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No. 159

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

- 9:30:07 AM

 1The House met, at 9.30 am, pursuant to adjournment. The Speaker (the Honourable A. B. Wallace) took the Chair, made an acknowledgement of country and read Prayers.


- 9:31:46 AM

 2Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Transformation of Reef HQ Aquarium—APPROVAL OF WORK

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Morton (Minister for the Public Service), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Transformation of Reef HQ Aquarium.


- 9:33:29 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:33:52 AM

 3Department of Defence—Facilities to support LAND 19 Phase 7B Short Range Ground Base Air Defence, RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia—APPROVAL OF WORK

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Morton (Minister for the Public Service), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Department of Defence—Facilities to support LAND 19 Phase 7B Short Range Ground Base Air Defence, RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.


- 9:35:34 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:35:44 AM

 4PUBLIC WORKS—PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEEREFERENCE OF WORKDepartment of Home Affairs—Proposed fit-out of 808 Bourke Street, Docklands, Victoria

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Morton (Minister for the Public Service), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Department of Home Affairs—Proposed fit-out of 808 Bourke Street, Docklands, Victoria.


- 9:37:06 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:37:24 AM

 5PUBLIC WORKS—PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEEREFERENCE OF WORKServices Australia—Fit-out of new leased premises at 205 North Quay, Brisbane, Queensland

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Morton (Minister for the Public Service), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Services Australia—Fit-out of new leased premises at 205 North Quay, Brisbane, Queensland.


- 9:38:48 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:39:08 AM

 6PUBLIC WORKS—PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEEREFERENCE OF WORKServices Australia—Fit-out of new leased premises at 120 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Morton (Minister for the Public Service), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Services Australia—Fit-out of new leased premises at 120 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania.


- 9:40:33 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:41:04 AM

 7Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment (Indexation) Determination 2021 

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Hunt (Minister for Health and Aged Care), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with section 10B of the Health Insurance Act 1973, the House approve the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment (Indexation) Determination 2021 made on 21 November 2021, and presented to the House on 25 November 2021.


- 9:41:19 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:41:46 AM

 8Parliamentary Zone—Dame Enid Lyons and Dame Dorothy Tangney commemorative sculpture—Approval of proposal

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mrs Marino (Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories), pursuant to notice, moved—That, in accordance with section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974, the House approve the following proposal for work in the Parliamentary Zone which was presented to the House on 24 November 2021, namely: Dame Enid Lyons and Dame Dorothy Tangney commemorative sculpture.


- 9:42:02 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:42:28 AM

 9Proposed Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety

Mr Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), for Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts), pursuant to notice, moved—

(1) a Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety be established to inquire into:

(a) the range of online harms that may be faced by Australians on social media and other online platforms, including harmful content or harmful conduct;

(b) evidence of:

(i) the potential impacts of online harms on the mental health and wellbeing of Australians;

(ii) the extent to which algorithms used by social media platforms permit, increase or reduce online harms to Australians;

(iii) existing identity verification and age assurance policies and practices and the extent to which they are being enforced;

(c) the effectiveness, take-up and impact of industry measures, including safety features, controls, protections and settings, to keep Australians, particularly children, safe online;

(d) the effectiveness and impact of industry measures to give parents the tools they need to make meaningful decisions to keep their children safe online;

(e) the transparency and accountability required of social media platforms and online technology companies regarding online harms experienced by their Australians users;

(f) the collection and use of relevant data by industry in a safe, private and secure manner;

(g) actions being pursued by the Government to keep Australians safe online; and

(h) any other related matter;

(2) the committee present its final report on or before 15 February 2022;

(3) the committee consist of eight members, five Members to be nominated by the Government Whip, and three Members to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or by any non-aligned Member;

(4) supplementary members may:

(a) be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Government Whip, the Opposition Whip or any minority party or independent member; and

(b) participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any question before the committee;

(5) every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

(6) the members of the committee hold office as a select committee until presentation of the committee’s final report or until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time, whichever is the earlier;

