Thursday 9 August 2007

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No. 53/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.31pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Corporations Amendment (Insolvency) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 August 2007]
  • Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 August 2007]
  • National Health Amendment (National HPV Vaccination Program Register) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 August 2007]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Board and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 August 2007]
  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 August 2007]

The following bill was debated

  • Migration (Climate Refugees) Amendment Bill 2007 Second reading debate commenced [private senator's bill]

The following bills were passed

  • Australian Postal Corporation Amendment (Quarantine Inspection and Other Measures) Bill 2007 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Corporations Amendment (Insolvency) Bill 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Cosmetics) Bill 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • National Health Amendment (National HPV Vaccination Program Register) Bill 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2007 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notice of motion

To vary the hours of meeting

A notice was given by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Abetz) to vary the hours of meeting for 13 to 16 August 2007 to allow the Government's legislative program to be considered.

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 a notice

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave notice of his intention to withdraw a notice to disallow regulations to amend the Australian Federal Police Regulations 1979 to prescribe matters related to the suspension of AFP appointees from their duties and matters related to drug testing.

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Communications Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing and Datacasting) Bill 2007 Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee

Other reports

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee Workforce challenges in the transport industry

Document tabled

  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee Ministerial correspondence relating to the scrutiny of delegated legislation for the period June 2006 to June 2007

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 12 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following reference:

  • Water Bill 2007 and a related bill Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee to report by 14 August 2007

Proposed select committee

The Senate did not agree to establish a select committee to inquire into Australia's anti-terrorism laws.

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer matters relating to the detention and release of Dr Mohammed Haneef to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Economics Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate was sitting on 9 August 2007 from 4.30pm to 6.00pm for the committee's inquiry into private equity markets.

Membership

The Senate agreed to the following changes and appointments to committee membership:

  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee Senator O'Brien to replace Senator Lundy for the committee's inquiry into the Water Bill 2007 and a related bill, and Senator Lundy appointed as a participating member
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Senator Adams appointed as a participating member

Documents

Documents tabled

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports were discussed

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Adjournment debate first speaker

Motion agreed to

Motions negatived

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

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Related resources

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