Committee-related activity in the chamber

Committee-related activity in the chamber

1 July 2010 to 31 December 2010

Details of Reports tabled in the Senate and other related matters

Matters referred to Legislation Committees

25 Individual/Packages of Bills referred through Selection of Bills Committee:

30 September 2010

Airports Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2010

Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 November 2010

Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 November 2010

Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2010

Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2010

Civil Dispute Resolution Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 November 2010

Corporations Amendment (Sons of Gwalia) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 November 2010

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 November 2010

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 [Provisions] and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 23 November 2010

Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the third sitting day of 2011

Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2010

Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in May 2011(Transferred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on 26 October 2010)

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2010

National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 November 2010

Corporations Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2010

National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2010

Radiocommunications Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 November 2010

27 October 2010

Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling–Palm Oil) Bill 2010 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the fourth sitting day of 2011

28 October 2010

Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of the 2011 autumn sittings

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 November 2010

Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010 [Provisions] to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the second sitting day in 2011

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010–Provisions of Schedules 2 and 3 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 November 2010

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010–Provisions of Schedule 4 to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in 2011

26 November 2010

Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—Genetically Modified Material) Bill 2010 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 June 2011

Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 June 2011

5 Individual/Packages of Bills referred to Legislation Committees

30 September 2010

Exposure drafts of Australian privacy amendment legislation (re-referred) to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 July 2011

26 October 2010

Water (Crisis Powers and Floodwater Diversion) Bill 2010 to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 November 2010

15 November 2010

Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2010 and Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2010 (No. 2) to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 23 November 2010

17 November 2010

Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010 to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by second sitting day in February 2011

23 November 2010

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Support for Whaling) Bill 2010 to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by end of the autumn sitting 2011

27 Matters referred to References Committees

30 September 2010

The prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 November 2010 (reference withdrawn 28 October 2010 and referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform)

Pilot training and airline safety, including consideration of the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incident Reports) Bill 2010 to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 November 2010

Gene Patents (re-referred) to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 November 2010

Consumer Access to Pharmaceutical Benefits (re-referred) to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 November 2010

Planning options and services for people ageing with a disability (re-referred) to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 March 2011

Administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing (re-referred) to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2010

Industry Skills Councils (re-referred) to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 March 2011

Primary Schools for the 21st Century (re-referred) to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 March 2011

The Government's Green Loans Program (re-referred) to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 October 2010

Sustainable management by the Commonwealth of Water Resources (re-referred) to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 October 2010

Adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online (re-referred) to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 November 2010

Australia's administration and management of the Torres Strait (re-referred) to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 November 2010

Equity and diversity health checks in the Royal Australian Navy (re-referred) to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 May 2011

Review of Government Compensation Schemes (re-referred) to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2010

Donor conception practices in Australia (re-referred) to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2010

Biosecurity and quarantine (re-referred) to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 November 2010

25 October 2010

Australian horse industry and an emergency animal disease response agreement (re-referred) to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 November 2010

27 October 2010

Social and economic impacts of rural wind farms to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2011

28 October 2010

Management of the Murray-Darling Basin to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2011

Competition within the Australian banking sector to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 March 2011

15 November 2010

The Commonwealth Government contribution to former forced adoption practices to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2011

16 November 2010

The Australian film and literature classification scheme to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2011

17 November 2010

Status, health and sustainability of Australia's koala population to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 June 2011

22 November 2010

Proposed amendments to the Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No. 4) Bill 2010 to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 March 2011

23 November 2010

The Australian Law Reform Commission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 March 2011

The decision of the ACCC to oppose the proposed acquisition of the Franklins supermarket business by Metcash Trading Limited to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 December 2010

24 November 2010

Department of Defence's Request for Tender (AO/014/09) for the provision of air support to the Middle East Area of Operations and other aviation contracts let by the Commonwealth to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 May 2011

2 Matters referred to Joint Committees

28 October 2010

Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008 [2010] and the Poker Machine (Reduced Losses–Interim Measures) Bill 2010 to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform for inquiry and report in line with the terms of reference of the committee

The prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform for inquiry and report in line with the terms of reference of the committee (reference transferred from the Community Affairs References Committee 28 October 2010)


Reports tabled by Legislation Committees

During the reporting period, Senate Legislation Committees tabled 40 reports (plus 5 reports that did not discharge a reference). The details are as follows:

Committee

Report

Tabled

LCA

Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2010 (presented out of session on 30 June 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Access to Justice (Family Court Restructure and Other Measures) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Civil Dispute Resolution Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Corporations Amendment (Sons of Gwalia) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 [Provisions]; and Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Military Court of Australia Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 26 July 2010)

28.09.10

EEWR

*Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]—Interim Report (presented out of session on 27 July 2010)

