Appendix 6

LIST OF BILLS IN WHICH THE SENATE HAS MADE REQUESTS
FOR AMENDMENTS AND RESULTS OF SUCH REQUESTS, 1901–2008

V&P page(s) on which Senate schedule appears

Date

Title of Bill and Nature of Request

How Disposed Of

61

14.06.01

Consolidated Revenue (Supply) Bill 1901-02 (No. 1) — Request that the House of Representatives amend the bill to show the items of expenditure comprised in the sums which the bill purports to grant

Bill not returned by House of Representatives, but a second bill forwarded, showing items as requested

67

21.06.01

Consolidated Revenue (Supply) Bill 1901-02 (No. 2) — Request to alter bill so that Supply should be joint grant of two Houses

Request complied with by House of Representatives, with a modification which was accepted by the Senate

472-481 and 522-524

24.07.02 and 03.09.02

Customs Tariff Bill 1901-02 — Requests for alterations of duties, additions to free list, etc.

Certain requested amendments made by House of Representatives, others made with modifications, remainder not made. Certain requests pressed by Senate and others modified. Bill returned by House of Representatives with question raised as to right of Senate to press requests, and with certain requested amendments made, others not made, others made with modifications, etc. Motion passed by Senate that action of House of Representatives in receiving and dealing with reiterated requests was in compliance with the undoubted constitutional position and rights of the Senate. Modification of requests agreed to by Senate, and requests not made by House of Representatives not further pressed

68

23.07.03

Sugar Bounty Bill 1903 — Amendment earlier disagreed to by House of Representatives reformulated as a request for amendment as to bounty to be paid

Requested amendment made by House of Representatives with a modification which was agreed to by the Senate

172

14.10.03

Appropriation Bill 1903-04 (No. 1) — Requests for restoration of salaries of Senate officers which had been reduced by House of Representatives, etc.

One requested amendment made, others not made. Senate pressed requests. House of Representatives laid aside bill, but gave effect to Senate’s requests in a new bill, which was agreed to by Senate without requests

158, 169 and 173

03.10.06 and 10.10.06

Excise Tariff (Spirits) Bill 1906 — Requests for amendments concerning application of certain duties

Some requested amendments made by House of Representatives, others not made, and one made with modifications. Senate pressed requests. One requested amendment made, others made with modifications. Senate further pressed requests. Requested amendments made as originally requested

166

05.10.06

Excise Tariff (Stripper Harvesters, etc.) Bill 1906 — Requests for omission of paragraphs from proviso as to application of duties

Requested amendments made

172 and
174

10.10.06 and 11.10.06

Customs Tariff (British Preference) Bill 1906 — Requests for alteration of date of operation of certain provisions, and a request for re-insertion of item previously omitted by House of Representatives

Two requested amendments made (including request for re-insertion of item), one not made, and further amendments made by House of Representatives. Amendments disagreed to by Senate as not being modification of requests, and request pressed. House of Representatives made requested amendment

302

02.04.08

Excise Tariff Bill 1908 — Request for alteration of duty

Requested amendment made

303-369 and 459-478

02.04.08 and 21.05.08

Customs Tariff Bill 1907 — Requests for alterations of duties, and for additions to free list, etc.

Some requested amendments made by House of Representatives, others not made, others made with modifications, and consequential amendments made in bill. Certain requests pressed, others pressed in part, or modified. Bill returned by House of Representatives with protest as to right of Senate to make further requests, and with modified requests made, and requests not made. Motion passed by Senate that the action of House of Representatives in receiving and dealing with reiterated requests was in compliance with the undoubted constitutional position and rights of the Senate. Requests not pressed by Senate, and modifications agreed to

107

11.12.08

Appropriation Bill 1908-09 — Requests for amendments to salaries schedule

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests

95

26.08.10

Surplus Revenue Bill 1910 — Request for amendment regarding the period of payment of subsidy to Western Australia

Requested amendment made

251-252

25.11.10

Customs Tariff Bill 1910 — 22 requests for alterations of duties, alterations in wording, etc.

Requested amendments made

202-203

20.12.11

Customs Tariff Bill 1911 — 31 requests for alterations in duties, altered wording of items, etc.

Some requested amendments made, one not made, one made with modification. Requests not made not pressed by Senate and modification agreed to

136

15.12.14

Land Tax Bill 1914 — Six requests for amendments in rates of tax

Requested amendments made

537

15.12.16

Supply Bill (No. 3) 1916-17 — Request for reduction of total amount of vote with consequential amendments in Schedule

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. Bill laid aside. Another bill brought in, giving effect to requested reduction, and passed by both Houses

145

26.09.17

Income Tax Bill 1917 — Two requested amendments which would have the effect of exempting certain persons from tax

Requested amendments made

344

06.11.18

Entertainments Tax Bill 1918 — Requested amendment to exempt certain children’s payments from Entertainment Tax

Requested amendment made

429

20.12.18

Income Tax Bill 1918 — Requested amendment to reduce tax in certain cases

Requested amendment made

183

21.05.20

War Gratuity Bill 1920 (No. 2) — Requested amendments to alter rate of gratuity in certain cases

