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Thursday, 17 September 2015
Page: 7108


Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (11:52): I present the 12th report of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee. I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 12 of 2015

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 at 7.15 pm.

2. The committee resolved to recommend: That—

(a) the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 November 2015 (see appendices 1 and 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(b) the provisions of the Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 November 2015 (see appendices 3 and 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the provisions of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2015 (see appendices 5 and 6 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(d) the provisions of the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 9 November 2015 (see appendices 7 and 8 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(e) the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 9 November 2015 (see appendix 9 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

Australian Immunisation Register Bill 2015

Australian Immunisation Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015

Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cost of Living Concession) Bill 2015

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Low Income Supplement) Bill 2015

Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill 2015.

The committee recommends accordingly.

4. The committee considered the following bill but was unable to reach agreement:

Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015

Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015

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

Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Cargo) Bill 2015

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

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

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

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

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

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

Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill 2015

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

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015.

 

APPENDIX 1

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Name of bill:

Migration Amendment (Chargingfor a Migration Outcome) 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 Boarder Protection

Migration Council of Australia

ACTU

CFMEU

Scanlon Foundation

Law Council of Australia

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Commitete

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

15 November 2015

(signed)

Senator McEwen

 

APPENDIX 2

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Extends the grounds upon which he visa may be cancelled to include situations in which the Minister is satisfied that a benefit was asked for by the Visa holder from another person in relation to a sponsorship related event (regardless of whether this sponsorship event occurs). This needs to be investigated more fully.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Refugee Advice and Case Work

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Refugee Chrurches taskforce

Human Rights law Centre

Australian law Council

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

10 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 3

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment (No1) 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 Boarder Protection

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Australian Human Rights Commissioner

Law Council of Australia

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

Possible reporting date:

10 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Anne McEwen

 

APPENDIX 4

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment (No1) bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Of concern, this amendment extends the definition of who can be determined to be 'of character concern' to a person the minister reasonably suspects is a member of an organisation which h has been involved in criminal conduct, whether or not the person has been convicted of an offence.

It also extends definitions of substantial criminal record to someone who has been found unfit to plead and detained in an institution (i.e. presumably mental) where found guilty of evidence.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Refugee Churches taskforce

Human Rights Law Centre

Australian Law Council

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

10 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 5

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To scrutinise and ascertain implications of the Bill in practice;

To fully consider all stakeholders views on the Bill; and

To make sure that there are no unintended consequences of enacting this legislation.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Department of Employment;

Department of Social Services;

Employment Services Providers;

Peak bodies such as Jobs Australia, Australian Unemployment Union, National Employment Services Association (NESA); and

Not for profit organisations such as the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Community Affiras Legisltation

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

24 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Anne McEwen

 

APPENDIX 6

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Significant impact on job seekers

Possible submissions or evidence from:

National Welfare Rights Network

Australian Council of Social Service

Job Active network

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

24 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Rachel Siewert

 

APPENDIX 7

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

Whether there is currently a problem with superannuation governance

What impact the bill would have on superannuation funds and their members

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Affected funds

Representatives of Superannuation

Not for profit organisations such as the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Economics Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

9 November 2015

(signed)

Senator Siewert

 

APPENDIX 8

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To ensure detailed scrutiny of the legislation and seek stakeholder input on the impact of the bill.

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Financial Services Sector -FSC, ISA, ASFA, and AIST

Ausyralian Institute of Company Directors

Relevant government agencies and department

Department of Social Services;

Employment Services Providers;

Peak bodies such as Jobs Australia, Australian Unemployment Union, National Employment Services Association (NESA); and

Not for profit organisations such as the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Econmics Legislation Commmittee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

9 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Anne McEwen

 

APPENDIX 9

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITIEE

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

Name of bill:

Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Aviodance) Bill 2015

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

To ensure appropriate scruitany of significant changes to Australian taxation law and seek stakeholder feed back on the consequences of the billbeing enacted as written

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Australian Taxation Office

Big Four Accounting firms

OECD

Affected companies (Google, Apple, BHP etc.)

Law Sociaety of Australia

Committee to which bill is to be referred:

Senate Economics Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date(s):

TBC

Possible reporting date:

9 November 2015

(signed)

Senators Anne McEwen

Senator BUSHBY: I move:

That the report be adopted.