Wednesday 15 August 2007

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No. 57/2007

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.55pm


Senator Cormann gave his first speech.

Valedictory speeches were given for Senator Calvert [first speaker]


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • APEC Public Holiday Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 August 2007]
  • Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007 [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 August 2007]
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2007 [new Senate bill]
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2007 [new Senate bill]
  • Water Bill 2007 and a related bill [passed by the House of Representatives on 14 August 2007]

The following bills were debated

  • Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 and 4 related bills Committee of the whole continued 2 clauses to be determined

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 Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave a notice of motion to disallow principles that outline the process that the Secretary to the Department of Health and Ageing will undertake in investigating complaints or information brought to his or her attention regarding the responsibilities of a residential or community aged care provider

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee Review of the re-listing of Hizballah's External Security Organisation
  • Public Works Joint Committee
    • Report No. 6 of 2007 Fit-out of new leased premises for the Department of Health and Ageing at the Woden Town Centre
    • Report No. 7 of 2007 Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth , Malaysia Australian Defence Force facilities rationalisation
    • Report No. 8 of 2007 RAAF Base Pearce redevelopment stage 1, Pearce , Western Australia
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee Alert Digest No. 10 of 2007 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Documents tabled

  • Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 and 4 related bills Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Additional information

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee into the current level of academic standards of school education to 13 September 2007.


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

  • Montreal Protocol moved by Senator Milne
  • Sexualisation of children in the media moved by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) and the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Coonan)

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

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

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