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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:

Environmental biosecurity. Accepting submissions. Report date: 3 December.

Australia’s environment. Submissions due: 10 November. Report date: June 2015.

Performance and management of electricity network companies–an inquiry into how electricity network companies have calculated and presented costings and infrastructure changes and the effects on energy users, including anomalies or discrimination and the regulatory structure. Submissions due: 21 November. Report date: March 2015.

Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014. Submissions due: 10 December. Report date: 9 February 2015.

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014 and Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014. Submissions due: 10 December. Report date: 9 February 2015.

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

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee is inquiring into the following bills:

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014. Submissions due: 11 November. Report date: 25 November.

Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. Submissions due: 6 November. Report date: 1 December.

Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014. Submissions due: 6 November. Report date: 25 November.

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

Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration–Select Committee

The Senate has established the Select Committee into Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs. The terms of reference are extensive and are available on the committee's webpage. Submissions due: 18 November 2014. Report date: 27 March 2015. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to qga.sen@aph.gov.au. Information: www.aph.gov.au/qga; tel: (02) 6277 3521.

Economics Committee

The Senate Economics Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 6) Bill 2014. Submissions due: 14 November. Report date: 25 November.

Digital currency. Submissions due: 28 November. Report date: 2 March 2015.

Privatisation of state and territory assets and new infrastructure. Submissions due: 30 January 2015. Report date: 2 March 2015.

Corporate tax avoidance. Submissions due: 2 February 2015. Report date: 15 June 2015.

Forestry managed investment schemes. Submissions due: 15 December. Report date: 31 March 2015.

Future of Australia's naval shipbuilding industy. Part II submissions due: 1 December. Report date: 1 July 2015.

Scrutiny of Financial Advice. Submissions due: 5 December. Report date: July 2015.

Submissions: online at the website or emailed to economics.sen@aph.gov.au. Information:
www.aph.gov.au/senate_economicstel: (02) 6277 3540.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committees are inquiring into the following matters:

Potential use by the Australian Defence Force of unmanned air, maritime and land platforms. Submissions due: 6 February 2015. Report date: June 2015.

Customs Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 and Customs Tariff Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014. Submissions due: 13 November. Report date: 27 November.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples–Joint Select Committee

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples invites submissions on steps that can be taken to progress towards a successful referendum on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition. Submissions: online at the website or emailed to jscatsi.sen@aph.gov.au by 31 January 2015.
Information: www.aph.gov.au/jointsc_atsi; tel: (02) 6277 3544.

Australia Fund Establishment–Joint Select Committee

The Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on the Australia Fund Establishment is inquiring into the establishment of a fund to assist rural and manufacturing industries in crisis and support communities affected by natural disasters. Submissions that address the establishment of a fund as outlined in the committee’s terms of reference can be made online at the website or emailed to australiafund.sen@aph.gov.au by 27 November. For further information, including the terms of reference, see:
www.aph.gov.au/jointsc_australiafund or telephone (02) 6277 3269.

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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