Selection of Bills Committee - Report No. 5 for 2019

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

Senator Dean Smith (Government Whip, Chair)
Senator Perin Davey (The Nationals Whip)
Senator Stirling Griff (Centre Alliance Whip)
Senator Pauline Hanson (Pauline Hanson's One Nation Whip)
Senator Rachel Siewert (Australian Greens Whip)
Senator Anne Urquhart (Opposition Whip)
Senator Cory Bernardi
Senator Raff Ciccone
Senator Katy Gallagher
Senator the Hon James McGrath
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Secretary: Rachel Callinan
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SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 5 OF 2019

Amended in the chamber on Thursday, 12 September 2019

  1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 6.45pm.
  2. The committee recommends that—
    1. the Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019 be referred immediately to the Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan for inquiry and report by 1 November 2020 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    2. the provisions of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 November 2019 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    3. the provisions of the New Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 October 2019 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    4. the provisions of the Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019 and the Emergency Response Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 October 2019 (see appendix 4 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    5. contingent upon introduction in the House of Representatives, the provisions of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Amendment Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 October 2019 (see appendix 5 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    6. the Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2020 (see appendix 6 for a statement of reasons for referral);
    7. the provisions of the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee but was unable to reach agreement on a reporting date (see appendix 7 for a statement of reasons for referral); and
    8. the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee but was unable to reach agreement on a reporting date (see appendix 8 for a statement of reasons for referral).
  3. The committee recommends that the following bills not be referred to committees:
    • Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Amendment (Australian Freedoms) Bill 2019
    • Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015
    • National Health Amendment (Safety Net Thresholds) Bill 2019
    • Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill 2017.
  4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:
    • Air Services Amendment Bill 2018
    • ANL Legislation Repeal Bill 2019
    • Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019
    • Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation) Bill 2019
    • Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2019
    • Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018
    • Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2019
    • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single Treatment Pathway) Bill 2019
    • Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Work Test) Bill 2019
    • Regional Forest Agreements Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2017
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2019
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019
    • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Unsolicited Communications) Bill 2019
    • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Partner Service Pension and Other Measures) Bill 2019
  5. The committee considered the following bills but was unable to reach agreement:
    • Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019
    • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Bill 2019
    • Identity-matching Services Bill 2019.
      (see appendices 9, 10 and 11 for a statement of reasons for proposed referral).

(Dean Smith)
Chair
12 September 2019

Amendment is available in the PDF version of this document