This week at a glance: 6-8 February 2007

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No. 1/2007

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary (SDS) provides an overview of the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate that week. On subsequent days, SDS provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document which is useful in tracking the Business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen each day.


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Bills to be considered

The government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows

6 February 2007

  • Australian Citizenship Bill 2006 and a related bill
  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Border Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2006

7 February 2007

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2006
  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Modernising Import Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2006
  • Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Promoting Safer Workplaces) Bill 2005
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 6) Bill 2006

8 February 2007

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Audit Inspection) Bill 2006
  • Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill 2006
  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2006
  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities Amendment Bill 2006
  • Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Marking of Plastic Explosives) Bill 2006
  • Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2006
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 7) Bill 2006


Delegated legislation

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

Motion to be considered

A notice given by Senator Siewert to disallow an instrument that determines the Australian national catch allocation for southern bluefin tuna for the 2006/2007 season is due to be considered on 6 February 2007.


For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Reports on legislation due this week

6 February 2007

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006–Economics Committee

7 February 2007

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (National Investigative Powers and Witness Protection) Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

8 February 2007

  • Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment (Superannuation Contributions) Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Augmenting Offshore Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Bill 2006–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

Other reports due this week

6 February 2007

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Australia’s future oil supply

8 February 2007

  • Community Affairs Committee–Funding and operation of the Commonwealth-State/Territory Disability Agreement
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee–Transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure

Government response

A government response to the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on rural water resource usage was presented out of sitting and will be tabled on 7 February 2007.

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