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No. 81/2005

Thursday 10 November 2005 

The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.07pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bill was introduced in the Senate

  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005

The following bills were passed

Without amendments

  • Corporations Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2005 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Workplace Relations Requirements) Bill 2005 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2005 Measures No. 3) Bill 2005 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • National Health Amendment (Immunisation Program) Bill 2005 [The bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

For a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Notice of intention given to withdraw notices

A notice of intention was given by the Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances to withdraw notices to disallow a number of instruments

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports


Additional information tabled

  • Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee–Additional estimates 2004-05 and budget estimates 2005-06
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee–Budget estimates (Supplementary) 2005-06

Reports tabled

  • Annual reports referred to legislation committees–Report no. 2 of 2005–Economics Legislation Committee
  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities Bill 2005– Economics Legislation Committee
  • Opportunities and challenges: Australia ’s relationship with China–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee
  • Publications Committee–8th Report [report adopted]
  • Review of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002–Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Loss Recoupment Rules and Other Measures) Bill 2005–Economics Legislation Committee

Documents tabled

  • The cancer journey: Informing choice–The delivery of services and treatment options for persons with cancer–additional information–Community Affairs References Committee
  • Ministerial correspondence relating to the scrutiny of delegated legislation, December 2004 to June 2005–Regulations and Ordinances Standing Committee

Government responses to committee reports tabled

  • Effectiveness of the National Native Title Tribunal in fulfilment of the Committee’s duties pursuant to subparagraph 206(d)(i) of the Native Title Act 1993–Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund Joint Committee
  • Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children–Community Affairs References Committee
  • Native Title Act 1993–Inquiry under section 206(d)–Second interim report: Indigenous land use agreements–Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund Joint Committee
  • Nursing: The patient profession: Time for action–Community Affairs References Committee
  • Office of the Chief Scientist–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee
  • Protecting vulnerable children: A national challenge–Inquiry into Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care–Community Affairs References Committee
  • Review of administration and expenditure for ASIO, ASIS and DSD–Number 3–ASIO, ASIS and DSD Joint Committee

New inquiry

  • Scope and opportunity for naval shipbuilding in Australia and related matters– Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in 2006


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

Reporting date determined

  • Geo-political and strategic aspects of Australia’s relationship with China–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 30 March 2006

Reporting date extended

  • Administration of the Migration Act–Legal and Constitutional References Committee –to report by 21 December 2005

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Motion debated

The Senate debated a motion moved by Senator O’Brien about Australia ’s border security

Questions on notice–failure to provide answers

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing ( Senator Patterson) for an explanation of answers not being provided to a number of questions on notice. Senator Patterson indicated that an explanation would be provided.

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere [see Journals entries 2 and 41]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Milne to require the Minister for Education, Science and Training to table certain correspondence relating to the CSIRO


The following documents were tabled:

  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

No petitions were received

No government documents were tabled

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time
  • Government documents, committee reports and government responses were discussed
  • Adjournment debate

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