Thursday 18 August 2005


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No. 52/2005

The Senate met from 9.30am until 8.28pm

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Australian Workplace Safety Standards Bill 2005
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Medical Specialists) Bill 2005
  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2005 Budget Measures) Bill 2005
  • National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (Repeal, Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2005
  • National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill 2005
  • National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill 2005
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Superannuation Safety and Other Measures) Bill 2005
  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Small Business Employment Protection) Bill 2004

The following bills were considered

  • Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill 2005–second reading debate continued
  • Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2005–second reading debate continued
  • Human Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2005–second reading agreed to and committee of the whole commenced–2 Democrat amendments to be determined

The following bills were passed

Without amendments

[These bills will now be assented to]

  • National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill 2005
  • National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill 2005

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow regulations defeated

The Senate agreed not to disallow the Migration Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 6), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 171 and made under the Migration Act 1958

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Australian personnel in Iraq–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee
  • Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Bill 2005–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee
  • Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2005–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee
  • Public Works Joint Committee–several reports
  • Publications Committee–5th Report [report adopted]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–Alert Digest No. 9 of 2005 and 8th report of 2005 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]
  • Treaties Joint Committee–66th Report–Treaties tabled on 7 December 2004, 15 March and 11 May 2005

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 that Mrs B Bishop would replace Mr Somlyay on the Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee

Reporting dates extended

  • Chen Yonglin and Vivian Solon cases–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 8 September 2005
  • Mental Health Select Committee–to report by the Thursday of the second sitting week in March 2006

Notice of motion given

To hold a public meeting when the Senate is sitting

  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee–6 September 2005 from 6pm–Economic impact of salinity in the Australian environment

To refer matters to a committee

  • Opal fuel roll out implementation–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 9 November 2005

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Motion debated

The Senate debated motions about:

  • Ministerial responsibility–Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs–moved by Senator Evans [discussion of matter of public importance–link to first speaker]
  • Ministerial responsibility–Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs–moved by Senator Ludwig [link to first speaker]

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the internet

Statement of compliance for two portfolios were tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies required to be tabled twice yearly; Senate order agreed to]

Unproclaimed legislation

Details of unproclaimed Acts, together with statements of reasons for non-proclamation and a timetable for their operation, as at 31 July 2005 [Standing order 139(2) requires tabling annually after 31 August each year; Senate sessional order adopted as a standing order, and amended]

Documents

The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 6 of 2005-06–Performance audit–Implementation of Job Network Employment services contract 3: Department of Employment and Workplace Relations; Centrelink
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Department of the Senate–Travelling allowance payments to senators and members, 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005
  • Department of the Senate–Travel expenditure,1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005
  • Response to a Senate resolution about the Earth Charter–from the Premier of Victoria [resolution agreed to 21 June 2005]

No petitions were received

No government documents were tabled

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [link to first question]
  • Senators Nash (NATS, NSW), Parry (Lib, Tas.) and Wortley (ALP, SA) made their first speeches
  • The President advised the Senate that the address-in-reply had been presented to the Governor-General on 17 August 2005
  • The President made a statement informing the Senate he would be absent from the Senate from 5 to 8 September 2005 to lead the Australian parliamentary delegation to the 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Fiji
  • Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed
  • Adjournment debate

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