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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Committees

Selection of Bills Committee; Report

11:48 am

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

I present the sixth report of 2020 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and I seek leave to have the report incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 6 OF 2020

1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 17 June 2020 at 7.24 pm.

2. The committee recommends that—

(a) the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 23 November 2020;

(b) the Banking Amendment (Deposits) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 August 2020 (see appendix 1 for a statement of reasons for referral);

(c) the provisions of the Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and Other Measures) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 July 2020 (see appendix 2 for a statement of reasons for referral); and

(d) the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020 be referred immediately to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by the second sitting day of March 2021 (see appendix 3 for a statement of reasons for referral).

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

          Customs Charges and Levies Legislation Amendment (Sheep and Lamb) Bill 2020

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

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

                                                  (Dean Smith)

                                                  Chair

                                                  18 June 2020

                                                  Appendix 1

                                                  SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

                                                  Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

                                                  Name of Bill: Banking Amendment (Deposits) Bill 2020

                                                  Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                  Stakeholder Consultation

                                                  Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                  Australian Banking Association (ABA)

                                                  Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA)

                                                  COSBOA

                                                  Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                  Economics Legislation Committee

                                                  Possible hearing date(s}:

                                                  Possible reporting date:

                                                  10th August 2020

                                                  (signed}

                                                  Senator Roberts

                                                  Appendix 2

                                                  SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

                                                  Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

                                                  Name of bill:

                                                  Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and other Measures) Bill 2020

                                                  Reasons for referral/ principal issues for consideration:

                                                          Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                Committee to which bill is to be referred:

                                                                Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

                                                                Possible hearing date(s):

                                                                To be determined by the Committee

                                                                Possible reporting date:

                                                                30 July 2020

                                                                (signed)

                                                                Senator Anne Urquhart

                                                                SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

                                                                Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

                                                                Name of bill: Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and Other Measures) Bill 2020

                                                                Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration: Delegated legislation and changes to penalties

                                                                Possible submissions or evidence from: Invasive Species Council

                                                                Committee to which bill is to be referred: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

                                                                Possible hearing date(s): On the papers

                                                                Possible reporting date: 30 July 2020

                                                                (signed)

                                                                R Siewert

                                                                Appendix 3

                                                                SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

                                                                Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

                                                                Name of bill:

                                                                Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020

                                                                Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                The Bill has significant implications for donations and campaign financing, administration of (and compliance with) the Commonwealth Electoral Act, and operation of the AEC.

                                                                Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                              Committee to which bill is to be referred: Finance and Public Administration

                                                                              Possible hearing date(s):

                                                                              Nov - Dec 2020

                                                                              Possible reporting date:

                                                                              March 2021

                                                                              (signed)

                                                                              R Siewert

                                                                              Appendix 4

                                                                              SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

                                                                              Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

                                                                              Name of bill:

                                                                              Electoral Legislation Amendment {Miscellaneous Measures) Bi/12020

                                                                              Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:

                                                                              The Bill seeks to address the High Court decision in Spence, but the revised s.302C still raises questions about its impact on restrictions on donations under State laws.

                                                                              The Bill also proposes a range of operational amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

                                                                              that warrant consideration.

                                                                              Possible submissions or evidence from:

                                                                                        Committee to which bill is to be referred: Finance and Public Administration

                                                                                        Possible hearing date(s):

                                                                                        September 2020

                                                                                        Possible reporting date:

                                                                                        November 2020

                                                                                        (signed)

                                                                                        R Siewert

                                                                                        I move:

                                                                                        That the report be adopted.

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