Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017; Order for the Production of Documents
I seek leave to speak for one minute.
I think I should highlight that the failure of this information to arrive for senators—the Senate did resolve that those documents be produced—highlights the unusual and very concerning situation we are in now that we have already moved into committee stage consideration of the legislation this information relates to. It is very concerning. It highlights that the pace at which this government is moving in relation to this legislation is alarming. It is not good policy development process. Senators are responding without adequate information and, indeed, the government's record in providing information is very alarming. I understand that the Table Office has confirmed that they have not received the answer. Given that Minister Birmingham indicated that he had indeed provided it, it is very alarming.