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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee: Employment Portfolio: Fair Work Commission

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: There has been a great deal of criticism in the media of a number of the enterprise agreements with various retail outlets, which you would obviously be aware of. And I was looking at your form, F17, the employers statutory dec, and from what I can see it looks like it would work on a lot of trust. Does the Fair Work Commission rely just on the evidence submitted by employers when applications are received for approval?

Ms O'Neill: Mr Furlong will assist you with that question.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee: Health Portfolio: Department of Health

Monday 29 May

CHAIR: Before I move to Senator Leyonhjelm, Senator Rhiannon wanted some clarification around exactly where some questions related to—

Senator RHIANNON: Yes, to do with the testing of cosmetics on animals and the announcement that was in the budget.

Mr Bowles: That is NICNAS the chemicals regulator. I do not think they are even down to appear so we can take anything on notice, if you would like.

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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Treasury Portfolio: Department of the Treasury

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jun 2017

Monday 29 May

Senator RHIANNON: I just want to pick up on the First Home Super Saver Scheme aspect of your so-called housing affordability plan. Many economists, including Saul Eslake, have noted that some policy responses to soaring house prices have taken the form of measures which allow people to spend more on housing than they otherwise would. Will the super saver scheme have that effect by increasing the demand for housing, which in turn will have the effect of further inflating prices?

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Department of Finance

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jun 2017


Thursday 25 May

Senator RHIANNON: I have some questions about travel expenses. Department of Finance figures show the bill for the whole-of-government travel system totalled a bit over $420 million.

Senator Cormann: We literally went through that same line of questioning just now.

Senator RHIANNON: Seriously? I am sorry; I have been at other committees.

Senator Cormann: We have taken it all on notice.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Australian Electoral Commission

Lee Rhiannon 2 Jun 2017

Thursday 25 May

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Rogers, in response to a question put by Senator Hanson, you volunteered that Labor had submitted an amended return. Then, in response to a question by Senator Watt asking if One Nation had submitted an amended return, you would not comment. Why was there a difference in your response?

Mr Rogers : I think I made fairly clear that, as I mentioned earlier, because there is an active investigation into the matters involving One Nation, I am loath to comment further about that matter.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Wednesday 24 May

Senator RHIANNON: Dr Clegg, I want to clarify some of the points that you were just discussing with Senator Hinch. I am trying to understand where it is at with regard to the formulation of regulations. Is there a draft equine amendment order that is being inserted into the current regulations that cover these matters?

Dr Clegg : No. The first step for us is to have agreement that this is a policy proposal worth pursuing. Then, if it is agreed, we would put forward draft regulations to the minister.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Climate Change

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that recommendations from the Australian National Audit Office when they undertook the audit into the management and compliance arrangements of the Department of the Environment and Energy for governing the wildlife trade have all been adopted. I wanted to ask some questions about that.

Mr Knudson: Unfortunately, that section of the department is 1.4.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio: Digital Transformation Agency

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Tuesday 23 May

Senator RHIANNON: For three decades this parliament has been discussing the introduction of a code of conduct for senators and MPs in the House of Representatives. Could you tell us where those discussions are up to after three decades please?

Senator Brandis: To whom is your question directed?

Senator RHIANNON: Maybe to the secretary. To whoever has the most information about it.

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