Requested amendments made

713-732 and 810-817

13.10.21 and 05.12.21

Customs Tariff Bill 1921 — 92 requested amendments for alterations in the tariff

Some requested amendments made, some made with modifications, and others not made. Certain requests pressed or modified by Senate. Bill returned by House of Representatives with question raised as to right of Senate to press requests, and with original requested amendments made, made with modifications, made as modified by Senate, and not made. President made statement re unusual terms of Message, and Senate passed motion that action of House of Representatives in receiving and dealing with reiterated requests was in compliance with constitutional rights of Senate. Modifications made by House of Representatives agreed to and remaining requests not further pressed by Senate

771

11.11.21

Excise Tariff Bill 1921 — Request for alteration in an item

Requested amendment made

855 and
863

09.12.21 and 10.12.21

Appropriation Bill 1921-22 — Request to increase a salary vote and to reduce another salary vote

One requested amendment not made, but Senate’s request for the increase given effect to in new bill. Remaining request pressed by Senate, but not made by House of Representatives. Informal conference of representatives of both Houses appointed to deal with matter in disagreement; in view of this, request not further pressed[1]

126

15.09.22

Meat Export Bounties Bill 1922 — Requests for amendments to extend payment of bounty

Requested amendments made

202

11.10.22

Superannuation Bill 1922 — Requests for amendments to extend superannuation benefits (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

391

09.09.24

Wine Export Bounty Bill 1924 — Request for amendment to extend payment of bounty

Requested amendment made

199-201

25.06.26

Customs Tariff Bill 1926 — 19 requests for alterations of duties, alterations in wording of items, etc.

Some requested amendments made, others made with modifications, and one not made. Senate agreed to modifications and did not press request not made

242

23.07.26

Judiciary Bill 1926 — Requests to vary conditions of pensions of justices

Requested amendments made

520-521

23.03.28

Customs Tariff Bill 1927 — Nine requests for alterations of duties, alterations in wording of items, etc.

Some requested amendments made, others made with consequential modifications. Senate agreed to consequential modifications

178

30.05.30

Wine Export Bounty Bill 1930 — Request for amendment as to eligibility of certain returned soldiers to receive bounty (both a request and an amendment were made in this bill)

Requested amendment made

386

08.08.30

Appropriation Bill 1930-31 — Request that the appropriation be reduced by the amount of £1 — as an intimation to the Government that, in the opinion of the Senate, the expenditure upon the Parliament, the government, and the Public Service should be reduced by at least £1 000 000

Requested amendment not made. Senate did not press request

465

12.12.30

Income Tax Bill (No. 2) 1930 — Requested amendment to exempt shareholders of a company from certain super tax

Requested amendment made

757

21.07.31

Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) Bill 1931 — Request for minor drafting amendment

Requested amendment made

797

31.07.31

Income Tax Bill 1931 — Request for drafting amendment

Requested amendment made

816-817

06.08.31

Sales Tax Bills (Nos 1 to 9) 1931 — A request for a drafting amendment to each bill

Requested amendments made

740-752 and 828

25.10.33 and 30.11.33

Customs Tariff Bill 1933 — 47 requested amendments for alterations in the tariff

Some requested amendments made, some made with modifications, and others not made. Senate did not press certain requests, agreed to certain modifications made by House, and pressed certain requests. Bill returned by House of Representatives with question raised as to right of Senate to press requests, and requested amendments of the Senate made with modifications. President made statement re terms of Message, and motion passed that action of House of Representatives in receiving and dealing with reiterated requests was in compliance with the undoubted constitutional position and rights of the Senate. Senate agreed to modifications made by House of Representatives

770

02.11.33

Excise Tariff Bill 1933 — Requests for alteration in items

Requested amendments made, and made with modifications. Modifications agreed to by the Senate

802

22.11.33

Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Bill 1933 — Request for drafting amendment

Requested amendment made

876

08.12.33

Flour Tax Bill (No. 1) 1933 — Request for drafting amendment

Requested amendment made

110

14.12.34

Flour Tax Bill (No. 3) 1934 — Requested amendment to omit certain invalid and children’s foods from the list of goods subject to flour tax

Requested amendment made

530

18.03.36

Primary Producers Relief Bill 1936 — Requested amendments extending the date for lodging applications for fertiliser subsidy

Requested amendments made

612-614 and 630

21.05.36 and 22.05.36

Customs Tariff Bill 1936 — Nine requested amendments for alterations in the tariff[2]

Some requested amendments made, others not made, one made with modification. Senate did not press certain requests, agreed to a modification made by House, and pressed one request. Bill returned by House of Representatives with question raised as to right of Senate to press requests, and pressed request not made. Deputy President made statement re terms of Message, and motion passed that action of House of Representatives in receiving and dealing with reiterated request was in compliance with the undoubted constitutional position and rights of the Senate. Request not further pressed

631

22.05.36

Customs Tariff (Exchange Adjustment) Bill 1936 — Requested amendment regarding exchange adjustment in connection with cement duty

Requested amendment made

174

29.06.38

National Health and Pensions Insurance Bill 1938 — Requested amendments to provide for the payment of sickness benefit on the fifth day of sickness, instead of on the seventh day (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