28.09.10

ECA

Keeping Jobs from Going Offshore (Protection of Personal Information) Bill 2009 (presented out of session on 6 August 2010)

28.09.10

ECA

Water (Crisis Powers and Floodwater Diversion) Bill 2010 (presented out of session on 6 August 2010)

28.09.10

ECO

*Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010—Interim Report (presented out of session on 16 August 2010)

28.09.10

ECO

Banking Amendment (Delivering Essential Financial Services for the Community) Bill 2010 (presented out of session on 16 August 2010)

28.09.10

ECO

Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 16 August 2010)

28.09.10

FPA

*Parliamentary Budget Office Bill 2010—Interim Report (presented out of session on 17 August 2010)

28.09.10

FADT

Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)

28.09.10

FADT

Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)

28.09.10

FADT

Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010 (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 24 August 2010

28.09.10

RRAT

Airports Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 24 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—Palm Oil) Bill 2009 (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009 (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

*Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Bill 2009 and Protecting Problem Gamblers Bill 2009 (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Responsible Takeaway Alcohol Hours Bill 2010 (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

ECO

Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010—Report (presented out of session on 7 September 2010)

28.09.10

FPA

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

LCA

Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

16.11.10

ECO

Corporations Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2010 [Provisions]

16.11.10

CA

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2010 [Provisions]

16.11.10

FADT

Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010 [Provisions]

17.11.10

LCA

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

17.11.10

EC

Radiocommunications Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]

17.11.10

EC

National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]

17.11.10

LCA

Corporations Amendment (Sons of Gwalia) Bill 2010 [Provisions]

18.11.10

RAT

Airports Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]

18.11.10

EC

Water (Crisis Powers and Floodwater Diversion) Bill 2010

18.11.10

EEWR

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

22.11.10

CA

Provisions of Schedules 2 and 3 of the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010

22.11.10

CA

National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010 [Provisions]

22.11.10

LCA

Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2010 and Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2010 (No. 2)

23.11.10

LCA

Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 26 November 2010)

LCA

Civil Dispute Resolution Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 2 December 2010)

LCA

*Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 [Provisions] and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010 [Provisions]—Interim Report (presented out of session on 7 December 2010)

*Reports that did not discharge a reference

Estimates reports:

There were nil reports tabled during the reporting period.

Reports on Annual Reports:

During the reporting period, Senate Legislation Committees tabled 7 reports.

Reports tabled by References Committees

During the reporting period, Senate References Committees tabled 24 references reports (plus 12 reports that did not discharge a reference). The details are as follows:

Committee

Report

Tabled

FPA

The funding arrangements for tax reform advertising (presented out of session on 30.06.10)

28.09.10

ECO

Access of Small Business to Finance (presented out of session on 30.06.10)

28.09.10

ECA

*Energy Efficient Homes Package (ceiling insulation)—Interim Report 2 (presented out of session on 30 June 2010)

28.09.10

RRAT

The effectiveness of Airservices Australia's management of aircraft noise—Final Report (presented out of session on 2 July 2010)

28.09.10

ECA

*Energy Efficient Homes Package (ceiling insulation)—Interim report 3 (presented out of session on 9 July 2010)

28.09.10

ECA

Energy Efficient Homes Package (ceiling insulation—Report (presented out of session on 15 July 2010)

28.09.10

LCA

*Review of government discretionary payments in special circumstances—Interim Report (presented out of session on 23 July 2010)

28.09.10

EEWR

*Administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing—Interim Report (presented out of session on 27 July 2010)

28.09.10

ECA

*Sustainable management by the Commonwealth of water resources—Second Interim Report (presented out of session on 30 July 2010)

28.09.10

RRAT

*Biosecurity for Chinese apples and the Australia-US cherry trade—Interim Report (presented out of session on 30 July 2010)

28.09.10

ECA

*Administration and effectiveness of the Green Loans Program—Interim Report (presented out of session on 6 August 2010)

28.09.10

ECO

*Role of liquidators and administrators in Australia—Interim Report (presented out of session on 16 August 2010)

28.09.10

FPA

*Reform of Australian government administration—Interim Report (presented out of session on 17 August 2010)

28.09.10

FADT

*The administration and management of matters relating to Australia's northern air, sea and land approaches in the region of the Torres Strait—Interim Report (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)

28.09.10

FADT

*Equity and diversity health checks in the Royal Australian Navy–HMAS Success—Interim Report (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Impact of Gene Patents on the provision of healthcare in Australia (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Consumer access to Pharmaceutical Benefits (presented out of session on 26 August 2010)

28.09.10

RRAT

Australian horse industry and an emergency animal disease response agreement (presented out of session on 30 August 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Planning options and services for people ageing with a disability (presented out of session on 2 September 2010)

28.09.10

CA

The prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia (presented out of session on 2 September 2010)

