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No. 55/2006

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary 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.

The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.19pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2006 [new Senate bill]
  • Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Security Plans and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 5 September 2006]
  • National Health Amendment (Immunisation) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 6 September 2006]

The following bill was debated

  • Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Bill 2006–Second reading debate continued [ first speaker ]

The following bill was passed

  • Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notice of motion

To introduce a bill

  • Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006–Notice of motion given by Senator Bartlett [private senator’s bill]

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow

The Senate continued to debate a motion to disallow Schedules 1 and 3 to the Parliamentary Entitlements Amendment Regulations 2006 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2006 No. 211 and made under the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990. [ first speaker]

Notice of intention to withdraw a notice

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave notice of his intention to withdraw a notice to disallow migration regulations relating to visa applications.


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Six legislation committees tabled reports on the examination of annual reports of government departments and agencies.

Other reports were tabled as follows

  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee–About time! Women in sport and recreation in Australia
  • Public Works Committee–Report No. 13 of 2006–Australian Institute of Police Management Redevelopment, North Head, Manly, NSW
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– Alert Digest No. 9 of 2006 and 7th report of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

New inquiry

The Senate referred the matter of workforce challenges in the Australian transport sector to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2007.

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee’s examination of annual reports of government departments and agencies to 7 September 2006.

Notice of motion

A notice of motion was given to schedule supplementary Budget estimates hearings from 30 October to 2 November 2006

Question on notice–failure to provide an answer

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services for an explanation of an answer not being provided to a question on notice relating to a proposed access card for health and welfare services. The Minister provided the answer.

Other debates and motions

The Senate agreed to motions about:

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

The Senate debated a matter of public importance about Telstra shareholders proposed by Senator Conroy . [ first speaker]

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Motion defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Ray requiring the tabling of documents held by Telstra Corporation relating to shareholder attitude surveys.

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the internet

Statements of compliance for several 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 Employment and Workplace Relations 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


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Related resources

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