Wednesday, 18 June 2008

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No. 37/2008

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.35pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents available on BillsNet

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Commonwealth Securities and Investment Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 18 June 2008]
  • Dental Benefits Bill 2008 and a related bill [passed by the House of Representatives on 17 June 2008]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Election Commitments No. 1) Bill 2008 and 2 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 18 June 2008]

The following bill was debated

  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008–second reading debate commenced [ first speaker ]

The following bills were passed

  • Dental Benefits Bill 2008 and a related bill– 1 Opposition amendment agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]
  • First Home Saver Accounts Bill 2008 and 2 related bills [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce private senators’ bills

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Control of Power Station Emissions) Bill 2008–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison)
  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008–notice given by Senators Troeth and Humphries

To restore a private senator’s bill to the Notice Paper

  • Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising) Bill 2006–notice given by Senators Stott Despoja and Nettle

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]–Community Affairs Committee

Other reports

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–Examination of the Australian Crime Commission annual report 2006-07
  • Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee–Examination of the annual report of the Integrity Commissioner 2006-07
  • Privileges Committee–134th report–Effective Repetition [A motion to endorse the principles outlined in paragraph 1.18 was agreed to.]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–
  • Alert Digest No. 5 of 2008 and 5th report of 2008 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]
  • Work of the committee during the 40th Parliament, February 2002 to August 2004

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 5 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Evidence Amendment Bill 2008–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report not before 25 September 2008
  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008–Finance and Public Administration Committee–to report by 24 June 2008
  • Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2008–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 24 June 2008
  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff) Bill 2008–Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee–to report by 14 October 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2008–Economics Committee–to report by 24 June 2008
  • Unit Pricing (Easy comparison of grocery prices) Bill 2008–Economics Committee–to report by 2 September 2008

Legislation references

  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008–Electoral Matters Joint Committee–to report by 30 June 2009 in conjunction with the committee’s inquiry into the 2007 Federal Election
  • Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2008 and a related bill–Economics Committee–to report not before 26 August 2008
  • National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008 and a related bill–Economics Committee–to report not before 29 September 2008
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical and Other Benefits—Cost Recovery) Bill 2008–Community Affairs Committee–to report not before 18 August 2008
  • Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—Superannuation) Bill 2008–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 30 September 2008 or after the consideration of any related bills
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 3) Bill 2008–Schedules 1 and 2–Economics Committee–to report not before 18 August 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills–Economics Committee–to report not before 26 August 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008–Economics Committee–to report not before 26 August 2008

Other references

Public meetings

The Senate authorised the following public meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–18 June 2008–continuing oversight of the operations of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee–20 June 2008 from 9.15am– review of reforms to Australia ’s military justice system by the Australian Defence Force

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline:

  • Sexualisation of children in the media–Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee– to report by 25 June 2008

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting:

  • Economics Committee–20 June 2008–in camera hearing
  • Economics Committee–20 June 2008–Tax Laws Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2008
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee– 20 June 2008 from 10.00am to 12.30pm – Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 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 to disallow given

  • Determination to amend and repeal the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007–notice given by Senator Colbeck
  • Regulations repealing the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2006 and making the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) 2007–notice given by Senator Barnett
  • Various legislative instruments –notice given by the Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee ( Senator Wortley )

Documents tabled

Ministerial statements tabled

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship ( Senator Evans ) tabled ministerial statements about:

  • Indigenous legal funding
  • National Product Safety Reform

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Motion agreed to

Valedictory speeches

A series of speeches were given recognising the contribution of those senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2008. [ first speaker]

Notices of motion

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

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