Spotlight on Committees
With the Senate in recess until May, committees will take the opportunity to travel interstate to hold public hearings. The Rural and Regional Affairs References Committee will be in South Australia to take evidence in Murray Bridge for the inquiry into the future of the beekeeping and pollination services, and in Loxton for the inquiry into implications of the use of Fenthion in horticulture.
The Joint Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme is holding town hall style public meetings in Geelong and Hobart to provide an opportunity for people involved in the NDIS trial to speak to the committee about their experiences.
A large number of reports were presented in the final week of the autumn sittings, including:
On 31 March, the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee presented a report on the effect on pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapple from Malaysia; the effect on ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji; and the proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand.
21 new inquiries were established during the final sitting fortnight in March. For a complete list of committee references, see current inquiries.
During the last sitting fortnight, the Senate met for 41 hours and 32 minutes. 14 bills were introduced, 8 were passed and 10 were referred to committees. For more facts and figures about the Senate have a look at the latest statistical summary.
The Senate will next meet on 13 May 2014.
The next lecture will be presented by Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University on Friday 11 April 2014.