Ministerial Responses

Ministerial responsiveness

Where the committee writes to a minister it expects a response to be received in time to be considered by the committee and reported on while the bill is still before the Parliament.

If the committee has not completed its inquiry due to the failure of a minister to respond to the committee's concerns, Senate standing order 24 enables Senators to ask the responsible minister why the committee has not received a response.

The table below sets out the bills for which the committee has requested a response and the response has either not yet been received or has been received but the committee has not yet finally reported on it. If a bill is likely to be subject to debate in the Senate before the due date set by the committee, the committee expects the response to be received prior to the debate.

Bills listed in red indicate that the response is outstanding.

Publication of ministerial responses

Where it may assist in providing timely scrutiny of bills before the Senate, the committee may choose to publish (in the table below) ministerial responses together with the committee's preliminary comments on those responses, prior to tabling its regular Scrutiny Digest.

All ministerial and other responses are published online with the relevant Scrutiny Digest after tabling.

Bill Minister Committee comment Response due Response received
Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Amendment (Strengthening Governance and Transparency) Bill 2018 Indigenous Affairs Scrutiny Digest 1/2019 (PDF) 4 March 2019
Defence Legislation Amendment 2018  Defence Personnel  Scrutiny Digest 1/2019 (PDF) 4 March 2019   
Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018  Treasurer  Scrutiny Digest 1/2019 (PDF)   4 March 2019   

* Revised due date

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