Tuesday, 18 September 2007

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No. 66/2007

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 11.26pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment Bill 2007 [new Senate bill]
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 17 September 2007]
  • Quarantine Amendment (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 17 September 2007]

The following bill was exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings]

  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment Bill 2007

The following bill was debated

  • Quarantine Amendment (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2007 Second reading agreed to and committee of the whole commenced

The following bills were passed

  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment Bill 2007 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 4) Bill 2007 and 2 related bills [These bills will be assented to]
  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

The following bill was agreed to with requests

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 5) Bill 2007 1 Government amendment and 2 Government requests for amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider whether to make the amendments requested by the Senate]

Bills to be considered together

The Senate agreed that the following bills may be considered together for their remaining stages:

  • Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007
  • Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 2) Bill 2007

Change to hours of meeting

The Senate agreed to vary the hours of meeting for the remainder of this week to allow the Government's legislative program to be considered.

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Notice of motion withdrawn

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances withdrew a notice to disallow principles that outline the process that the Secretary to the Department of Health and Ageing will undertake in investigating complaints regarding the responsibilities of a residential or community aged care provider.

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Report tabled

  • Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 2) Bill 2007 Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee

New inquiry

The Senate referred to the Committee of Privileges matters concerning possible false or misleading evidence given by officers at estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee in May 2004 and February 2005 relating to the Government's knowledge that Mr Mamdouh Habib had been taken to Egypt.

Public meetings

The Senate authorised the following public meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Community Affairs Committee 20 September 2007 from 3.30pm Cost of living pressures on older Australians
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee 19 September 2007 from 11.15 am to 1.15 pm Review of Auditor-General's reports

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to refer matters relating to climate change and Australian agricultural industries to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for report by 30 June 2008.

Documents

Documents tabled

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.

Former member

The President informed the Senate of the death on 16 September 2007 of Peter Robert Cleeland , a former member of the House of Representatives.

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