333

08.12.38

Apple and Pear Tax Bill 1938 — Requested amendment for alteration of date of operation of tax

Requested amendment made

358

29.05.42

Widows’ Pensions Bill 1942 — A request for a drafting amendment, and a requested amendment to provide that the rate of institutional pension shall be adjusted in accordance with the cost of living variation (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

509 and
514

11.03.43 and 16.03.43

Income Tax Bill 1943 — A requested amendment to leave out certain words which the Senate considered constituted a clear case of ‘tacking’ in that the inclusion of such words in a tax bill was an infringement of section 55 of the Constitution, and two requested amendments for alterations to the tax provisions relating to life assurance companies

Two requested amendments relating to life assurance companies made. Requested amendment for omission of provision which Senate claimed infringed section 55 of the Constitution not made. Senate pressed request. Bill returned by House of Representatives with question raised as to right of Senate to press requests, and pressed request made. Statement by President re terms of Message, and pointing out that Senate’s action under standing order 252 was not in conflict with legal opinion circulated by Government that Senate can make a given request but once at any particular stage of a bill. Motion passed that action of House of Representatives in receiving and dealing with the reiterated request of the Senate was in compliance with the undoubted constitutional position and rights of the Senate

536-537

25.03.43

Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Bill 1943 — Requested amendments relating to the conditions of payment of pensions (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

518

24.10.52

Customs Tariff Bill 1952 — Two requests for amendments of tariff

Requested amendments made

616

30.10.63

Phosphate Fertilisers Bounty Bill 1963 — A request for amendment relating to the rate of bounty in respect of superphosphate

Requested amendment made

75

23.04.64

Live-stock Slaughter Levy Bill 1964 — Requested amendments to impose a maximum on the levies that could be charged under the bill

Requested amendments made

235

17.11.64

Television Stations Licence Fees Bill 1964 — Requested amendment relating to concessions for Australian content in television programs[3]

Requested amendment not made. Senate did not press request

601

12.05.66

Customs Tariff Bill (No. 2) 1966 — Three requests for amendment of tariff on peas and beans in connection with the New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests

140

19.05.67

Homes Savings Grant Bill 1967 — Two requests that savings with credit unions be accepted for the purposes of the homes savings grant scheme

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests

316

21.11.68 (22.11.68 am)

Parliamentary Allowances Bill 1968 — Two requests: one to provide an allowance to the leader of the second non-government party in the Senate, and the second to increase by $150 the electorate allowance of senators

First requested amendment made, second not made. Senate did not press second request

166

21.05.70

Homes Savings Grant Bill 1970 — Request for an amendment to reduce from $7 000 to $5 000 the proposed minimum amount of a prescribed housing loan (the requested amendment had particular reference to credit unions)

Requested amendment made

200-201 and 210

10.06.70 and 11.06.70

National Health Bill 1970 — Seven requests, the most important being to provide the Commonwealth benefit of $2 a day for all patients, whether or not the individual patient is insured (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

One requested amendment made and six not made. Senate did not press requests, but made two further requests to provide for the payment of Commonwealth benefit of $2 a day to hospitals in all cases in which no charge is made to patients. These further requested amendments made

218

12.06.70

States Grants (Special Financial Assistance) Bill 1970 — Request to correct a typographical error. A sum intended to be $1.5m appeared as $1 000 500

Requested amendment made

490

11.10.73

Meat Export Charge Bill 1973 — Request to reduce the levy on exported meat from 1.6c a pound to 1c

Requested amendment not made. Senate did not press request

642-643

12.12.73

States Grants (Schools) Bill 1973 — Request to give continued per capita grants to schools in addition to needs grants

Requested amendment made with modifications and a consequential amendment. Senate agreed to the modifications and the consequential amendment

544

06.03.75

Refrigeration Compressors Bounty Bill 1975 — Request to increase the amount available for payment of bounty to include all locally made compressors (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment made

910

10.09.75

Stevedoring Industry Charge Bill 1975 — Request for new clause to limit the operation of the Act

Requested amendment made with modifications, and House made further amendments. Senate suspended standing orders to enable consideration of further amendments. Senate agreed to modifications and agreed to the further amendments

942-943

02.10.75

Customs Tariff (Coal Export Duty) Bill 1975 — Requests to exempt certain steaming coal from export duty

Requested amendments made

286

12.06.78

Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Amendment Bill 1978 — A requested amendment to clarify clause to the extent that it gives to senators equivalent rights to the rights of members of the House of Representatives for the same responsibilities

Requested amendment made

1460

01.05.80

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Grants) Bill 1980 — A requested amendment to increase the prescribed size of a cylinder by 1kg

Requested amendment made

1675-1676

17.09.80

Honey Export Charge Amendment Bill 1980, Honey Levy (No. 1) Amendment Bill 1980 and Honey Levy (No. 2) Amendment Bill 1980 — A requested amendment to each bill to substitute a date for the commencement of the bill

Requested amendments made

589-593

14.10.81

Sales Tax Amendment Bills (Nos 1A to 9A) 1981 — Requested amendments to each bill to delete a number of items from the taxable category

