Wednesday, 19 September 2007

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No. 67/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.26pm

New Senator

Senator Bushby gave his first speech.


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [private senator's bill]
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Dental Services) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 September 2007]
  • Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (Cape York Measures) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 September 2007]

The following bills were debated

  • Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007 Second reading debate commenced
  • The following bills were passed
  • Higher Education Endowment Fund Bill 2007 and a related bill [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Quarantine Amendment (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2007 [This bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

  • Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007 notice given by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Coonan)
  • Trade Practices (Creeping Acquisitions) Amendment Bill 2007 notice given by the Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) [private senator's bill]
  • To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings]
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Dental Services) Bill 2007
  • Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2007
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Extending FEE-HELP for VET Diploma and VET Advanced Diploma Courses) Bill 2007
  • Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (Cape York Measures) Bill 2007
  • National Health Security Bill 2007
  • Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 2) Bill 2007
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (2007 Budget Measures for Students) Bill 2007
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2007

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Notice of motion to disallow given

Senator Bartlett gave a notice of motion to disallow certain items contained in the Migration Amendment Regulations 2007 (No. 7).

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee Inquiry into the future impact of serious and organised crime on Australian society
  • Public Works Joint Committee
    • 10th report of 2007 Proposed CSIRO collocation with Queensland Government on the ecosciences and health and food sciences precincts, Brisbane, Queensland
    • 11th report of 2007 Proposed RAAF Base Amberley redevelopment stage three, Queensland
    • 12th report of 2007 Proposed C-17 heavy air lift infrastructure project
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee Alert Digest No. 12 of 2007 and 10th report of 2007 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Government response tabled

A government response to the report of the Finance and Public Administration Committee on the Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 was tabled.

New inquiry

The Senate referred matters relating to climate change and Australian agricultural industries to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee to report by 30 June 2008.


Orders for the production of documents Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Department of Defence was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Australian National Audit Office Report for 2006-07
  • Clerk's documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Government documents [see Journal entries nos 2 and 26]

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

Motions negatived

Question to President

Senator Crossin asked the President a question relating to the Women in Parliament display in Parliament House. The President made a statement in response. A motion to take note of the statement was agreed to.

Notices of motion

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

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