About this committee

On 26 March 2015, the Senate resolved to establish the Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru to inquire into and report by  31 July 2015.

The committee was re-established on 10 August 2015 with a new reporting date of 31 August 2015.

The committee tabled its final report on 31 August 2015.

Parliamentary privilege

Giving evidence and providing information to the committee is voluntary. Parliamentary privilege applies only to people giving evidence in Australia. Parliamentary privilege is a special right that means that you cannot be prosecuted or disadvantaged because of anything you have provided in evidence that has been accepted by the committee, or because you gave this evidence.

However, because this privilege only applies within Australia, a person outside of Australia will not be protected by parliamentary privilege.

Terms of reference

The committee can only inquire into matters relevant to its terms of reference which are focused on the recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru. The committee cannot investigate a person's individual circumstances outside of its terms of reference.

Interpreters

Any person requiring an interpreter should advise the secretariat, or call TIS National on 131 450. Say the language you need, and then ask to be put through to the secretariat by calling 02 6277 3583 or 1800 728 963.



Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Australia ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3555
Fax: 02 6277 3899
seniorclerk.committees.sen@aph.gov.au

Role of the Committee

Role of the Committee

  1. That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru, be established to inquire into and report by 15 June 2015 on the responsibilities of the Commonwealth Government in connection with the management and operation of the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru (the Centre), with particular reference to:
    1. how the Commonwealth Government is fulfilling its obligations under the Memorandum of Understanding between The Republic of Nauru and the Commonwealth of Australia relating to the transfer to and assessment of persons in Nauru, cost and related issues;
    2. the performance of the Commonwealth Government in connection with the Centre, including the conduct and behaviour of the staff employed at the Centre, to the extent that the Commonwealth Government is responsible;
    3. the Commonwealth Government’s duty of care obligations and responsibilities with respect to the Centre;
    4. the circumstances that precipitated the Moss Review, including allegations made regarding conditions and circumstances at the centre and the conduct and behaviour of staff employed by contracted service providers, the timing of the Commonwealth Government’s knowledge of the allegations, and the appropriateness of the response of the Commonwealth Government to these allegations;
    5. factors relating to the timing of the release of the Moss Review;
    6. the response of the Commonwealth Government to the recommendations of the Moss Review, including timelines for implementation; and
    7. any related matters.
  2. That the committee consist of 5 senators, 2 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate.
  3. That:
    1. participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and
    2. participating members may 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 questions before the committee.
  4. That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.
  5. That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.
  6. That the committee elect as chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and as deputy chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens.
  7. That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.
  8. That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.
  9. That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.
  10. That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.
  11. That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.
  12. That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.
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