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Draft Minutes

No. 89

Thursday, 3 December 2020

- 9:30:18 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.


- 9:31:33 AM

 2RETURN TO WRIT—Groom DIVISION

The Speaker announced that he had received a return to the writ which he had issued on 26 October 2020 for the election of a Member to serve for the electoral division of Groom, in the State of Queensland, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Joseph McVeigh. By the endorsement on the writ, it was certified that Garth Russell Hamilton had been elected.


- 9:32:39 AM

 3OATH OF ALLEGIANCE BY MEMBER

Garth Russell Hamilton made and subscribed the oath of allegiance required by law.


- 9:34:43 AM

 4National Emergency Declaration Bill 2020

Mr Porter (Attorney-General), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to provide for the declaration of national emergencies, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Porter presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:35:15 AM

Mr Porter moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 9:45:04 AM

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


- 9:45:26 AM

 5National Emergency Declaration (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020

Mr Porter (Attorney-General), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to deal with consequential matters arising from the enactment of the National Emergency Declaration Act 2020, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Porter presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:45:52 AM

Mr Porter moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 9:49:01 AM

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


- 9:49:25 AM

 6Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2020

Mr Porter (Attorney-General), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 and to apply that Act to various Commonwealth Acts, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Porter presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:50:00 AM

Mr Porter moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 9:54:26 AM

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


- 9:54:48 AM

 7Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020

Mr Hunt (Minister for Health), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Hunt presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:55:16 AM

Mr Hunt moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:11:58 AM

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


- 10:12:21 AM

 8Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020

Mr Dutton (Minister for Home Affairs), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Surveillance Devices Act 2004, and for other purposes.

Document

Mr Dutton presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:12:48 AM

Mr Dutton moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:24:13 AM

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


- 10:24:40 AM

 9National Collecting Institutions Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to national collecting institutions, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Fletcher presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:24:59 AM

Mr Fletcher moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:36:41 AM

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


- 10:37:04 AM

 10Telecommunications Amendment (Infrastructure in New Developments) Bill 2020

Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Fletcher presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:37:25 AM

Mr Fletcher moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:42:12 AM

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


- 10:42:35 AM

 11Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act relating to the environmental management of industrial chemicals, and for other purposes.

Document

Ms Ley presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:43:03 AM

Ms Ley moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:48:38 AM

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


- 10:48:58 AM

 12Industrial Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to industrial chemicals, and for related purposes.

Document

Ms Ley presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:49:21 AM

Ms Ley moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:50:51 AM

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


- 10:51:03 AM

 13Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (General) Bill 2020

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment) presented a Bill for an Act to impose charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise, and for related purposes.

Document

Ms Ley presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill and the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (Customs) Bill 2020 and the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (Excise) Bill 2020.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:51:47 AM

Ms Ley moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:53:11 AM

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


- 10:53:22 AM

 14Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (Customs) Bill 2020

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment) presented a Bill for an Act to impose charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of customs, and for related purposes.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:53:51 AM

Ms Ley moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:54:46 AM

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


- 10:55:01 AM

 15Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Charge (Excise) Bill 2020

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment) presented a Bill for an Act to impose charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of excise, and for related purposes.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:55:24 AM

Ms Ley moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:56:24 AM

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


- 10:56:40 AM

 16Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Mr Wood (Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs) presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Wood presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:57:10 AM

Mr Wood moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 11:04:23 AM

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


- 11:04:38 AM

 17 Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National Security) Bill 2020 

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—


- 11:05:02 AM

Debate resumed by Dr Chalmers 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 the concerns and uncertainty around the implementation of this bill and the Coalition Government’s broader failures on foreign investment”.

Debate ensued.


Mr Sharma 11:20:43 AM. Dr Leigh 11:32:52 AM. Ms Flint 11:47:48 AM. Mr Katter 12:02:52 PM.
- 12:03:07 PM

Mr Katter moved, as an amendment to the amendment proposed by Dr Chalmers

That all words after “whilst” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House calls on the Government to immediately stop all foreign takeovers of agricultural lands and place a ban on the acquisition of assets of strategic economic importance or strategic defensive importance to Australia”.

Debate ensued.


