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Draft Minutes

No. 104

Thursday, 25 February 2021

- 9:30:20 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.


- 9:31:39 AM

 2Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and for related purposes.

Document

Ms Ley presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:32:16 AM

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


- 9:42:24 AM

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


- 9:42:49 AM

 3Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Age of Dependants) Bill 2021

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment), for Mr Hunt (Minister for Health and Aged Care), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Private Health Insurance Act 2007, and for other purposes.

Document

Ms Ley presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:43:20 AM

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


- 9:45:33 AM

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


- 9:45:41 AM

 4Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Bill 2021

Mr Robert (Minister for Government Services), pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Robert presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 9:46:14 AM

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


- 9:49:50 AM

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


- 9:50:16 AM

 5Proposed Joint Select Committee on Road Safety

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment), for Mr McCormack (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development), pursuant to notice, moved—That:

 (1)a Joint Select Committee on Road Safety be appointed to inquire into and report on:

 (a)measures to support the Australian Parliament’s ongoing resolve to eliminate road crash fatal and serious injuries with a focus on ways to achieving Vision Zero by 2050;

 (b)the effectiveness of existing road safety programs across Australia; opportunities to improve them and encourage broader take-up of effective approaches;

 (c)opportunities for government policy in health, education, industry, transport and other areas to contribute to road trauma elimination, integrating Safe System principles;

 (d)opportunities to embed road trauma prevention across Australian Government portfolios and agencies; and

 (e)opportunities to reduce road trauma in the workplace, working with Work Health and Safety agencies and employers across Australia; including a focus on heavy vehicles and the gig economy;

 (2)the committee present a report on or before 1 July 2022;

 (3)the committee consist of nine members, four Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, two Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips or by any minority group or independent Member, and one Senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, one Senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one Senator to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator;

 (4)participating members may:

 (a)be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Government Whip in the House of Representatives, the Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator or member of the House of Representatives; 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 President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

 (6)the members of the committee hold office as a joint 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)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 provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;

 (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)each subcommittee shall have at least one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;

 (14)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;

 (15)two members of a subcommittee constitute the quorum of that subcommittee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;

 (16)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;

 (17)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 and the Senate;

 (18)the committee or any subcommittee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of any former committee on related matters including but not limited to the former Joint Select Committee on Road Safety;

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

 (20)a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.


- 9:50:41 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:50:52 AM

 6The Australian War Memorial Development Project—APPROVAL OF WORK

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment), 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: The Australian War Memorial Development Project.


- 9:52:47 AM

Question—put and passedMr Wilkie dissenting.


- 9:53:33 AM

 7MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2021

Message No. 33024 February 2021, from the Senate was reported returning the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2021 with amendments.


- 9:54:09 AM

Ordered—That the amendments be considered immediately.


- 9:54:22 AM

Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment) moved—That the amendments be agreed to.


- 9:54:29 AM

Question—put and passed.


- 9:54:44 AM

 8Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT—STATEMENT BY MEMBER

Mr Dreyfus presented the following document:

Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint CommitteeReview of ‘Declared Areas’ provisions: Sections 119.2 and 119.3 of the Criminal CodeReport, February 2021.

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


- 9:55:11 AM

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


- 10:00:18 AM

 9 National Collecting Institutions Legislation Amendment 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—


- 10:00:29 AM

Debate resumed by Ms Templeman 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 calls on the Government to address the structural underfunding of our national collecting institutions.”

Debate ensued.


Dr Allen 10:12:34 AM. Mr Thistlethwaite 10:24:31 AM. Mr Stevens 10:39:52 AM. Mr Falinski 10:46:46 AM. Dr Martin 10:56:50 AM. Mrs K. L. Andrews 11:04:41 AM.
- 11:05:47 AM

Amendment negatived.


- 11:06:16 AM

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


- 11:06:30 AM

On the motion of Mrs K. L. Andrews (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology)by leave, the bill was read a third time.


- 11:07:05 AM

 10National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) 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— 


- 11:07:31 AM

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question (see item No. 19, Votes and Proceedings 24 February 2021)—stated.


- 11:07:35 AM

Debate ensued.


