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No. 51

Monday, 23 March 2020

- 10:00:45 AM

 1The House met, at 10 am, pursuant to adjournment. The Speaker (the Honourable A. D. H. Smith) took the Chair, made an acknowledgement of country and read Prayers.


- 10:05:10 AM

 2Suspension of standing orders—Consideration of bills

Mr Porter (Leader of the House) moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the following from occurring in relation to business for today:

(1) the Prime Minister to make a ministerial statement, with the Leader of the Opposition to respond;

(2) the Federation Chamber not to meet today;

(3) the business for this sitting to be restricted to bills relating to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package, Supply bills, Question Time, and any other business agreed between a Minister and the Manager of Opposition Business;

(4) presentation and consideration of bills relating to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package to be given priority over all other business until 2 pm;

(5) the provisions of standing order 133 not to apply;

(6) a Minister to present the bills together and the first reading of each bill to be given;

(7) the Minister to move one motion that the bills be read a second time, and make a second reading speech;

(8) at the conclusion of the second reading speech, a cognate debate to ensue;

(9) if consideration of the bills and any other business has not concluded by 2 pm, the debate to be interrupted for Question Time;

(10) if consideration of the bills and any other business concludes before 2 pm, the House then to suspend until 2 pm;

(11) immediately following Question Time, business to resume, if required;

(12) when the debate concludes, a Minister to be called to sum up the debate, then without delay the immediate question, or questions, necessary to complete the second reading of the bills to be put;

(13) if the second reading of the bills is agreed to and any Messages from the Governor-General announced, the bills then to be taken as a whole during consideration in detail, if required, for no longer than sixty minutes, with any Government amendments to the bills that have been circulated to be treated as if they had been moved together, any Opposition amendments which have been circulated to be treated as if they had been moved together, and any amendments by non-aligned Members which have been circulated to be treated as if they had been moved together, with:

(a) one question to be put on all the Government amendments;

(b) one question then to be put on any amendments which have been circulated by Opposition Members;

(c) single questions then to be put on any amendments circulated by each non-aligned Member; and

(d) any further questions necessary to complete the remaining stages of the bills to be put without delay;

(14) if consideration in detail is not required, the question on the third reading of the bills to be put immediately after the second readings of the bills and the announcement of any Messages from the Governor-General;

(15) if at 5 pm the second reading debate is still in progress, the debate to be interrupted and all questions necessary to complete consideration of the bills to be put immediately, including the questions on any amendments circulated, as detailed in paragraph 13, above;

(16) following the third reading of the bills, a Minister to introduce three supply bills together and the first reading of each bill to be given, the Minister to move one motion that the bills be read a second time and make a second reading speech;

(17) at the conclusion of the second reading speech a cognate debate to ensue until no later than 7.30 pm, with the immediate question, or questions, necessary to complete the second reading of the bills then to be put and one question on the third reading of the bills then to be put;

(18) other business, if agreed by a Minister and the Manager of Opposition Business, then to ensue;

(19) at the conclusion of any other business, or after Question Time if all business has been disposed of, the Speaker then to suspend the House until the ringing of the bells;

(20) when the sitting resumes any further business relating to the bills or other business agreed by a Minister and the Manager of Opposition Business to ensue and the Speaker then to adjourn the House until a later date and hour to be fixed by the Speaker; and

(21) any variation to this arrangement to be made only by a motion moved by a Minister with leave granted by the Manager of Opposition Business.


- 10:09:53 AM

Debate ensued.


Mr Burke 10:09:56 AM.
- 10:11:01 AM

Question—put and passed, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.


- 10:12:26 AM

 3COVID-19MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Mr Morrison (Prime Ministermade a ministerial statement relating to COVID-19.


- 10:26:34 AM

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


- 10:41:26 AM

 4Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020

 Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

 Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020

 Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

Message No. 85, 20 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending, in accordance with the requirements of section 56 of the Constitution, an appropriation for the purposes of the Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020.

Message No. 8620 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending, in accordance with the requirements of section 56 of the Constitution, an appropriation for the purposes of the Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020.

Message No. 87 20 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending, in accordance with the requirements of section 56 of the Constitution, an appropriation for the purposes of the Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020.

In accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier this sitting—

Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer) presented:

a Bill for an Act to provide an economic response, and deal with other matters, relating to the coronavirus, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act about loan guarantees, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act about Commonwealth investment in the Australian Business Growth Fund, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act to appropriate money for community, regional and industry support as part of the Coronavirus Economic Response, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act to establish the Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response) Fund, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act to appropriate additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government in relation to the Coronavirus Economic Response, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act to appropriate additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure in relation to the Coronavirus Economic Response, and for related purposes; and

a Bill for an Act to provide for a cash flow boost relating to the coronavirus, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Frydenberg presented an explanatory memorandum to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020, Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020 and the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020.


- 10:42:35 AM

Bills read a first time.


- 10:46:17 AM

Mr Frydenberg moved—That the bills be now read a second time.


- 11:07:51 AM

Dr Chalmers moved, as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give these bills a second reading, the House calls on the Government to more quickly implement the measures it is proposing, noting that under the current proposal:

 (1)the Coronavirus supplement will not begin until 27 April 2020;

 (2)expanded access to the Jobseeker Payment and Youth Allowance won’t begin until 27 April 2020;

 (3)most people won’t receive the first payment to households until April 2020 or the second payment until July 2020;

 (4)pensioners won’t see a boost in their income due to the change in deeming rates until 1 May 2020; and

 (5)employers won’t receive a cash flow boost until 28 April 2020”.

 Debate ensued.


Mr Bowen 11:30:36 AM. Mr Marles 11:42:06 AM. Mr Albanese 11:56:09 AM.
- 12:10:58 PM

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

That the following words be added:

 “(6)there is no conditionality on assistance measures to business to keep workers employed; and

 (7)calls on the Government to legislate for a mechanism that provides sufficient incentive for employers to keep employees in work”.

Debate ensued.


Ms C. F. King 12:23:01 PM. Mr O’Connor 12:38:27 PM. Mr Clare 12:53:32 PM.
- 1:04:50 PM

Mr Jones moved, as an amendment to the amendment proposed by Mr Burke

That the following words be added after paragraph (7):

 “(8)(a)every Australian deserves a dignified retirement;

 (b)Australians are proud of our world-class superannuation system;

 (c)drawing down on superannuation when the market is at historic lows will have negative implications for most Australians, and should only be an option of last resort; and

 (d)the administrative arrangements specified in Schedule 13 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 will not ensure that Australians in genuine hardship receive prompt payment from their superannuation fund;

 (9)calls on the Government to:

 (a)ensure that ordinary Australians have access to the right information and advice in times of hardship by increasing funding for financial counselling and the Centrelink Financial Information Service; and

 (b)closely monitor the financial advice industry to ensure that early release claimants are not provided with inaccurate advice; and

 (10)asks the Government to:

 (a)table a letter from the Chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, certifying that the implementation of Schedule 13 will have no systemic impacts on the superannuation system; and

 (b)consult with industry, unions, and representatives of other political parties before the implementation of the measures in Schedule 13, noting the potentially significant, negative impact on the retirement outcomes of ordinary Australians”.

Debate ensued.


Mr Shorten 1:20:32 PM. Mr Fitzgibbon 1:35:52 PM. Mr Giles 1:47:58 PM.
- 1:59:18 PM

In accordance with the resolution, it being 2 pm, the debate was interrupted and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.


- 2:01:26 PM

 5QUESTIONS


- 2:01:34 PM

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


- 2:04:10 PM

 (2)Mrs McIntosh to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:07:57 PM

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


- 2:10:17 PM

 (4)Dr Allen to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:14:04 PM

 (5)Mr Bowen to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health)


- 2:18:01 PM

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


- 2:18:17 PM

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


Mr Hunt 2:20:10 PM.
- 2:21:48 PM

 (7)Mr T. R. Wilson to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health)


- 2:25:16 PM

 (8)Dr Freelander to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


Mr Hunt 2:26:44 PM. Mrs K. L. Andrews 2:28:12 PM.
- 2:28:40 PM

 (9)Ms Liu to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health)


- 2:32:06 PM

 (10)Ms C. F. King to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:33:55 PM

 (11)Mr Wallace to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:37:17 PM

 (12)Dr Chalmers to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:38:56 PM

 (13)Mr Drum to Mr McCormack (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development)


