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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Committees

Selection of Bills Committee; Report

11:45 am

Photo of Dean SmithDean Smith (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

I present the third report of 2019 of the Selection of Bills Committee. I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

Report no. 3 of 2019

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at 7.17 pm.

2. The committee recommends that—

a) the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment (Assisted Reproductive Treatment Statistics) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 November 2019 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

b) the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Tax Integrity and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2019 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 5 September 2019 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral).

3.The committee recommends that the following bills not be referred to committees:

                      Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty) Bill 2019

                            4. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to its next meeting:

                                                            National Sports Tribunal (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019

                                                                Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2019

                                                                                  5. The committee considered the following bills but was unable to reach agreement:

                                                                                            (see appendix 3, 4, 5 and 6 for statements of reasons for referrals).

                                                                                            Dean Smith

                                                                                            Chair

                                                                                            25 July 2019

                                                                                            Appendix 1

                                                                                            Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                                                                                            Name of bill:

                                                                                            Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment (Assisted Reproductive Treatment Statistics) Bill 2019

                                                                                            Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                                            To assess operation of proposed reforms; to assess other factors that influence success rates such as selection criteria imposed by IVF clinics

                                                                                            Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                            AIHW

                                                                                            Fertility Society of Australia

                                                                                            IVF Directors

                                                                                            Individual fertility clinics

                                                                                            Specialists including Dr Rob Norman and Dr Richard Henshaw

                                                                                            Embryo Donation Network

                                                                                            National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit and ANZARD team at UNSW

                                                                                            VARTA

                                                                                            Vic Health Complaints Commissioner

                                                                                            ACCC

                                                                                            Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                                            Community Affairs

                                                                                            Possible hearing date( s):

                                                                                            As determined by committee

                                                                                            Possible reporting date:

                                                                                            11 November 2019

                                                                                            Appendix 2

                                                                                            Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                                                                                            Name of bill:

                                                                                            Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Tax Integrity and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2019

                                                                                            Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                                            To consider the detail and implementation arrangements of the measures.

                                                                                            Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                            Treasury, ATO

                                                                                            Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                                            Senate Economics Legislation Committee

                                                                                            Possible hearing date( s):

                                                                                            To be determined by the committee

                                                                                            Possible reporting date:

                                                                                            5 September 2019

                                                                                            Appendix 3

                                                                                            Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                                                                                            Name of bill:

                                                                                            Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment (Sunsetting of Special Powers Relating to Terrorism Offences) Bill 2019

                                                                                            Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                                            Human rights concerns

                                                                                            Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                            Human rights and legal experts and stakeholders

                                                                                            Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                                            Legal and Constitutional Affairs

                                                                                            Possible hearing date( s):

                                                                                            October 3-4

                                                                                            Possible reporting date:

                                                                                            October 17

                                                                                            Appendix 4

                                                                                            Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                                                                                            Name of bill:

                                                                                            Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019; Counter-Terrorism

                                                                                            (Temporary Exclusion Orders) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019

                                                                                            Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                                            to ensure bill adheres to international human rights and security obligations.

                                                                                            Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                            United Nations, Human Rights Law Centre

                                                                                            Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                                            Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

                                                                                            Possible hearing date( s):

                                                                                            8-9 August 2019

                                                                                            Possible reporting date:

                                                                                            9 September 2019

                                                                                            Appendix 5

                                                                                            Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                                                                                            Name of bill:

                                                                                            Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2019

                                                                                            Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                                            Human rights concerns – could lead to racial profiling and police state enforcement. Despite civilians not being required to carry identification, this bill will empower law enforcement officers to eject from airports, ban from flights, fine, or even imprison civilians – travelers or otherwise – if they are unable to produce identification when demanded. Offices may demand identification from civilians if he/she "suspects … that the person has committed, is committing, or intends to commit an offence [or] considers on reasonable grounds that it is necessary … to safeguard aviation security". This could lead to situations like "Operation Fortitude" a multi-agency operation in 2015 that saw the ABF, police, and transport officers using racial profiling to do random spot-checks on visas (despite there being now requirement for visa holders to be carrying those documents on their person)

                                                                                            Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                            legal and human rights experts and advocates such as The Law Council of Australia, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Australian Human Rights Commission, and Civil Liberties Australia.

                                                                                            Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                                            Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

                                                                                            Possible hearing date( s):

                                                                                            14-16 August

                                                                                            Possible reporting date:

                                                                                            12 September 2019

                                                                                            Appendix 6

                                                                                            Proposal to refer a bill to a committee:

                                                                                            Name of bill:

                                                                                            Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

                                                                                            Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                                            Human rights concerns, as it will discriminate against particular cohorts of applicants.

                                                                                            Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                            legal and human rights experts and advocates such as The Law Council of Australia, and the Human Rights Law Centre.

                                                                                            Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                                            Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

                                                                                            Possible hearing date( s):

                                                                                            5-6 September 2019

                                                                                            Possible reporting date:

                                                                                            14 October 2019

                                                                                            I move:

                                                                                            That the report be adopted.

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