Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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No. 13/2010

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 8.18 pm

Legislation

For bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following private senator's bill was introduced

  • Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 [No. 2] [private senator's bill]

The following bills were debated

  • Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009 [No. 2] and the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009 [No. 2] second reading debate continued [first speaker]

Notices of motion

To introduce a private senator's bill

  • Renewable Energy Electricity (Water Heaters and Phantom Certificates) Bill 2010 notice given by Senator Milne

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings]

  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 and 10 related bills notice given by the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig)

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

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

  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee Review of Auditor-General's reports
    • 10 and 17 March 2010 from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm
    • 11 March 2010 from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Community Affairs References Committee
    • Impact of gene patents on the provision of healthcare in Australia to report by 17 June 2010
    • Hearing health in Australia to report by 13 May 2010
    • Suicide in Australia to report by 24 June 2010
  • Economics Legislation Committee Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Bill 2009 to report by 11 March 2010

Notices of motion given

To vary the resolution appointing a committee

  • Fuel and Energy Select Committee notice given by Senator Cormann

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009 to report by 26 August 2010
  • Economics Legislation Committee Trade Practices Amendment (Material Lessening of Competition Richmond Amendment) Bill 2009 to report by 13 May 2010
  • Economics References Committee Australian dairy industry to report by 18 March 2010

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25 February 2010 from 4.00 pm Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009 and related bills
  • Economics Legislation Committee 25 February 2010 from 7.15 pm Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2009 and the Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Bill 2009

To refer matters to committees

  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 and 10 related bills Economics Legislation Committee to report by 11 May 2010 notice given by Senator Abetz
  • Toxicity of the George River in north-east Tasmania Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to report by 17 June 2010 notice given by Senator Milne and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)

Documents

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

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered that documents relating to the Education Services for Overseas Students Assurance Fund be tabled by 12.00 pm on 24 February 2010.

Documents tabled

Ministerial statements

The Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner) made a statement about civilian casualties in Afghanistan [statements were made in relation to the matter first speaker] and the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) made a statement on Australia's National Archives [a motion to take note of the statement was debated first speaker].

Other business

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

Motion negatived

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Siewert about the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Waitangi Treaty.

Censure motion

A motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) to censure the Government was debated, amended and agreed to. [first speaker]

Notices of motion

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

 

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Online

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Related resources

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Contact details

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