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. House of Representatives declined to consider Senate message. Bills discharged from House of Representatives Notice Paper

658

29.10.81

Social Services Amendment Bill 1981 — Requested amendments to remove clauses which reduced the right to unemployment benefits of spouses of strikers, and of spouses of unemployed persons who failed the work test

Requested amendments made

1208-1209

09.11.82

Customs Tariff Bill 1982 — Requested amendments to limit ministerial discretion and provide for parliamentary scrutiny through the disallowance procedure

Requested amendments made

125

25.05.83

Bounty (Steel Products) Bill 1983 — A requested amendment to clarify which steel products were eligible for receipt of bounty

Requested amendment made

131

25.05.83

Taxation (Interest on Overpayments) Bill 1983 — Requested amendment to ensure equality in payment of interest by the Commissioner of Taxation on disputed amounts refunded as the result of a successful appeal or objection

Requested amendment made

929

05.10.84

Judicial and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Allowances) Bill 1984 — A requested amendment for inclusion of a new clause making provision for a “Canberra allowance” to be paid to the Solicitor-General

Requested amendment made

327

23.05.85 (24.05.85 am)

Dairy Industry Stabilization Levy Amendment Bill 1985 — A requested amendment to ensure that present domestic pricing arrangements continue for another two years and are then phased out in four equal steps by 1991

Requested amendment not made. Senate pressed request. House of Representatives declined to consider Senate message. Bill discharged from House of Representatives Notice Paper

532-533

13.11.85

Interstate Road Transport Charge Bill 1985 — Requested amendments to set a ceiling on the licence fee for operators and to establish an admonishment system for persons contravening safety provisions

Requested amendments made

645 and
856-858

28.11.85 and 14.04.86

Veterans’ Entitlements Bill 1985 — Requested amendments relating to the retention of repatriation cover for new enlistees, service pensions for allied veterans, and removal of retrospectivity

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. Pressed requests not made, but the House informed the Senate that the requests would be acceptable in an alternative form. Senate rescinded previous requests and made requests in alternative form. Requested amendments made

231

18.11.87

Income Tax Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1987 — A requested amendment to remove words that would make the imposition of income tax a standing measure

Requested amendment made

231

18.11.87

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill 1987 — A requested amendment to remove words that would make the imposition of the Medicare levy a standing measure

Requested amendment made

277

26.11.87

Commonwealth Borrowing Levy Bill 1987 — A requested amendment to clarify that the levy is imposed on an annual basis and is not a once only charge on each borrowing

Requested amendment made

991 and 1014

21.12.88

States Grants (Schools Assistance) Bill 1988 — Requested amendments to reinstate establishment grants for some non-government schools in 1989

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. Pressed requests made

1051-1052

06.03.89

Ozone Protection (Licence Fees — Imports) Bill 1988 and Ozone Protection (Licence Fees — Manufacture) Bill 1988 — A requested amendment to each bill to rectify a drafting error

Requested amendments made

1138-1139

13.04.89

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1988 — Six requested amendments to alter tariffs

Requested amendments made

120

31.05.90

Sales Tax (Nos 1 to 9) Amendment Bills 1990 — A requested amendment to each bill to omit the commencement clause

Requested amendments not made. Amendments made in place thereof. Senate did not press requests and agreed to substitute amendments

275-276

18.10.90

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill 1990 and Income Tax Amendment Bill 1990 — A requested amendment to each bill to make the imposition of the levy or tax, as the case may be, a standing charge

Requested amendments made

444-445

20.12.90

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 1990 — A requested amendment to apply an excise equivalent rate on the total alcohol content of the wine component for imported fruit juices, ciders, wines and spirits

Requested amendment made

460-464

20.12.90

Cattle Transaction Levy Bill 1990, Beef Production Levy Bill 1990, Cattle Export Charge Bill 1990, Live-stock Slaughter Levy Amendment Bill 1990 and Live-stock Export Charge Amendment Bill 1990 — Requested amendments to change the commencement clause on each bill

Requested amendments made

700

18.04.91

Superannuation Supervisory Levy Bill 1991 — A requested amendment to ensure industry consultation occurs before regulations are made

Requested amendment not made. Amendment made in place thereof. Senate did not press request and agreed to substitute amendment

907 and
920

20.06.91 and 21.06.91

Wool Tax (Nos 1 to 5) Amendment Bills 1991 — A requested amendment to each bill to lower the wool tax rate

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. Pressed requests not made and amendments made in place thereof. Senate did not further press requests and agreed to substitute amendments

1004-1005

10.09.91

Social Security (Disability and Sickness Support) Amendment Bill 1991 — Requested amendments relating to the mobility allowance, impairment ratings and gynaecological conditions

Requested amendments made

1588

24.06.92

Migration Agents Registration (Application) Levy Bill 1992 — Two requested amendments to reduce the application fees of applicants and agents who gave paid immigration assistance in relation to five or fewer cases during the period of registration and to exempt certain persons from the scope of the bill

Requested amendments made

1589

24.06.92

Migration Agents Registration (Renewal) Levy Bill 1992 — Two requested amendments to reduce the renewal fees of applicants and agents who gave paid immigration assistance in relation to five or fewer cases during the period of registration and to exempt certain persons from the scope of the bill

