Wednesday, 28 February 2007

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No. 14/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.28pm

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2006-2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 February 2007]
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2006-2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 February 2007]
  • Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 28 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 continued [first speaker]

Notices of motion

To introduce private senators’ bills

  • Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007–notice given by Senator Murray
  • Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill 2007–notice given by Senator Nettle
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Access to Judicial Review of Migration Decisions) Bill 2007–notice given by Senator Bartlett
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Removal of Unjust Restrictions) Bill 2007–notice given by Senator Bartlett

To discharge a private senator’s bill from the Notice Paper

  • Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2004]–notice given by Senator Murray

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)

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

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–The manufacture, importation and use of amphetamines and other synthetic drugs in Australia
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– Alert Digest No. 2 of 2006 and 2nd report of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Document tabled

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 7) Bill 2006–Economics Committee–Hansard record of proceedings

Proposed reference

The Senate debated a motion to refer matters relating to the impact of climate change on Australian agricultural industries to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee [first speaker]. Debate will continue on the next day of sitting.

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

Documents

Orders for the production of documents

Explanation

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) asked the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz) to explain why various orders for the production of documents had not been complied with. The Minister indicated that an explanation would be provided.

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the internet

Statements of compliance for various agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency contracts published on the internet

Statements of compliance for various 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

  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Parliamentary zone–proposal and documentation relating to the design and content of Women Artwork at Reconciliation Place. A notice of motion was given to approve the proposal.
  • Response to a Senate resolution about child protection–from the New South Wales Minister for Community Services [resolution agreed to 18 October 2006]

Other business

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

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motion agreed to

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by Senator Stephens about the death of Mr Murray Chapman.

Motions negatived

Matter of public importance

The Senate discussed issues relating to government financial discipline, raised by Senator Sherry as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to unparliamentary language and a matter raised by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate ( Senator Evans ) on 27 February 2007.

Notices of motion

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

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