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Notice given 3 August 2012

1983  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to Budget estimates hearings of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee in May 2012:

(1) In regard to the answer to question no. EW0042 13 taken on notice during the hearings, and given that Senator Abetz is aware that the department is unable to comment on the Minister’s views on the policies of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) or the Australian Greens, does the Minister agree that the ACTU has adopted a number of Australian Greens’ policies.

(2) In regard to the answer to question no. EW0005 13 taken on notice during the hearings, what amount was paid to Mr Phillip Adams AO for his duties during the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme Conference 2011.

(3) In regard to the answer to question no. EW0045 13 taken on notice during the hearings, and specifically in relation to paragraph 3, did the Minister discuss the amendments with any stakeholders prior to the amendments being passed; if so, which stakeholders.

1984  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—With reference to the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)  in April 2010, in which COAG agreed that the Housing Supply and Affordability Reform Working Party would report to COAG on the impact of the First Home Owners Scheme by the end of 2010 [Attachment B, COAG Communiqué 19 and 20 April 2010]:

(1) Has the Working Party reported to COAG on the impact of the First Home Owners Scheme.

(2) What is the current status of the report and when will it be released publicly.

(3) Will a response from COAG be provided on the report and when would this be expected.

(4) Given that the COAG website currently states ‘In April 2010, COAG endorsed a housing supply and affordability reform agenda to build on current initiatives and provide new reform options to decrease the time it takes to bring housing to the market, and to reform government policies that artificially stimulate demand or act as barriers to supply’, can specific examples of reform of government policies that artificially stimulate demand, to date be provided.

1985  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—With reference to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)  Housing Reform Agenda and Timeline [Attachment B, COAG Communiqué April 2010]  where it was agreed that the Housing Supply and Affordability Reform Working Party would report to COAG on 12 key aspects of housing demand and supply:

(1) What is the status to date, for each of the following reports requested on the housing supply pipeline, and when will each be released publicly:

 

 (a) the potential to reform land aggregation, zoning and planning processes and governance, including assessing and leveraging the work of housing and planning ministers and the Business Regulation and Competition Working Group (due mid 2010);

(b) nationally consistent principles for housing development infrastructure charges (due mid 2010);

(c) the merits of measures to ensure greater consistency across jurisdictions, including local governments’ planning approval processes, in the application of building regulations (due mid 2010);

(d) the impacts of titling systems, such as residential strata title arrangements, on the housing supply market (due end 2010);

(e) the efficiency and effectiveness of housing supply/land release targets (due end 2010);

(f) whether strategic planning requirements for cities should be extended to other high growth/large population regions across the country (due mid 2011); and

(g) extending the land audit work to examine ‘under-utilised’ land and to examine private holdings of large parcels of land (due mid 2010).

(2) What is the status to date for each of the following reports requested on government policies that may act as barriers to supply or that stimulate demand and when will each be released publicly:

(a) the impact of the First Home Owners Scheme (due end 2010);

(b) Commonwealth policies that impact the housing market (due end 2010);

(c) the impact of both Commonwealth and state energy efficiency regulations and environmental acts, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , on house prices (due end 2010);

(d) the impact of both supply and demand side affordable housing initiatives, such as inclusionary zoning, dwelling mix and distribution of lot sizes, on the housing market (due mid 2011); and

(e) relevant Commonwealth and state taxation settings, with timeline to be dependent on the Commonwealth Government’s response to Australia’s Future Tax System.

(3) Will a formal response from COAG be provided to these reports; if so, when will this occur.