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Senate Estimates

Published: 9 March 2017

Additional Senate Estimates hearings were held from 27 February to 2 March. The hearings, which are conducted by the eight Senate legislative committees, allow senators to closely examine the operations of the government, including spending and delivery of services. Among the issues canvassed during the hearings were: ... Read news item

Committee workload

Published: 9 March 2017

Senate committees continue to produce 'very good committee reports', the Clerk of the Senate, Mr Richard Pye has said. He was responding to a question about an increase in the workload of Senate committees while appearing before the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee during Estimates hearings. Up until... Read news item

Call to keep university fees in check

Published: 9 March 2017

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, has called on the government to ‘rule out significant fee increases’ for university students. She was speaking on a motion in the House of Representatives which also asked the government to abandon a planned 20 per cent cut to... Read news item

Committee examines freedom of speech

Published: 9 March 2017

Community leaders and politicians should speak out against racially hateful and discriminatory speech. This was one of 22 recommendations made by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights following a wide-ranging inquiry into the operation of laws relating to racial discrimination. The committee also recommended Australians should be educated about... Read news item

Omnibus bill to encourage workforce participation

Published: 9 March 2017

A bill aimed at encouraging and supporting greater workforce participation for those who can work was passed by the House of Representatives. Introducing the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, said workforce participation and... Read news item