Monday, 15 September 2008

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No. 54/2008

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.14pm

 

Senators

Senators Williams and Kroger gave their first speeches.

 

Legislation

Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 September 2008]
  • Social Security and Veterans’ Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Schooling Requirements) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 4 September 2008]

The following bills were debated

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008–second reading debate continued [first speaker]
  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

 

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Report tabled

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee [A motion to take note of the report was debated]

Government response tabled

  • Community Affairs Committee–A decent quality of life: Inquiry into the cost of living pressures on older Australians

New inquiry

  • Expenditure on Indigenous affairs and social services in the Northern Territory–Community Affairs Committee–to report by 4 December 2008

Notices of motion given

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting:

  • Economics Committee–Australia’s mandatory Last Resort Home Warranty Insurance scheme:
    • Wednesday, 17 September 2008, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm
    • Tuesday, 23 September 2008, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm
    • Wednesday, 24 September 2008, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm

To refer matters to a committee:
The Manager of Opposition Business (Senator Ellison) and the Manager of Government Business (Senator Ludwig) gave a notice of motion to certain health regulations, the subject of a disallowance motion by Senator Barnett, to the Finance and Public Administration Committee to report by 13 November 2008.

 

Documents

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

  • Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Notices of motion given

To disallow
The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave notices to disallow the following delegated legislation:

  • A Determination specifying guidelines for the disclosure of information relating to family assistance by the Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • A Determination specifying guidelines for the disclosure of information relating to social security by the Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

To rescind a disallowance
The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig) gave a notice of motion to rescind the resolution of the Senate of 19 June 2008 disallowing a determination which amends and repeals the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007.

Orders for the production of documents

Statements by Ministers

  • The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr) made a statement relating to the order of the Senate [agreed to on 3 September 2008] requiring the tabling of documents concerning emissions-intensive companies by no later than 4.00pm on 4 September 2008 [A motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to]
  • The Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (Senator Sherry) made a statement relating to the order of the Senate [agreed to on 3 September 2008] requiring the tabling of the report of the Strategic Review of Climate Change Policies by no later than 4.00pm on 4 September 2008 [A motion to take note of the statement was agreed to]

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet
Statements of compliance for the various agencies were tabled [see Journals entries 16 and 19] [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet
A statement of compliance for the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio was tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

 

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Ministerial arrangements

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) informed the Senate of changes to the representational arrangements of the Rudd Ministry.

Address-in-reply

The Address-in-reply to the Governor-General’s speech was agreed to.

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals.

 

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Online

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