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No. 19/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.30pm

New Senator

Senator Christopher Back was sworn in as a senator for Western Australia to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation, on 30 January 2009, of Senator Ellison.


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following private senator’s bill was debated

  • Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were introduced, debated and passed

  • Federal Financial Relations Bill 2009
    Federal Financial Relations (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2009
    [These bills will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Tax Agent Services Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 6) Bill 2009

[These bills will now be assented to]

Variation to hours of meeting

The Senate agreed to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for 16 and 17 March 2009 to enable the Government’s legislative program to be considered.


For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports


The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee tabled additional information arising from the 2008-09 supplementary budget estimates hearings.

Reports tabled

Public meetings

The Senate authorised the following public meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Economics Committee–12 March 2009 from 6.30pm–Bank mergers
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–16 March 2009 from 4.45pm–Management of the Murray-Darling Basin system

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Community Affairs Committee–Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009 and a related bill–to report by 16 March 2009
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee–Annual reports tabled by 31 October 2008–to report by 19 March 2009
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–Annual reports tabled by 31 October 2008–to report by 17 March 2009
  • National Broadband Network Select Committee–to report by 22 June 2009
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–
    • 2008-09 additional estimates–to report by 31 March 2009
    • Management of the Murray-Darling Basin system–to report by 12 May 2009
    • Natural resource management and conservation challenges–to report by 12 May 2009

Notices of motion given

To refer matters to a committee

To vary terms of reference

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–notice given by Senator Macdonald


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.


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]

Orders for the production of documents

Statement by Minister

The Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (Senator Sherry) tabled a statement relating to the order of the Senate [agreed to on 3 December 2008] requiring the tabling of a document about section 86A of the Water Act 2007.

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]

Document tabled

  • Responses to a Senate resolution about:
  • Sri Lanka–from the Sri Lankan High Commissioner (His Excellency Mr Senaka Walgampaya, PC) [resolution agreed to 11 February 2009]

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed

Other business

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

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Statements by President

The President made statements relating to:

  • the retirement of Mr Trevor Fowler, Director of Hansard Projects, Department of Parliamentary Services
  • a matter raised by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) during debate on the Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008 concerning a motion to close the debate [see Senate Hansard]

Notices of motion

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


Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection.


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