COMMITTEES – Community Affairs References Committee – Reference, Tuesday March 26, 2024

Senator BABET (Victoria—United Australia Party Whip) (16:37): I advise the chamber that Senators David Pocock and Lambie will be co-sponsoring this motion, and I seek leave to amend business of the Senate motion No. 2 as circulated in the chamber.

Leave granted.

Senator BABET: I move the motion as amended:

That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 August 2024:

(a) Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data showing excess deaths in recent years, with particular reference to:

(i) all-cause provisional mortality data reported by the states and territories to the ABS, and

(ii) the difference between all-cause provisional mortality data for 2021, 2022 and 2023 and the preceding years of 2015 to 2020 (inclusive);

(b) factors contributing to excess mortality in 2021, 2022 and 2023; and

(c) recommendations on how to address any identified preventable drivers of excess mortality; and

(d) any other related matter.

The Senate divided—
AYES, 31
Antic Colbeck Lambie Rennick Askew Duniam Liddle Roberts Babet Fawcett McDonald Ruston Birmingham Hanson McGrath Sharma Bragg Henderson McLachlan Smith, Dean Canavan Hughes Nampijinpa Price Thorpe Cash Hume O’Sullivan* Tyrrell Chandler Kovacic Pocock, David
NOES, 30
Allman-Payne Ghosh Polley Sterle Ayres Green Pratt Stewart Bilyk Grogan Rice Urquhart* Brown Hanson-Young Sheldon Walsh Chisholm Lines Shoebridge Waters Ciccone McKim Smith, Marielle Whish-Wilson
Cox Payman Steele-John Wong Faruqi Pocock, Barbara

* Tellers
Question agreed to.