Requested amendments made

1590

24.06.92

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 1992 — Four requested amendments to take account of changes in status of countries and places which qualify for preferential treatment

Requested amendments made

1628

25.06.92 (26.06.92 am)

Local Government (Financial Assistance) Amendment Bill 1992 — House earlier declined to consider an amendment to increase the upper limit of funding allocated to Tasmania — earlier amendment reformulated as a request (though the Senate did not concede that it should have been a request)

Requested amendment made

1993

17.12.92

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1992 — A requested amendment to broaden concessional entry of aids and appliances for people with disabilities

Requested amendment made

364-366

18.10.93

Sales Tax (Customs) (Deficit Reduction) Bill 1993, Sales Tax (Excise) (Deficit Reduction) Bill 1993 and Sales Tax (General) (Deficit Reduction) Bill 1993 — Five requested amendments to each bill regarding an increase in sales tax rates and in tax rates on wine

Requested amendments nos 1, 2 and 5 not made, and requested amendments nos 3 and 4 made. Senate did not press requests nos 1, 2 and 5

405

21.10.93

Excise Tariff (Deficit Reduction) Bill 1993 — Six requested amendments regarding excise increases for certain types of fuel

Requested amendments nos 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 not made, and requested amendment no. 2 made. Senate did not press requests nos 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6

407

21.10.93

Customs Tariff (Deficit Reduction) Bill 1993 — Four requested amendments regarding increases in customs duty on certain types of fuel

Requested amendments nos 1, 2, 3 and 4 not made. Senate did not press requests

417-421

26.10.93

Taxation (Deficit Reduction) Bill (No. 1) 1993 — 13 requested amendments relating to treatment of lump sum payments of unused leave, travel allowances and expenses, and credit unions

Requested amendments made

639

17.12.93

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1993 — A requested amendment to decrease the excise imposed on beer produced by micro-breweries

Requested amendment made

835-836

02.03.94

Social Security (Home Child Care and Partner Allowances) Legislation Amendment Bill 1994 — Two requested amendments to maintain payment of the home child-care allowance to certain persons receiving dependent spouse rebate

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests

885-900

24.03.94

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1993 — Four requested amendments regarding payments of instalments by companies and certain trustees and deductions allowable to life companies and registered organisations (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

1035 and
1109

30.05.94 and 27.06.94

Student Assistance Amendment Bill 1994 — Two requested amendments to exempt certain families from the assets test when applying for Austudy (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. Bill laid aside

1601

17.11.94

ATSIC Amendment (Indigenous Land Corporation and Land Fund) Bill 1994 — One requested amendment to increase the amount to be credited to the Land Fund in the second year of operation by increasing the base figure of the relevant formula (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment not made. Senate request and amendments referred to a Senate select committee. Senate did not press request and made amendments in place thereof and made amendments in substitution for certain amendments previously agreed to. House of Representatives agreed to certain amendments, disagreed to remainder and laid bill aside

1624-1625

05.12.94

Veterans’ Affairs (1994-95 Budget Measures) Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1994 — One requested amendment to allow payment by the Commonwealth of certain expenses incurred by applicants to the Specialist Medical Review Council

Requested amendment made

1648-1649

07.12.94

Social Security (1994 Budget and White Paper) Amendment Bill 1994 — Four requested amendments relating to assessment of certain fringe benefits for certain social security payments and three requested amendments relating to extension of eligibility for certain allowances

Requested amendments made

1705-1709

08.12.94

Student Assistance (Youth Training Allowance) Amendment Bill 1994 — 23 requested amendments principally relating to eligibility for the allowance

22 requested amendments made and one requested amendment not made, with an amendment made in place thereof. Senate did not press request and agreed to substitute amendment

1710-1713

08.12.94

Student Assistance (Youth Training Allowance — Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 1994 — 22 requested amendments principally relating to eligibility for the allowance

21 requested amendments made and one requested amendment not made, with an amendment made in place thereof. Senate did not press request and agreed to substitute amendment

2273-2274

30.06.95

Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Modification (Excise) Bill 1995, Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Modification (Customs) Bill 1995 and Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Modification (General) Bill 1995 — Two requested amendments to each bill to delete certain building items from the taxable category

Requested amendments made

2359

31.08.95

Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1995 — One requested amendment to validate social security payments made pursuant to a social security agreement with Italy (not yet ratified at the time of passing of this bill) (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment made

2360

31.08.95

Social Security (Non-Budget Measures) Legislation Amendment Bill 1995 — One requested amendment to change the commencement date in relation to the suspension and restoration of fringe benefits payable to disability support pensioners (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment made

2429

27.09.95

Student and Youth Assistance Amendment (Youth Training Allowance) Bill 1995 — One requested amendment to provide that low income earners who have obtained a health care card are not required to meet an assets test to obtain Austudy for dependents (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment not made. Senate reported message

2491-2493

19.10.95

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges Bill 1994 — Six requested amendments relating to the recovery of Medicare or nursing home benefits