28.09.10

EEWR

*Industry Skills Councils—Interim Report (presented out of session on 13 September 2010)

28.09.10

ECO

The regulation, registration and remuneration of insolvency practitioners in Australia: the case for a new framework—Report (presented out of session on 14 September 2010)

28.09.10

CA

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

EEWR

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

EC

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

FADT

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

LCA

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

RAT

Report on matters not disposed of at the end of the 42nd Parliament

30.09.10

EC

Sustainable management by the Commonwealth of water resources—Final Report (presented out of session on 7 October 2010)

25.10.10

RAT

Report on Matters Referred to Committee in previous Parliament

25.10.10

EC

Green Loans Program

27.10.10

FPA

Matter referred to Committee in previous Parliament

24.11.10

CA

Consumer Access to Pharmaceutical Benefits

24.11.10

EEWR

Administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing (presented out of session on 26 November 2010)

CA

Gene Patents (presented out of session on 26 November 2010)

FADT

The Torres Strait: Bridge and Border (presented out of session on 26 November 2010)

RAT

Australian Horse Industry and an Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (presented out of session 26 November 2010)

ECO

*Decision of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the proposed acquisition of Franklins by Metcash Trading Limited—Interim Report (presented out of session on 6 December 2010)

LCA

Review of Government compensation payments (presented out of session on 6 December 2010)

*Reports that did not discharge a reference


Joint Statutory/Select Committees:

During the reporting period, 5 reports were tabled by the Joint Statutory/Select Committees.

Committee

Report

Tabled

Fuel & Energy (Select)

The mining tax: Still bad for the economy–Still bad for jobs—Second Interim Report (presented out of session on 30 July 2010)

28.09.10

Agricultural & Related Industries (Select)

The incidence and severity of bushfires across Australia (presented out of session on 13 August 2010)

28.09.10

Agricultural & Related Industries (Select)

Food production in Australia—Final Report (presented out of session on 23 August 2010)

28.09.10

Fuel & Energy (Select)

Final Report (presented out of session on 30 August 2010)

28.09.10

Regional & Remote Indigenous Communities (Select)

Final Report 2010 (presented out of session on 24 September 2010)

28.09.10

Government Responses to Committee Reports

The following table shows 7 Government responses to Senate Committee Reports:

Committee

Government Response

Date

LCA (Leg)

Personal Property Securities (Corporations and Other Amendments) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session 19 July 2010; report tabled 12 May 2010)

28.09.10

LCA (Ref)

Access to Justice (presented out of session 19 July 2010; report tabled 8 December 2009)

28.09.10

ACLEI (Joint)

Operation of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 – Interim Report (presented out of session 13 October 2010; report tabled 22 February 2010)

25.10.10

LCA (Ref)

Australia's judicial system and the role of judges (presented out of session 19 October 2010; report tabled 7 December 2009)

25.10.10

CA (Ref)

The hidden toll: Suicide in Australia (original response tabled 24 November 2010; replacement response presented out of session 22 December 2010; report tabled 24 June 2010)

CA Standing

Funding and operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement (presented out of session on 21 December 2010; report tabled 8 February 2007)

ECA (Ref)

Australia Post's treatment of injured and ill workers (presented out of session on 22 December 2010; report tabled 24 June 2010)

Additional Comments; Dissenting Reports; Minority Reports; Report; Additional Remarks; Opposition Report; Comments; Supplementary Comments; Supplementary Report; Supplementary Remarks; Additional Comments & Points of Dissent (Note: These statistics record the signatory to the reports)

Legislation

LP/NAT

ALP

AG

FFP

IND

Additional Comments

4

4

1

Dissenting Reports

1

2

1

Minority Reports

2

1

1

Report

References

LP/NAT

ALP

AG

FFP

IND

Additional Comments

1

Dissenting Reports

1

Minority Reports

1

1

Report

Select/Joint

LP/NAT

ALP

AG

FFP

IND

Additional Comments

Dissenting Reports

2

Minority Reports

Report


Extension of Time to present Reports

During the reporting period, 12 extensions of time: 2 one week or less; 3 over a week; and 7 over a month—were granted to Committees administered by the Senate Committee Office to present reports.

Leave to Meet while the Senate is in session

During the reporting period, Senate Committees were granted leave to meet while the Senate was in session on 16 occasions.

Membership of Committees

During the reporting period, there were 1059 membership changes of Committees.

Appointment of Committees

The Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation was re-appointed on 29 September 2010.

The Select Committee on the Scrutiny of New Taxes was appointed on 30 September 2010.

The Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform was appointed on 30 September 2010.

Change of Committee Name

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts was changed to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications on 29 September 2010.

The Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport was changed to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport on 29 September 2010.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission was changed to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement on 25 November 2010.


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