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No. 132

Thursday, 5 August 2021

- 9:30:40 AM

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


- 9:31:38 AM

 2Closing the Gap—MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Document

Mr Morrison (Prime Minister), presented the following document:


- 9:31:52 AM

Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.

Mr Morrison, by leave, made a ministerial statement in relation to the report.


- 9:52:19 AM

Mr Albanese (Leader of the Opposition) addressed the House in reply.


- 10:15:19 AM

Mr Porter (Acting Leader of the House) moved—That the House take note of the document.


- 10:15:43 AM

Debate adjourned (Mr Burke), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.


- 10:17:54 AM

 3Department of Defence—United States Force Posture Initiatives Northern Territory Training Areas and Ranges Upgrades Project—APPROVAL OF WORK

Mr Tudge (Minister for Education and Youth), for Mr Morton (Assistant Minister to the 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—United States Force Posture Initiatives Northern Territory Training Areas and Ranges Upgrades Project.


- 10:20:47 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 10:21:03 AM

 4Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT—STATEMENT BY MEMBER

Mr Zappia presented the following document:

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity—Parliamentary Joint CommitteeExamination of the annual report of the Integrity Commissioner 2019–20Report, incorporating a dissenting report, August 2021.

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


Mr Zappia 10:21:30 AM.
- 10:23:52 AM

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


- 10:23:55 AM

 5Law Enforcement—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT—STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

Mr Simmonds (Chair) presented the following document:

Law Enforcement—Parliamentary Joint CommitteeOperation of the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Special Operations and Special Investigations) Act 2019Report, August 2021.

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


Mr Simmonds 10:24:13 AM. Dr Aly 10:27:16 AM.
- 10:29:50 AM

Mr Simmonds and Dr Aly, by leave, made statements in connection with the report.


- 10:29:56 AM

 6Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Subsidy) 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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Dr Leigh, 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 that:

(1)most families receive no extra support from the Government’s changes to the child care subsidy;

(2)the Government’s changes do nothing to stop out of control child care fees;

(3) the workforce participation rate is projected to decline over the forward estimates; and

(4) Australia ranks 37 out of 41 OECD countries for child care affordability

Debate resumed.


Dr Aly 10:30:26 AM. Mr Conroy 10:44:28 AM.
- 10:58:38 AM

Ms L. M. Chesters (by video link)


- 11:13:32 AM

Mr Burns (by video link)


Mr Tudge 11:26:53 AM.
- 11:33:40 AM

Question—That the amendment be disagreed to—put.


- 11:33:56 AM

Division 734

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr A. D. H. Smith, in the Chair)—

AYES, 43

Dr Allen

Ms Flint

Mr McCormack

Ms Sharkie

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Frydenberg

Mr Morrison

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Gee

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr Sukkar

Mrs Archer

Dr Gillespie

Mr O’Dowd

Mr Taylor

Ms Bell

Dr Haines

Mr Pasin

Mr Tudge

Mr D. J. Chester

Ms Hammond

Mr Pearce

Mr van Manen

Mr Christensen

Mr Hunt

Mr Pitt

Mr Wallace

Mr Conaghan

Mr Joyce

Mr Porter

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Coulton

Mr Laming

Ms Price

Mr Wyatt

Mr Drum*

Mr Littleproud

Mr Ramsey*

Mr Young

Mr Fletcher

Ms Liu

Mr Robert

NOES, 35

Mr Albanese

Mr Dick

Mr Hill

Ms Ryan*

Dr Aly

Mr Dreyfus

Ms C. F. King

Mr Shorten

Mr Bandt

Mrs Elliot

Dr Leigh

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Burke

Mr Fitzgibbon

Ms McBain

Mr Snowdon

Ms T. M. Butler

Dr Freelander

Mr B. K. Mitchell

Ms Stanley*

Dr Chalmers

Mr Giles

Ms Owens

Ms Swanson

Ms Claydon

Mr Gorman

Ms Payne

Ms Templeman

Ms Collins

Mr Gosling

Mr Perrett

Mr Zappia

Mr Conroy

Mr Hayes

Mrs Phillips

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 11:41:04 AM

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


- 11:41:48 AM

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 22617 June 2021, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.


- 11:42:04 AM

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


- 11:42:21 AM

Dr Leigh, by leave, moved Opposition amendments (1) and (2) together.


- 11:43:00 AM

Debate ensued.


- 11:43:09 AM

Ms Rishworth (by video link)


Mr Tudge 11:48:09 AM.
- 11:51:55 AM

Question—That the amendments be disagreed to—put.


