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
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021 [Further response] Environment Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 10 May 2021
Online Safety Bill 2021 [Further response] Communications Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 5 May 2021
Biosecurity Amendment (Clarifying Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Bill 2021 Agriculture Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021  6 May 2021
Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 Communications Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 6 May 2021
Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021 Treasury Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 5 May 2021
Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 2021 Environment Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 12 May 2021
Migration Amendment (Clarifying International Obligations for Removal) Bill 2021 Immigration Scrutiny Digest 6/21 19 May 2021*  
Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform (Maeve's Law) Bill 2021 Health Scrutiny Digest 6/21 12 May 2021* 10 May 2021
Mutual Recognition Amendment Bill 2021 Prime Minister Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 4 May 2021
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Amendment Bill 2021 Environment Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 12 May 2021
Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 2) Bill 2021 Treasury Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 5 May 2021
Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 4) Bill 2021 [Amendments] Treasury Scrutiny Digest 6/21 5 May 2021 5 May 2021

* Revised due date