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Draft Federation Chamber Minutes

No. 108

Wednesday, 28 February 2024

- 9:30:08 AM

 1The Federation Chamber met at 9.30 am.

- 9:30:16 AM


Members’ constituency statements were made.

Mr Katter 9:30:20 AM. Dr Mulino 9:33:39 AM. Mr Fletcher 9:36:53 AM. Mr O’Connor 9:39:54 AM. Dr Gillespie 9:42:55 AM. Ms Rishworth 9:46:08 AM. Mr Entsch 9:49:05 AM. Ms Roberts 9:52:05 AM. Mr Hamilton 9:55:13 AM. Dr Ananda-Rajah 9:58:07 AM.
- 10:01:42 AM

 3 Autonomous Sanctions Amendment Bill 2024

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed.

Mr Dreyfus 10:01:47 AM.
- 10:03:31 AM

Question—put and passed—bill read a second time.

- 10:03:57 AM

Leave granted for the question on the report to be put immediately.

- 10:04:00 AM

Question—That the bill be reported to the House without amendment—put and passed.

- 10:04:05 AM

 4Competition and Consumer Amendment (Fair Go for Consumers and Small Business) Bill 2024

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Taylor, viz.—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes:

(1)that the former Coalition government delivered strong competition policy for consumers, including:

(a)the Default Market Offer;

(b)establishing the Food & Grocery Code of Conduct;

(c)legislating to address Energy Market Misconduct; and

(d)establishing the Payment Times Reporting Framework;

(2)that the former Coalition government delivered significant support for Australia’s 3.7 million small and medium businesses, including:

(a)reducing the small business company tax rate;

(b)extending the Instant Asset Write Off; and

(c)establishing the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman;

(3)that the best way to give a fair go to consumers and small business is to manage the economy well and bring down inflation; and

(4)the government is failing on both counts, with falling productivity, stubbornly high domestic inflation, and collapsing real wages for working households

Debate resumed.

Mr Perrett 10:04:31 AM. Ms Sharkie 10:14:37 AM. Mr B Mitchell 10:24:16 AM. Ms Spender 10:36:43 AM. Ms Stanley 10:51:18 AM. Ms Steggall 11:00:04 AM. Dr Leigh 11:13:29 AM.
- 11:18:51 AM

Amendment negatived.

- 11:18:55 AM

Question—That the bill be now read a second time—put and passed—bill read a second time.

- 11:19:17 AM

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

- 11:19:26 AM

Ms Steggall moved an amendment.

- 11:19:33 AM

Debate ensued.

Ms Steggall 11:19:35 AM. Dr Leigh 11:24:32 AM.
- 11:27:07 AM

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and not being resolved—bill to be returned to the House with an unresolved question.

- 11:27:37 AM

 5Death of Lowitja O’Donoghue—CONDOLENCE MOTION MOVED BY THE Prime Minister

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Albanese (Prime Minister)—That the House record its sincere regret at the death, on 4 February 2024, of Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE, place on record its appreciation for her significant leadership, her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, her dedication to public service and offer its deepest sympathy to her family and community in their bereavement.

Debate resumed.

Mr O’Connor 11:27:55 AM. Ms Claydon 11:35:29 AM. Ms Scrymgour 11:52:40 AM. Ms Miller-Frost 12:10:47 PM. Ms M. M. H. King 12:17:51 PM. Mr Zappia 12:25:26 PM.
- 12:34:32 PM

As a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, all Members present stood, in silence.

- 12:35:12 PM

Dr Ananda-Rajahby leave, moved—That further proceedings be conducted in the House.

- 12:35:16 PM

Question—put and passed.

- 12:35:22 PM


On the motion of Dr Ananda-Rajah, the Federation Chamber adjourned at 12.35 pm, until 10.30 am on Monday, 18 March 2024.