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Monday 28 November 2005 

The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.22pm

Change in sitting hours and additional sitting days

The Senate agreed to a variation in sitting hours and routine of business on 1 and 8 December 2005 , and to sit on 2 and 9 December 2005

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Superannuation Contributions Splitting) Bill 2005
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2005

The following bill was considered

  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005– second reading debate continued

No bills were passed

The following message from the House of Representatives was reported

  • Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Video Link Evidence and Other Measures) Bill 2005–The message reported that the House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate [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

Delegated legislation

For a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Notices of motion given

Notices were given to disallow the following delegated legislation:

  • Building and Construction Industry Improvement Regulations 2005, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 204 and made under the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005–by Senator Siewert
  • Schedule 7 of the Migration Amendment Regulation 2005 (No. 8), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 221 and made under the Migration Act 1958–by Senator Bartlett

Notices of motion withdrawn

Notices of motion to disallow the following delegated legislation were withdrawn:

  • Australian Passports Determination 2005, made under section 57 of the Australian Passports Act 2005 and section 8 of the Australian Passports (Application Fees) Act 2005
  • Foreign Passports Determination 2005, made under section 24 of the Passports Act 1938
  • Health Insurance (Obstetric Item 15999) Determination HS/02/2005, made under subsection 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973
  • Public Accounts and Audit Committee Regulations 2005, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 127 and made under the Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951
  • Variation to Licence Area Plan for Scottsdale Radio–No. 1 of 2005, made under subsection 26(2) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

See Documents for details of instruments [Clerk’s documents] tabled

Committees

Estimates

Additional information tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee –Budget estimates 2005-06

Reports tabled

  • Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005–Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee
  • Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Bill 2005 and Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work) Bill 2005–Community Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–405 th report–Annual report 2004-05
  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Government response to a committee report

  • Duties of Australian personnel in Iraq–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Membership

The Senate agreed to the following changes in committee membership:

  • Committee of Privileges–Senator Hutchins discharged and Senator Evans appointed until 11 December 2005
  • Committee of Privileges–Senator Ray appointed from 11 December 2005
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Senator George Campbell discharged and Senator Crossin appointed

Reporting date extended

  • Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2005 and a related bill–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee–to report by 29 November 2005

Notices of motion given

To hold public meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account Joint Committee–29 November 2005 from 5pm to 7pm–Native Title representation bodies
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–30 November 2005 from 11.30am to 1pm–Aviation security in Australia

Motion agreed to

The Senate agreed to a motion about nuclear non-proliferation–moved by Senator Allison

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Documents

The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General– Audit reports nos 15 and 16 of 2005-06 presented since the last sitting of the Senate
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Government documents presented since the last sitting of the Senate
  • Parliamentary zone–proposals and documentation relating to the construction of two kiosk concession buildings and associated works at Commonwealth Place; and the installation of artworks at Reconciliation Place. A notice of motionwas given to approve the proposals.
  • Responses to Senate resolutions about:
  • Murray River–Letter from the Premier of South Australia [resolution agreed to 11 October 2005 ]
  • Mr Nguyen Tuong Van–Letter from the High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore [resolution agreed to 8 November 2005 ] [The Senate took note of the document]
  • A petition was received

Also in the Senate yesterday

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