Monday, 26 February 2007

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No. 12/2007

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.25pm 

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • ACIS Administration Amendment (Unearned Credit Liability) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 14 February 2007]
  • Aged Care Amendment (Security and Protection) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 February 2007]
  • AusCheck Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 February 2007]
  • Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 February 2007]
  • Family Law (Divorce Fees Validation) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 14 February 2007]
  • Maritime Legislation Amendment (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 February 2007]
  • Native Title Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 14 February 2007]
  • Private Health Insurance Bill 2006 and 6 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 14 February 2007]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Simplification) Bill 2007 and 4 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 February 2007]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and 5 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 February 2007]

The following bill was debated

  • Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2006–second reading debate commenced [first speaker] [The Opposition moved a second reading amendment expressing a view on the policy of the bill]

The following bills were passed

  • Australian Citizenship Bill 2006–9 government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
    Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Electoral and Referendum Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce a bill

  • Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007–notice given by the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) [private senator’s bill]

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

The Minister for Justice and Customs gave a notice of motion to exempt the following bills:

  • ACIS Administration Amendment (Unearned Credit Liability) Bill 2007
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2007
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2007
  • Family Law (Divorce Fees Validation) Bill 2007
  • Migration Amendment (Maritime Crew) Bill 2007
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Simplification) Bill 2007 and 4 related bills

To consider bills together

The Minister for Justice and Customs gave a notice of motion to allow the following bills to be considered together:

  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Simplification) Bill 2007 and 4 related bills and
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and 5 related bills

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]–agreeing to the bill without amendment [This bill has been assented to]

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

Notice of intention to withdraw notices

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave notice of his intention to withdraw notices to disallow 8 instruments.

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

Other reports

  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Review of the re-listing of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Jamiat ul-Ansar (JuA), Armed Islamic Group (GIA) and the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC)

Additional information tabled

  • Gynaecological cancer in Australia–Community Affairs Committee
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006–Economics Committee

New inquiry

The Senate referred options for additional water supplies for South East Queensland to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee.

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate was sitting on 26 February 2007 from 5.00pm for the committee’s inquiry into the implementation of reforms to Australia ’s military justice system.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Airports Amendment Bill 2006–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 28 February 2007
  • Airspace Bill 2006 and a related bill–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 28 February 2007
  • Murray-Darling Basin Amendment Bill 2006–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 2 March 2007
  • Private Health Insurance Bill 2006 and 6 related bills–Community Affairs Committee–to report by 28 February 2007

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines:

  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee–Australia’s Indigenous visual arts and craft sector–to report by 12 June 2007
  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee –Australia’s national parks–to report by 29 March 2007
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee–Australia’s public diplomacy–to report by 12 June 2007

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting:

  • Several notices were given to authorise various committees to meet during the sitting of the Senate.

To refer matters to committees:

  • Matters relating to the decision to phase out Non-Forestry Managed Investment schemes –Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by the first sitting day in June 2007
  • National Plan for Water Security –Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 9 May 2007
  • Statutory exemptions provided to religious or other organisations–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 14 August 2007

Membership

The Senate discharged Senators Brandis and Mason from and appointed Senators Adams and Fierravanti-Wells to the Electoral Matters Joint Committee.

A message from the House of Representatives was reported notifying changes in the membership of various joint committees.

Documents

Orders for the production of documents–Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the internet

Statements of compliance for 2 agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General– Audit reports nos 26 to 28 of 2006-07
  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled, including Governor-General’s Proclamations]
  • Government documents [See Journal entries nos 24, 25 and 28]
  • Response to a Senate resolution about Foster Care Week–from the Western Australian Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Seniors and Volunteering; Peel
  • 2 petitions

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

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

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