- 11:52:08 AM

Division 735

The House divided (the Speaker, Mr A. D. H. Smith, in the Chair)—

AYES, 41

Dr Allen

Ms Flint

Mr McCormack

Mr Robert

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Frydenberg

Mr Morrison

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Gee

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr Sukkar

Mrs Archer

Dr Gillespie

Mr O’Dowd

Mr Taylor

Ms Bell

Ms Hammond

Mr Pasin

Mr Tudge

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hunt

Mr Pearce

Mr van Manen

Mr Christensen

Mr Joyce

Mr Pitt

Mr Wallace

Mr Conaghan

Mr Laming

Mr Porter

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Coulton

Mr Littleproud

Ms Price

Mr Wyatt

Mr Drum*

Ms Liu

Mr Ramsey*

Mr Young

Mr Fletcher

NOES, 37

Mr Albanese

Mr Dreyfus

Mr Hill

Ms Ryan*

Dr Aly

Mrs Elliot

Ms C. F. King

Ms Sharkie

Mr Bandt

Mr Fitzgibbon

Dr Leigh

Mr Shorten

Mr Burke

Dr Freelander

Ms McBain

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Ms T. M. Butler

Mr Giles

Mr B. K. Mitchell

Mr Snowdon

Dr Chalmers

Mr Gorman

Ms Owens

Ms Stanley*

Ms Claydon

Mr Gosling

Ms Payne

Ms Swanson

Ms Collins

Dr Haines

Mr Perrett

Ms Templeman

Mr Conroy

Mr Hayes

Mrs Phillips

Mr Zappia

Mr Dick

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 12:00:40 PM

Bill agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.


- 12:01:38 PM

On the motion of Mr Buchholz (Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport)by leave, the bill was read a third time.


- 12:02:17 PM

 7 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Titles Administration and Other Measures) 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—


- 12:03:00 PM

Debate resumed by Mr Gorman 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 notes that:

(1)the Government has known about the impending decommissioning of a range of offshore assets in Australian waters since it was first elected eight years ago;

(2)while this legislation compels the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to regulate the financial assurance capabilities of offshore oil and gas producers, the Government has not provided any additional funding to the agency to undertake this critical task;

(3)the current legislation fails to include a comprehensive definition of what the permitted alternatives to complete removal requirements will be, making it possible for pipelines and concrete structures to be left in place without certainty over environmental, safety and well integrity outcomes; and

(4)the Government’s lackadaisical approach to decommissioning reform has resulted in Australian taxpayers footing the bill for the Northern Endeavour fiasco, which has to date wasted $210 million of public money”.

Debate ensued.


- 12:04:26 PM

Ms M. M. H. King (by video link)


Mr Connelly 12:22:14 PM.
- 12:35:56 PM

Mr J. H. Wilson (by video link)


Mr D. J. Chester 12:50:11 PM.
- 1:02:24 PM

Ms Steggall (by video link)


Mr Hogan 1:15:29 PM.
- 1:18:23 PM

Amendment negatived.


- 1:18:36 PM

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


- 1:19:02 PM

Leave granted for third reading to be moved immediately.

On the motion of Mr Hogan (Assistant Minister for Local Government), the bill was read a third time.


- 1:19:18 PM

 8 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment 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—


- 1:20:12 PM

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


- 1:20:39 PM

Leave granted for third reading to be moved immediately.

On the motion of Mr Hogan (Assistant Minister for Local Government), the bill was read a third time.


- 1:21:03 PM

 9 Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment 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—


- 1:22:31 PM

Mr Perrett moving an amendment—


- 1:30:09 PM

It being 1.30 pm, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43Mr Perrett was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.


- 1:30:13 PM

 10MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS

Members’ statements were made.


Mr Albanese 1:30:19 PM. Dr Allen 1:31:54 PM. Ms C. F. King 1:34:03 PM. Mr O’Dowd 1:35:37 PM. Mr B. K. Mitchell 1:37:14 PM. Mr Pasin 1:38:52 PM.
- 1:40:24 PM

Ms McBride (by video link)


Mr Pearce 1:42:01 PM.
- 1:43:19 PM

Mr Wilkie (by video link)


Mr Ramsey 1:44:46 PM. Ms Stanley 1:46:21 PM.
- 1:47:53 PM

Mr Sharma (by video link)


Ms Claydon 1:49:21 PM. Mr Simmonds 1:50:56 PM. Dr Aly 1:52:30 PM. Mr Stevens 1:54:02 PM. Ms Payne 1:55:37 PM. Mr Ted O’Brien 1:57:09 PM. Ms T. M. Butler 1:58:41 PM.
- 2:00:08 PM

 11QUESTIONS


- 2:00:20 PM

 (1)Mr Conroy to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:03:48 PM

 (2)Dr Martin (by video linkto Mr Wyatt (Minister for Indigenous Australians)


- 2:07:25 PM

 (3)Ms Swanson to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:10:04 PM

 (4)Mr Ramsey to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:13:36 PM

 (5)Mr Albanese to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


Mr Hunt 2:15:33 PM.
- 2:16:46 PM

Mr Albanese (Leader of the Opposition)sought leave to present a document. Leave not granted.