Mr T. R. Wilson 12:18:42 PM. Mr Wilkie 12:25:16 PM. Dr Gillespie 12:33:38 PM. Mr Zappia 12:46:48 PM. Mr Wallace 1:00:29 PM. Mr J. H. Wilson 1:15:13 PM.
- 1:27:42 PM

Debate adjourned (Mr IronsAssistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.


- 1:28:18 PM

 18MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020

Message No. 2613 December 2020, from the Senate was reported returning the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 with an amendment.


- 1:28:42 PM

Ordered—That the amendment be considered immediately.


- 1:29:00 PM

On the motion of Mr Irons (Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships), the amendment was agreed to.


- 1:29:46 PM

 19MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS

Members’ statements being made


Mr Shorten 1:30:03 PM. Mr Sharma 1:31:23 PM. Mr Giles 1:32:58 PM. Mr Wallace 1:34:29 PM. Ms Stanley 1:36:07 PM. Mr Stevens 1:37:41 PM. Mr Gosling 1:39:14 PM. Mr Thompson 1:40:56 PM.
- 1:42:37 PM

Petition

Mr Wilkie presented the following petition approved by the Standing Committee on Petitions:

Kurdistan—80 petitioners.


- 1:43:19 PM

Members’ statements continued.


Mr van Manen 1:43:50 PM. Ms Murphy 1:45:15 PM. Mr Vasta 1:46:53 PM. Ms L. M. Chesters 1:48:29 PM. Dr Webster 1:50:04 PM. Ms Ryan 1:51:34 PM. Mr Simmonds 1:53:04 PM. Ms Liu 1:54:45 PM. Mr Jones 1:56:21 PM. Mr K. J. Andrews 1:57:55 PM. Mr Watts 1:59:34 PM.
- 2:00:35 PM

 20QUESTIONS


- 2:00:43 PM

 (1)Ms Burney to Mr Robert (Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services)


Point of order, Mr Burke. 2:03:22 PM. Mr Robert 2:03:35 PM.
- 2:04:57 PM

 (2)Ms Bell to Mr Robert (Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme)


- 2:08:21 PM

 (3)Ms Burney to Mr Robert (Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services)


- 2:10:00 PM

 (4)Ms Hammond to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:13:27 PM

 (5)Mr Albanese to Mr Robert (Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services)


- 2:15:39 PM

 (6)Mr Bandt to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:19:15 PM

 (7)Mr Christensen to Mr McCormack (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development)


- 2:22:36 PM

 (8)Ms L. M. Chesters to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health)


Point of order, Mr Burke. 2:24:58 PM. Mr Hunt 2:25:28 PM.
- 2:27:11 PM

 (9)Mr Goodenough to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:30:28 PM

 (10)Ms C. F. King to Mr McCormack (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development)


- 2:34:42 PM

Member directed to leave

At 2.35 pm the Member for Kingsford Smith (Mr Thistlethwaite) was directed, under standing order 94, to leave the Chamber for one hour for continuing to interject after a warning had been given by the Chair and he accordingly left the Chamber.


- 2:35:00 PM

Questions without notice continuing—


Point of order, Mr Albanese. 2:35:08 PM. Mr McCormack 2:35:18 PM.
- 2:35:36 PM

 (11)Mr Ramsey to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:39:07 PM

 (12)Mr Burke to Mr Porter (Minister for Industrial Relations)


- 2:40:52 PM

 (13)Dr Martin to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health)


- 2:44:22 PM

 (14)Mr Marles to Mr Taylor (Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction)


- 2:47:09 PM

Member directed to leave

At 2.47 pm the Member for Brand (Ms M. M. H. King) was directed, under standing order 94, to leave the Chamber for one hour for continuing to interject after a warning had been given by the Chair and she accordingly left the Chamber.


