Friday, 23 March 2007

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No. 20/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 3.55pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

  • Native Title Amendment Bill 2006–consideration in committee of the whole commenced–8 government amendments agreed to; 1 item negatived

The following bills were passed

  • Private Health Insurance Bill 2006–104 Government amendments agreed to; 1 Opposition amendment agreed to; 2 clauses negatived [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

    Private Health Insurance (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006–51 government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

    Private Health Insurance (Collapsed Organization Levy) Amendment Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

    Private Health Insurance Complaints Levy Amendment Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

Private Health Insurance (Council Administration Levy) Amendment Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

Private Health Insurance (Prostheses Application and Listing Fees) Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

  • Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment Bill 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]

The following bill was agreed to with requests

  • Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Amendment Bill 2006–3 Government requests for amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the whether to make the amendments requested by the Senate]

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Notices of motion given

A notice of motion was given to refer matters relating to the projected sea level rises in Australia to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee for report by 20 September 2007.

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

Other business

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Personal explanation

The Minister for the Arts and Sport ( Senator Brandis) gave a personal explanation relating to articles in the Adelaide Advertiser, the Canberra Times, and the Launceston Examiner of 23 March 2007 concerning a possible casual vacancy in the Senate.

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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Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate, on the Internet at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/pubs/index.htm

Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone 6277 3015
e-mail: sds@aph.gov.au

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