Thursday, 29 October 2009

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No. 79/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 6.39 pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

Exemption of a bill from an order of the Senate

The Senate further debated and agreed to a motion to exempt the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009 from the order of the Senate agreed to on 13 May 2009 to enable consideration of the bill on a future sitting day [first speaker].

The following bills were introduced

  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009 [private senator’s bill]
  • Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 28 October 2009]

The following bills were introduced, debated and passed

  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2009
  • Tax Agent Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

[The bills will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Asian Development Bank (Additional Subscription) Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • AusCheck Amendment Bill 2009–9 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Long Service Leave Legislation Amendment (Telstra) Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Statute Stocktake (Regulatory and Other Laws) Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Termination Payments) Bill 2009–disagreeing to the amendment made by the Senate [The Senate will consider the message on a future sitting day]

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Estimates

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled.

Reports tabled

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee–Forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Review of the Defence annual report 2007-08 [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Privileges Committee–140th report–Persons referred to in the Senate–Mr Richard Stanton [a motion to adopt the report was agreed to]
  • Publications Committee–14th Report [report adopted]

Government responses tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Compliance audits on Medicare benefits
  • Treaties Joint Committee–95th report–Treaties tabled on 4 June, 17 June, 25 June and 26 August 2008

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 16 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 2 February 2010
  • Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee–to report by 16 November 2009
  • Native Title Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 2 February 2010
  • Personal Property Securities (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 16 November 2009
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2009
    Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Bill 2009–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 16 November 2009

Other references

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer matters relating to Australia’s mandatory last resort home warranty schemes to the Economics References Committee [first speaker].

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee–
    • Oversight of the child care industry–to report by 23 November 2009
    • Welfare of international students–to report by 25 November 2009
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific–to report by 19 November 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—Criminal History) Bill 2009–to report by 17 November 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Access to justice–to report by 19 November 2009

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to refer matters relating to public interest immunity claims to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for report by the first sitting day in 2010.

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

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

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts (Senator Wong) to table documents relating to the Montara oil spill, no later than 16 November 2009.

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

A letter of advice for the Climate Change and Water 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 grants

A letter of advice for the Climate Change and Water 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]

Document tabled

Documents discussed

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

Other business

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

Motion agreed to

  • Parliamentary zone–to approve a proposal for the installation of additional CCTV cameras in the parliamentary precinct–moved by the Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong)

Motion negatived

Motion debated

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to the appointment of Dr Rosemary Laing as Clerk of the Senate from 5 December 2009 [statements were made in relation to the matter – first speaker].

Hours of meeting

The Senate agreed to a motion to vary the hours of meeting on 16 November 2009 [statements were made in relation to the motion – first speaker].

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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