Ministerial Responses

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
Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022
Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2021-2022
Finance Digest 13/21 9 September 2021  9 September 2021 
Defence Legislation Amendment (Discipline Reform) Bill 2021 Defence Personnel Digest 13/21 9 September 2021  
Treasury Laws Amendments (2021 Measures No. 6) Bill 2021
Treasury Digest 13/21 9 September 2021 9 September 2021 
Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Amendment Bill 2021 Indigenous Australians Digest 14/21 16 September 2021 16 September 2021 
Investment Funds Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 Finance  Digest 14/21  16 September 2021 15 September 2021 
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Economic Empowerment) Bill 2021 Indigenous Australians Digest 15/21 1 October 2021  
Biosecurity Amendment (Enhanced Risk Management) Bill 2021 Health Digest 15/21  1 October 2021   
Charter of the United Nations Amendment Bill 2021 Foreign Affairs Digest 15/21 1 October 2021  
Crimes Amendment (Remissions of Sentences) Bill 2021 Attorney-General Digest 15/21  1 October 2021   
Social Security Legislation Amendment (Remote Engagement Program) Bill 2021  Indigenous Australians  Digest 15/21  1 October 2021  

* Revised due date