Correspondence with government (Senate Economics Committee-CensusFail Inquiry)

Reply to email to the Senate Economics Committee relating to the process of the 2016 Inquiry received Oct, 27 2016

Hi Rosie

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you.

Every submission is read before it is accepted by the committee. Public hearings are used by Senate Committees to clarify, and if necessary expand up, received in written submissions. There is some information on the operation of public hearings on the Parliament’s website. If you would like further detail Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice is the best resource to consult. Chapter 16 considers the work of Senate committees.

Your other questions go to deliberations and decisions of the committee which I am unable to assist with.

Kind regards


Email to the Senate Economics Committee relating to the process of the 2016 Inquiry dated Oct, 21 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have some questions about the process of the Inquiry into the 2016 Census that I am hoping you can help me with for my own education and for the purposes of sharing with others who have made submission to the Inquiry:

Is it the case that every Committee member must read every submission? If not, in what ways is it ensured that all submissions are taken into account by the Inquiry?

Will the public hearings span the whole terms of reference including data sharing privacy?

How did the Committee decide which submission(s) would be read out in Parliament during the Inquiry?

How was the decision made that 45 minutes of the Inquiry would be provided for ‘civil society’? 

On what basis does the Committee choose who is invited to appear before it?

More specifically, how does the Committee determine who among the submissions is speaking on behalf of ‘civil society’ and who is representing the interests of the government or business?

thank you for your time,

Rosie Williams

BA (Sociology)


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