COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 [Provisions]

October 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-301-2

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Abbreviations

List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction and Background

  Referral
  Conduct of the inquiry
  The role and function of Cabinet
  National Cabinet
  Purpose of the bill
  Consideration by other committees

Chapter 2—Schedules

  Schedule 1
  Schedule 2
  Schedule 3

Chapter 3—Key issues and committee views

  Comments¬†on Schedules 1 and 2
  Schedule 3
  Administrative Appeals Tribunal Decision
  Status of National Cabinet
  National Cabinet confidentiality
  Freedom of information amendments
  Committee views

Dissenting Report - Labor Senators

  Introduction
  National Cabinet
  Secrecy
  AAT decision
  Bad law
  Deliberations already protected
  Accountability
  Acknowledgements

Dissenting Report - Australian Greens

  National Cabinet is not a Cabinet
  Existing provisions are adequate
  Scope of the cloak of secrecy
  Conclusion

Dissenting Report - Senator Rex Patrick : An arrogant and foolish endeavour

Appendix 1—Australian Federal Relations Architecture

Appendix 2—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 3—Public hearings and witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3846
fpa.sen@aph.gov.au