Wedneday, 3 February 2010

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No. 03/2010

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.30 pm


For bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following private senators' bill was introduced

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2010

The following bill was debated

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2009

The following bill was passed

  • Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2010 20 Government amendments and 5 Australian Greens amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator's bill

  • Protection of Personal Information Bill 2010 notice given by the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding)


For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Economics Legislation Committee Annual reports referred to committees Report No. 1 of 2010
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee Alert Digest No. 1 of 2010 and 1st report of 2010 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Documents tabled

  • Work of committees Yearly statistics: 1 January to 31 December 2009; and half-year statistics: 1 July to 31 December 2009

New inquiry

The Senate referred matters relating to the access of small business to finance to the Economics References Committee to report by 30 June 2010.

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Economics References Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate is sitting on 4 February 2010 from 5.00 pm for the committee's inquiry into the Australian dairy industry.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee Sustainable management by the Commonwealth of water resources to report by 6 May 2010
  • Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities Select Committee Fourth report to report by 13 May 2010

Notice of motion given to hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee
    • 4 February 2010 from 12.30 pm Operation of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    • 4 February 2010 Private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1)


The Senate agreed to the following changes and appointments to committee membership:

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee Senator Back to replace Senator Heffernan for the consideration of the 2009-10 additional estimates on 8 February 2010
  • Privileges Committee Senator Johnston discharged and Senator McGauran appointed


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]

Orders for the production of documents

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to the following orders:

  • Minister representing the Minister for Trade (Senator Carr) to table information relating to certain landholder agreements no later than 22 February 2010
  • Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Sherry) to table the final report of the Australia's Future Tax System Review Panel no later than 9.30 am on 4 February 2010

Documents tabled

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr) tabled a statement and documents in relation to the Oceanic Viking. [Tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 2 February 2010 on the motion of Senator Fierravanti-Wells]

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Letters of advice for the Defence and Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolios were tabled [Lists of appointments made and existing vacancies are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Departmental and agency grants

A letter of advice for the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio was tabled [Lists of all grants approved are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Documents tabled

Ministerial statement tabled

The Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (Senator Stephens) tabled a ministerial statement on the one year anniversary of the nation building plan [a motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to first speaker].

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question
Matters of public interest debate first speaker
Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

  • Boobook Declaration for biodiversity protection moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) and Senator Siewert
  • Death penalty and death sentences in China moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)
  • Ramsar convention and wetland management moved by Senators Hanson-Young and Siewert
  • Tamil asylum seekers at Merak, Indonesia moved by Senator Hanson-Young

Matter of public importance discussed

Notices of motion

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


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