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Business of the Senate

 

Notices of Motion

Notice given 31 July 2019

      *1  Senator Patrick: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by the final sitting day of June 2020:

             Australia’s relations with the People’s Republic of China, with particular reference to:

                          (a)      the management of a mutually respectful and beneficial bilateral relationship between Australia and China;

                          (b)      Australian and Chinese perspectives on, and interests in, regional and global security issues;

                           (c)      trade, investment and infrastructure issues, including Australia’s engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative;

                          (d)      educational and research cooperation;

                           (e)      tourism, cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties;

                           (f)      management of diplomatic and consular arrangements;

                           (g)      dialogue on human rights issues;

                          (h)      the roles of Australian institutions in Australia’s relations with China, including: state and local governments, universities and other academic bodies, business, and non-government organisations; and

                            (i)      any related matters.

      *2  Senator Keneally : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 September 2019:

             The impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of Government programs, with particular reference to:

                          (a)      the privatisation of Australia’s visa and citizenship program, including:

                                                (i)      the integrity of Australia’s visa and citizenship system,

                                               (ii)      the commercial implications and increased costs to industry, with particular regard for the tourism and higher education sectors,

                                             (iii)      the implications to national security, data security and privacy, and

                                             (iv)      the risk to public sector employment - especially rural and regional employment - through service delivery model changes; and

                          (b)      Centrelink’s Robodebt compliance and outsourced debt collection program, including:

                                                (i)      the integrity and impact of the automated debt collection processes,

                                               (ii)      the limitations and impact of Robodebt collection methods,

                                             (iii)      the identification of inaccurate debts - made without human oversight,

                                             (iv)      the impact to public sector employment - especially on the capacity and adequacy of staffing level, and

                                              (v)      the review and appeals process for debt notices; and

                           (c)      and related matters.