Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023


Selection of Bills Committee; Report

11:18 am

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister for the Public Service) Share this | Hansard source

I move an amendment to the motion to adopt the Selection of Bills report, which has been circulated in my name on sheet GOV1:

At the end of the motion, add "but, in respect of the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Australia's Engagement in the Pacific and Other Measures) Bill 2023, the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee report by 13 June 2023".

I hope that senators can give consideration for a slightly shorter reporting date for this inquiry. While we accept Senate support for a reporting date one week earlier than was originally discussed, to have this report tabled by 13 June, we believe this date still provides some risk that there will be delays to the passage of this legislation and the honouring of the commitments we've made to Pacific countries, and it could delay opportunities for this visa class to address the worker shortages in Australia. Again, I just want to record that, and I hope that we can get Senate support for a reporting date of 13 June.


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