Requested amendments made

2503-2504

19.10.95

Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1995 — One requested amendment to restore the payment of the exotic animal disease levy to the Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness Trust Account and to enable the funds in the account to be invested (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment made

2664-2665

29.11.95

Customs Tariff Legislation Amendment Bill 1995 — Three requested amendments to reduce the customs duty paid on avgas by the general aviation industry

Requested amendments made

2665

29.11.95

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1995 — Three requested amendments to reduce the excise duty paid on avgas by the general aviation industry

Requested amendments made

266

19.06.96

Housing Assistance Bill 1996 — One requested amendment to appropriate funds for 1997-98 and 1998-99 for state public housing capital works programs to provide transitional funding while the Commonwealth switches from capital to recurrent funding (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment not made. Senate did not press request

348-349

27.06.96

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996 — House of Representatives disagreed to an earlier amendment. Three requested amendments to set a formula for the provisional tax uplift factor made in substitution for earlier amendment[4]

Requested amendments made

350-351 and 358

27.06.96 (and 28.06.96 am)

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1996 — Three requested amendments to exempt certain capital equipment and consumption goods from a three per cent tariff rate increase for tariff concession goods

Requested amendments made. Senate recommitted bill and made two further requests to reduce the level of duty on certain imported goods to zero. Further requested amendments made

937-938

02.12.96

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Periods and Other Measures) Bill 1996 — One requested amendment to expand the category of persons holding a qualifying residence exemption[5]

Requested amendment made

983

05.12.96

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 1996 — One requested amendment to increase the allowable loan amount to students under the Open Learning Deferred Payment Scheme

Requested amendment made

1108-1111

11.02.97

Customs Depot Licensing Charges Bill 1996 — Six requested amendments to introduce a two tier annual licence charge for depots[6]

Requested amendments made

1245

05.03.97

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Bill 1996 — One requested amendment concerning determination of total enrolments in a course for the purposes of the annual registration charge scheme

Requested amendment made

1253-1254

05.03.97

Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 1997 — Three requested amendments to index the maximum level of income a person can earn and still remain eligible for the incentives

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests

1255-1257 and 1447-1448

05.03.97 and 26.03.97 (27.03.97 am)

Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 — 13 requested amendments concerning indexation of the income threshold at which the Medicare surcharge comes into effect

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests and made nine further requests to increase the income threshold for the Medicare surcharge for families. Further requested amendments made

1407

26.03.97

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Bill 1996 — Two requested amendments to incorporate in annual carrier licence charges a levy to fund consumer representation and social policy research

Requested amendments made

1407

26.03.97

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Bill 1996 — Three requested amendments to exempt from the charge geographic numbers allocated to a carrier or service provider for the purposes of providing a standard telephone service

Requested amendments made

1422

26.03.97

Telecommunications (Numbering Fees) Amendment Bill 1996 — Two requested amendments to exempt from the charge geographic numbers allocated to a carrier or service provider for the purposes of providing a standard telephone service

Requested amendments made

1472-1474

14.05.97

Superannuation Contributions Surcharge Imposition Bill 1997 [Superannuation Contributions Tax Imposition Bill 1997] — Two requested amendments to substitute references to “surcharge” with “tax”, two requested amendments concerning the rate of surcharge in certain circumstances and one requested amendment in relation to the surchargeable contributions threshold

Requested amendments made

1475

14.05.97

Termination Payments Surcharge Imposition Bill 1997 [Termination Payments Tax Imposition Bill 1997] — Two requested amendments to substitute references to “surcharge” with “tax”

Requested amendments made

1527-1529

27.05.97

Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Bill 1996 — Seven requested amendments to: increase the Trust capital by $100 million; to fix the Trust’s minimum balance at $300 million; establish arrangements for interest earned by the Trust; and use of certain funds from the Trust (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

1803-1807

27.06.97

Tax Law Improvement Bill 1997 — 12 requested amendments to introduce tax rules dealing with change of use for trading stock[7] (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

2127

20.10.97

Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Male Total Average Weekly Earnings Benchmark) Bill 1997 — Two requested amendments to remove the sunset clause in relation to the indexation of pensions and veterans’ affairs payments based on 25 per cent of average male weekly earnings

Requested amendments made

2644-2645

04.12.97

Live-stock Transactions Levy Bill 1997 — One requested amendment to include a two-year sunset clause

Requested amendment made

1903-1904

30.03.98

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance) Bill 1997 — 17 requested amendments principally relating to eligibility for youth allowance (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

4160-4161

28.05.98

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance Consequential and Related Measures) Bill 1998 — Four requested amendments relating to rates of Austudy payment and one requested amendment relating to qualification for child disability allowance[8] (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

4871-4872, 4906 and 4907

04.06.98

Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998, General Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998, Life Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998 and Retirement Savings Account Providers Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 1998 — One requested amendment to each bill to determine an appropriate date for entities to measure their assets to calculate the levy payable

Requested amendments made

5579-5580

29.06.98

Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 1997 — Four requested amendments to extend the qualification for carer payment to carers of profoundly disabled children and two requested amendments to expand the qualification for mobility allowance (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

