Tuesday 8 February 2005


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No. 2/2005

The Senate met from 12.30pm until 8.32pm

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents click here

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 2004
  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Bill 2004

The following bill was considered

  • Disability Discrimination Amendment (Education Standards) Bill 2004 [2005]–second reading debate continued

The following bills were passed

Without amendments or requests [These bills will now be assented to]

  • A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition (Recipients)—Customs) Bill 2004
  • A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition (Recipients)—Excise) Bill 2004
  • A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Imposition (Recipients)—General) Bill 2004
  • Australian Passports (Application Fees) Bill 2004
  • Australian Passports Bill 2004
  • Australian Passports (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2004
  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Bill 2004

With an amendment

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Long-term Non-reviewable Contracts) Bill 2004 (1 Opposition amendment agreed to) [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]

Messages from the House of Representatives were reported agreeing to the following bills without amendments [The bills will now be assented to]

  • Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004
  • Customs Amendment Bill 2004
  • Family Law Amendment (Annuities) Bill 2004
  • Fisheries (Validation of Plans of Management) Bill 2004
  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Agreement Validation) Bill 2004

Notices of motion given

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

  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Adjustment of Certain FTB Child Rates) Bill 2004
  • Private Health Insurance Incentives Amendment Bill 2004
  • Superannuation Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2004 and six related bills

Assent to laws

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

See the Committees section for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

Regulation not disallowed

The Senate debated a motion to disallow the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Amendment Regulations 2004 (No. 1), as contained in Statutory Rules 2004 No. 176 and made under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984. The Senate agreed not to disallow the regulations.

Notice of motion withdrawn

A notice of motion to disallow the following instruments was withdrawn:

  • National Health Amendment Regulations 2004 (No. 2), as contained in Statutory Rules 2004 No. 186 and made under the National Health Act 1953
  • National Health (Private Health Insurance Levies) Regulations 2004, as contained in Statutory Rules 2004 No. 187 and made under the National Health Act 1953

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings click here

For committee reports click here

Estimates

Additional information tabled

  • Budget estimates 2004-05–Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report tabled

  • Private Health Insurance Incentives Amendment Bill 2004–Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Documents tabled

  • Department of Health and Ageing–Hansard and documents–Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

Message from the House of Representatives reported

A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising various appointments to joint committees

Notices of motion given

To hold public meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee–10 February 2005 from 9.30am to 1.30pm–to take evidence relating to the Australian Communications and Media Authority Bill 2004 and nine related bills
  • Finance and Public Administration References Committee–10 February 2005 from 3.30pm to 8.30pm–to take evidence relating to the Regional Partnerships program

To extend a reporting deadline

  • Budgetary and environmental implications of the Government’s Energy White Paper–Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee–to report by 18 April 2005

To refer a matter to a committee

  • Private health insurance rebate–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 16 June 2005

To schedule estimates hearings

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere click here

Documents

The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time
  • The President informed the Senate of the death, on 18 December 2004, of Noel Lawrence Beaton, a member of the House of Representatives for the division of Bendigo from 1960 to 1969
  • The Leader of the Australian Democrats advised the Senate of various party appointments
  • Government documents were discussed
  • Adjournment debate

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