Thursday 16, and Friday 17 August 2007

RSS Icon Subscribe to the Senate Daily
Summary Updates RSS feed
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/rss/sds.xml


<< Return to previous page | Senate Daily Summary

No. 58/2007

PDF Icon Download this document (PDF 349KB)


The Senate met from 9.30am and suspended at midnight on Thursday, 16 August, and met from 9.30am until 4.33pm on Friday, 17 August.

The Senate has now completed the Spring (1) sittings. The Spring (2) sittings are scheduled to commence on 10 September 2007.

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia's Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 August 2007]
  • Communications Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing and Datacasting) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2007]
  • Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Further 2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 August 2007]
  • International Trade Integrity Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2007]
  • Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 August 2007]
  • Privacy (Data Security Breach Notification) Amendment Bill 2007 [private senator's bill]
  • Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2007]
  • Social Security Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2007]
  • Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 August 2007]

The following bills were passed

  • APEC Public Holiday Bill 2007
  • Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 and 4 related bills
  • Water Bill 2007 and a related bill

[These bills will now be assented to]

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Aviation Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007 agreeing to the bill without amendment [The 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)

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Estimates

The following additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled:

  • Community Affairs Committee budget estimates 2007-08
  • Economics Committee supplementary budget and additional estimates 2006-07 and budget estimates 2007-08
  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee budget estimates 2007-08
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee additional estimates 2006-07 and budget estimates 2007-08
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee budget estimates 2007-08
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee budget estimates 2005-06, supplementary budget and additional estimates 2006-07 and budget estimates 2007-08

Reports tabled

Government responses tabled

Government responses to the following reports were tabled

  • ASIO, ASIS and DSD Joint Committee Review of the listing of four terrorist organisations [and] Review of the listing of six terrorist organisations
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee Review of the re-listing of Al-Qa'ida and Jemaah Islamiyah as terrorist organisations
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee Review of the re-listing of ASG, JuA, GIA and GSPC
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 and 4 related bills
  • National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee Review of the Griffin Legacy amendments

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee reports

The Senate adopted reports 13 and 14 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2007 Economics Committee to report by 17 September 2007
  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 Finance and Public Administration Committee to report by 4 September 2007
  • Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to report by 5 September 2007
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Dental Services) Bill 2007 Community Affairs Committee to report by 5 September 2007
  • Higher Education Endowment Fund Bill 2007 and a related bill Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee to report by 5 September 2007
  • Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (Cape York Measures) Bill 2007 Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee to report by 5 September 2007
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007 Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee to report by 6 September 2007
  • National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target Bill 2007 Economics Committee to report by 22 October 2007
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2007 Economics Committee to report by 11 September 2007
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 5) Bill 2007 Economics Committee to report by 5 September 2007
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2007 Economics Committee to report by 5 September 2007

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry of the Economics Committee into private equity markets to 20 August 2007.

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

Documents

Orders for the production of documents Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various portfolios 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

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Motions negatived

  • Aged pension moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)
  • Anniversary of the sinking of SIEV X moved by Senator Lundy
  • Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance funding moved by Senator Siewert
  • National Library of Australia, legal deposit scheme moved by Senator Lundy
  • Nuclear weapons moved by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison)

Notices of motion

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

Address by the Prime Minister of Canada

A message from the House of Representatives was reported inviting senators to attend an address by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. The Senate agreed to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for 11 September 2007 to enable senators to attend the address.

Statistics

Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet the Department of the Senate's online statistical collection.

* * * * * * * * * * * * 

Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day's proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate, on the Internet at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/pubs/index.htm

Related resources

The Order of Business (or Senate Red') and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone 6277 3021
e-mail: sds@aph.gov.au

Top