Tuesday, 10 March 2009

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No. 17/2009

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 11.29pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2008-2009
    [passed by the House of Representatives on 25 February 2009]
  • Customs Amendment (Enhanced Border Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 12 February 2009]
  • Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 23 February 2009]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 6) Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 25 February 2009]
  • Uranium Royalty (Northern Territory) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 24 February 2009]

The following bill was debated

  • Fair Work Bill 2008 second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was introduced, debated and passed
[passed by the House of Representatives on 26 February 2009]

  • Telecommunications Amendment (Integrated Public Number Database) Bill 2009 3 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Messages from the House of Representatives

  • Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2008 [2009]
  • Corporations Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2008 [2009]
  • Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2008 [2009]

[Agreeing to the bills without amendment. These bills will now be assented to]

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate.

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Defence Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2008 Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
  • Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Fair Work Bill 2008 Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee
  • Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Bill 2008 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Interim report and further interim report [reporting date for the final report extended to 11 March 2009]
  • Federal Financial Relations Bill 2009 and a related bill Economics Committee
  • Federal Justice System Amendment (Efficiency Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2008 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Interim report and report
  • Foreign Evidence Amendment Bill 2008 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Interim report [reporting date for the final report extended to 11 March 2009]
  • Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009] Finance and Public Administration Committee
  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and Other Measures) Bill 2009 Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee
  • Personal Property Securities Bill 2008 [Exposure draft] Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Interim report [reporting date for the final report extended to 11 March 2009]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 Economics Committee
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Taxation of Financial Arrangements) Bill 2008 Economics Committee
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Cartel Conduct and Other Measures) Bill 2008 Economics Committee

Other reports

  • Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee Inquiry into law enforcement integrity models [a motion to take note of the report was moved and agreed to]
  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission [a motion to take note of the report was moved and agreed to]
  • Public Works Joint Committee

[a motion to take note of the reports was moved and agreed to]

Report considered

  • Procedure Committee First report of 2009 [A motion that the proposed amendments to the standing orders be adopted was agreed to]

Document tabled

  • Standing Order 37(3) Access to committee documents Report to the Senate

Interim government response tabled

  • Finance and Public Administration Committee Transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure

Meetings during Senate sittings

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

  • Community Affairs Committee 10 and 11 March 2009 Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 and a related bill
  • Electoral Matters Joint Committee 10 March 2009 private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1)
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee 11 March 2009 from 11.00am to 1.00pm Auditor-General's role in scrutinising government advertising campaigns

Notices of motion given

To establish a select committee

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Community Affairs Committee Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 and a related bill to report by 16 March 2009
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Australia's research and training capacity in the area of climate change to report by 17 September 2009
  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Effectiveness of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and other programs in protecting threatened species and ecological communities First report to report by 18 March 2009

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Community Affairs Committee
    • 12 March 2009 Petrol sniffing and substance abuse in central Australia
    • 19 March 2009 Impact of gene patents on the provision of healthcare in Australia
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 12 March 2009 from 4.30pm Economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee Review of Auditor-General's reports
    • 18 March 2009 from 11.00am to 1.00pm
    • 19 March 2009 from 9.30am to 11.30am

To discontinue an inquiry

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee Establishment of an Australian Football League team for Tasmania notice given by Senators Abetz, Colbeck, Parry, Bushby and Barnett

To refer a matter to a committee

  • Exposure draft of the legislation to implement the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Economics Committee to report by 14 April 2009 notice given by the Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong)

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership [see Journals entries nos 51 and 61].

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]

Notice of motion withdrawn

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances withdrew a motion to disallow Accounting Standard AASB 2008-10.

Orders for the production of documents

Notices of motion given

The following notices of motion were given requiring Ministers to table documents:

  • Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing ( Senator Ludwig ) to table documents relating to private health insurance no later than 12.00pm on 16 March 2009 moved by Senator Cormann
  • Documents relating to the Department of the Treasury report, Australia's Low Pollution Future: The economics of climate change mitigation to be provided to the Fuel and Energy Select Committee no later than noon on 13 March 2009 notice given by the Chair of the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy (Senator Cormann)

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments

A statement of compliance for the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio was 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 contracts published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various agencies were 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]

Departmental and agency grants

A statement of compliance for the Immigration and Citizenship 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]

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various agencies were tabled [see Journals entries nos 37 and 50] [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General Audit reports nos 22 to 24 of 2008-09 [see Journals entries nos 36 and 45]
  • Government documents [see Journals entries nos 2 and 35]
  • Messages of condolence from overseas legislatures relating to the Victorian bushfires
  • Responses to Senate resolutions about:
    • Agricultural research from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Mr Burke) [resolution agreed to 26 November 2008]
    • Japan's whaling program from the Ambassador of Japan (His Excellency Mr Takaaki Kojima) [resolution agreed to 5 February 2009] [a statement was made in relation to the response]
  • A petition

Ministerial statements tabled

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig) tabled ministerial statements about :

  • Additional employment services and training to respond to the global financial crisis
  • Australia-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: The challenge for Australia [and report]
  • Discussions in Poland on progress in Afghanistan
  • Enhanced Australian engagement with Pakistan
  • International Women's Day

Other business

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

Death of former member

The Deputy President informed the Senate of the death on 25 January 2009 of John Murray, MBE, a member of the House of Representatives for the division of Herbert from 1958 to 1961.

Ministerial arrangements

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin) informed the Senate of changes to ministerial and shadow ministerial arrangements.

Manager of Opposition Business

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin) informed the Senate of the appointment of Senator Parry as Manager of Opposition Business.

Temporary chair of committees

A warrant was tabled nominating Senator McGauran as a temporary chair of committees.

Notices of motion

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

 

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