Thursday, 24 June 2021
Consideration of Legislation
That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:
Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 2021
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020.
What's happened here is that last night a bill was rammed through the House, and the government, in the House, sought leave to move amendments (1) to (502) together and then forced the House to vote on it shortly thereafter. This is an unprecedented move to not only ram through a bill in breach of the cut-off order but also ram through a bill that has been so extensively amended without anyone having the time to properly read those amendments. There were 46 pages of amendments—502 amendments in total. This is an absolute farce. You cannot ram this bill through the Senate with such extensive amendments. That is why we are seeking to remove this bill from the motion, so that it can have the proper scrutiny and consideration that is warranted for a bill that vastly increases the state surveillance powers of this totalitarian government.
Before we get into an issue of debate, I will call the minister. A statement was tabled with respect to this with the motion yesterday. A statement of reasons was tabled pursuant to the standing orders. I will invite the minister. If anyone wishes to add to that, they need to seek leave to make a statement.
My advice from the Clerk is—we've just expressed that you have a different position on that bill in the debate just conducted and the vote. So that's already on the record, in the sense that the position of those who wish that bill to be treated differently is already expressed in the Senate record.