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, a temporary order of the Senate 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
Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017 Attorney-General Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017 
Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 Social Services Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017 
Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017  Employment  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017   
Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2017
Further response
Social Services  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF) 30 November 2017 
Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2017 Treasurer Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017
Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017
Further response
 
Immigration and Border Protection  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF) 30 November 2017 
Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017   Immigration and Border Protection  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017   
National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2017 Health  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017 
Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Executive Accountability and Related Measures) Bill 2017  Treasurer  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF)   30 November 2017   
Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Measures No. 1) Bill 2017  Treasurer Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF)   30 November 2017   
Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2017  Treasurer  Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF)    30 November 2017   
Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First—Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Bill 2017
Further response 
Revenue and Financial Services   Scrutiny Digest 13/2017 (PDF 30 November 2017   

* Revised due date

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