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8          Selection of Bills—Standing Committee—Report no. 1 of 2020

The Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator Dean Smith) tabled the following report:

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 1 of 2020

1.     The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 5 February 2020 at 7.12 pm.

2.    The committee recommends that—

(a)                   the provisions of the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 February 2020 ;

(b)                  contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 20 February 2020 ; and

(c)                   contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 19 March 2020 .

3.    The committee recommends that the following bills not be referred to committees:

International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2020

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment (Improving Safety) Bill 2019

National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Credit Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2019

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2019

Student Identifiers Amendment (Higher Education) Bill 2019

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Prohibiting

Academic Cheating Services) Bill 2019

Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Measures No. 3) Bill 2019

Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Bill 2020.

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

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019

Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2019

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

Governor-General Amendment (Cessation of Allowances in the Public Interest) Bill 2019

Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2019

Regional Forest Agreements Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2017

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2019

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019

Treasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Bill 2020.

5.    The committee considered the following bills but was unable to reach agreement :

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019

Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019.

Dean Smith

Chair

6 February 2020.

Senator Dean Smith moved—That the report be adopted.

The Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “but in respect the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019, the bill not be referred to a committee”.

Senator Gallagher moved the following amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment:

Omit “not be referred to a committee”, substitute “be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 May 2020”.

Question—That Senator Gallagher’s amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 33

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McKim

Smith, Marielle

Brown

Hanson

O’Neill

Steele-John

Carr

Hanson-Young

Polley

Sterle

Chisholm

Keneally

Pratt

Urquhart*

Ciccone

Kitching

Rice

Walsh

Di Natale

Lines

Roberts

Waters

Farrell

McAllister

Sheldon

Watt

Faruqi

McCarthy

Siewert

Whish-Wilson

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 35

Senators—

Abetz

Davey

McDonald

Reynolds

Antic

Duniam

McGrath

Ruston

Askew

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ryan

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McMahon

Scarr

Brockman

Griff

Molan

Seselja

Canavan

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean*

Cash

Hughes

Paterson

Stoker

Chandler

Hume

Patrick

Van

Colbeck

Lambie

Rennick

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Question—That Senator Ruston’s amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Abetz

Davey

McDonald

Reynolds

Antic

Duniam

McGrath

Ruston

Askew

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ryan

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McMahon

Scarr

Brockman

Griff

Molan

Seselja

Canavan

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean*

Cash

Hughes

Paterson

Stoker

Chandler

Hume

Patrick

Van

Colbeck

Lambie

Rennick

 

 

 

NOES, 33

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McKim

Smith, Marielle

Brown

Hanson

O’Neill

Steele-John

Carr

Hanson-Young

Polley

Sterle

Chisholm

Keneally

Pratt

Urquhart*

Ciccone

Kitching

Rice

Walsh

Di Natale

Lines

Roberts

Waters

Farrell

McAllister

Sheldon

Watt

Faruqi

McCarthy

Siewert

Whish-Wilson

Gallagher

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Senator Ruston moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “and in respect of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019, the provisions of the bill be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 19 March 2020”.

Senator Gallagher moved the following amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment:

Omit “19 March 2020”, substitute “30 April 2020”.

Question—That Senator Gallagher’s amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37

Senators—

Ayres

Green

McKim

Smith, Marielle

Bilyk

Griff

O’Neill

Steele-John

Brown

Hanson

Patrick

Sterle

Carr

Hanson-Young

Polley

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Kitching

Pratt

Walsh

Ciccone

Lambie

Rice

Waters

Di Natale

Lines

Roberts

Watt

Farrell

McAllister

Sheldon

Whish-Wilson

Faruqi

McCarthy

Siewert

Wong

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Colbeck

McDonald

Reynolds

Antic

Davey

McGrath

Ruston

Askew

Duniam

McKenzie

Ryan

Birmingham

Fawcett

McMahon

Scarr

Bragg

Fierravanti-Wells

Molan

Seselja

Brockman

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean*

Canavan

Hughes

Paterson

Stoker

Cash

Hume

Rennick

Van

Chandler

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Question—That Senator Ruston’s amendment, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.