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No. 58/2010

Thursday, 28 October 2010

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.20 pm

Legislation

For bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 October 2010]
  • Migration Amendment (Detention of Minors) Bill 2010 [private senator’s bill]
  • Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [passed by the House of Representatives on 28 October 2010]
  • Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010 [private senator’s bill]
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Weekly Payments) Bill 2010 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 October 2010]

The following private senator’s bill was debated

  • Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2010–second reading debate commenced [first speaker ]

The following bills were passed

  • Carer Recognition Bill 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]
  • Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2010 [the House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Native Title Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2010 and a related bill [these bills will now be assented to]
  • Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Bill 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]
  • Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment Bill 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]
  • Tradex Scheme Amendment Bill 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]
  • Veterans’ Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2010 [this bill will now be assented to]

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010–transmitting the bill for the concurrence of the Senate [private member’s bill passed by the House of Representatives on 27 October 2010. The message will be considered on a future sitting day.]

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Estimates

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled.

Report tabled

  • Publications Committee–1st Report [report adopted]

Documents tabled

  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Ministerial correspondence relating to the scrutiny of delegated legislation for the period November 2009 to June 2010

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 13 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by the last sitting day of the 2011 autumn sittings
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2010–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee–to report by 22 November 2010
  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010–
    • Schedules 2 and 3–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 22 November 2010
    • Schedule 4–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by the first sitting day in 2011
  • Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by the second sitting day in 2011

Other references

  • Competition within the Australian banking sector–Economics References Committee–to report by 31 March 2011
  • Management of the Murray-Darling Basin–Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 30 November 2011 [see Journals entries nos 4 and 6]
  • Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008 [2010] and Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Bill 2010–Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform

The Senate agreed to withdraw the inquiry into the prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia from the Community Affairs References Committee [referred on 30 September 2010] and refer it to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform.

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]

Orders for the production of documents–Documents tabled

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Senator Lundy) tabled a statement about three orders agreed to on 26 October 2010 relating to the Government’s mining tax proposals. [See Journals of the Senate, 26 October 2010, entries nos 11, 12 and 13]

Documents tabled

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Finance and Deregulation (Senator Wong) tabled a ministerial statement about the Office of Best Practice Regulation [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

  • Coal seam gas projects–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)
  • Parliamentary zone–to approve a proposal for the construction of a new access road to the National Archives of Australia, and the installation of outdoor exhibits at Questacon

Motion negatived

  • National apology for victims of forced adoption policies–moved by Senator Siewert

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to certain procedures of the Senate.

Message from the House of Representatives

A message was received requiring the concurrence of the Senate with a resolution of the House relating to the independent youth allowance. The message will be considered on a future sitting day.

Notices of motion

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

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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