Monday 11 September 2006

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No. 59/2006

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.25pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 7 September 2006]

The following bill was debated

  • Petroleum Retail Legislation Repeal Bill 2006– second reading agreed to and committee of the whole commenced– 2  Family First amendments 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)

Notices of motion to disallow given

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave notices to disallow the following delegated legislation relating to minimising the impact of human interaction with whales and dolphins:

Notice of intention to withdraw notices

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave a notice of intention to withdraw notices to disallow the following delegated legislation, prohibiting the broadcasting on certain television services of programs that encourage people to join or finance terrorist organisations:

  • Broadcasting Services (Anti-Terrorism Requirements for Subscription Television Narrowcasting Services) Standard 2006
  • Broadcasting Services (Anti-Terrorism Requirements for Open Narrowcasting Television Services) Standard 2006

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation were tabled as follows:

Other reports were tabled as follows:

  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Annual report of the committee’s activities, 2005-06
  • Migration Joint Committee–Negotiating the maze: Review of arrangements for overseas skills recognition, upgrading and licensing

Notices of motion given

To refer matters to a committee

To hold a meeting when the Senate is sitting

  • Public Works Joint Committee – 14 September 2006 from 3.30pm – Inquiry into the provision of facilities for project single LEAP


The Senate appointed Senator Fielding as a participating member of all legislative and general purpose standing committees.

Other debates and motions

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Stott Despoja about voluntary student unionism.

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the internet

Statements of compliance for various agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency contracts published on the internet

A statement of compliance for the Defence portfolio 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]


The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [ first question]
  • The President informed the Senate of the death on 10 September 2006 of His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou of Tonga
  • Adjournment debate [ first speaker ]


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