4607

29.03.99

Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999 — One requested amendment to provide the Medicare rebate for procedures for which a facilities fee is set which can be covered by private health insurance (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment not made. Senate did not press request and made alternative amendments

7736

29.06.99

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Bill 1998 — One requested amendment to ensure that a right granted after 2 December 1998 and before 1 July 2000 for exercise after 1 July 2000 is subject to GST[9] (both a request and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment made

7736-7741

29.06.99

A New Tax System (Compensation Measures Legislation Amendment) Bill 1998 — Ten requested amendments to: introduce a pension supplement of four per cent of the maximum basic pension rate; provide a seven per cent increase in the rent assistance rate; and modify the CPI adjustment provisions for social security and veterans’ benefits and allowances (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

29.06.99

A New Tax System (Bonuses for Older Australians) Bill 1998 — Ten requested amendments to extend the self-funded retirees’ supplementary bonus to persons aged 55 years and over on 1 July 2000 who meet certain qualification conditions (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

7748-7749

29.06.99

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Bill 1999 — Nine requested amendments to: extend eligibility for and increase the rate of family tax benefit; and provide for CPI indexation of family tax benefit (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

8649-8653

12.08.99

A New Tax System (Commonwealth–State Financial Arrangements) Bill 1998 — One requested amendment to include in GST revenue to States and Territories local government assistance grants withheld from local authorities that do not comply with the GST system; one requested amendment to provide States and Territories with an entitlement to revenue replacement payments in 2000-2001 equal to the amount of business franchise fee safety net revenues; and three requested amendments in relation to distribution of GST revenue grants and transitional assistance to States and Territories (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

10849-10850

29.09.99

Aged Care Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 1999 — Six requested amendments to ensure that people who became charge exempt residents after 1 July 1999 but before the passage of the bill are covered by the provisions exempting the principal home and rental income earned on a principal home to pay for accommodation charges from the pension income and asset tests (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

11321

12.10.99

Further 1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security) Bill 1999 — Two requested amendments to extend retrospective entitlement to Community Development Employment Projects Scheme participant supplement payments and two requested amendments relating to circumstances where a person will be considered to have sufficient reason to move to a new place of residence, even though the person’s employment prospects will be reduced as a result of the move, thus continuing to receive allowance payments[10] (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

12189

21.10.99

Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill 1999 — One requested amendment to appropriate additional funds for the 2000 and 2001 funding years

Requested amendments made

13305-13306

09.12.99

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Investment Program Bill 1999 — Two requested amendments to provide for advances on grants and loans to be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

15756

12.04.00

A New Tax System (Family Assistance and Related Measures) Bill 2000 — 2 requested amendments to exclude certain income support recipients from the child care benefit income test; and to include the pension supplement in the income cut-out amount formula[11] (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

16255-8

11.05.00

A New Tax System (Fringe Benefits) Bill 2000 — 19 requested amendments to provide for consistent FBT treatment of public and non-profit hospitals; clarify FBT capping changes; broaden the definition of ‘remote area’; clarify GST-creditable benefits and the calculation of aggregate fringe benefits amounts[12]

Requested amendments made

15474-5, 16131-2, 18268-75

06.04.00, 10.05.00 and 26.06.00

Youth Allowance Consolidation Bill 1999 — 2 requested amendments to extend the definition of ‘full-time student’; and provide for payment of Austudy for masters studies (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments not made, with an amendment made in place of first request. Senate did not press requests, agreed to substitute amendment and made four further requests (and a consequential amendment) to increase rates for certain youth allowance, Austudy and disability support pension recipients. Further requests made

18054-5, 18433

22.06.00 and 28.06.00

Social Security and Veterans’ Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Matters) Bill 2000 — 1 requested amendment to exclude war time disability pensions from the income test for social security payments (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendment not made. Senate did not press request and made one further request[13] to remove disability pensions paid to certain World War II veterans from the social security income test. Further request not made. Senate did not press further request

18434

28.06.00

Indirect Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2000 — 3 requested amendments to remove the goods and services tax reverse charge on fees paid for the services of expatriate employees; and allow an input tax credit to financial supply providers where no fringe benefits tax is payable[14] (both requests and amendments were made in this bill)

Requested amendments made

18725-6

30.06.00 am

New Business Tax System (Alienation of Personal Services Income) Bill 2000 — 13 requested amendments to amend proposed new rules for the income tax treatment of certain personal services income; and provide for a report on the operation of the Act[15]

Requested amendments nos 2 to 5 and 7 to 12 made, requested amendments nos 1, 6 and 13 not made, with two amendments made in place of requested amendment no. 6. Senate did not press requests nos 1, 6 and 13 and agreed to substitute amendments

22767

27.11.00

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Bill 2000 — Two requested amendments to raise levels of assistance to government and non-government schools for special education (both requests and amendments were made to this bill)

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. Pressed requests not made. Senate further pressed requests. Further pressed requests not made. Senate did not further press requests

22942

29.11.00

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2000 — One requested amendment to extend veterans’ benefits to members of civilian medical or surgical teams who served in Vietnam

Requested amendment not made. Senate pressed request. Pressed request not made. Senate did not further press request