- 2:47:28 PM

Questions without notice continuing—


- 2:47:32 PM

 (15)Ms Flint to Mrs K. L. Andrews (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology)


- 2:50:55 PM

 (16)Ms O’Neil to Mr Porter (Minister for Industrial Relations)


- 2:52:15 PM

 (17)Mr Young to Mr Dutton (Minister for Home Affairs)


- 2:55:33 PM

 (18)Mr Shorten to Mr Robert (Minister for Government Services)


Point of order, Mr Porter. 2:56:24 PM.
- 2:57:09 PM

 (19)Mr Thompson to Mr Porter (Attorney-General)


- 3:00:39 PM

 (20)Mr Shorten to Mr Robert (Minister for Government Services)


- 3:01:39 PM

Member directed to leave

At 3.02 pm the Member for Isaacs (Mr Dreyfus) was directed, under standing order 94, to leave the Chamber for one hour for continuing to interject after a warning had been given by the Chair and he accordingly left the Chamber.


- 3:01:56 PM

Questions without notice continued.


Mr Robert 3:02:03 PM. Point of order, Mr Shorten. 3:02:16 PM. Point of order, Mr Porter. 3:02:56 PM. Mr Robert 3:04:03 PM.
- 3:05:08 PM

 (21)Mr Conaghan to Mr Littleproud (Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management)


- 3:08:36 PM

 (22)Mr Shorten to Mr Robert (Minister for Government Services)


- 3:10:05 PM

 (23)Mr Sharma to Mr Taylor (Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction)


- 3:13:20 PM

Mr A. D. H. Smith (Speaker)read a statement from Mr Hayes, Chief Opposition Whip.


- 3:14:43 PM

Mr Morrison, by indulgence, made a statement on the same matter.


- 3:14:43 PM

Mr Albanese, by indulgence, made a statement on the same matter.


- 3:16:39 PM

 21DOCUMENTS 

The following documents were presented: 

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity—Parliamentary Joint Committee—Examination of the annual report of the Integrity Commissioner 2018-19—Government response, December 2020.

Climate Change Authority—Review of the Emissions Reduction Fund—October 2020.

*High Court of Australia—Report for 2019-20.

*The document was made a Parliamentary Paper.


- 3:17:01 PM

Personal explanation, Dr Allen.


Mr Husic 3:19:40 PM.
- 3:20:34 PM

 22DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—Robodebt

The House was informed that Mr Shorten had proposed that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely, “The Government’s failure to take responsibility for its illegal robodebt scheme”.


- 3:20:53 PM

The proposed discussion having received the necessary support—


- 3:20:57 PM

Mr Shorten addressed the House.


- 3:31:04 PM

Discussion ensued.


Mr Robert 3:31:09 PM. Mr Dick 3:41:16 PM. Mr Connelly 3:46:16 PM. Ms Coker 3:51:21 PM. Mr Christensen 3:55:09 PM. Mr D. P. B. Smith 4:00:18 PM. Mr Alexander 4:05:11 PM. Ms Stanley 4:10:15 PM.
- 4:15:34 PM

Discussion concluded.


- 4:16:13 PM

 23Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT—STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

Mr Hastie (Chair) presented the following document:

Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint CommitteeAdvisory report on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020Report, incorporating a dissenting report, December 2020.

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


Mr Hastie 4:16:22 PM. Mr Dreyfus 4:18:51 PM.
- 4:19:00 PM

Mr Hastie and Mr Dreyfus, by leave, made statements in connection with the report.


- 4:20:28 PM

 24MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020

Message No. 2623 December 2020, from the Senate was reported returning the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 with an amendment.


- 4:20:55 PM

Ordered—That the amendment be considered immediately.


- 4:21:08 PM

Mr Gee (Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education) moved—That the amendment be disagreed to.


- 4:21:21 PM

Debate ensued.


Mr Marles 4:21:25 PM.
- 4:24:37 PM

Question—put.


