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No. 68/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 6.42pm

The Senate will meet again on 26 October 2009. Senate committees will meet from 19 to 22 October 2009 to consider supplementary budget estimates.

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Britt Lapthorne Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 September 2009]
  • Personal Property Securities Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 September 2009]
  • Renewable Energy (Certificates and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]
  • Renewable Energy (Food Processing Activities) Amendment Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]
  • Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]

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

  • Customs Amendment (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2009 and a related bill
  • Foreign States Immunities Amendment Bill 2009

The following bill was debated

  • Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Termination Payments) Bill 2009 second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was introduced, debated and passed

  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Customs Amendment (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2009 and a related bill [The bills will now be assented to]
  • Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Bill 2008 [see Journals entry no. 35, 16 September 2009 for previous consideration of the bill] [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Foreign States Immunities Amendment Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Fuel Quality Standards Amendment Bill 2009 1 Government amendment agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]
  • National Health Security Amendment Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 and a related bill [The bills will now be assented to]
  • Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Repeal Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator's bill

  • Keeping Jobs from Going Offshore (Protection of Personal Information) Bill 2009 notice given by the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding)

Messages from the House of Representatives

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009 agreeing to the bill without amendment [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2009 agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate [The bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Estimates

Additional information arising from the 2009-10 budget estimates hearings was tabled.

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Access to Justice (Civil Litigation Reforms) Amendment Bill 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2009 Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee [a statement was made in relation to the report]
  • Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment (Removal of Excessive Super) Bill 2009 Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [statements were made in relation to the report first speaker]

Other reports

  • Economics References Committee Bank mergers [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Economics References Committee Foreign investment by state-owned entities [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Economics References Committee Government measures to address confidence concerns in the financial sector: The Financial Claims Scheme and the Guarantee Scheme for Large Deposits and Wholesale Funding [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Publications Committee 13th Report [report adopted]
  • Treaties Joint Committee 106th Report Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament [a motion to take note of the report was debated first speaker]

Government response tabled

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted reports nos 14 and 15 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill (No. 2) 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 26 October 2009
  • Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2009 Economics Legislation Committee to report by 10 March 2010
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to report by 26 October 2009
  • Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 26 October 2009
  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009 Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee to report by 26 October 2009

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer matters relating to Tibet and China to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee.

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Agricultural and Related Industries Select Committee Incidence and severity of bushfires across Australia to report by 26 November 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill (No. 2) 2009 to report by 16 November 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009 to report by 16 November 2009

Variation of appointment

The Senate agreed to a motion varying the appointment of the Fuel and Energy Select Committee.

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership [see Journals entries 7 and 65]

Documents

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion to disallow the Inclusion of ecological communities in the list of threatened ecological communities [Lowland Native Grasslands of Tasmania], made on 18 June 2009 under section 181 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 [homepage] [first speaker].

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion given

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) gave a notice of motion to require that reports by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Future Fund Board of Guardians relating to Telstra be tabled no later than 16 November 2009

Order with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for two agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

Documents discussed

Government documents were discussed.

Ministerial statement tabled

The Assistant Treasurer (Senator Sherry) tabled a ministerial statement on the approval of exemption of AEC public information campaigns from Australian Government advertising guidelines [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to] .

Other business

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

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to Mr Gerard Martin, Senior Adviser, Office of the President. Senator Ferguson also made a statement on the matter.

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals [see entries nos 3 and 48] .

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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