Tuesday, 10 February 2009

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 8.26pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009
    Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009
    Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009
    Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009
    Tax Bonus for Working Australians (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009
    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009
    –second reading debate continued [first speaker]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Nation building and jobs plan: Inquiry into the Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009 and 5 related bills–Finance and Public Administration Committee
  • Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009: Provisions relating to the social housing program–Community Affairs Committee

Other reports

  • Privileges Committee–
    • 136th report–Persons referred to in the Senate–Mr Barry Williams, President of the Lone Fathers Association of Australia Inc
    • 137th report–Persons referred to in the Senate–Mr Anthony and Mrs Brenda Bird, members of the Exclusive Brethren
    [motions to adopt the reports were agreed to]

Documents tabled

  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–PDF 115KB of 2009

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines:

  • Economics Committee–Bank mergers–to report by 17 September 2009
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee–Oversight of the child care industry–to report by 18 June 2009
  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee–Effectiveness of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and other programs in protecting threatened species and ecological communities–
    • First report–by 11 March 2009
    • Final report–on 24 April 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–
    • Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–to report by 26 February 2009
    • Exposure draft of the Personal Property Securities Bill 2008–to report by 5 March 2009
    • Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Bill 2008–to report by 26 February 2009

To hold a meeting when the Senate is sitting:

  • Finance and Public Administration Committee–12 February 2009 from 3.30pm–Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009]

Membership

The Senate appointed Senator Ludlam as a member of the National Broadband Network Select Committee.

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]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion defeated

A motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) requiring an analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from the logging of native forests in Tasmania to be tabled was defeated.

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments

A statement of compliance for the Resources, Energy and Tourism 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 statement of compliance for the Resources, Energy and Tourism 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]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 21 of 2008-09
  • Government documents [see Journals entries nos 2 and 11]
  • Letter of condolence from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association relating to the Victorian bushfires

Other business

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to an intervention by the Acting Deputy President and remarks made during a speech by Senator McGauran on the nation building and jobs plan package of bills on 5 February 2009.

Notices of motion

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

 

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