Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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No. 27/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.36pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Bill 2009 [private senators' bill]
  • Financial Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 May 2009]
  • Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 May 2009]

The following bills were debated

  • Australian Business Investment Partnership Bill 2009 and a related bill second reading agreed to [first speaker] [details of the bills will be considered on a future sitting day]
  • Employment and Workplace Relations Amendment Bill 2008 second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Excise Tariff Validation Bill 2009
    Customs Tariff Validation Bill 2009 [first speaker]
    [These bills will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

  • Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2009 notice given by Senator Ludlam
  • National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2009 notice given by the Special Minister of State (Senator Faulkner)

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

  • Financial Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2009
  • Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business and General Business Tax Break) Bill 2009

notice given by the Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig)

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

Other reports

  • Community Affairs Committee Matters not disposed of by the current committee that will continue under the revised committee structure from 14 May 2009 [report adopted]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee Alert Digest No. 5 of 2009 and 4th report of 2009 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Report considered

  • Procedure Committee Second report of 2009 The Senate committee system [a motion to amend standing order 25 was agreed to]

Document tabled

  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee Draft estimates for the Australian National Audit Office 2009-10 Statement

New inquiry

  • Tender process for employment services contracts Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee to report by 25 June 2009

New order of continuing effect

The Senate debated and agreed to a motion moved by Senator Cormann establishing an order of continuing effect about requests for information and claims of public interest immunity [first speaker]. The motion also requires the Procedure Committee to review the operation of the order and report to the Senate by 20 August 2009.

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the Treaties Joint Committee to hold a meeting while the Senate is sitting on 14 May 2009 from 9.30am.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Climate Policy Select Committee to report by 15 June 2009
  • Community Affairs Committee Compliance audits on Medicare benefits to report by 10 June 2009
  • Economics Committee Foreign investment in Australia to report by 17 July 2009

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Economics Committee 2009-10 Budget estimates to report by 25 June 2009
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee Import risk analysis for the importation of Cavendish bananas from the Philippines to report by 22 May 2009

To vary the appointment and reporting date of a committee

To hold a meeting when the Senate is sitting

  • Economics Committee 22 June 2009 from 12.30 pm Matters arising from consideration of the 2009-10 Budget estimates

To refer matters to committees

  • Accountability regime for the declaration of gifts by senators Senators' Interests Committee notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • Any bills introduced into the House of Representatives that form part of the Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Economics Committee to report by 15 June 2009 notice given by the Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong)
  • Any budget-related bills introduced into the Parliament after 12 May 2009 and before 5 June 2009 that are proposed to commence prior to 11 August 2009 Standing committees to report by 16 June 2009 notice given by Senator Parry
  • Relationship between the Central Land Council and Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation Pty Ltd Finance and Public Administration References Committee to report by 11 August 2009 notice given by Senator Scullion

Membership

The Senate discharged Senator Coonan from the Selection of Bills Committee and appointed Senator Bushby.

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]

Notice of motion to disapprove given

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) gave a notice of motion to disapprove Part 3 (clauses 3.1 to 3.3) of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2009/04.

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) to table documents relating to the National Broadband Network, no later than 6.50pm on 13 May 2009 moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin).

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments

A statement of compliance for the Australian Institute of Family Studies 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 Australian Institute of Family Studies 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

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Matters of public interest debate first speaker

Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Motion debated

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals [see Journals entries nos 9 and 35].

 

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