- 2:42:25 PM

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


- 2:45:31 PM

 (15)Mr Young to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


Mr Morrison 2:49:13 PM.
- 2:49:22 PM

 (16)Mr Burke to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:51:00 PM

 (17)Ms Flint to Mr Robert (Minister for Government Services)


- 2:54:12 PM

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


- 2:56:15 PM

 (19)Mr van Manen to Mr Porter (Attorney-General)


- 2:59:40 PM

 (20)Mr O’Connor to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 3:02:58 PM

 (21)Dr Martin to Mrs K. L. Andrews (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology)


- 3:06:32 PM

 (22)Mr Marles to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 3:09:58 PM

 (23)Mr Leeser to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 3:14:00 PM

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


- 3:17:51 PM

 6Message from Her Majesty the Queen—Commonwealth Day 2020DOCUMENTS

The Speaker presented the following documents:


- 3:17:58 PM

Statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to mark Commonwealth Day 2020.


- 3:17:58 PM

Commonwealth Day 2020 message, Signed by Her Majesty The Queen.


- 3:19:18 PM

 7Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020

 Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

 Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

 Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020

 Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bills be now read a second time—And on the proposed amendment moved by Mr Jones to the proposed amendment moved by Mr Burke to the proposed amendment moved thereto by Dr Chalmers (see item No. 4, page 825)

Debate resumed.


Mr Conroy 3:19:52 PM. Dr Freelander 3:33:57 PM. Dr Haines 3:39:35 PM. Ms Sharkie 3:48:47 PM. Ms Steggall 3:56:51 PM. Mr Bandt 4:03:15 PM. Mr Sukkar 4:17:37 PM. Point of order, Mr Burke. 4:26:13 PM.
- 4:28:57 PM

Document

Mr Sukkar (Assistant Treasurer) presented a correction to the explanatory memorandum to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 and the seven related bills.


- 4:32:35 PM

Question—That the amendment moved by Mr Jones to the proposed amendment moved by Mr Burke be disagreed to—put.


- 4:33:16 PM

Division 296

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

AYES, 49

Dr Allen

Mr Gee

Mr McCormack

Mr Sharma

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Dr Haines

Mrs McIntosh

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Hogan

Dr Martin

Ms Steggall

Mr Buchholz

Mr Howarth

Mr Morrison

Mr Sukkar

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hunt

Mr Morton

Mr Tehan

Mr Conaghan

Mr Joyce

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr van Manen

Mr Connelly

Mr C. Kelly

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr Vasta

Mr Drum*

Mr Laming

Mr Pitt

Mr Wallace

Mr Evans

Mr Leeser

Mr Porter

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Falinski

Ms Ley

Ms Price

Mr Wood

Mr Fletcher

Mr Littleproud

Mr Robert

Mr Young

Ms Flint*

Ms Liu

Ms Sharkie

Mr Zimmerman

Mr Frydenberg

NOES, 38

Mr Albanese

Mr Dick

Mr Jones

Ms Ryan*

Mr Bandt

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Khalil

Mr Shorten

Ms Bird

Dr Freelander

Ms C. F. King

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Bowen

Mr Georganas

Dr Leigh

Ms Stanley*

Mr Burke

Mr Giles

Mr Marles

Ms Templeman

Mr M. C. Butler

Mr Gorman

Dr Mulino

Mr Thistlethwaite

Dr Chalmers

Mr Gosling

Mr O’Connor

Mr Watts

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Ms O’Neil

Mr J. H. Wilson

Ms Claydon

Mr Hill

Ms Payne

Mr Zappia

Mr Conroy

Mr Husic

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 4:41:24 PM

Question—That the amendment moved by Mr Burke to the proposed amendment moved by Dr Chalmers be disagreed to—put.