- 4:24:49 PM

Division 519

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

AYES, 62

Mr Alexander

Ms Flint

Mr Littleproud

Mr Simmonds

Dr Allen

Mr Frydenberg

Ms Liu

Mr Stevens

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Gee

Mr McCormack

Mr Sukkar

Mr K. J. Andrews

Dr Gillespie

Mrs McIntosh

Mr Taylor

Mrs Archer

Mr Goodenough

Dr Martin

Mr Tehan

Ms Bell

Mr Hamilton

Mr Morrison

Mr Thompson

Mr Broadbent

Ms Hammond

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr Tudge

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hastie

Mr O’Dowd

Mr van Manen

Mr Christensen

Mr Hawke

Mr Pasin

Mr Vasta

Mr Conaghan

Mr Hunt

Mr Pearce

Mr Wallace

Mr Connelly

Mr Joyce

Mr Pitt

Dr Webster

Mr Coulton

Mr Katter

Mr Porter

Mr R. J. Wilson

Mr Drum*

Mr C. Kelly

Ms Price

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Dutton

Mr Laming

Mr Ramsey*

Mr Wyatt

Mr Entsch

Mr Leeser

Mr Sharma

Mr Young

Mr Fletcher

Ms Ley

NOES, 58

Dr Aly

Mr Conroy

Ms M. M. H. King

Ms Ryan

Mr Bandt

Mr Dick

Dr Leigh

Ms Sharkie

Ms Bird

Mr Dreyfus

Ms McBain

Mr Shorten

Mr Bowen

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Marles

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Burke

Dr Freelander*

Mr R. G. Mitchell

Mr Snowdon

Ms Burney

Mr Georganas

Dr Mulino

Ms Stanley*

Mr Burns

Mr Giles

Ms Murphy

Ms Steggall

Mr M. C. Butler

Mr Gosling

Mr Neumann

Ms Templeman

Ms T. M. Butler

Dr Haines

Ms O’Neil

Mr Thistlethwaite

Mr Byrne

Mr Hill

Ms Owens

Ms Vamvakinou

Dr Chalmers

Mr Husic

Mr Perrett

Mr Watts

Ms L. M. Chesters

Mr Jones

Mrs Phillips

Mr Wilkie

Mr Clare

Ms Kearney

Ms Rishworth

Mr J. H. Wilson

Ms Claydon

Mr Khalil

Ms Rowland

Mr Zappia

Ms Coker

Ms C. F. King

* Tellers

Pairs

Mr Wood

Ms Swanson

Mr Morton

Mr B. K. Mitchell

Mr Hogan

Mrs Elliot

Mr Falinski

Ms Wells

Mr Coleman

Mr Champion

Mr Zimmerman

Ms Thwaites

Mr Howarth

Mr Gorman

Ms Landry

Mr Keogh

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr O’Connor

Mr Evans

Ms Collins

Mr Buchholz

Mr Albanese

Mr Irons

Mr Hayes

Mrs Wicks

Ms Payne

Mrs Marino

Ms McBride

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 4:32:07 PM

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

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

The House of Representatives has already agreed to Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 and to remove the schedule would compromise the integrity of the bill. Accordingly, the House of Representatives does not accept this.

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


- 4:32:24 PM

 25ADJOURNMENT

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

Debate ensued.


Mr Giles 4:32:36 PM. Mr Hastie 4:36:57 PM. Mr Georganas 4:40:53 PM.
- 4:41:08 PM

Petition

Mr Georganas presented the following petition approved by the Standing Committee on Petitions:

Companion animals in food service businesses—1,277 petitioners.


- 4:45:53 PM

Debate continued.


Ms Liu 4:45:56 PM. Dr Freelander 4:50:59 PM. Dr Martin 4:56:02 PM.
- 5:01:11 PM

The House continuing to sit until 5 pm—The Speaker adjourned the House until 10 am on Monday, 7 December 2020.


- 5:01:28 PM

DOCUMENTS 

 The following documents were deemed to have been presented on 3 December 2020 (An explanatory statement has been presented with each instrument unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk)

 A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999—Goods and Services Tax: Waiver of Tax Invoice Requirement (Corporate Card Statements) No. 2 Determination 2020 [F2020L01518].

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994—Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code (MRL Standard) Amendment Instrument (No. 10) 2020 [F2020L01521].

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011—National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Data Provision Requirements) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01517].

Native Title Act 1993—Native Title (Recognition as Representative BodyCape York Land Council) Instrument 2021 [F2020L01520].

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013—Commonwealth Procurement Rules 14 December 2020 [F2020L01519].


- 5:01:35 PM

ATTENDANCE

All Members attended (at some time during the sitting) except Mr BuchholzMr ChampionMr ColemanMs CollinsMr EvansMr Falinski*Mr GormanMr Hayes*Mr KeoghMs LandryMs McBrideMr B. K. MitchellMr O’Connor*Ms PayneMs Swanson*Ms Thwaites*Ms Wells and Mrs Wicks.

* On leave