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
Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2018 Health
Scrutiny Digest 6/2018 (PDF 12 July 2018
29 June 2018
Migration (Validation of Port Appointment) Bill 2018  Home Affairs  Scrutiny Digest 7/2018 (PDF 19 July 2018  23 July 2018
Space Activities Amendment (Launches and Returns) Bill 2018 Jobs and Innovation Scrutiny Digest 6/2018 (PDF)    27 July 2018* 27 July 2018
Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 (Further response) Revenue and Financial Services   Scrutiny Digest 6/2018 (PDF)   3 August 2018* 8 August 2018
Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2018  Revenue and Financial Services    Scrutiny Digest 6/2018 (PDF)   12 July 2018  13 July 2018 
Underwater Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 (Further response) Assistant Minister for Environment Scrutiny Digest 6/2018 (PDF)   26 July 2018* 10 July 2018
Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018  Home Affairs  Scrutiny Digest 7/2018 (PDF)   19 July 2018  13 July 2018 

* Revised due date