- 4:41:35 PM

Division 297

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

AYES, 46

Dr Allen

Mr Frydenberg

Mr McCormack

Mr Sharma

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Gee

Mrs McIntosh

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Hogan

Dr Martin

Mr Sukkar

Mr Buchholz

Mr Howarth

Mr Morrison

Mr Tehan

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hunt

Mr Morton

Mr van Manen

Mr Conaghan

Mr Joyce

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr Vasta

Mr Connelly

Mr C. Kelly

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr Wallace

Mr Drum*

Mr Laming

Mr Pitt

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Evans

Mr Leeser

Mr Porter

Mr Wood

Mr Falinski

Ms Ley

Ms Price

Mr Young

Mr Fletcher

Mr Littleproud

Mr Robert

Mr Zimmerman

Ms Flint*

Ms Liu

NOES, 38

Mr Albanese

Mr Dick

Mr Jones

Ms Ryan*

Mr Bandt

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Khalil

Mr Shorten

Ms Bird

Dr Freelander

Ms C. F. King

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Bowen

Mr Georganas

Dr Leigh

Ms Stanley*

Mr Burke

Mr Giles

Mr Marles

Ms Templeman

Mr M. C. Butler

Mr Gorman

Dr Mulino

Mr Thistlethwaite

Dr Chalmers

Mr Gosling

Mr O’Connor

Mr Watts

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Ms O’Neil

Mr J. H. Wilson

Ms Claydon

Mr Hill

Ms Payne

Mr Zappia

Mr Conroy

Mr Husic

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 4:43:55 PM

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted, by Dr Chalmers, stand part of the question—put.


- 4:44:00 PM

Division 298

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

AYES, 49

Dr Allen

Mr Gee

Mr McCormack

Mr Sharma

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Dr Haines

Mrs McIntosh

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Hogan

Dr Martin

Ms Steggall

Mr Buchholz

Mr Howarth

Mr Morrison

Mr Sukkar

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hunt

Mr Morton

Mr Tehan

Mr Conaghan

Mr Joyce

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr van Manen

Mr Connelly

Mr C. Kelly

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr Vasta

Mr Drum*

Mr Laming

Mr Pitt

Mr Wallace

Mr Evans

Mr Leeser

Mr Porter

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Falinski

Ms Ley

Ms Price

Mr Wood

Mr Fletcher

Mr Littleproud

Mr Robert

Mr Young

Ms Flint*

Ms Liu

Ms Sharkie

Mr Zimmerman

Mr Frydenberg

NOES, 38

Mr Albanese

Mr Dick

Mr Jones

Ms Ryan*

Mr Bandt

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Khalil

Mr Shorten

Ms Bird

Dr Freelander

Ms C. F. King

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Bowen

Mr Georganas

Dr Leigh

Ms Stanley*

Mr Burke

Mr Giles

Mr Marles

Ms Templeman

Mr M. C. Butler

Mr Gorman

Dr Mulino

Mr Thistlethwaite

Dr Chalmers

Mr Gosling

Mr O’Connor

Mr Watts

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Ms O’Neil

Mr J. H. Wilson

Ms Claydon

Mr Hill

Ms Payne

Mr Zappia

Mr Conroy

Mr Husic

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 4:46:10 PM

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


- 4:49:31 PM

Consideration in detail, in accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier—

Bills taken as a whole.


- 4:49:55 PM

Document

Mr Sukkar (Assistant Treasurer) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020.


- 4:49:58 PM

Debate ensued.


Mr Jones 4:50:02 PM. Mr Sukkar 4:54:44 PM. Mr Bandt 4:56:00 PM. Mr Sukkar 4:57:30 PM. Mr Bandt 4:58:03 PM.
- 4:58:46 PM

Question—That the Government amendments be agreed to—put and passed.


- 4:59:15 PM

Question—That the Opposition amendments be disagreed to—put.


- 4:59:26 PM

Division 299

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

AYES, 49

Dr Allen

Mr Gee

Mr McCormack

Mr Sharma

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Dr Haines

Mrs McIntosh

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Hogan

Dr Martin

Ms Steggall

Mr Buchholz

Mr Howarth

Mr Morrison

Mr Sukkar

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hunt

Mr Morton

Mr Tehan

Mr Conaghan

Mr Joyce

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr van Manen

Mr Connelly

Mr C. Kelly

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr Vasta

Mr Drum*

Mr Laming

Mr Pitt

Mr Wallace

Mr Evans

Mr Leeser

Mr Porter

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Falinski

Ms Ley

Ms Price

Mr Wood

Mr Fletcher

Mr Littleproud

Mr Robert

Mr Young

Ms Flint*

Ms Liu

Ms Sharkie

Mr Zimmerman

Mr Frydenberg

NOES, 38

Mr Albanese

Mr Dick

Mr Jones

Ms Ryan*

Mr Bandt

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Khalil

Mr Shorten

Ms Bird

Dr Freelander

Ms C. F. King

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Bowen

Mr Georganas

Dr Leigh

Ms Stanley*

Mr Burke

Mr Giles

Mr Marles

Ms Templeman

Mr M. C. Butler

Mr Gorman

Dr Mulino

Mr Thistlethwaite

Dr Chalmers

Mr Gosling

Mr O’Connor

Mr Watts

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Ms O’Neil

Mr J. H. Wilson

Ms Claydon

Mr Hill

Ms Payne

Mr Zappia

Mr Conroy

Mr Husic

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 5:06:00 PM

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020, as amended, and related bills agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.