(7) the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy;

(8) the committee elect:

(a) Government member as its chair; and

(b) a non-Government member as its deputy chair who shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee;

(9) at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee, the members present shall elect another member to act as chair at that meeting;

(10) in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote;

(11) three members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee;

(12) the committee:

(a) have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine; and

(b) appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only;

(13) at any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee, the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting;

(14) two members of a subcommittee constitute the quorum of that subcommittee;

(15) members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum;

(16) the committee or any subcommittee have power to:

(a) call for witnesses to attend and for documents to be produced;

(b) conduct proceedings at any place it sees fit;

(c) sit in public or in private;

(d) report from time to time; and

(e) adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the House of Representatives;

(17) the committee or any subcommittee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of any former committee on related matters; and

(18) the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.


- 9:42:50 AM

Debate ensued.


Ms Rowland 9:42:53 AM. Mr Watts 9:53:02 AM. Mr Fletcher 10:03:09 AM. Mr Dreyfus 10:13:18 AM. Point of order, Mr Robert. 10:20:24 AM. Mr Dreyfus 10:20:51 AM.
- 10:23:29 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 10:23:36 AM

 10Treaties—Joint Standing Committee—REPORT—STATEMENT BY MEMBER

Mr Sharma (Chair) presented the following document:

Treaties—Joint Standing CommitteeReport 198: European Union tariff-rate quotas following withdrawal of the United KingdomReport, November 2021.

In accordance with standing order 39(e) the report was made a Parliamentary Paper.


Mr Sharma 10:23:55 AM.
- 10:25:23 AM

Mr Sharma, by leave, made statement in connection with the report.


- 10:25:33 AM

 11MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

Message No. 46430 November 2021, from the Senate was reported informing the House that Senator Thorpe had been discharged from attendance on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, and Senator Rice had been appointed a member of the committee.


- 10:25:58 AM

 12 Electoral Legislation Amendment (Annual Disclosure Equality) Bill 2021 

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—


- 10:26:13 AM

Debate resumed by Mr Giles who moved, as an amendment—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:

(1)notes that the explanatory memorandum states that the bill’s intention is to increase transparency of political donations; and

(2)notes that transparency of donations and the integrity of Australia’s electoral system would be further strengthened by:

(a)lowering the disclosure threshold from the current $14,500 to a fixed $1,000 so political donations are transparent for all to see;

(b)requiring real time disclosure of political donations;

(c)reforming electoral expenditure laws;

(d)providing more resources to the AEC to increase enrolment and turnout;

(e)addressing the spread of dangerous misinformation and disinformation;

(f)legislating for a powerful and independent national anti-corruption commission;

(g)making laws to prevent governments from pork-barrelling in marginal held seats; and

(h)requiring parliamentarians to disclose secret donations; and

(3)calls on the Government to implement these electoral integrity measures that would make a real difference to improving public confidence in our democracy”.

Debate ensued.


Mr Stevens 10:36:43 AM. Ms Steggall 10:49:20 AM. Mr Falinski 11:03:02 AM. Dr Haines 11:18:21 AM. Mr Wyatt 11:23:58 AM.
- 11:25:49 AM

Amendment negatived.


- 11:26:04 AM

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


- 11:26:25 AM

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


- 11:26:43 AM

Dr Haines, by leave, moved amendments (2) and (4) together.


- 11:28:51 AM

Question—That the amendments be disagreed to—put.


