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Scope

The Legislation Committee examines bills referred to it by the Senate, scrutinises proposed annual and additional government expenditure and oversees the performance of government departments and agencies, including their annual reports. Portfolios allocated to the committee since 2009 include defence, veterans' affairs, foreign affairs and trade.

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Chairs

Thomas Mark Bishop

waALP

Ursula Mary Stephens

nswALP

Alan Eggleston

waLIB

Christopher John Back

waLIB

Bridget McKenzie

vicNP

Linda Karen Reynolds

waLIB

Eric Abetz

tasLIB

Reports

Date tabledTitleRead report
Budget estimates 2009-10Parliamentary paper number 148/2009
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2009)Parliamentary paper number 175/2009
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Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 [No. 2]Parliamentary paper number 167/2010
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Additional estimates 2009-10Parliamentary paper number 78/2010
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2010)Parliamentary paper number 79/2010
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Consideration of Time Critical Bills: Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]; and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2010 Budget Measures) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session 3 June 2010)
Budget estimates 2010-11Parliamentary paper number 164/2010
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010 (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)
Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)
Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)
Annual reports (No. 2 of 2010)Parliamentary paper number 334/2010
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Australian Civilian Corps Bill 2010 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 396/2010
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 189/2011
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Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 189/2011
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Additional estimates 2010-11Parliamentary paper number 71/2011
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2011)Parliamentary paper number 72/2011
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Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 25 March 2011)Parliamentary paper number 189/2011
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Budget estimates 2011-12Parliamentary paper number 180/2011
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Veterans' Entitlements Amendment Bill 2011 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 456/2011
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2011)Parliamentary paper number 191/2011
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2012)Parliamentary paper number 97/2012
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Additional estimates 2011-12Parliamentary paper number 466/2012
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Budget estimates 2012-13Parliamentary paper number 467/2012
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Military Court of Australia Bill 2012 [Provisions] and Military Court of Australia (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 470/2012
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Preliminary report: Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 469/2012
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2012)Parliamentary paper number 465/2012
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Final report: Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 470/2012
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2013)Parliamentary paper number 235/2013
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Additional estimates 2012-13Parliamentary paper number 480/2013
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International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Amendment Bill 2013 (presented out of session on 4 June 2013)Parliamentary paper number 487/2013
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Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2013Parliamentary paper number 486/2013
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Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Military Compensation Review and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 487/2013
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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (New Mandate and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 13 June 2013)Parliamentary paper number 486/2013
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Progress report no. 1: Implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012
Budget estimates 2013-14Parliamentary paper number 481/2013
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013 (presented out of session on 20 August 2013) (Erratum tabled on 12 November 2013)Parliamentary paper number 491/2013
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African Development Bank Bill 2013 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 August 2013)Parliamentary paper number 491/2013
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2013)Parliamentary paper number 479/2013
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Fair Trade (Workers' Rights) Bill 2013Parliamentary paper number 456/2014
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013Parliamentary paper number 456/2014
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Additional estimates 2013-14Parliamentary paper number 457/2014
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2014)Parliamentary paper number 449/2014
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Progress report no. 2: Implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012Parliamentary paper number 138/2014
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014Parliamentary paper number 456/2014
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Budget estimates 2014-15Parliamentary paper number 458/2014

Senator David Johnston, Minister for Defence, at a Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee budget estimates hearing, 2 June 2014. Seated at witness table L-R: Dennis Richardson [Secretary, Department of Defence], Senator the Hon David Johnston [Minister for Defence] and General David Hurley [Chief of the Defence Force].

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee budget estimates hearing, 2 June 2014. Top row L-R: Senators Peter Whish-Wilson and Stephen Conroy. Bottom row L-R: Senators Anne McEwen, David Fawcett and Alan Eggleston [Chair], and Owen Griffiths [Acting Secretary].

Committee members Senator John Faulkner and Christine Milne at budget estimates hearing, 2 June 2014.

Witnesses at Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee budget estimates hearing, 2 June 2014. Seated at witness table L-R: Witnesses Dennis Richardson [Secretary, Department of Defence], Senator David Johnston [Minister for Defence], General David Hurley [Chief of the Defence Force] and Vice Admiral Ray Griggs [Chief of Navy].

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee budget estimates hearing, 2 June 2014. Senator Helen Kroger seated in top row. Bottom row L-R: Senators Anne McEwen, David Fawcett and Alan Eggleston [Chair], Owen Griffiths [Acting Secretary], Senators Ursula Stephens [Deputy Chair], Christine Milne and John Faulkner.

