Wednesday, 21 March 2007

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No. 18/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.32pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Airports Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 March 2007]
  • Criminal Code Amendment (Anti-Child Abuse and Pornography Materials) Bill 2007 [private senator’s bill]

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

  • Aged Care Amendment (Security and Protection) Bill 2007
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2006-2007 and a related bill
  • Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Additional Screening Measures) Bill 2007
  • Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment (Debt Agreements) Bill 2007 and a related bill
  • Corporations Amendment (Takeovers) Bill 2007
  • Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2007
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Provider Number Review) Bill 2007
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Information and Other Measures) Bill 2007
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Greater Sunrise) Bill 2007 and a related bill
  • Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment Bill 2007
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

The following bill was debated

  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2007–consideration in committee of the whole commenced–4 government amendments to be determined

The following bills were passed

  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities Amendment Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Airspace Bill 2006 and a related bill [These bills will now be assented to]

Notice of motion

To introduce a bill

  • Lobbying and Ministerial Accountability Bill 2007–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) [private senator’s bill]

Changes to hours of meeting

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz) to extend the hours of meeting for the remainder of the Autumn sittings 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)

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports


The following reports relating to estimates hearings were tabled:

Notice of motion

Reports tabled

Document tabled

  • Senators’ Interests Committee–Explanatory notes relating to statements of registrable interests

New inquiry

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 4 of the Selection of Bills Committee, which recommended that the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007 be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee for inquiry and report by 1 May 2007.

Proposed references

The Senate did not agree to refer the following matter to a committee:

The following proposed reference was withdrawn:

  • Housing needs of low and middle income households – Community Affairs Committee

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics Committee on the 2006-07 additional estimates to 22 March 2007.

Notice of motion given

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting:

  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee –23 March 2007 from 9.30am –two classified hearings to take evidence for the committee’s inquiries into the review of administration and expenditure no. 5: Australian Intelligence Organisations, and the review of the re-listing of Tanzim Qa’idat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayan (TQJBR) as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code Act 1995.


The Acting Deputy President (Senator Hutchins) reported that letters had been received from Senator Brandis resigning his position as a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia, and resigning from the Parliamentary Library Joint Committee.


Orders for the production of documents–Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statement of compliance for 2 agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

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

  • 75th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge –moved by Senators Hutchins, Faulkner, George Campbell, Stephens and Forshaw

Motions negatived

Motion debated

The Senate discussed issues relating to rebuilding Iraq, raised by Senator Allison as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals–see entries nos 13 and 27

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