- 5:06:19 PM

Messages from the Governor-General

Message No. 8820 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020.

Message No. 8920 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020.

Message No. 9020 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020.

Message No. 9120 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020.

Message No. 9220 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020.


- 5:07:50 PM

In accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier, the question—that the bills be now read a third time—put and passed—bills read a third time.


- 5:10:46 PM

 8MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL, PROPOSED EXPENDITURE AND APPROPRIATION FOR YEAR 2020-2021

 SUPPLY BILL (NO. 1) 2020-2021

 SUPPLY BILL (NO. 2) 2020-2021

 SUPPLY (PARLIAMENTARY DEPARTMENTS) BILL (NO. 1) 2020-2021

Message No. 9320 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending, in accordance with the requirements of section 56 of the Constitution, an appropriation for the purposes of the Supply Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021.

Message No. 94, 20 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending, in accordance with the requirements of section 56 of the Constitution, an appropriation for the purposes of the Supply Bill (No. 2) 2020-2021.

Message No. 95, 20 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending, in accordance with the requirements of section 56 of the Constitution, an appropriation for the purposes of the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021.

In accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier this sitting—

Mr Sukkar (Assistant Treasurer) presented:

a Bill for an Act to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government, and for related purposes;

a Bill for an Act to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, and for related purposes; and

a Bill for an Act to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the Parliamentary Departments, and for related purposes.

Documents

Mr Sukkar presented an explanatory memorandum to the Supply Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021, an explanatory memorandum to the Supply Bill (No. 2) 2020-2021 and an explanatory memorandum to the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021.

Bills read a first time.


- 5:12:01 PM

Mr Sukkar moved—That the bills be now read a second time.


- 5:20:19 PM

Debate ensued.


Dr Chalmers 5:20:24 PM.
- 5:28:25 PM

 Message from the Governor-GeneralCoronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020

Message No. 9623 March 2020, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purpose of amendments to be made on motion moved by a Minister to the bill.


- 5:28:52 PM

Debate continued.


Ms Ryan 5:28:57 PM. Mr Zappia 5:43:47 PM. Mr Gorman 5:58:16 PM. Ms Templeman 6:06:49 PM. Mr Thistlethwaite 6:16:02 PM. Mr Khalil 6:25:00 PM. Mr Dick 6:31:41 PM. Mr Sukkar 6:39:51 PM.
- 6:41:33 PM

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


- 6:42:20 PM

In accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier, the question—that the bills be now read a third time—put and passed—bills read a third time.


- 6:43:05 PM

 9Reserve Bank of Australia Head Office Workplace project, Sydney—APPROVAL OF WORK

Mr Pitt (Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia) 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: Reserve Bank of Australia Head Office Workplace project, Sydney.


- 6:43:46 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 6:43:58 PM

 10COMMITTEES—MEMBERSHIP

The House was informed that the Chief Opposition Whip had nominated Members to be members of certain committees.

Mr Pitt (Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia) moved—That:

 (1)Ms Sharkie be discharged from the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities; and

 (2)Ms Thwaites be discharged from the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and that, in her place, Mr Conroy be appointed a member of the committee.


- 6:44:27 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 6:44:47 PM

 11Leave of absence to all members

Mr Porter (Leader of the House) moved—That leave of absence be given to every Member of the House of Representatives from the determination of this sitting of the House to the date of its next sitting.


- 6:45:09 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 6:45:20 PM

 12PROGRAM OF SITTINGS FOR 2020—DOCUMENT

Mr Porter (Leader of the House) presented the following document:

Parliamentary sittings 2020—Issued 24 October 2019, revised 23 March 2020.

Mr Porter moved—That the program of sittings for 2020 be agreed to.


