Monday, 16 November 2009

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No. 81/2009

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National apology

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) moved a motion supporting the apology given by the Prime Minister, on behalf of the nation, to the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. The motion was debated and agreed to [first speaker].

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 5) Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 29 October 2009]

The following bills were debated

  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009—second reading debate commenced [first speaker]–1 Australian Greens second reading amendment to be determined [expressing a view about the policy of the bill]

Notice of motion to vary the hours of meeting

A notice was given by the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) to vary the hours of meeting for 17 November 2009 to enable the Government’s legislative program to be considered.

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 did not insist on its amendment. The bill 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

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill (No. 2) 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2009–Economics Legislation Committee [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Government responses tabled

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–Opportunity not opportunism: Improving conduct in Australian franchising
  • Economics Committee–The need, scope and content of a definition of unconscionable conduct for the purposes of Part IVA of the Trade Practices Act 1974

New inquiry

The Senate referred matters relating to public interest immunity claims to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee, to report by the first sitting day in 2010.

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to hold a meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) while the Senate was sitting on 16 November 2009.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Economics References Committee–GROCERYchoice website–to report by 18 November 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Personal Property Securities (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009–to report by 23 November 2009

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 [No. 2]–to report by 25 February 2010
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—Criminal History) Bill 2009–to report by 19 November 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 26 November 2009
    • Access to justice
    • Australia’s judicial system and the role of judges

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–17 November 2009 from 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm–Australia’s judicial system and the role of judges

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, including Governor-General’s Proclamations]

Notices of motion to disallow given

  • Definition of electioneering in subregulation 3AA(11) in item [1] of Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Entitlements Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1) Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 250 and made under the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Ronaldson
  • Health Insurance (Cataract Surgery) Determination 2009, made under section 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Cormann, the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) and Senator Xenophon

Notice of intention to withdraw a notice

Senator Abetz gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice to disallow Schedule 2 of the Fair Work Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 164 and made under the Fair Work Act 2009 [homepage].

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

The following documents were tabled in response to orders of the Senate:

  • Assistant Treasurer (Senator Sherry)–document relating to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the Frontier Economics report [the Minister made a statement] [tabled in response to an order of the Senate agreed to on 27 October 2009 on the motion of Senator Xenophon]
  • Assistant Treasurer (Senator Sherry)–documents relating to the Montara oil spill [tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 29 October 2009 on the motion of Senator Siewert]
  • Documents relating to the disposal of Telstra shares by the Future Fund [tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 26 October 2009 on the motion of the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding)]

Notices of motion given

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

  • Assessment by Geoscience Australia relating to underground carbon dioxide storage sites–no later than 4.00 pm on 18 November 2009–notice given by Senator Milne
  • Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy–to table a document relating to an appointment to NBN Co–no later than 10.00 am on 18 November 2009–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin)
  • Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Ludwig)–
    • to table documents relating to aged care providers–no later than 12.00 pm on 18 November 2009–notice given by Senator Cormann
    • to table legal advice relating to the Health Insurance Amendment (Revival of Table Items) Bill 2009–no later than 5.00 pm on 17 November 2009–notice given by Senator Cormann

Documents tabled

Other business

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

Matter of public importance discussed

The Senate discussed issues relating to border protection, raised by Senator Parry as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Death of former member

The Deputy President informed the Senate of the death, on 7 November 2009, of Allan William Mulder, a member of the House of Representatives for the division of Evans from 1972 to 1975.

Notices of motion

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

 

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