Mr Wallace 11:07:37 AM. Dr Chalmers 11:22:46 AM. Mr T. R. Wilson 11:37:58 AM. Mr Thistlethwaite 11:51:43 AM. Mr Hamilton 12:06:40 PM. Dr Mulino 12:18:39 PM. Mr Young 12:33:41 PM. Mr Hill 12:46:42 PM. Mr Dick 1:01:53 PM. Ms Ryan 1:17:00 PM.
- 1:29:41 PM

It being 1.30 pm, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.


- 1:29:44 PM

 11MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS

Members’ statements were made.


Mr Albanese 1:29:57 PM. Mr L. S. O’Brien 1:31:21 PM. Dr Chalmers 1:32:49 PM. Ms Flint 1:34:23 PM. Mr Neumann 1:35:49 PM. Dr Gillespie 1:37:20 PM. Mr Perrett 1:38:54 PM. Mr Goodenough 1:40:29 PM. Ms Steggall 1:42:03 PM. Mr Hamilton 1:43:36 PM. Mr Dick 1:45:08 PM. Mr Falinski 1:46:29 PM. Ms T. M. Butler 1:48:03 PM. Mr Irons 1:49:32 PM. Ms Stanley 1:51:02 PM. Mr Christensen 1:52:31 PM. Mr Zappia 1:54:12 PM. Mr T. R. Wilson 1:55:38 PM. Mr Laming 1:57:17 PM. Mr Husic 1:58:59 PM.
- 2:00:34 PM

 12QUESTIONS


- 2:00:43 PM

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


- 2:04:03 PM

 (2)Mr Ted O’Brien to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:08:28 PM

 (3)Mr M. C. Butler to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health and Aged Care)


- 2:12:00 PM

 (4)Mr Conaghan to Mr McCormack (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development)


- 2:15:31 PM

 (5)Ms L. M. Chesters to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health and Aged Care)


- 2:18:45 PM

 (6)Dr Haines to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


Mr Taylor 2:21:01 PM.
- 2:22:04 PM

 (7)Mr Sharma to Mr Frydenberg (Treasurer)


- 2:25:21 PM

 (8)Mr Albanese to Mr Porter (Minister for Industrial Relations)


- 2:29:17 PM

 (9)Ms Flint to Mr Hunt (Minister for Health and Aged Care)


- 2:32:48 PM

 (10)Mr Marles to Mr Dutton (Minister for Home Affairs)


- 2:34:52 PM

 (11)Dr Allen to Mr Robert (Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme)


- 2:38:03 PM

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


Point of order, Mr Albanese. 2:40:53 PM. Mr Morrison 2:41:55 PM.
- 2:42:48 PM

 (13)Mrs Wicks to Mr Wyatt (Minister for Indigenous Australians)


- 2:46:18 PM

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


- 2:49:36 PM

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


- 2:53:12 PM

 (16)Ms Plibersek to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 2:55:10 PM

 (17)Mr T. R. Wilson to Ms Ley (Minister for the Environment)


- 2:58:19 PM

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


- 3:00:50 PM

 (19)Mrs McIntosh to Mr Tudge (Minister for Education and Youth)


- 3:04:26 PM

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


- 3:05:21 PM

 (21)Ms Bell to Mr Taylor (Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction)


- 3:08:34 PM

 (22)Ms Plibersek to Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)


- 3:10:13 PM

Document

Mr Albanese (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, presented the following document:

Letter from Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Finance to Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, President of the Senate, 25 February 2021.


- 3:10:24 PM

Questions without notice continued.


- 3:10:29 PM

 (23)Dr Martin to Mr Fletcher (Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts)


- 3:14:49 PM

Mr Robert added to an answer given earlier today.


- 3:15:22 PM

Question to SpeakerMr Bandtre access to Parliament House.


- 3:18:26 PM

 13Leave of absence to Member

Mr Albanese (Leader of the Opposition) movedThat leave of absence from the determination of this sitting until 3 August 2021 be given to Ms Chesters for parental leave purposes.


- 3:20:21 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 3:20:29 PM

 14DOCUMENT 

The following document was presented: 

Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force—Report for 2019-20.

The document was made a Parliamentary Paper.


- 3:20:52 PM

 15DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—National interest

The House was informed that Mr Albanese (Leader of the Opposition), had proposed that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely, “The failure of the Government to act in the national interest”.


- 3:21:08 PM

The proposed discussion having received the necessary support—


- 3:21:11 PM

Mr Albanese addressed the House.


- 3:31:12 PM

Discussion ensued.