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Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014Parliamentary paper number 462/2014
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2014)Parliamentary paper number 450/2014
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Customs Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 [Provisions] and Customs Tariff Amendment (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 462/2014
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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 516/2015
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements - Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014Parliamentary paper number 516/2015
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2015)Parliamentary paper number 509/2015
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Additional estimates 2014-15Parliamentary paper number 511/2015
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Progress report no. 3: Implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012Parliamentary paper number 70/2015
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Budget estimates 2015-16Parliamentary paper number 512/2015

Video [duration 13:32]—Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee hearing with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 3 June 2015

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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2015)Parliamentary paper number 510/2015
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International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015Parliamentary paper number 523/2015
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Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (2015 Budget Measures) Bill 2015— Schedule 2 (presented out of session on 25 September 2015)Parliamentary paper number 523/2015
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Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 [Provisions]; Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 523/2015
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2016)Parliamentary paper number 466/2016
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Additional Estimates 2015-16 (presented out of session on 24 March 2016)Parliamentary paper number 487/2016

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee additional estimates hearing, 10 February 2016. Top row L-R: Senators Lee Rhiannon, Jacqui Lambie, Stephen Conroy and Joe Ludwig. Bottom row L-R: Senators Linda Reynolds, David Fawcett and Chris Back [Chair], Tim Bryant [Secretary], Senators Alex Gallacher [Deputy Chair] and Anne McEwen. DPS Auspic.

Committee member Senator Nick Xenophon, 10 February 2016. DPS Auspic.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee additional estimates hearing, 10 February 2016. L-R: Department of Defence witnesses Rear Admiral Greg Sammut [Head, Future Submarine Program], Stephen Johnson [General Manager, Submarines] and Dennis Richardson [Secretary] with Senator the Hon Marise Payne [Minister for Defence] and Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin [Chief of the Defence Force]. DPS Auspic.

Committee member Senator Anne McEwen questioning witnesses, 10 February 2016. Top row L-R: Senators Jacqui Lambie, Stephen Conroy and Joe Ludwig. Bottom row L-R: Senators Alex Gallacher [Deputy Chair] and Anne McEwen. DPS Auspic.

Committee members from left: Senators Linda Reynolds, David Fawcett and Chris Back [Chair], Tim Bryant [Secretary] and Senator Anne McEwen, 10 February 2016. DPS Auspic.

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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2016)Parliamentary paper number 467/2016
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Civil Nuclear Transfers to India Bill 2016 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 490/2016
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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Commonwealth Entities) Bill 2016 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 3/2017
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Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2016 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 45/2017
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Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 February 2017)Parliamentary paper number 44/2017
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2017)Parliamentary paper number 100/2017
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Additional estimates 2016-17 (presented out of session on 10 April 2017)Parliamentary paper number 105/2017
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Consideration of Time Critical Bills: Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2017
Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 169/2017
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Budget estimates 2017-18Parliamentary paper number 180/2017
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2017)Parliamentary paper number 627/2017
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2018)Parliamentary paper number 62/2018
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Intelligence Services Amendment (Establishment of the Australian Signals Directorate) Bill 2018 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 70/2018
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Additional estimates 2017-18Parliamentary paper number 85/2018
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Consideration of Time Critical Bills: Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 190/2018
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Budget estimates 2018-19Parliamentary paper number 215/2018

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee Top row L-R: Senators Rex Patrick and Sue Lines. Senator Alex Gallacher [Deputy Chair] at bottom left. DPS Auspic.

Committee chair Senator Linda Reynolds at budget estimates hearing, 29 May 2018. DPS Auspic.

Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence, answering questions with Rebecca Skinner [Acting Associate Secretary, Department of Defence] and Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence (right), 29 May 2018. DPS Auspic.

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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2018)Parliamentary paper number 282/2018
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Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipbuilding) Bill 2018Parliamentary paper number 74/2019
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Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 22 March 2019)Parliamentary paper number 136/2019
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Additional estimates 2018-19Parliamentary paper number 151/2019
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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Infrastructure Financing) Bill 2019 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 26 March 2019)Parliamentary paper number 137/2019
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Budget estimates 2019-20 (presented out of session on 14 May 2019)Parliamentary paper number 173/2019
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Annual reports (No. 1 and No. 2 of 2019)Parliamentary paper number 217/2019
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2020)Parliamentary paper number 50/2020
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Additional estimates 2019-20 (presented out of session on 24 March 2020)Parliamentary paper number 82/2020
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2020)Parliamentary paper number 243/2020
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020 (presented out of session on 4 November 2020)Parliamentary paper number 463/2020
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Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 [Provisions] and Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 5 November 2020)Parliamentary paper number 470/2020
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Export Market Development Grants Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 26 November 2020)Parliamentary paper number 512/2020
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National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020 [Provisions] and National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 [Provisions]Parliamentary paper number 526/2020
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Budget estimates 2020-21 (presented out of session on 17 November 2020)Parliamentary paper number 494/2020
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Annual reports (No. 1 of 2021)Parliamentary paper number 34/2021
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Additional estimates 2020-21 (presented out of session on 20 April 2021)Parliamentary paper number 104/2021
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Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced by Uyghur Forced Labour) Bill 2020Parliamentary paper number 168/2021
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Budget estimates 2021-22 (presented out of session on 13 July 2021)Parliamentary paper number 203/2021
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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Equity Investments and Other Measures) Bill 2021 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 20 August 2021)Parliamentary paper number 235/2021
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Annual reports (No. 2 of 2021)Parliamentary paper number 242/2021
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Defence Legislation Amendment (Discipline Reform) Bill 2021 [Provisions] (presented out of session on 14 October 2021)Parliamentary paper number 302/2021
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Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2020
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Budget estimates 2022-23 (presented out of session on 16 May 2022)
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