Selection of Bills Committee - Report No. 5 for 2018

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

Senator David Bushby (Government Whip, Chair)
Senator Anne Urquhart (Opposition Whip)
Senator Brian Burston (Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Whip)
Senator Stirling Griff (Centre Alliance Whip)
Senator Derryn Hinch (Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Whip)
Senator Rachel Siewert (Australian Greens Whip)
Senator John Williams (The Nationals Whip)
Senator David Fawcett
Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Senator Chris Ketter
Senator Tim Storer

Secretary: Rachel Callinan
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SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 5 OF 2018

  1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 7.25 pm.
  2. The committee recommends that—
    1. the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment (Removing Commonwealth Restrictions on Cannabis) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 August 2018 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    2. the provisions of the Education and Other Legislation Amendment (VET Student Loan Debt Separation) Bill 2018and Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Amendment Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 June 2018 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    3. the provisions of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 June 2018 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    4. contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018and National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 June 2018 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    5. the provisions of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 13 June 2018 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    6. the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 13 June 2018 (see appendix 6 for a statement of reasons for referral); and
    7. the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 June 2018 (see appendix 7 for a statement of reasons for referral); and
    8. contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the Water Amendment Bill 2018 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 12 June 2018 (see appendix 8 for a statement of reasons for referral).
  3. The committee recommends that the following bills not be referred to committees:
    • Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019
      Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2018-2019
      Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019
    • Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2017-2018
    • Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2017-2018
    • Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Bill 2018
    • Australian Human Rights Commission Repeal (Duplication Removal) Bill 2018
    • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment Bill 2018
    • Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Amendment Bill 2018
    • Corporations Amendment (Asia Region Funds Passport) Bill 2018
    • Customs Amendment (Illicit Tobacco Offences) Bill 2018
    • Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018
    • Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill 2018
    • Interstate Road Transport Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2018
    • Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy Bill 2018
    • Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy Collection Bill 2018
    • Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018
    • Public Sector Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payments for Carers) Bill 2018
    • Statute Update (Autumn 2018) Bill 2018
    • Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) Bill 2018
    • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing ASIC’s Capabilities) Bill 2018
    • Treasury Laws Amendment (OECD Multilateral Instrument) Bill 2018
    • Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2018
    • Underwater Cultural Heritage Bill 2018
    • Underwater Cultural Heritage (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018.
  4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:
    • Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018
    • Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018
    • Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipping) Bill 2018
    • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018
      Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2018
    • Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
      Medicare Levy Amendment (Excess Levels for Private Health Insurance Policies) Bill 2018
      A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Amendment (Excess Levels for Private Health Insurance Policies) Bill 2018
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Maintaining Income Thresholds) Bill 2018
    • Treasury Laws Amendment (Axe the Tampon Tax) Bill 2018.
  5. The committee considered the following bill but was unable to reach agreement:
    • Water Amendment Bill 2018 (see appendix 8).

(David Bushby)
Chair
10 May 2018