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Senate Committee Activities

This advertisement provides information on Senate and some joint parliamentary committee activities, particularly new inquiries. Senate committees encourage public involvement in their inquiries and submissions are invited from interested persons and organisations.

Environment and Communications Committee

The Senate Environment and Communications Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Future of Australia's video game development industry. Submissions due: 18 September. Report date: 1 April 2016.

Threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia. Submissions due: 10 September. Report date: 8 April 2016.

Water Amendment Bill 2015. Submissions due: 31 July. Report date: 8 September.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to ec.sen@aph.gov.au. Information www.aph.gov.au/senate_ec; tel (02) 6277 3526.

Education and Employment Committee

The Senate Education and Employment References Committee is inquiring into the current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system, and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support. Report date: 3 November. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to eec.sen@aph.gov.au by 21 August. Information: www.aph.gov.au/senate_eec; tel: (02) 6277 3521.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. Report date: 12 October. 

Increasing use of Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia–for report in 2016.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to rrat.sen@aph.gov.au by 7 August. Information: www.aph.gov.au/senate_rrat; tel: (02) 6277 3511.

Economics Committee

The Senate Economics Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Insolvency in the construction industry. Report date: 11 November.

Foreign bribery. Submissions due: 24 August. Report date: 1 July 2016. 

Matters relating to credit card interest rates. Submissions due: 10 August. Report date: 24 November.

Personal choice and community impacts. Submissions due: 24 August. Report date: 13 June 2016.

Non-conforming building products. Submissions due: 3 August. Report date: 12 October.  

Third party certification of food. Submissions due: 31 July. Report date: 30 November.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to economics.sen@aph.gov.au. Information including terms of reference: www.aph.gov.au/senate_economics; tel: (02) 6277 3540.

Community Affairs Committee

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee is inquiring into the following bills:

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Amendment Bill 2015. Submissions due 24 July. Report date: 17 August.

Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2015. Submissions due: 24 July. Report date: 18 August. 

Fairer Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2015. Submissions due: 30 July. Report date: 15 September.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au. Information: www.aph.gov.au/senate_ca; tel: (02) 6277 3515.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee is inquiring into the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The committee will report within one month of the tabling of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties report on the agreement. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to fadt.sen@aph.gov.au by 28 August. Information: www.aph.gov.au/Senate_FADT; tel: (02) 6277 3535.

Finance and Public Administration Committee

The Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee is inquiring into the Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015. Report date: 8 September. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to fpa.sen@aph.gov.au by 31 July. Information: www.aph.gov.au/senate_fpa; tel: (02) 6277 3439.

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee is inquiring into the following matters:

Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts. Submissions due: 17 July. Report date: 15 September.

Payment of cash or other inducements by the Commonwealth of Australia in exchange for the turn back of asylum seeker boats. Submissions due: 24 July. Report date: 15 September.

Use of smoke alarms to prevent smoke and fire related deaths. Submissions due:4 August. Report date: 3 December.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to legcon.sen@aph.gov.au. Information, including terms of reference: www.aph.gov.au/senate_legalcon; tel: (02) 6277 3560.

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services is inquiring into impairment of customer loans. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to corporations.joint@aph.gov.au by 24 July. Information, including terms of reference: www.aph.gov.au/joint_corporations; tel: (02) 6277 3583. 

Submissions

Please note that submissions to inquiries become committee documents and are made public only after a decision of the committee. Committees reserve the right to not receive a submission in whole or in part. Persons making submissions must not release them until they have been published by the committee. The prior publication of a submission will not be protected by parliamentary privilege.

Submissions can be lodged online at the committee's webpage or posted to the relevant committee at The Senate, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600.

General information, inquiries and reports

If you have any general questions relating to Senate committees or inquiries, are seeking information on:

  • how to make a submission;
  • guidance to witnesses appearing before committees;
  • what parliamentary privilege means; or
  • looking for a report of a Senate committee,

visit www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate, phone (02) 6277 3555, fax (02) 6277 3899 or email seniorclerk.committees.sen@aph.gov.au. Copies of reports, submissions and Hansards are available on CD by emailing SenCteeResOff@aph.gov.au.

For the Diary!!

MAGNA CARTA 800 SYMPOSIUM

Magna Carta, parliament and 21st century Australia

Friday 30 October 2015, 9.15am to 4.00pm

Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra

Free – register by 9 October.

For more information http://www.aph.gov.au/magnacarta-symposium

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