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No. 28/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 9.22pm

The Senate will meet again on 15 June 2009. Senate legislation committees will meet from 25 May to 5 June 2009 to consider Budget estimates.

Budget 2009-10

Budget Papers, Portfolio Budget Statements and related sites <www.budget.gov.au>

The Opposition, the Leader of the Australian Greens and the Leader of the Family First Party responded to the Budget statement and documents.

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]
  • Nation-building Funds Amendment Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 May 2009]
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical and Other Benefits Cost Recovery) Bill 2008 [No. 2] [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 May 2009]
  • Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment (Removal of Excessive Super) Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]

The following bills were exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in 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

The following bills were debated

  • Australian Business Investment Partnership Bill 2009 committee of the whole commenced 6 Family First and 3 Senator Xenophon amendments agreed to [further amendments remain to be considered]
    Australian Business Investment Partnership (Consequential Amendment) Bill 2009

The following bill was introduced and passed

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business and General Business Tax Break) Bill 2009 [This bill will now be assented to] [Senator Abetz made a statement in relation to the bill]

The following bills were passed

  • Customs Amendment (Enhanced Border Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Name Change) Bill 2009 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Employment and Workplace Relations Amendment Bill 2008 5 Government amendments and 3 Government requests for amendments agreed to a message was reported advising that the House had made the amendments requested by the Senate the third reading of the bill was agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Financial Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Telecommunications Interception Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator's bill

  • Infrastructure Australia Amendment (National Broadband Network and Other Projects) Bill 2009 notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin)

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

Estimates

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled.

Reports tabled

  • Appropriations and Staffing Committee 47th report Estimates for the Department of the Senate 2009-10
  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Reporting of sports news and the emergence of digital media [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Publications Committee 10th Report [report adopted]

Documents tabled

  • Community Affairs Committee Grasping the opportunity of Opal: Assessing the impact of the petrol sniffing strategy Additional information

Government response tabled

  • Community Affairs Committee Building trust: Supporting families through disability trusts

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 5 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • AusCheck Amendment Bill 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 16 June 2009
  • Health Workforce Australia Bill 2009 Community Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 15 June 2009
  • Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2009 Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to report by 15 June 2009

Other references

  • Any bills introduced into the House of Representatives that form part of the Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Economics Legislation Committee to report by 15 June 2009
  • 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 Committees to report by 16 June 2009
  • 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

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Economics Legislation Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate is sitting on 22 June 2009 from 12.30pm for the committee's inquiry into matters arising from consideration of the 2009-10 Budget estimates.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

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

Variation of appointment and reporting date

The Senate varied its resolution of 25 June 2008 appointing the National Broadband Network Select Committee and extended the reporting date to 23 November 2009.

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership [see Journals entries nos 20 and 53].

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]

Motion to disapprove defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion which would have disapproved Part 3 (clauses 3.1 to 3.3) of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2009/04 [first speaker].

Orders for the production of documents Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments

A statement of compliance for the Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 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 Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 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

  • Correction to the 2009-10 portfolio budget statements for the Attorney-General's portfolio
  • 2 petitions

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

  • Tasmanian Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) and Senator Milne

Motion debated

Personal explanation

Senator Fierravanti-Wells made a personal explanation about comments made by the Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery (Senator Arbib) during discussion of a matter of public importance on 12 May 2009 concerning people smuggling. Senator Arbib made a response.

Notices of motion

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

Statistics

Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet the Department of the Senate's online statistical collection.

 

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