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FOR – Documents — Productivity Commission; Order for the Production of Documents

Dean Smith

I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer by no later than midday on Friday, 5 July 2024, the final report of the Productivity Commission inquiry into philanthropic giving in Australia, the draft report of which was released on 30 November 2023.

Anthony Chisholm

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Sue Lines

Leave is granted for one minute.

Anthony Chisholm

The government does not support the motion. As Senator Smith knows, the government received the Productivity Commission's final report on 10 May this year, but his motion refers to the date the commission released its draft report in November 2023. It's a pretty clear tip-off to other senators that this isn't actually a serious ask. According to standard protocols, the final report is embargoed from public release until tabled by the government, and the government needs to do this within 25 sitting days of receiving the final report. We're still well within that window. The government will table the final report at the best time to support the future work that is planned in this space. We look forward to working with the sector on our response to the review over coming months. I'd remind the Senate of how the previous coalition government approached the last major review of policy settings affecting charities and philanthropic funds, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission five-year legislative review, where they only responded two years after it came down in 2020.

Sue Lines

The question is that general business notice of motion No. 547, standing in the name of Senator Dean Smith, be agreed to.


Date and time: 4:25 PM on 2024-07-02
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 32
Total number of "no" votes: 33
Total number of abstentions: 11

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