This Week at a Glance - 15 to 18 September 2008

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No. 53/2008

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

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



Senators will give their first speeches on the following dates:



Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>
A notice given by the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (Senator Stephens) to enable the Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills to be read a second time is listed for consideration on 17 September 2008.

Bills to be considered

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

15 September 2008

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008

  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

16 September 2008

  • Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2008 and a related bill

  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2008

17 September 2008

  • First Home Saver Accounts (Further Provisions) Amendment Bill 2008 and a related bill

  • Safe Work Australia Bill 2008 and a related bill

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills

18 September 2008

  • AusLink (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2008

  • Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2008



Other government business

The Senate will continue to debate the Address-in-reply to the Governor-General’s speech on 15 September 2008.



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Reports on legislation due to be tabled this week

15 September 2008

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee

16 September 2008

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008–Economics Committee

Other reports due to be tabled this week

17 September 2008

  • All standing committees–Reports on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2008

  • State Government Financial Management Select Committee

18 September 2008

  • Community Affairs Committee–Special disability trusts

Government response presented out of sitting due to be tabled this week

15 September 2008

  • Community Affairs Committee–The cost of living pressures on older Australians

Proposed references

15 September 2008

  • Progress on the implementation of recommendations contained in reports of the committee relating to child migration and institutional care–Community Affairs Committee

Expenditure on Indigenous affairs and social services in the Northern Territory–Community Affairs Committee


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