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No. 48/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.30pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following private senators' bills were introduced

  • Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Guaranteed Lowest Prices Blacktown Amendment) Bill 2009

The following bill was debated

  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform and Other 2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009 second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was introduced, debated and passed

  • Rural Adjustment Amendment Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Health Workforce Australia Bill 2009 1 Opposition amendment agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009 notice given by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans)
  • Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Laws) Bill 2009 notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • Migration Amendment (Immigration Detention Reform) Bill 2009 notice given by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans)
  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 notice given by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy)

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

  • Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services Bill 2009
  • Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment Bill 2009
  • Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

notice given by the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig)

To vary the hours of meeting

A notice was given by Senator Xenophon to vary the hours of meeting for 13 August 2009 to enable the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 and 10 related bills to be considered.

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform and Other 2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009 Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Other reports

  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee Inquiry into Australia's relationship with ASEAN [a motion to take note of the report was debated first speaker]
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee Report No. 414 Review of Auditor-General's reports tabled between August 2007 and August 2008 [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee Alert Digest No. 8 of 2009 and 7th report of 2009 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Documents tabled

  • Senators' Interests Committee Register of senators' interests, incorporating statements of registrable interests and notifications of alterations of interests of senators lodged between 2 December 2008 and 22 June 2009 [a motion to take note of the document was debated and agreed to first speaker]
  • Standing order 37(3) Access to committee documents Report to the Senate

Government response tabled

  • President's report of 4 December 2008 on outstanding government responses to parliamentary committee reports

New inquiry

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee Higher Education Support Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009 to report by 5 August 2009
  • Finance and Public Administration References Committee Relationship between the Central Land Council and Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation Pty Ltd to report by 30 October 2009

Notices of motion given

To vary the order establishing a committee

To refer matters to a committee

  • Privileges Committee Matters relating to evidence given to the Economics Legislation Committee at its hearing on 19 June 2009 notice given by the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) [the President made a statement]

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

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 disallow given

Senator Abetz gave a notice of motion to disallow the Directions in Relation to Coercive Powers, made on 17 June 2009 under section 11 of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005.

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) tabled documents relating to the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 23 June 2009 on the motion of Senator Fisher]

Notice of motion given

Senator Milne gave a notice of motion to require the tabling of documents relating to illegal timber imports no later than 4.00pm on 11 August 2009.

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Statements of compliance for the Climate Change and Water and the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolios 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]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General Audit report no. 45 of 2008-09
  • Australian Parliamentary Delegation Report 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4 to 10 April 2009 Bilateral visit to Switzerland 11 to 18 April 2009 [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Australian Parliamentary Delegation Report Canada, the United States, Italy, Austria, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands 12 April to 3 May 2009 [a motion to take note of the document was debated and agreed to first speaker]
  • Department of the Senate Register of Senate Senior Executive Officers' Interests, incorporating statements of registrable interests and notifications of alterations of interests of Senate senior executive officers lodged between 2 December 2008 and 22 June 2009
  • Government document
  • A petition

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Employment Participation (Senator Arbib) tabled a ministerial statement on preparing our forest industries for the future [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
Matters of public interest debate first speaker
Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion debated

The Senate discussed issues relating to spending and debt, raised by Senator Williams as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Statements by President

The President made a statement relating to matters raised during question time on 23 June 2009, and a further statement in response to a matter raised by Senator Macdonald.

Notices of motion

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

 

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