- 2:17:11 PM

 (6)Mr Wilkie (by video linkto Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


Mr Sukkar 2:19:48 PM.
- 2:21:07 PM

 (7)Dr Webster (by video linkto Mr Joyce (Deputy Prime Minister)


- 2:24:39 PM

 (8)Mr Husic (by video linkto Mr Porter (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology)


- 2:28:14 PM

Mr Burke (Manager of Opposition Business)sought leave to present a document. Leave not granted.


- 2:28:38 PM

 (9)Mr Leeser (by video linkto Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:32:09 PM

Mr Morrison (Prime Minister), by indulgence, made a statement relating to Australia’s Olympic results.


- 2:32:32 PM

 (10)Ms Stanley to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:34:40 PM

Member directed to leave

At 2.35 pm the Member for Lyons (Mr B. K. Mitchell) was directed, under standing order 94, to leave the Chamber for one hour  and he accordingly left the Chamber.


- 2:35:05 PM

Questions without notice continued.


- 2:35:08 PM

 (11)Mr Wallace to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health and Aged Care)


- 2:38:31 PM

 (12)Mr Gorman to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


Point of order, Mr Albanese. 2:41:25 PM. Mr Morrison 2:45:15 PM.
- 2:46:09 PM

 (13)Mrs Archer to Mrs K. L. Andrews (Minister for Home Affairs)


- 2:49:33 PM

 (14)Ms C. F. King to Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts)


Point of order, Mr Burke. 2:52:07 PM. Mr Fletcher 2:52:15 PM.
- 2:52:44 PM

 (15)Mr Entsch to Mr Tudge (Minister for Education and Youth)


- 2:56:12 PM

 (16)Ms C. F. King to Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts)


- 2:59:24 PM

 (17)Ms Hammond to Mr Fletcher (Minister representing the Attorney-General)


- 3:02:39 PM

 (18)Mr Dreyfus to Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts)


- 3:03:42 PM

 (19)Mr O’Dowd to Mr Littleproud (Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia)


- 3:07:00 PM

 (20)Ms C. F. King to Mr Tudge (Minister for Education and Youth)


Point of order, Mr Porter. 3:07:37 PM. Mr Tudge 3:08:53 PM.
- 3:09:15 PM

 (21)Mr Pearce to Mr Gee (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs)


- 3:13:09 PM

Personal explanation, Mr Albanese.


- 3:17:22 PM

 12DOCUMENTS 

The following documents were presented: 

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997—Livestock mortalities during export by sea—Report for the period 1 January to 30 June 2021.

Trade and Investment Growth—Joint Standing Committee—Pivot: Diversifying Australia’s trade and investment profile—Government response, July 2021.


- 3:17:38 PM

 13DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—COVID-19

The House was informed that Ms Templeman had proposed that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely, “The impact on communities of the Government’s failures on vaccines and quarantine”.


- 3:17:54 PM

The proposed discussion having received the necessary support—


- 3:17:56 PM

Ms Templeman addressed the House.


- 3:28:09 PM

Discussion ensued.


Dr Gillespie 3:28:14 PM. Ms T. M. Butler 3:38:18 PM. Mr Morton 3:43:25 PM.
- 3:48:31 PM

Ms Burney (by video link)


Dr Allen 3:53:39 PM.
- 3:58:43 PM

Mr Husic (by video link)


Mr Drum 4:03:57 PM. Ms Owens 4:09:07 PM.
- 4:14:18 PM

Discussion concluded.


- 4:14:33 PM

 14MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Treasury Laws Amendment (COVID-19 Economic Response No. 2) Bill 2021

Message No. 4085 August 2021, from the Senate was reported returning the Treasury Laws Amendment (COVID-19 Economic Response No. 2) Bill 2021 with an amendment.


- 4:15:09 PM

Ordered—That the amendment be considered immediately.


- 4:15:20 PM

Mr Gee (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) moved—That the amendment be disagreed to.


- 4:15:24 PM

Debate ensued.


Dr Chalmers 4:15:26 PM. Mr Bandt 4:17:08 PM.
- 4:21:51 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 4:22:23 PM

Mr Gee presented reasons, which were circulated, and are as follows:

Reasons of the House of Representatives for disagreeing to the amendments of the Senate

The amendments proposed by the Senate would undermine trust and confidence in the protected nature of taxpayer information enshrined in legislation by the tax secrecy laws. Australians disclosed information for the purposes of receiving JobKeeper to the Australian Taxation Office on the basis that the information would be subject to these strict tax confidentiality and secrecy laws. The same argument applies to information provided for other types of COVID payments.

