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
COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 Prime Minister Digest 16/21 5 November 2021  
Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Digest 17/21  10 December 2021    
Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Market Bill 2022  Agriculture  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  4 April 2022 
Australian Radioactive Waste Agency Bill 2022  Resources and Water  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  8 April 2022 
Crimes Legislation Amendment (Ransomware Action Plan) Bill 2022  Home Affairs  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  5 May 2022 
Education Legislation Amendment (2022 Measures No. 1) Bill 2022 Education and Youth  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  4 April 2022 
Higher Education Support Amendment (Australia’s Economic Accelerator) Bill 2022  Education and Youth   Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  4 April 2022 
Offshore Petroleum (Laminaria and Corallina Decommissioning Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2021  Treasury  Digest 2/22  8 April 2022   
Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2022  Attorney-General  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  5 April 2022 
Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Corrective Services Authorities) Bill 2022  Home Affairs  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  31 March 2022 
Transport Security Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2022  Home Affairs  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022  29 April 2022 
Treasury Laws Amendment (Streamlining and Improving Economic Outcomes for Australians) Bill 2022  Treasury  Digest 2/22  4 April 2022   

* Revised due date