- 6:47:52 PM

Debate ensued.


Mr Burke 6:47:56 PM. Mr Bandt 6:53:26 PM. Dr Chalmers 6:58:57 PM.
- 7:03:25 PM

Question—put.


- 7:03:32 PM

Division 300

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

AYES, 48

Dr Allen

Mr Frydenberg

Mr McCormack

Mr Sharma

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Gee

Mrs McIntosh

Mr Simmonds

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Hogan

Dr Martin

Ms Steggall

Mr Buchholz

Mr Howarth

Mr Morrison

Mr Sukkar

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr Hunt

Mr Morton

Mr Tehan

Mr Conaghan

Mr Joyce

Mr Ted O’Brien

Mr van Manen

Mr Connelly

Mr C. Kelly

Mr L. S. O’Brien

Mr Vasta

Mr Drum*

Mr Laming

Mr Pitt

Mr Wallace

Mr Evans

Mr Leeser

Mr Porter

Mr T. R. Wilson

Mr Falinski

Ms Ley

Ms Price

Mr Wood

Mr Fletcher

Mr Littleproud

Mr Robert

Mr Young

Ms Flint*

Ms Liu

Ms Sharkie

Mr Zimmerman

NOES, 37

Mr Albanese

Mr Dick

Mr Husic

Ms Payne

Mr Bandt

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Jones

Ms Ryan*

Ms Bird

Dr Freelander

Mr Khalil

Mr Shorten

Mr Bowen

Mr Georganas

Ms C. F. King

Mr D. P. B. Smith

Mr Burke

Mr Giles

Dr Leigh

Ms Stanley*

Mr M. C. Butler

Mr Gosling

Mr Marles

Ms Templeman

Dr Chalmers

Dr Haines

Dr Mulino

Mr Thistlethwaite

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Mr O’Connor

Mr Watts

Ms Claydon

Mr Hill

Ms O’Neil

Mr Zappia

Mr Conroy

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.


- 7:11:30 PM

Question to SpeakerMr Burkere Members that have been paired.


- 7:12:11 PM

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


- 7:13:23 PM

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


- 7:15:35 PM

Suspension of sitting

At 7.15 pm, the Speaker left the Chair.


- 10:56:36 PM

Resumption of sitting

At 10.57 pm, the Speaker resumed the Chair.


- 10:56:53 PM

 14MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020

Message No. 15023 March 2020, from the Senate was reported returning the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 with an amendment.


- 10:57:14 PM

Mr Frydenberg moved—That the amendment be considered immediately.


- 10:57:27 PM

On the motion of Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer), the amendment was agreed to, after debate.


Mr Burke 10:58:10 PM. Mr Bandt 10:59:01 PM.
- 10:59:46 PM

 15Suspension of standing orders—Meeting of the House

Mr Porter (Leader of the House) moved—That:

 (1)the House may meet in a manner and form not otherwise provided in the standing orders with the agreement of the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business, with the manner in which Members may be present (including for the purposes of achieving a quorum) to be determined by the Speaker; and

 (2)any consequent changes to the rules and orders necessary to enable such a meeting to commence may be determined by agreement of the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business.


- 11:03:34 PM

Debate ensued.


Mr Burke 11:03:38 PM. Mr Bandt 11:06:10 PM.
- 11:07:44 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 11:07:56 PM

 16Proposed amendment to the Standing Orders

Mr Porter (Leader of the House) moved—That standing order 47 (c)(ii) be amended to read as follows:

(ii) can be carried only by an absolute majority of Members, or by a majority of Members present if agreed by the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business.


- 11:09:42 PM

Debate ensued.


Mr Burke 11:09:45 PM.
- 11:11:08 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 11:11:16 PM

 17ADJOURNMENT


- 11:11:24 PM

At 11.11 pm the Speaker adjourned the House until a date and hour to be fixed by the Speaker, in accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier this sitting.


- 11:12:00 PM

DOCUMENTS 

 The following documents were deemed to have been presented on 23 March 2020 (An explanatory statement has been presented with each instrument unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk)

 A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999

Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package and Other Measures) Rules 2020 [F2020L00246].

Child Care Subsidy Secretary’s Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package and Other Measures) Rules 2020 [F2020L00268].

