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No. 89/2005

Tuesday 6 December 2005 

The Senate met from 12.30pm until 11.40pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

No bills were introduced in the Senate

The following bill was considered

  • Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Bill 2005–committee of the whole completed–30 Government amendments and 6 Government requests for amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the requests for amendments made by the Senate to this bill]

The following bills were passed

Without amendments

  • Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work) