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  • Public Hearing: Tax Treatment of Employee Share Schemes

    On Thursday, 16 July 2020, the House of Representatives Committee on Tax and Revenue will be holding its third public hearing for the inquiry into the tax treatment of employee share schemes.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 8 July 2020


  • Public hearing on proposed relocation of AFP West Perth site

    At a public hearing this afternoon, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works will scrutinise a proposal from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to fit out a new leased premises at 1120 Hay Street & 629 Murray Street, West Perth, Western Australia.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 8 July 2020


  • Impact of the COVID pandemic for manufacturing

    How can Australia define and improve its sovereign manufacturing capability to ensure national resilience during unplanned events such as the global pandemic? This is one of the questions to be addressed by the next public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade’s inquiry into the implications of the pandemic for Australia’s defence, trade and international relations.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 7 July 2020


  • First public hearings for homelessness inquiry

    This week the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs will hold its first two public hearings for its inquiry into homelessness in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 6 July 2020


  • Question time inquiry – public hearings

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Procedure will hold further public hearings on 2 and 7 July as part of its inquiry into the practices and procedures relating to question time in the House.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020


  • Parliament to examine supply chain resilience and defence and cyber security capability as COVID-19 impacts

    With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the responsiveness and flexibility of Australian systems and its people, as well as exposing some structural weaknesses, the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will tomorrow hold a public hearing as part of an inquiry into the resilience of Australia’s supply chains and the impact of COVID-19 on the global rules based order.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020


  • Public hearing on proposed Agriculture, Water and Environment move

    At a public hearing tomorrow the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works will scrutinise a proposal from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to fitout a new leased premises at Block 34, Section 26, Canberra City, ACT.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020


  • Economics Committee to scrutinise financial advice sector

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will scrutinise the financial advice sector at a hearing by videoconference on 30 June 2020, as part of its ongoing review of the four major banks and other financial institutions.

    Media release issue date: Sunday, 28 June 2020


  • Magnitsky inquiry to hear from Garry Kasparov

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt ‘Magnitsky-style’ laws will hear from world champion chess grandmaster and human rights commentator Garry Kasparov at a teleconference hearing this week.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020


  • Review of the Working Holiday Maker Program and its role in the economic recovery

    The Joint Standing Committee on Migration has launched an inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program to ensure it is working effectively to support the tourism, health care and agriculture sectors during the COVID-19 economic recovery.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020


  • Committee sinks claws into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy has today commenced a new inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 23 June 2020


  • COVID-19, the health sector and Australia’s international relations

    The health system will be the focus of the first public hearing of the inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 22 June 2020


  • Public Hearing: ATO Annual Report

    The House of Representatives Committee on Tax and Revenue will be holding a public hearing for its inquiry into the Commissioner of Taxation Annual Report 2018-19.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 22 June 2020


  • Committee to explore options for financing faster rail

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities will hold a videoconference public hearing on 23 June 2020 for its inquiry into options for financing faster rail.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 22 June 2020


  • Public Works Committee to hold hearings on Australian War Memorial Redevelopment

    On 14 July, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works will hold a public hearing to scrutinise a proposal from the Australian War Memorial to conduct a $498 million development project at the War Memorial in Canberra.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • Committee to review ‘Declared area’ provisions

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a statutory review into the ‘declared area’ provisions, listed in sections 119.2 and 119.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • AFP terrorism powers under review

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the operation, effectiveness and implications of two sets of terrorism powers relating to the Australian Federal Police.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • COVID-19 prompts Regional Australia extension

    As a result of the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Australia will be extending its inquiry into 2021.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • Parliamentary inquiry into destruction of Indigenous heritage sites

    The Northern Australia Committee has commenced an inquiry into the destruction of the Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • Committee to examine electoral legislation amendment bill

    The Electoral Matters Committee has commenced a review into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 18 June 2020


  • Australia’s relationships with the Pacific Islands — Roundtable hearings in Canberra

    The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will tomorrow hold its first roundtable public hearing for the inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships with the Pacific Islands.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • Experts discuss Pacific trade

    The parliamentary inquiry into activating trade with Pacific Island countries will hear tomorrow from an ANU economist and also a Tasmanian power services company providing renewable energy across the Pacific.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • A new inquiry for the Public Works Committee

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has announced that it will scrutinise a new project, from the Department of Defence.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • Treaty making process under review

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will conduct a new inquiry into the treaty-making process, with a particular focus on trade-related treaties.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • Committee to examine Northern Territory's representation in the House

    The Electoral Matters Committee has commenced a review into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Fair Representation of the Northern Territory) Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • Walking the allergy tightrope

    The House of Representatives Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee today released its report into allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 15 June 2020


  • Remote food pricing inquiry hears from Outback Stores and NIAA

    The Indigenous Affairs Committee will welcome the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and Outback stores who will be appearing together at the second public hearing for the inquiry into food prices and food security in remote communities.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 15 June 2020


  • PFAS issues for primary producers

    The PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will hear today about safety standards governing consumption of PFAS contaminated primary produce in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 15 June 2020


  • Out with the old

    The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will hold a public hearing in Canberra on Monday 15 June 2020 to discuss the termination of the Australia – Indonesia Investment Agreement.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 12 June 2020


  • Human Rights Sub-Committee to hear from Australian experts

    The International Commission of Jurists, the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will give evidence at public hearings for the Magnitsky Act inquiry.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 12 June 2020


  • Timber supply chain inquiry commences

    The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources has launched an inquiry into timber supply chain constraints in the Australian plantation sector.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 12 June 2020


  • NIAA and ANAO discuss remote food pricing

    The Indigenous Affairs Committee will hear from the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) at the first public hearing for its inquiry into food prices and food security in remote communities.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 9 June 2020


  • Shining a light on the scourge of family violence

    In Australia, one woman is killed every nine days by a current or former partner, and one in six women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner. Behind these statistics are the stories of the survivors, who can experience serious and long-lasting impacts on their health, wellbeing, education, relationships, and housing outcomes.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 5 June 2020


  • Public hearing for question time inquiry

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Procedure is holding a public hearing as part of its inquiry examining the practices and procedures relating to question time in the House.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 3 June 2020


  • Economics Committee to hold urgent hearing ME Bank, ASIC and APRA: 3 June 2020

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will hear from ME Bank, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) at an urgent public hearing by videoconference on 3 June 2020.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 2 June 2020


  • A new inquiry for the Public Works Committee

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has announced that it will scrutinise a new project, from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 2 June 2020


  • Economics Committee to scrutinise insurance sector over surge in code breaches - 3 June 2020

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will hear from the General Insurance Code Governance Committee and the Insurance Council of Australia, as well as insurers at a public hearing via videoconference on 3 June 2020, as part of its ongoing Review of the Four Major Banks and other Financial Institutions.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 1 June 2020


  • Public Hearings: Tax and Employee Share Schemes

    The House of Representatives Committee on Tax and Revenue will be holding public hearings for its inquiry into the tax treatment of employee share schemes (ESS).

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 May 2020


  • New inquiry into food prices and food security in remote Indigenous communities

    The Indigenous Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into food prices and food security in Remote Communities.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 May 2020


  • EDEN-MONARO BY-ELECTION – ISSUE OF WRIT

    As foreshadowed on Monday, I have today at 10.00am issued the writ for the election of a Member of the House of Representatives for the electoral division of Eden-Monaro in New South Wales.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 28 May 2020


  • BY-ELECTION FOR THE ELECTORAL DIVISION OF EDEN-MONARO

    I give notice of my intention to issue the writ for a by-election to be held on 4 July 2020 for the electoral division of Eden-Monaro in the State of New South Wales to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 25 May 2020


  • Supporting the World Bank COVID-19 response

    The Treaties Committee will be holding a public hearing on Friday to review two treaty actions relating to capital increases for two World Bank entities, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 22 May 2020


  • Critical Safety Works for the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef

    At a public hearing tomorrow, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works will scrutinise a proposal from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to deliver critical safety works at the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef in Townsville, QLD.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020


  • ASIO questioning powers under Committee scrutiny

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the effectiveness of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 18 May 2020


  • Public Hearing: Cyber resilience and defence major projects

    The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit will be holding a public hearing for its Inquiry into Cyber Resilience, based on Auditor-General’s Report No. 13 (2019-20), Implementation of the My Health Record System, and Report No. 1 (2019-20), Cyber Resilience of Government Business Enterprises and Corporate Commonwealth Entities.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 18 May 2020


  • Home learning and teaching during COVID 19

    As part of its inquiry into the education of students in remote and complex environments, the House Education Committee wants to know more about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on home learning and teaching.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 14 May 2020


  • Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson talk to parliament

    Ms Amal Clooney and Mr Geoffrey Robertson OAM, Queens Counsel will be among the experts to appear before an inquiry on whether to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 14 May 2020


  • Australia’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade policy in a post-pandemic world

    The impact of COVID-19 on lives and livelihoods has been severe around the globe, including Australia. While Australian, State & Territory governments continue to lead the nation into a containment and recovery phase, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade has today voted to adopt Terms of Reference for an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade policies.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020


  • UN Drugs and Crime office talk corruption in the Pacific

    The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will hear from the Institute for International Trade and then from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime at a public hearing tomorrow for its inquiry into Australia’s trade with Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020


  • 5G: Next Generation Future

    A Parliament-first inquiry into 5G mobile technology in Australia has tabled its report in the House.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020


  • Committee to hear from government, communications, and civil society on international productions orders

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold three public hearings this week for its Review into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 11 May 2020


  • Economics Committee to hold urgent hearing: 14 May 2020

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will hear from ME Bank and Industry Super Australia at an urgent public hearing by videoconference on 14 May 2020, as part of its ongoing review of the four major banks and other financial institutions.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 11 May 2020


  • Magnitsky Act inquiry to hear from Global Experts

    Mr Geoffery Robertson OAM Queens Counsel and Ms Amal Clooney will be among the experts to appear before an inquiry on whether to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 8 May 2020


  • Two new inquiries for Public Works Committee

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has announced that it will scrutinise two new projects, one from the Australian Federal Police, and one from the Australian War Memorial.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 5 May 2020


  • Committee Scrutiny of LAND 121 Stage 5B and Armoured Fighting Vehicles Facilities Projects

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works will hold hearings into two proposals from the Department of Defence to deliver works at various Defence sites across Australia aimed at supporting the acquisition of new Australian Defence Force vehicles.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 5 May 2020


  • Closer to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Survivors

    An Interim Report on the National Redress Scheme proposes both immediate and long-term action to secure institutional child sex abuse survivors greater justice.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 1 May 2020


  • EDEN-MONARO BY-ELECTION

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives (Hon Tony Smith MP) announced that he is considering possible dates for the by-election for the electoral division of Eden-Monaro having received today a letter of resignation from the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 30 April 2020


  • Public hearing on Greenhouse emissions reporting bill

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy will hold a public hearing on the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment (Transparency in Carbon Emissions Accounting) Bill 2020 on 1 May 2020.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 30 April 2020


  • Magnitsky Act inquiry gathers evidence

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt Magnitsky-style laws to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses will hold two further public hearings this week, via teleconference.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020


  • Economics Committee to scrutinise insurance sector 28 and 29 April 2020

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will scrutinise the insurance sector over two days of hearings by videoconference on 28 and 29 April 2020, as part of its ongoing review of the four major banks and other financial institutions.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 23 April 2020


  • PJCIS – Review of the mandatory data retention regime

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has completed its review of the mandatory data retention regime, and is now working on its report.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020


  • Work of the National Redress Scheme Committee

    The Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme will continue with its scheduled public hearings scheduled for Monday 6 April and Wednesday 15 April via teleconference.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 2 April 2020


  • House committee to suspend homelessness inquiry

    In response to the present COVID-19 situation, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has agreed to suspend its inquiry into homelessness in Australia until a later date.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 1 April 2020


  • Indigenous opportunity inquiry is on hold

    By unanimous resolution of the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, the current inquiry by into Pathways and participation opportunities for Indigenous Australians in employment and business has been temporarily suspended.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 30 March 2020


  • Magnitsky Act inquiry continues with teleconference

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt Magnitsky-style laws to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses will hold its first public hearing this week, via teleconference.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 30 March 2020


  • Big four banks public hearings deferred, Super liquidity issues up for scrutiny

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics has deferred its hearings with the four major banks on 12 June and 26 June until later in 2020.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 27 March 2020


  • Inquiry into migration in regional Australia put on hold

    The Joint Standing Committee on Migration has decided to suspend its inquiry into migration in regional Australia, in light of the economic effects of the public health situation changing the nature of the needs of communities in regional Australia.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 27 March 2020


  • Indigenous Business Australia to discuss participation pathways

    The Indigenous Affairs Committee will hear from Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) this Thursday as part of its inquiry into pathways and participation opportunities for Indigenous Australians in employment and business.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020


  • Postponement: JCPAA Public Hearings

    The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit has postponed upcoming public hearings.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 19 March 2020


  • Public hearings - National Redress Scheme

    In light of recent circumstances, the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme will now be holding its public hearings scheduled for Thursday 19 March in Melbourne and Friday 20 March in Ballarat, via teleconference.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 16 March 2020


  • Committee discusses farming in the North

    The Australian Parliament’s Agriculture and Water Resources will begin its travel across Northern Australia today with a hearing in Toowoomba as part of its Inquiry into growing Australian agriculture to $100 billion by 2030.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 16 March 2020


  • On the pulse: getting a taste of sustainable farming

    Grain, legume growers and food and wine producers from South Australia will have the chance to speak with federal parliamentarians this week about the success of sustainable farming practices, as part of the inquiry into regional Australia.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 March 2020


  • Parliament goes west to speak to traditional owners

    In the interest of public health the Northern Australia Committee has decided to cancel the planned public hearings in Broome, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland and Perth.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 March 2020


  • Committee to review International Production Orders bill

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a review into the effectiveness of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020. The bill review was requested by the Minister for Home Affairs in a letter to the Committee.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 March 2020


  • Have your say on Indigenous opportunity

    The Indigenous Affairs Committee in the Federal Parliament has launched a new survey seeking your feedback on ways to make employment and business ownership easier to access for Indigenous Australians.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 March 2020


  • New Inquiry: Commissioner of Taxation Annual Report 2018-19

    The Australian Parliament’s Tax and Revenue Committee has launched an inquiry into the Commissioner of Taxation Annual Report 2018-19.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020


  • Parliamentary Committee recommends mandatory age verification for online pornography and wagering

    Access to online pornography and wagering would be restricted through mandatory age verification under the recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs presented today. The recommendations were made in its report Protecting the age of innocence, following the Committee’s inquiry into the potential role of age verification in protecting children and young people from exposure to online wagering and online pornography.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 5 March 2020


  • Committee to inquire into emissions reporting bill

    The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy has today called for submissions on the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment (Transparency in Carbon Emissions Accounting) Bill 2020. The Bill was referred to the Committee by the House of Representatives on 27 February 2020 for inquiry and report.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 5 March 2020


  • Review of Indigenous participation continues

    The Indigenous Affairs Committee will hear from the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) this Thursday as part of its inquiry into pathways and participation opportunities for Indigenous Australians in employment and business.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020


  • Regional fact-finding starts in Tassie

    A Federal Parliament inquiry into regional Australia is starting its investigations by touring and meeting with regional business and community members in Tasmania.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 March 2020


  • Inquiry Commences: Diversifying Australia’s Trade and Investment Profile

    The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth has commenced a new inquiry into the 2018-19 annual reports of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade. The inquiry will focus on whether there is a need to diversify Australia’s trade markets; and Australia’s level of reliance on foreign investment.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 28 February 2020


  • Committee to hear from Home Affairs, ASIO and law enforcement on data retention

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing for its Review of the mandatory data retention regime.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 27 February 2020


  • Two new inquiries for Public Works Committee

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has announced that it will scrutinise one new proposal from the Department of Defence, and one from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 27