Acts Interpretation Act 1901—Statements relating to extension of time for presentation of periodic report—Australian National University—Report for 2019.

Aged Care Act 1997—Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Amendment (March Indexation) Determination 2020 [F2020L00275].

Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997

Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Amendment (March Indexation) Principles 2020 [F2020L00277].

Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) (Subsidy and Other Measures) Amendment (March Indexation) Determination 2020 [F2020L00276].

Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2019-2020—Advance to the Finance Minister Determination (No. 2 of 2019-2020) [F2020L00235].

Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975—Survey of Adult Skills in Australia—Proposal No. 1 of 2020.

Australian Citizenship Act 2007—Reports under section 51B—Reporting period—

12 December 201811 June 2019—Correction.

12 June 201911 December 2019.

Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Migration Act 1958—Home Affairs Legislation Amendment 
(2020 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00281].

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001

Auditing Standard ASA 315 Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement [F2020L00234].

Auditing Standard ASA 2020-1 Amendments to Australian Auditing Standards [F2020L00252].

Aviation Transport Security Act 2004—Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Domestic Cargo) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00240].

Banking Act 1959—Banking (prudential standard) determination No. 3 of 2020 [F2020L00228].

Biosecurity Act 2015

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020 [F2020L00266].

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements) Determination 2020 [F2020L00267].

Biosecurity Repeal (Human Health Response Zones) Determination 2020 [F2020L00270].

Biosecurity (Suspended GoodsCats and Dogs Malaysia) Determination 2020 [F2020L00243].

Civil Aviation Act 1988—Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998—Engine Compressor ModuleRemoval from Service—AD/AL 250/91 [F2020L00253].

Corporations Act 2001

Amendments to Australian Accounting StandardsClassification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current—AASB 2020-1 [F2020L00283].

Amendments to Australian Accounting StandardsRemoval of Special Purpose Financial Statements for Certain For-Profit Private Sector Entities—AASB 2020-2 [F2020L00271].

ASIC Corporations (Amendment) Instrument 2020/200 [F2020L00239].

ASIC Corporations (Foreign Financial Services ProvidersForeign AFS Licensees) Instrument 2020/198 [F2020L00237].

ASIC Corporations (Foreign Financial Services ProvidersFunds Management Financial Services) Instrument 2020/199 [F2020L00238].

ASIC Market Integrity Rules (Futures Markets) 2017—ASIC Market Integrity Rules (Futures Markets) Class Waiver Amendment Instrument 2020/229 [F2020L00269].

ASIC Market Integrity Rules (Securities Markets) 2017—

ASIC Market Integrity Rules (Securities Markets) Determination 2020/195 [F2020L00229].

ASIC Market Integrity Rules (Securities Markets) Repeal Instrument 2020/196 [F2020L00230].

Currency Act 1965—Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2020 [F2020L00279].

Customs Act 1901—Customs By-law No. 2000668 [F2020L00226].

Defence Act 1903

Determinations under section 58B—

Defence Determination, Conditions of service Amendment (COVID-19 response) Determination 2020 (No. 6) [F2020L00278].

Defence Determination, Conditions of service Amendment Determination 2020 (No. 3) [F2020L00225].

Woomera Prohibited Area Rule 2014—Determination of Exclusion Periods for Amber Zone 1 and Amber Zone 2 for Financial Year 2020-2021 [F2020L00265].

Export Control Act 1982—Export Control (Tariff Rate Quotas) Amendment (Trade with United Kingdom) Order 2020 [F2020L00227].

Federal Financial Relations Act 2009

Federal Financial Relations (General Purpose Financial Assistance) Determination No. 133 (March 2020) [F2020L00273].

Federal Financial Relations (National Partnership Payments) Determination No. 165 (March 2020) [F2020L00274].

Federal Financial Relations (National Partnership Payments) Determination No.164 (March 2020) [F2020L00242].

Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997

Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01156]—Replacement explanatory statement.

Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00233].

Fisheries Management Act 1991

Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery Management Plan 2006—Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery (Total Allowable Catch) Determination 2020 [F2020L00286].

Small Pelagic Fishery Management Plan 2009—

Small Pelagic Fishery (Overcatch and Undercatch) Determination 2020 [F2020L00285].

Small Pelagic Fishery (Total Allowable Catch) Determination 2020 [F2020L00284].

