Wednesday 16 August 2006

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No. 51/2006

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.40pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 2006 [a new Senate bill]
  • Petroleum Retail Legislation Repeal Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2006]
  • Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2006]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Repeal of Inoperative Provisions) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2006]

The following bill was considered

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2005 [2006]–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bill was passed with amendments and requests

  • Aboriginal Land Rights ( Northern Territory ) Amendment Bill 2006– [see amendments and requests agreed to on 14 and 15 August 2006] [The House of Representatives will now consider the requests made by the Senate]

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow regulations debated

The Senate commenced debate on a motion moved by Senator Bob Brown to disallow the Criminal Code Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 14), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 298, specifying the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terrorist organisation, and made under the Criminal Code Act 1995. [ first speaker]

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Appropriations and Staffing Committee– Annual report for 2005-06
  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Privileges Committee–128th report–Person referred to in the Senate–Mr Karl J. O’Callaghan, APM, Commissioner of Police, Western Australia [the Senate agreed that a response by Mr O’Callaghan to references to him made in the Senate be incorporated in Hansard]
  • Public Works Committee–Report no. 12 of 2006–Tactical unmanned aerial vehicle facilities project, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera , Queensland
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– Alert Digest No. 8 of 2006 and 6th report of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]
  • Selection of Bills Committee– Report No. 8 of 2006 [report adopted] [contains recommendations to refer bills to legislation committees]
  • Treaties Joint Committee–76th Report—Treaties tabled on 28 March and 10 May 2006

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given by Senator O’Brien to refer the administration of quarantine by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and its Ministers to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to report by the last sitting day in March 2006

Other debates and motions

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

The Senate debated a motion about t emporary business long stay visas which was moved by Senator Ludwig as a matter of public importance [first speaker]

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion given

Senator Wortley gave a notice of motion to require the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs to table a report by the Department of Immigration on T&R Pastoral and its employment of workers on section 457 visas–no later than 10.00am on 4 September 2006


The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday


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