Monday, 1 September 2008

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No. 49/2008

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.09pm



Senators Cameron , Hanson-Young and Feeney gave their first speeches.



Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered
The following bills were introduced

  • Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 4) Bill 2008

[passed by the House of Representatives on 28 August 2008]
The following bills were debated

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–second reading agreed to [an Opposition second reading amendment referring the bill to a committee was agreed to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was passed

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 3) Bill 2008 [The bill will now be assented to

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation



For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Reports tabled
Report on legislation

  • Unit Pricing (Easy comparison of grocery prices) Bill 2008–Economics Committee

Other reports

  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee:
    • 411th report–Progress on equipment acquisition and financial reporting in Defence
    • 412th report–Audit reports reviewed during the 41st Parliament

New inquiry

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee–to report by 15 September 2008

Public meetings

The Senate authorised committees to hold various public meetings while the Senate is sitting [see Journals entries nos 3 and 10]

Notices of motion given
To refer matters to committees:

  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2]–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 17 September 2008
  • Progress on the implementation of recommendations contained in reports of the committee relating to child migration and institutional care–Community Affairs Committee–to report by the last sitting day in March 2009

The Senate agreed to appoint the following senators as members of committees:

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding)
  • Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities Select Committee–Senators Hanson-Young and Ludlam–participating members

A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising of the following appointments to committees:

  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Mr Robb
  • Public Works Joint Committee–Mr Price in place of Mr Hale



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]

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:

Orders for the production of documents

Statement by Minister
The Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong) made a statement relating to the order of the Senate [agreed to on 27 August 2008] requiring the tabling of documents concerning the Coorong and Lower Lakes in South Australia. Senator Birmingham took note of the statement.

Orders with continuing effect
Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet
A statement of compliance for the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General was 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
Statements of compliance for various agencies were 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]

Ministerial statement tabled
The Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (Senator Stephens) tabled a ministerial statement about reform of employment services in Australia.


Other business

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

Motion agreed to

Motion debated

Statements by leave

Senator Adams made a statement relating to the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program. Senator Hurley responded to the statement.

Senator Hutchins made a personal explanation relating to comments made in the House of Representatives by Mr Slipper and to newspaper articles of 31 August 2008 concerning alleged security breaches on HMAS Stuart.

Notices of motion

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

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