Mr Hogan 3:31:14 PM. Dr Aly 3:41:15 PM. Mr Broadbent 3:46:14 PM. Ms Claydon 3:51:21 PM. Mr Laming 3:56:32 PM. Mr D. P. B. Smith 4:01:30 PM. Ms Liu 4:06:34 PM. Mrs Elliot 4:11:32 PM. Mr Irons 4:16:26 PM.
- 4:21:33 PM

Discussion concluded.


- 4:21:39 PM

 16MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERALTreasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Bill 2020

Message No. 18025 February 2021, 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 of a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to taxation and superannuation, and for related purposes.


- 4:22:06 PM

 17MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—Treasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Bill 2020

Message No. 33125 February 2021, from the Senate was reported returning the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Bill 2020 with requests for amendments.


- 4:22:44 PM

Ordered—That the amendments requested by the Senate be considered immediately.


- 4:23:04 PM

Mr Hawke (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) moved—That the requested amendments be made.


- 4:23:13 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 4:23:20 PM

 18MESSAGES FROM THE SENATE

Messages from the Senate, 25 February 2021, were reported returning the following bills without amendment:

No. 332Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 2) 2020.

No. 334National Collecting Institutions Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.

No. 335Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Refunds of Charges and Other Measures) 2020.


- 4:23:40 PM

 19MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

Message No. 333, 25 February 2021, from the Senate was reported informing the House that the following Senators are to be discharged from attendance on the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia:

Senator Siewert on 2 March 2021;

Senator Thorpe on 3 March 2021;

Senator Siewert on 9 March 2021;

Senator Thorpe on 10 March 2021;

Senator Siewert on 19 March 2021; and

Senate Thorpe on 20 March 2021;

and the following Senators are to be appointed as members of the committee:

Senator Thorpe on 2 March 2021;

Senator Siewert on 3 March 2021;

Senator Thorpe on 9 March 2021;

Senator Siewert on 10 March 2021;

Senator Thorpe on 19 March 2021; and

Senator Siewert on 20 March 2021.


- 4:24:06 PM

 20COMMITTEES—MEMBERSHIP

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

Mr Hawke (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs), by leave, moved—That:


- 4:24:06 PM

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


- 4:24:06 PM

 (2)Mr Georganas be discharged from the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and that, in his place, Ms Payne be appointed a member of the committee;


- 4:24:06 PM

 (3)Dr Leigh be discharged from the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and that, in his place, Ms Payne be appointed a member of the committee; and


- 4:24:06 PM

 (4)Ms L. M. Chesters be discharged from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and that, in her place, Ms Owens be appointed a member of the committee.


- 4:24:53 PM

Question—put and passed.


- 4:24:57 PM

 21National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) 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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Jones (see item No. 19, Votes and Proceedings 24 February 2021)

Debate resumed.


Mrs Phillips 4:25:23 PM.
- 4:30:00 PM

Mrs Phillips addressing the House—


- 4:30:13 PM

 22ADJOURNMENT

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

Debate ensued.


Mr Clare 4:30:18 PM. Mr Sharma 4:35:08 PM. Ms Claydon 4:40:08 PM. Mr Simmonds 4:45:13 PM. Ms Coker 4:50:21 PM. Mr Alexander 4:55:07 PM.
- 4:59:52 PM

The House continuing to sit until 5 pm—The Speaker adjourned the House until 10 am tomorrow.


- 5:00:13 PM

DOCUMENTS 

 The following documents were deemed to have been presented on 25 February 2021 (An explanatory statement has been presented with each instrument unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk)

 Aged Care Act 1997—Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Amendment (Cessation of Temporary Home Care Viability Supplement Funding Increases) Determination 2021 [F2021L00146].

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991—Food Standards (Proposal P1044—Plain English Allergen Labelling) Variation [F2021L00145].

National Health Act 1953—National Health (Take Home Naloxone Pilot) Special Arrangement Amendment (Program Extension) Instrument 2021—PB 9 of 2021 [F2021L00147].


- 5:00:27 PM

ATTENDANCE

All Members attended (at some time during the sitting) except Mr ConnellyMr ConroyDr FreelanderMr Georganas*Mr GormanMr JoyceMr KatterMs C. F. KingMs LandryMr O’Connor*Ms Payne*Ms Thwaites and *Ms Wells.

* On leave