On 14 May 2015, the Senate referred to the Legal and
Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (the committee) for examination
the estimates of proposed expenditure for the financial year 2015–16. The
committee is responsible for the examination of the Attorney-General's
Portfolio and the Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio. The portfolio budget
statements for 2014–15 were tabled on 13 May 2014.
Reference of documents
The Senate referred to the committee, for examination and
report, the following documents:
Particulars of proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending
on 30 June 2015 [Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2015–2016];
Particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the year
ending on 30 June 2015 [Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2015–2016];
Particulars of proposed supplementary expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2014 [Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2014–15]; and
Particulars of certain proposed supplementary expenditure in
respect of the year ending on 30 June 2014 [Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2014–15].
The committee was required to report on its consideration of
the budget estimates on 23 June 2015.
The committee met in public session on 25, 26, 27 and 28 May
Over the course of the four days of hearings, totalling over
36 hours, the committee took evidence from the following departments and
Immigration and Border Protection
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal
Australian Crime Commission
Australian Federal Police
Australian Human Rights Commission
Australian Institute of Criminology
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Family Court of Australia
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Federal Court of Australia
National Archives of Australia
A full list of departments and agencies for which the
committee has oversight is at Appendix 1.
Copies of the transcripts of Hansard are available
from the committee's internet page at: www.aph.gov.au/senate_legalcon.
An index of the Hansard for each portfolio appears at
Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries
On 25 and 26 May 2015, the committee heard evidence from
Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, the Assistant Minister for
Immigration and Border Protection, representing the Minister for Immigration
and Border Protection, and on 26 May 2015 from the Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson,
Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for
the Centenary of ANZAC and Special Minister of State, representing the Minister
for Immigration and Border Protection.
On 27 and 28 May 2015, the committee heard evidence from
Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, the Attorney-General and Minister
for the Arts, and on 28 May 2015 from the Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham,
Assistant Minister for Education and Training, representing the Attorney-General.
Officers from both departments and associated agencies also
appeared. The committee thanks the ministers, parliamentary secretaries and
officers for their assistance.
Answers to questions on notice, tabling date and spill-over hearing
The committee determined that the due date for submitting
responses to questions on notice from the Budget estimates round was 10 July
2015. The tabling date for the committee’s Budget estimates 2015–16 report was
23 June 2015.
After the hearings on 25–28 May, the committee received
correspondence from three committee members requiring a spill-over hearing
pursuant to an Order of the Senate of 25 June 2014. As a result, the tabling
date for the committee’s report was extended to 12 August 2015. On
6 August 2015, the committee resolved that a spill-over hearing would not
be required and that answers to questions on notice from the Attorney-General's
Portfolio would be due by 7 August 2015.
Further written explanations, and answers to questions on
notice, will be tabled as soon as possible after they are received. That
information is also available on the committee's internet page at the above
The committee notes that five answers to questions taken on
notice by the Attorney-General’s portfolio during additional estimates 2014–15
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