Wednesday, 7 February 2007

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No. 3/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.37pm

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 7) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 7 February 2007]

The following bills were debated

  • Australian Citizenship Bill 2006 and a related bill–second reading debate continued [The Australian Democrats moved a second reading amendment expressing a view about the bill’s policy]

The following bill was passed

  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Border Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006 [2007]–Agreeing to the bill without amendment [This bill will now be assented to]

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 Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave a notice of intention to withdraw notices to disallow the following delegated legislation:

  • regulations to amend the A New Tax System (Commonwealth-State Financial Arrangements) Regulations 2003 by extending the years for transitional GST assistance to 30 June 2009
  • determination providing guidelines for the exercise of the power to give public interest certificates for the purposes of paragraph 208(1)(a) of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 by the Secretary of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation were tabled as follows:

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (National Investigative Powers and Witness Protection) Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and related bills–Economics Committee

Other reports were tabled as follows:

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Australia’s future oil supply–Final report [This report was debated– first speaker]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– Alert Digest No. 1 of 2007 and 1st report of 2007 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Documents tabled

An erratum and additional information were tabled in relation to the inquiry of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee into water policy initiatives.

New Inquiry

The Senate referred to the Committee of Privileges matters concerning possible false or misleading evidence given before the Finance and Public Administration References Committee and refusal to answer questions put by the committee when required to do so .

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer matters relating to the proposed takeover of Qantas to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee. [First speaker]

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit to hold a public meeting while the Senate is sitting on 8 February 2007 from 9.30am to 1.00pm for the committee’s inquiry into financial reporting and equipment acquisition at the Department of Defence and Defence Materiel Organisation.

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry of the Finance and Public Administration Committee into the transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure to 1 March 2007.

Notices of motion given

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting:

  • Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee–8 February 2007 from 4.30 pm–Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 and the Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Bill 2006
  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee–8 February 2007 from 1.00pm

To refer matters to committees:

Membership

A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising that Mr Barresi would replace Mr ADH Smith on the Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee.

Other debates and motions

The Senate agreed to motions about:

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Motion defeated

A motion moved by Senator Stott Despoja requiring the Minister representing the Attorney-General to table any legal advice received by the Government regarding the legality of the United States Military Commission Act 2006 was defeated .

Documents

The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday

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Online

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Related resources

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