In the last Parliamentary fortnight of 2016, the Turnbull Government succeeded in winning the Senate’s support for many key planks of its legislative agenda.
The bills passed included the two “triggers” for the double dissolution election: the Registered Organisations and Australian Building and Construction Commission Bills. Both are central to the Government’s reform agenda. Had the Government not gone to a double dissolution election, they would never have been passed.
Those are just two among a raft of 23 key bills passed by the Senate this past fortnight. Other important legislative achievements include:
- two important national security bills, which will further strengthen our capacity to keep Australians safe from terrorism;
- improvements to the fairness, sustainability, flexibility and integrity of the superannuation system;
- reform to vocational education and training to fix the mess in which Labor left the system, saving taxpayers billions of dollars;
- giving certainty to Australian farmers through a competitive tax rate for working holiday makers.
Although the Government does not have a Senate majority, we have established constructive, effective working relationships with the Senate crossbench to deliver important practical reforms.
As the Parliament rises for the summer recess, the Government’s record of legislative success in the Senate is there for all to see. The Senate is working effectively with the Government to deliver for the Australian people.