23738

7.12.00

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 8) 2000 — One requested amendment to make the surrender of short-term crown leases in return for the grant of freehold or long-term leases GST-free[16] (both requests and amendments were made to this bill)

Requested amendment made

26563-4

5.4.01

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2001 — Two requested amendments to reduce the rate of excise on certain beer products

Requested amendments made

26569-74

5.4.01

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2001 — Two requested amendments to reduce the rate of customs duty on certain beer products

Requested amendments made

28731

27.6.01

Dairy Produce Legislation Amendment (Supplementary Assistance) Bill 2001 — One requested amendment to increase amounts payable under the Supplementary Dairy Assistance Scheme by providing a lower threshold for a basic level of payment

Requested amendment not made, with nine amendments made in place of requested amendment. Senate did not press request and agreed to substitute amendments

30096-7

23.8.01

Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Account Bill 2001 — One requested amendment to provide for the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation to receive interest on moneys collected for four financial years

Requested amendment made

31644-5

27.9.01

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Bill (No. 2) 2001 — One requested amendment to raise the levels of assistance to government schools

Requested amendment not made. Senate pressed request. House of Representatives reported message

7777

16.10.02

Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Bill 2002 — One requested amendment to expand the definition of ‘spouse’ to include defacto spouses

Requested amendment not made. Senate pressed request. Pressed request not made. Senate did not further press request

9485

3.12.02

Health Insurance Amendment (Professional Services Review and Other Matters) Bill 2002 — One requested amendment to enable a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme patient to undergo certain further treatment after 28 years of age

Requested amendment made

20815

8.10.03

Superannuation (Government Co‑contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2003 — One requested amendment to raise the income threshold for government co‑contributions and one requested amendment to raise the cap on government co-contributions

Requested amendments made

21788-9

3.11.03

Family Assistance Legislation (Amendment) (Extension of Time Limits) Bill 2003 — Eight requested amendments to extend the time limits for making past period claims for family assistance and top up payments of family assistance by 12 months

Requested amendments not made. Senate pressed requests. House of Representatives did not consider pressed requests. Senate did not further press requests

23456

5.12.03

Higher Education Support Bill 2003 — Five requested amendments to increase the amounts available to fund grants under the bill

Requested amendments made

23456-7

5.12.03

Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003 — Two requested amendments to exclude the value of certain scholarships from certain income tests

Requested amendments made

26629

11.3.04

Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare) Bill 2003 — Three requested amendments to reduce the thresholds for the Medicare safety-net for families and individuals

Requested amendments made

27667-8

31.3.04

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2003 — Eight requested amendments to extend eligibility for compensation, treatment and telephone allowances and to increase the amounts of certain compensation payable

Requested amendments nos 2 to 8 made and requested amendment no. 1 not made. Senate did not press request no. 1

27671-3

31.3.04

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2003 — Two requested amendments to increase the rate at which certain pensions are payable

Requested amendments made

31075-87

22.6.04

Veterans’ Entitlements (Clarke Review) Bill 2004 — Two requested amendments to increase expenditure in relation to income support supplements, bereavement payments, remote area allowances, social security pensions and benefits; and provide for two new veterans’ payments

Requested amendments made

57

16.6.05

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Family Assistance and Related Measures) Bill 2005 — Three requested amendments to widen eligibility for maternity payment for adopted children by increasing the upper limit of the age range of such children

Requested amendments not made. Senate did not press requests

131

7.12.05

Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Bill 2005 — Six requested amendments to provide for exemption from certain requirements for carers and higher maximum payments of certain allowances

Requested amendments made

111

16.8.06

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 — Two requested amendments to remove a cap on rental payments for township leases and a restriction on other payments in relation to township leases

Requested amendments made

43-4

27.3.07

Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Amendment Bill 2006 — Three requested amendments to set the rates of risk equalisation levy by administrative instrument rather than by legislative instrument

Requested amendments made

119

19.9.07

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 5) Bill 2007 — Two requested amendments to increase the number of films that may be eligible for a refundable tax offset

Requested amendments made

34-5

25.6.08

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 — One requested amendment to lower adjusted taxable income for family assistance payment purposes (both a request and amendments were made to this bill)

Requested amendment made

(See Supplement)


[1] Appropriation Bill 1921-22: for an elaboration of this case, see ASP, 6th ed., pp 641-642.

[2] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 5.5.36, J.186.

[3] There is ground for arguing that this request should have been an amendment, because section 53 of the Constitution provides that a bill does not impose taxation by reason of provisions for the payment of fees for licences.

[4] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 27.6.96, J.432.

[5] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning this request, 26.11.96, J.1106.

[6] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 10.2.97, J.1391.

[7] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 26.6.97, J.2248.

[8] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 13.5.98, J.3776.

[9] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning this request, 25.6.99, J.1250.

[10] Statement made by the Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 20.9.99, J.1690.

[11] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 11.4.00, J.2602.

[12] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 10.5.00, J.2676.

[13] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning this request, 27.6.00, J.2912.

[14] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 26.6.00, J.2885.

[15] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning these requests, 29.6.00, J.3012.

[16] Statement made by Chair of Committees concerning this request, 7.12.00, J.3800.

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