Thursday, 13 August 2009

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No. 53/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 6.17pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Safe Work Australia Bill 2008 [No. 2]
  • Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2009

[Passed by the House of Representatives on 12 August 2009]

The following bill was debated

  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and Other Measures) Bill 2009 second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were defeated by a majority vote

  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 and 10 related bills defeated at second reading [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
    Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
    [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Supervision and Enforcement) Bill 2009 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009] [first speaker] [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to give precedence

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2009 and a related bill to have precedence over all other government business until determined notice given by Senator Milne

Motion considered

The Senate did not agree to a motion to give precedence to a private senator's bill (Crimes Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Child Protection from Predatory Tourism Offences) Bill 2008) on 17 August 2009.


For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Documents tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee
    • Private Health Insurance (National Joint Replacement Register Levy) Bill 2009 Additional information
    • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform and Other 2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009 Additional information
  • Community Affairs References Committee Lost innocents and forgotten Australians revisited: Report on the progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the lost innocents and forgotten Australian reports Additional information

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
    • Migration Amendment (Immigration Detention Reform) Bill 2009 to report by 20 August 2009
    • Personal Property Securities Bill 2009 to report by 20 August 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee
    • Access to justice to report by 30 October 2009
    • Australia's judicial system and the role of judges to report by 17 September 2009


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership [see Journals entries nos 12 and 32].


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

  • Clerk's documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Orders for the production of documents Order with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

A letter of advice for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government was tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Global warming petition to the United States Government signed by 31 478 American scientists
  • Parliamentary zone proposal and documentation to install additional CCTV cameras in the parliamentary precinct. A notice of motion was given to extend the approval.

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports were discussed

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question
Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

  • Establishment of a National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)

Motion debated

Notices of motion

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


Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet the Department of the Senate's online statistical collection.


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