Tuesday, 2 February 2010

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No. 02/2010

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 7.42 pm

Legislation

For bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

  • National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2009 [2010] second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment Bill 2009
  • Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009

[These bills will now be assented to]

Notices of motion to introduce private senators' bills

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2010 notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Support for Whaling) Bill 2010 notice given by Senator Siewert
  • Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 notice given by Senator Scullion

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

Other reports

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee The impact of mining in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Finance and Public Administration References Committee Independent arbitration of public interest immunity claims [a motion to take note of the report was debated first speaker]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific Interim report [a motion to extend the reporting date to 25 February 2010 was agreed to]
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Access to justice [a motion to take note of the report was debated first speaker]
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Australia's judicial system and the role of judges Report and errata [a motion to take note of the report was debated first speaker]
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Natural resource management and conservation challenges Interim report and second interim report [a motion to extend the reporting date to 4 February 2010 was agreed to]
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Rural and regional access to secondary and tertiary education opportunities Interim report and report

Documents tabled

  • 2009 supplement to the consolidated register of Senate committee reports
  • National Broadband Network Select Committee Third report Erratum

Government responses

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee DEEWR tender process to award employment services contracts
  • Treaties Joint Committee 91st report Treaties tabled on 12 March 2008

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Electoral Matters Joint Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate was sitting on 2 February 2010 from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm for the committee's inquiry into the policy relating to the New South Wales' Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Amendment (Automatic Enrolment) Bill 2009.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Australia Post's treatment of injured and ill workers Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee to report by 17 March 2010
  • Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 23 February 2010
  • Native Title Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 23 February 2010

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee Sustainable management by the Commonwealth of water resources to report by 6 May 2010
  • Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities Select Committee Fourth report to report by 13 May 2010

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Economics References Committee 4 February 2010 from 5.00 pm Australian dairy industry

To refer matters to committees

  • Access of small businesses to finance Economics References Committee to report by 30 June 2010 notice given by Senator Ronaldson
  • Compensation payouts and reparations to those adversely affected by government policies Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to report by 30 September 2010 notice given by Senator Siewert
  • Impact of native vegetation laws and legislated greenhouse gas abatement measures on landholders Economics References Committee to report by 30 April 2010 notice given by the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce)

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership [see Journals entries 6 and 52]

A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising that Mr Debus had been appointed to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint 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 agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Prime Minister (Senator Evans) to table documents relating to the resettlement of the asylum seekers from the Oceanic Viking, no later than 2.00 pm on 3 February 2010 moved by Senator Fierravanti-Wells.

Documents tabled

The following documents were tabled in response to orders of the Senate:

  • Bilateral Intergovernmental agreements relating to the Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009 [order agreed to 18 November 2009]
  • Data on cataract surgery time [order agreed to 19 November 2009]
  • National Preventative Health Taskforce Report Government response Statement responding to the resolution of the Senate [order agreed to 26 November 2009]

Notices of motion given

The following notices of motion were given requiring Ministers to table documents:

  • Minister representing the Minister for Trade (Senator Carr) to table information relating to certain landholder agreements no later than 22 February 2010 notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)
  • Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Sherry) to table the final report of the Australia's Future Tax System Review Panel no later than 9.30 am on 4 February 2010 notice given by the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce)

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Letters of advice for various portfolios [see Journals entries 39 and 46] were 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

Letters of advice for various portfolios [see Journals entries 40 and 47] were 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 reports nos 16 to 19 of 2009-10
  • Business of the Senate 1 January to 31 December 2009 [a digest of all business considered by the Senate in 2009]
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman Report for 2008-09 on the Ombudsman's activities under Part V of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979
  • Government documents [see Journals entries 2 and 35] [and considered]
  • Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Supplement to the 12th edition Updates to 31 December 2009
  • Questions on notice summary 12 February 2008 to 31 December 2009

Ministerial statements tabled

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr) tabled ministerial statements about:

  • Afghanistan
  • Higher education revolution [a motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to first speaker]

Other business

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

Motion debated

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) to suspend standing orders to enable a motion relating to Afghanistan to have precedence over other business. [first speaker]

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to staffing in the Department of the Senate.

Ministerial arrangements

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin) informed the Senate of changes to ministerial and shadow ministerial arrangements.

Temporary chairs of committees

Warrants were tabled revoking the nomination of Senators Bernardi and Humphries as temporary chairs of committees and nominating Senators Boyce and Cash.

Notices of motion

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

 

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