It is the view of the House of Representatives that the benefit from disclosure of the information proposed in the amendment does not outweigh the risks it poses to the Commissioner’s administration of Commonwealth law.

Further, the House notes that public companies are required under the Corporations Act 2001 to prepare annual financial reports and to give those reports to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Reports provided to ASIC are available for the public to access. ASIC has advised reporting entities that they should prominently disclose material amounts of COVID-19 government assistance in their financial reports.

On the motion of Mr Gee, the reasons were adopted.


- 4:22:39 PM

 15MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—National Health Amendment (Decisions under the Continence Aids Payment Scheme) Bill 2021

Message No. 4075 August 2021, from the Senate was reported transmitting for the concurrence of the House a Bill for an Act to amend the National Health Act 1953, and for related purposes.

Bill read a first time.

Ordered—That the second reading be made an order of the day for the next sitting.


- 4:23:16 PM

 16Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT—STATEMENT BY MEMBER—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT—REFERENCE TO FEDERATION CHAMBER

Mr Dreyfus presented the following document:

Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint CommitteeAdvisory report on the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020Report, incorporating a dissenting report, August 2021.

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


Mr Dreyfus 4:23:35 PM.
- 4:30:31 PM

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


- 4:30:43 PM

Mr Dreyfus moved—That the House take note of the report.


- 4:30:48 PM

In accordance with standing order 39, the debate was adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.


- 4:30:55 PM

Mr Dreyfus moved—That the order of the day be referred to the Federation Chamber for debate.


- 4:31:02 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 4:31:00 PM

 17DOCUMENT

Mr Gee (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) presented the following document:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Criminality, corruption and impunity: Should Australia join the Global Magnitsky movement?—An inquiry into targeted sanctions to address human rights abuses—Government Response, 5 August 2021.


- 4:31:13 PM

 18ADJOURNMENT

It being 4.30 pm—The question was proposed—That the House do now adjourn.

Debate ensued.


- 4:31:21 PM

Mr Keogh (by video link)


Mr Connelly 4:35:48 PM. Ms C. F. King 4:40:53 PM. Mr Conaghan 4:46:00 PM. Dr Leigh 4:51:07 PM. Mr Coulton 4:55:17 PM.
- 5:00:18 PM

The House continuing to sit until 5 pm—The Speaker adjourned the House until 10 am on Monday, 9 August 2021.


- 5:01:49 PM

DOCUMENTS 

 The following documents were deemed to have been presented on 5 August 2021 (An explanatory statement has been presented with each instrument unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk)

 Biosecurity Act 2015—Biosecurity (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Amendment (No. 1) Determination 2021 [F2021L01068].

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006—Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Compatible Cross-boundary Laws) Declaration 2021 [F2021L01069].

Taxation Administration Act 1953—Commissioner of Taxation—

Class Rulings

CR 2021/53, CR 2021/54, CR 2021/55.

Law Companion Ruling—LCR 2021/2 (Erratum).

Taxation Ruling—TR 2004/4 (Addendum).

Water Act 2007—Water (Remuneration and Allowances of the Inspector-General of Water Compliance) Determination 2021 [F2021L01067].


- 5:02:47 PM

ATTENDANCE

All Members attended (at some time during the sitting) except Mr AlexanderMs BirdMr BowenMr BroadbentMs BurneyMr BurnsMr M. C. ButlerMr ByrneMr ChampionMs L. M. ChestersMr ClareMs CokerMr ColemanMr DuttonMr EvansMr FalinskiMr GeorganasMr HamiltonMr HastieMr HawkeMr HowarthMr HusicMr IronsMr JonesMr KatterMs KearneyMr C. KellyMr KeoghMr KhalilMs M. M. H. KingMr LeeserMs LeyMr MarlesDr MartinMs McBrideMrs McIntoshMr R. G. MitchellDr MulinoMs MurphyMr NeumannMr L. S. O’BrienMr O’Connor*Ms O’NeilMs PlibersekMs RishworthMs RowlandMr SharmaMs SteggallMr TehanMr ThistlethwaiteMr ThompsonMs ThwaitesMs VamvakinouMr WattsDr WebsterMs WellsMrs WicksMr WilkieMr J. H. WilsonMr Wood and Mr Zimmerman.

* On leave


- 5:02:47 PM

Ms BurneyMr BurnsMs L. M. Chesters, Mr HusicMr Keogh, Ms M. M. H. KingMr Leeser, Dr Martin, Ms McBrideMs RishworthMr Sharma, Ms Steggall, Dr WebsterMr Wilkie and Mr J. H. Wilson participated by video link.