Wednesday, 7 October 2020
At the request of Senator Ruston, I move:
(1) To ensure appropriate consideration of time critical bills by Senate committees, the provisions of all bills introduced into the House of Representatives after 8 October 2020 and up to and including 29 October 2020 that contain substantive provisions commencing on or before 1 January 2021 (together with the provisions of any related bill) are referred to committees for inquiry and report by 26 November 2020.
(2) The committee to which each bill is referred shall be determined in accordance with the order of 13 February 2020, as amended, allocating departments and agencies to standing committees.
(3) A committee to which a bill has been referred may determine, by unanimous decision, that there are no substantive matters that require examination and report that fact to the Senate.
(4) This order does not apply in relation to bills which contain:
(a) no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys (appropriation bills); and
(b) commencement clauses providing only for the legislation to commence on Royal Assent.
Question agreed to.