Wednesday 8 August 2007

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No. 52/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 6.51pm

New Senator

Senator Fisher gave her first speech.

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 8 August 2007]
  • Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Cosmetics) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 7 August 2007]
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 7 August 2007]
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Rights and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2007 [private senator's bill]
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007
    Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007
    Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008
    Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008
    [passed by the House of Representatives on 7 August 2007]

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

  • APEC Public Holiday Bill 2007
  • Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008
  • Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008
  • Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007
  • Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007

The following bills were debated

  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 and 4 related bills second reading debate commenced [The Opposition moved a second reading amendment expressing a view on the policy of the bills]

The following bill was passed

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (National Investigative Powers and Witness Protection) Bill 2006 [2007] [The House of Representatives will now consider the bill]

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disapprove defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) which would have disapproved a determination that amends Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2005/19 Principal Executive Office Classification Structure and Terms and Conditions.

A similar notice that had been set down for consideration on 10 September 2007 was withdrawn.

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Report tabled

  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee PDF 545KB of 2007 and PDF 1151KB of 2007 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

New inquiry

The Senate agreed to refer the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 and 4 related bills to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, at whatever stage the bills have reached at 12.45pm on 9 August 2007, for inquiry and report by 13 August 2007.

Proposed references

The Senate debated a proposal to refer matters relating to the detention and release of Dr Mohammed Haneef to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. The debate is scheduled to continue on Thursday, 9 August 2007.

A proposal to refer matters relating to the impact of the Trade Practices (Horticulture Code of Conduct) Regulations 2006 to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee was withdrawn.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Australia's involvement in international peacekeeping operations Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to report by 25 October 2007
  • Australia's public diplomacy Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to report by 16 August 2007

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to authorise the Economics Committee to hold a meeting while the Senate is sitting on 9 August 2007 from 4.30pm to 6pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into private equity markets.

Documents

Documents tabled

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Matters of public interest debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

  • Access by interest groups to the leaders of the Coalition and Labor parties moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)
  • Export of uranium moved by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) [debated as a matter of urgency first speaker]
  • India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty moved by Senator Milne
  • 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.

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