Tuesday, 27 March 2007

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No. 23/2007

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 11.43pm


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

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

The following bills were passed

  • AusCheck Bill 2006–12 Government amendments agreed to and 1 clause negatived [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006–passed after the question for the third reading of the bill was put again [statements were made relating to the vote for the third reading–first speaker] –7 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Mason) gave notices of motion to introduce the following bills:

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2007
  • Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2007

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

See Documents for details of instruments [Clerk’s documents] tabled


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate is sitting on 29 March 2007 from 5.30pm to for the committee’s inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Maritime Crew) Bill 2007.

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline

  • Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee–Workforce challenges in the Australian transport sector–to report by 9 August 2007

To refer matters to a committee

  • Impact of the Trade Practices (Horticulture Code of Conduct) Regulations 2006–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 10 May 2007


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.


Orders for the production of documents–Order with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Transport and Regional Services portfolio was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

  • Slavery–moved by Senator Hutchins
  • Tasmanian Tigers cricket team–moved by Senators Carol Brown, O’Brien, Polley, Sherry, the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz), the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Colbeck), Senators Barnett, Calvert, Watson and Parry, the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) and Senator Milne

Motions not agreed to

Matter of public importance

The Senate discussed issues relating to industrial relations, raised by Senator Wong as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Notices of motion

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

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