    

 

APPENDIX 16

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMIITEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Services Legislation Amendment {Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To identify the impact of the measure on Australian families

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Social services peak bodies and other interested organisations and individuals

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Community Affairs

Possible hearing date(s):

Feb 2016

Possible reporting date:

23 Feb 2016

(signed)

Senator Siewert   

 

APPENDIX 17

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of Bill:

Social Services Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (N0. 2) 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To determine the impact of the measures in the Bill on various types of families.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

DSS

ACOSS

National Welfare Rights Network

The Parenthood

National Council of Single Mothers and their Parents

UnitingCare

Anglicare

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:

1 March 2016

(signed)

Senator McEwen   

 

APPENDIX 18

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of Bill:

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Proposed legislation will implement, in part, the Government's response to the Vertigan panel report.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Industry stakeholders and regulator

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

To be determined by the Committee

Possible reporting date:

22 February 2016

(signed)

Senator Bushby   

Senator BUSHBY: I move:

That the report be adopted.