- 11:29:12 AM

Division 792

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr Wallace, in the Chair)—

AYES, 55

Mr Alexander

Mr Entsch

Mrs McIntosh

Ms Stanley*

Dr Allen

Mr Evans

Mrs Marino

Mr Stevens

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Falinski

Dr Martin

Mr Taylor

Mrs Archer

Dr Freelander

Mr Morton

Mr Thompson

Ms Bell

Mr Frydenberg

Mr Ted O’Brien

Ms Thwaites

Mr Broadbent

Mr Giles

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr van Manen

Mr Buchholz

Dr Gillespie

Mr O’Dowd

Dr Webster

Ms Burney

Mr Goodenough

Mr Pasin

Mrs Wicks

Ms L. M. Chesters

Mr Hogan

Mr Porter

Mr R. J. Wilson

Mr Coleman

Mr Joyce

Mr Ramsey*

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Conaghan

Ms Landry

Ms Rishworth

Mr Wyatt

Mr Coulton

Mr Leeser

Mr Sharma

Mr Young

Mr Dreyfus

Ms Liu

Mr Simmonds

Mr Zimmerman

Mr Drum

Mr McCormack

Mr A. D. H. Smith

NOES, 5

Mr Bandt*

Ms Sharkie

Ms Steggall

Mr Wilkie

Dr Haines*

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 11:38:59 AM

Dr Haines, by leave, moved amendments (3) and (5) together.


- 11:40:39 AM

Question—That the amendments be disagreed to—put.


- 11:40:53 AM

Division 793

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr Wallace, in the Chair)—

AYES, 54

Mr Alexander

Mr Entsch

Ms Liu

Mr Simmonds

Dr Allen

Mr Evans

Mr McCormack

Mr A. D. H. Smith

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Falinski

Mrs McIntosh

Ms Stanley*

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Fletcher

Mrs Marino

Mr Stevens

Mrs Archer

Ms Flint

Dr Martin

Mr Taylor

Ms Bell

Dr Freelander

Mr Morton

Mr Thompson

Mr Buchholz

Mr Giles

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr van Manen

Ms L. M. Chesters

Dr Gillespie

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Dr Webster

Mr Christensen

Mr Goodenough

Mr O’Dowd

Mrs Wicks

Mr Coleman

Mr Hamilton

Mr Pasin

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Conaghan

Mr Hogan

Mr Porter

Mr Wyatt

Mr Coulton

Ms Landry

Mr Ramsey*

Mr Young

Mr Dreyfus

Mr Leeser

Mr Sharma

Mr Zimmerman

Mr Drum

Ms Ley

NOES, 6

Mr Bandt*

Mr Katter

Ms Steggall

Mr Wilkie

Dr Haines*

Ms Sharkie

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 11:47:20 AM

Bill agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.


- 11:47:33 AM

On the motion of Mr Wyatt (Minister for Indigenous Australians)by leave, the bill was read a third time.


- 11:48:34 AM

 13MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Economic Empowerment) Bill 2021

Message No. 30 November 2021, from the Senate was reported returning the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Economic Empowerment) Bill 2021 with amendments.


- 11:49:08 AM

Ordered—That the amendments be considered immediately.


- 11:49:27 AM

Mr Wyatt (Minister for Indigenous Australians) moved—That the amendments be agreed to.


- 11:49:39 AM

Debate ensued.


Mr Dreyfus 11:49:41 AM. Mr Bandt 11:53:56 AM.
- 11:55:02 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 11:55:13 AM

 14 Electoral Legislation Amendment (Assurance of Senate Counting) Bill 2021 

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—


- 11:55:46 AM

Debate resumed by Mr Giles who moved, as an amendment—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:

(1)notes that the explanatory memorandum states that the bill’s intention is to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s electoral system;

(2)notes that Australia’s electoral system would be further strengthened by;

(a)lowering the disclosure threshold from the current $14,500 to a fixed $1,000 so political donations are transparent for all to see;

(b)requiring real time disclosure of political donations;

(c)reforming electoral expenditure laws;

(d)providing more resources to the AEC to increase enrolment and turnout;

(e)addressing the spread of dangerous misinformation and disinformation;

(f)legislating for a powerful and independent National Anti-Corruption Commission;

(g)making laws to prevent governments from pork-barrelling in marginal held seats; and

(h)requiring parliamentarians to disclose secret donations; and

(3)calls on the Government to implement these electoral integrity measures that would make a real difference to improving public confidence in our democracy”.

Debate ensued.


Mr Stevens 12:11:03 PM. Mr Watts 12:25:29 PM.