Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Environment and Communications References Committee: Government Response; Order for the Production of Documents
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 640, standing in my name and the name of Senator O'Neill for today, concerning an order for the production of documents relating to the government's response to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee report.
I move the motion as amended:
(1) That the Senate notes:
(a) the unanimous findings of the Environment and Communications References Committee report, Game on: more than playing around – The future of Australia’s video game development industry, received on 29 April 2016;
(b) the absence of any government response to the findings of this inquiry;
(c) that, on 25 May 2017, the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) and the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts (Mr Richard Eccles) stated at the Budget estimates hearing, in response to questioning by Senator Ludlam, that a finalised draft response to this inquiry has been submitted to the Government for consideration; and
(d) on 24 October 2017, Senator Fifield stated at supplementary Budget estimates, in response to questioning by Senator Urquhart, that processes for a whole-of-government response were ongoing and included his input.
(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, by no later than 3 pm on 6 December 2017, a copy of the government response to this report.
Question agreed to.