Thursday, 4 September 2008

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No. 52/2008

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.06pm

 

Legislation

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

Bills considered
The following bills were introduced

  • ATMs and Cash Facilities in Licensed Venues Bill 2008 [private senator’s bill]
  • Emergency Assistance Fund for the Lower Lakes and Coorong Region of South Australia Bill 2008 [No. 2] [private senator’s bill]
  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 2 September 2008]
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Datum) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 3 September 2008]
  • Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008 [private senator’s bill]

The following bill was exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings]

  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Datum) Bill 2008

The following bill was debated

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

The following bills were defeated by a majority vote

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills–defeated at the second reading

The following bills were passed

  • Aviation Legislation Amendment (2008 Measures No. 1) Bill 2008
  • Aviation Legislation Amendment (International Airline Licences and Carriers’ Liability Insurance) Bill 2008
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Removal of the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements and National Governance Protocols Requirements and Other Matters) Bill 2008
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Datum) Bill 2008

[These bills will now be assented to]

Notices of motion
To introduce a private senator’s bill

  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities Amendment (Mandatory Implementation) Bill 2008–notice given by Senator Milne

To read bills a second time

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills–notice given by the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (Senator Stephens)

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2008–agreeing to the bill without amendment [The bill will now be assented to]

 

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Estimates
Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled.

Reports tabled

  • Appropriations and Staffing Committee–Report for 2007-08
  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–Inquiry into the Australian Crime Commission Amendment Act 2007 [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Publications Committee–4th Report [report adopted]
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Climate change and the Australian agricultural sector–Interim report [reporting date for the final report extended to 4 December 2008] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Meat marketing–Interim report [reporting date for the final report extended to 30 June 2009] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Treaties Joint Committee–93rd Report–Treaties tabled on 12 March and 14 May 2008

New inquiries
Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 10 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • ATMs and Cash Facilities in Licensed Venues Bill 2008–Community Affairs Committee–to report by 10 November 2008
  • Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008–Community Affairs Committee–to report by 25 November 2008
  • Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Bill 2008–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 30 September 2008

Other references

  • Draft National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical—Charges) Regulations 2008–Community Affairs Committee–to report by 2 October 2008
  • Horse Disease Response Levy Bill 2008 and 2 related bills–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 3 October 2008

Notice of motion given
A notice of motion was given to refer matters relating to expenditure on Indigenous affairs and social services in the Northern Territory to the Community Affairs Committee for report by 4 December 2008.

Membership
The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

 

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, including Governor-General’s Proclamations]

Documents tabled

  • National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Charges) Regulations 2008–Draft regulations

Orders for the production of documents
Statement by Minister

The Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (Senator Sherry) made a statement relating to orders of the Senate [agreed to on 3 September 2008] requiring the tabling of:

  • Documents relating to emissions-intensive companies–no later than 4.00pm on 4 September 2008
  • Report of the Strategic Review of Climate Change Policies–no later than 4.00pm on 4 September 2008

Senator Milne made a statement in response.

Order with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet
A statement of compliance for the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous 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

Documents discussed
Government documents and committee reports were discussed.

Ministerial statements tabled
The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr) tabled ministerial statements about:

  • the Australian economy and global conditions
  • the Australian Laureate Fellowships Scheme and New Chief Executive of the CSIRO [A motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to]

 

Other business

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

Motion agreed to

Motion debated

Temporary chairs of committees
A warrant was tabled revoking and nominating senators to act as temporary chairs of committees.

Notices of motion
Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals. [see Journals entries nos 4, 23 and 43]

 

Statistics

Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection.

 

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Related resources

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