Health Insurance Act 1973

Health Insurance (Pathologist-determinable Services) Amendment Determination 2020 [F2020L00251].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesGP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Amendment Determination No. 2 2020 [F2020L00259].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesGP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Amendment Determination No. 3 2020 [F2020L00261].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesGP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Amendment Determination No.1 2020 [F2020L00255].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesGP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Determination 2020 [F2020L00249].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesSpecialist, Consultant Physician and Consultant Psychiatrist COVID-19 Telehealth Services) Amendment Determination No. 1 2020 [F2020L00254].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesSpecialist, Consultant Physician and Consultant Psychiatrist COVID-19 Telehealth Services) Amendment Determination No. 2 2020 [F2020L00260].

Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical ServicesSpecialist, Consultant Physician and Consultant Psychiatrist COVID-19 Telehealth Services) Determination 2020 [F2020L00248].

Health Insurance (Section 3C Pathology ServicesCOVID-19) Amendment Determination 2020 [F2020L00258].

Health Insurance (Section 3C Pathology ServicesCOVID-19) Determination 2020 [F2020L00250].

Higher Education Support Act 2003—Higher Education Provider Approval No. 1 of 2020 [F2020L00256].

Marriage Act 1961—Marriage Regulations 2017—Marriage (Celebrant Professional Development) Amendment Statement 2020 [F2020L00257].

Migration Act 1958—Migration Regulations 1994—Migration (LIN 20/101: Arrangements for certain visa applications) Amendment Instrument 2020 [F2020L00245].

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004—Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Non-warlike Service) Amendment Determination 2020 (No. 1) [F2020L00262].

National Health Act 1953—National Health (Weighted average disclosed priceApril 2020 reduction day) Amendment Determination 2020—PB 13 of 2020 [F2020L00244].

National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008—National Rental Affordability Scheme Regulations 2020 [F2020L00282].

National Sports Tribunal Act 2019—National Sports Tribunal Rule 2020 [F2020L00231].

National Workplace Relations Consultative Council Act 2002—National Workplace Relations Consultative Council Regulations 2020 [F2020L00241].

Private Health Insurance Act 2007—Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Rules (No. 2) 2020 [F2020L00272].

Product Stewardship Act 2011—2020-21 Product List.

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013—Notice under section 72—Commonwealth acquired shares in Australian Rail Track Corporation—27 February 2020.

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000—Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Percentages) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00236].

Social Security Act 1991

Social Security (Exempt Lump SumsFinancial Product Rebate PaymentsEnding Conflicted Remuneration) Determination 2020 [F2020L00264].

Social Security (Ordinary Waiting Period Exemption) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00247].

Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995—Dispensation Report 05/20.

Taxation Administration Act 1953—Commissioner of Taxation—

Class Ruling—

CR 2020/12, CR 2020/13.

Product Ruling—PR 2020/1.

Taxation Ruling—TR 2001/13 (Addendum).

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997—Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) (Paragraph 15(1)(d)) Determination 2020 (No. 1) [F2020L00280].

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999—Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Amendment Determination 2020 (No. 1) [F2020L00232].

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986—Veterans’ Entitlements (Non-warlike Service) Amendment Determination 2020 (No. 1) [F2020L00263].


- 11:52:13 PM

ATTENDANCE

All Members attended (at some time during the sitting) except Mr AlexanderDr AlyMrs ArcherMs BellMs BurneyMr BurnsMs T. M. ButlerMr ByrneMr Champion*Ms L. M. ChestersMr ChristensenMs Coker*Mr ColemanMs CollinsMr CoultonMr DreyfusMr DuttonMrs ElliotMr EntschDr GillespieMr GoodenoughMr HastieMr HawkeMr IronsMr KatterMs KearneyDr M. J. KellyMr KeoghMs M. M. H. KingMs LandryMrs MarinoMs McBrideDr McVeighMr B. K. MitchellMr R. G. MitchellMs MurphyMr NeumannMr O’DowdMs OwensMr PasinMr PearceMr PerrettMrs PhillipsMs PlibersekMr RamseyMs RishworthMs RowlandMr SnowdonMr StevensMs SwansonMr TaylorMr ThompsonMs ThwaitesMr TudgeMs VamvakinouDr WebsterMs WellsMrs WicksMr WilkieMr R. J. Wilson and Mr Wyatt.

* On leave