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19       National Health Amendment (COVID-19) Bill 2021

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy (Senator Hume)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Siewert moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “, but the Senate:

(a)              notes that the Morrison Government’s vaccination program has failed to protect at risk communities; and

(b)              calls on the Government to immediately:

(i)                    include children and teenagers between 12 and 15 years old in the national vaccination targets, and

(ii)                  set specific vaccination targets for at risk communities in consultation with experts and communities”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived. All Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.

Main question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

 

 

 

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

Senator Roberts moved the following amendment on sheet 1422:

(1)—Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (after line 22), at the end of Part VIIIB, add:

132H  Report on provision of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments from 1 July 2020

   (1)  The Minister must prepare a report on expenditure relating to the provision of:

                       (a)  COVID-19 vaccines (including boosters); and

                      (b)  treatments for COVID-19; and

                       (c)  consumables related to the use of such vaccines and treatments.

   (2)  The report must include expenditure incurred by the Commonwealth within the period:

                       (a)  starting on 1 July 2020; and

                      (b)  ending on the day this section commences.

   (3)  The Minister must make the report publicly available on the Department’s website within 30 days after the commencement of this section.

132J  Monthly report on provision of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments

   (1)  The Minister must prepare a monthly report on expenditure relating to the provision of vaccines, treatments and consumables under section 132G.

   (2)  The Minister must make the monthly report publicly available on the Department’s website within 14 days after the end of the month to which the report relates.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Bill agreed to and reported without amendment.

 

 

 

On the motion of the Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.