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7           Selection of Bills—Standing Committee—Report no. 14 of 2021

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

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 14 of 2021

1.     The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 1 December 2021 at 8.10 pm.

2.    The committee recommends that—

(a)                   the provisions of the Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle Framework and Other Measures Bill 2021 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 February 2022;

(b)                  the provisions of the Customs Amendment (Controlled Trials) Bill 2021 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 March 2022; and

(c)                   the provisions of the Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 April 2022.

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

Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia Funding Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Candidate Eligibility) Bill 2021

National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Bill 2021.

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

Aged Care Amendment (Registered Nurses Ensuring Quality Care) Bill 2021

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2021

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2021

Biosecurity Amendment (No Crime to Return Home) Bill 2021

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Voter Choice Through Optional Preferential Voting and the Robson Rotation) Bill 2021

Customs Legislation Amendment (Commercial Greyhound Export and Import Prohibition) Bill 2021

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Annual Disclosure Equality) Bill 2021

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021

Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

Fair Work Amendment (Improving Paid Parental Leave for Parents of Stillborn Babies) Bill 2021

Federal Environment Watchdog Bill 2021

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

Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2019

Health Insurance Amendment (Enhancing the Bonded Medical Program and Other Measures) Bill 2021

Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Transparent Patient Outcomes) Bill 2021

Higher Education Support Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

Human Rights (Targeted Sanctions) Bill 2021

International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2021

Migration Amendment (New Maritime Crew Visas) Bill 2020

Migration Amendment (Temporary Visa Extension and Reinstatements) Bill 2021

National Health Amendment (Enhancing the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2021

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Transparency and Cost Recovery) Bill 2021

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Fight for Australia’s Coastline) Bill 2021

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2021

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment Bill 2021

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment Bill 2021

Ransomware Payments Bill 2021 (No. 2)

Regional Forest Agreements Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2017

Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Amendment (No New Fossil Fuels) Bill 2021

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Loans Scheme Enhancements) Bill 2021

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

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019

Spam Amendment (Unsolicited Political Communications) Bill 2021.

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

Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2021

Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021.

Dean Smith

Chair

2 December 2021.

Senator Dean Smith moved—That the report be adopted.

The Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) moved the following amendments together by leave:

No. 1—At the end of the motion, add “and, in respect of the Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021, the bill be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 February 2022”.

No. 2—At the end of the motion, add “and the following bills not be referred to committees:

Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021; and

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021”.

The question was divided at the request of Senator McKim.

Debate ensued.

Senator Rice moved the following amendment to Senator Ruston’s proposed amendment no. 2:

Omit “the following bills not be referred to committees”, substitute “the provisions of the following bills be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 February 2022”.

Debate ensued.

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

Omit “15 February 2022”, substitute “4 February 2022”.

Debate ensued.

At the request of Senator Gallagher, further consideration of amendment no. 2 was postponed, by leave.

Question—That amendment no. 1 be agreed to—put and passed.

The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), at the request of the Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson), moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “and, in respect of the COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2021, the bill be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2022”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 21

Senators—

Askew

Davey

McGrath

Ruston

Birmingham

Duniam

McKenzie

Scarr

Bragg

Fawcett

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Brockman

Henderson

Paterson

Smith, Dean*

Cash

Hume

Payne

Stoker

Colbeck

 

 

 

 

NOES, 21

Senators—

Ayres

Griff

Lines

Rice

Carr

Grogan

McAllister

Smith, Marielle

Ciccone

Hanson-Young

McCarthy

Urquhart*

Cox

Kitching

McKim

Walsh

Faruqi

Lambie

Patrick

Waters

Gallagher

 

 

 

 

* Tellers

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived. All Pauline Hanson’s One Nation senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.

Consideration resumed of Senator Ruston’s amendment no. 2.

Debate resumed.

Question—That Senator Ruston’s amendment to Senator Rice’s amendment be agreed to—put and passed. All Australian Greens senators and Senator Patrick, by leave, recorded their votes for the noes.

Question—That Senator Rice’s amendment, as amended, to Senator Ruston’s amendment no. 2 be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That Senator Ruston’s amendment no. 2, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.