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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:

Stormwater resource in Australia. Submissions due: 24 April. Report date: 25 June.

Fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania. Submissions due: 1 June. Report date: 10 August.

Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015. Submissions due: 29 May. Report date: 7 August.

Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015. Submissions due: 15 April. Report date: 8 May.

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

Economics Committee

The Senate Economics Committees are inquiring into, and accepting submissions on, the following matters:

Scrutiny of financial advice—report date extended to 1 February 2016.

Insolvency in the construction industry. Submissions due: 17 April. Report date: 11 November.

Overall performance of cooperative, mutual and member-owned firms in the Australian economy. Submissions due: 1 July. Report date: extended to 30 November.

Competition and Consumer Act 2010—Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015. Report date: 14 May.

Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Measures) Bill (No.1) 2015 and Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 2015. Submissions due: 15 April. Report date: 5 May.

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2015. Submissions due: 21 April. Report date: 13 May.

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.

Education and Employment Committee

The Senate Education and Employment Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015. Submissions due: 1 May. Report date: 16 June.

Impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour market and on the temporary work visa holders. Submissions due: 1 May. Report date: 22 June.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to eec.sen@aph.gov.au. Information:
www.aph.gov.au/senate_eec; tel: (02) 6277 3521.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) is inquiring into the integrity of Australia’s border arrangements. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to aclei.committee@aph.gov.au by 29 May. Information: www.aph.gov.au/joint_aclei; tel: (02) 6277 3419.

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement is inquiring into methamphetamine (ice) in Australia. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to le.committee@aph.gov.au by 10 June. Information: www.aph.gov.au/joint_le; tel: (02) 6277 3419.

Regional Processing–Nauru–Select Committee

The Senate has established the Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru, to inquire into the responsibilities of the Commonwealth Government in connection with the management and operation of the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru. Report date: 15 June. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to regionalprocessingnauru.sen@aph.gov.au by 27 April. Information:
www.aph.gov.au/select_regionalprocessingnauru; tel: (02) 6277 3583.

Community Affairs Committee

The Senate Community Affairs Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. Submissions due: 15 May. Report date 15 June.

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2014. Submissions welcome. Report date: 12 May.

Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings. Submissions due: 29 May. Report date: 16 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 following matters:

Delivery and effectiveness of Australia’s bilateral aid program in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Submissions due: 24 April. Report date: 26 November.

Mental health of ADF service personnel. Submissions due: 26 June. Report date: 19 February 2016.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to fadt.sen@aph.gov.au. Information:
www.aph.gov.au/Senate_FADT; tel: (02) 6277 3535.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee is inquiring into the following matters:

Australian wine industry. Submissions due: 22 May. Report date: 11 November.

Future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia. Submissions due: 30 April. Report date: 1 December.

Effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector. Submissions due: 15 May. Report date: 12 August.

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

Finance and Public Administration Committee

The Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee is inquiring into the following matters:

Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering process. Submissions due: 30 April. Report date: 18 June.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services. Submissions due: 30 April. Report date: 10 August.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to fpa.sen@aph.gov.au. Information:
www.aph.gov.au/senate_fpa; tel: (02) 6277 3439.

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.

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