Wednesday, 28 March 2007

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No. 24/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.37pm

Legislation

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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2007 [new Senate bill]
  • Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2007 [new Senate bill]
  • Migration Amendment (Border Integrity) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives 27 March 2007]
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Information and Other Measures) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 26 March 2007]

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

  • Migration Amendment (Border Integrity) Bill 2006

The following bills were passed

  • Airports Amendment Bill 2006–33 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2007 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Information and Other Measures) Bill 2007 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Amendment Bill 2006–a message was reported advising that the House had made the amendments requested by the Senate–the bill was read a third time [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007 [The bill will now be assented to]
    Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 7) Bill 2006–1 Schedule negatived [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

  • Energy Savings (White Certificate Trading) and Productivity Bill 2007–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) [private senator’s bill]
  • Repatriation of Citizens Bill 2007–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) and Senator Stott Despoja [private senators’ bill]

Messages from the House of Representatives

Agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate to the following bills:

  • Aged Care Amendment (Security and Protection) Bill 2007 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Private Health Insurance Bill 2006
    Private Health Insurance (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006 [These bills 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 motion to disallow given

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) gave a notice to disallow Amendments 56, 59, 60 and 61 of the National Capital Plan made under section 19 of the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988.

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Public Works Joint Committee–First report of 2007–Redevelopment of propellant manufacturing and other specified capabilities at Mulwala
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– PDF 274KB of 2006 and PDF 327KB of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Document tabled

  • Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007–Economics Committee–Corrected version of comments on the report by Senator Joyce

New inquiries

The Senate referred the following matters to committees:

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee into workforce challenges in the Australian transport sector to 9 August 2007.

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline:

  • Australia ’s national parks – Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee –to report by 12 April 2007

To refer matters to a committee:

Membership

A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising that Ms Hall and Mr Wilkie had been appointed to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee.

Documents

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

Motions agreed to

Motions not agreed to

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals–see entries nos 12 and 36.

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