COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 [Provisions]

October 2021

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

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction and Background

  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

  National Cabinet
  AAT decision
  Bad law
  Deliberations already protected

Dissenting Report - Australian Greens

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

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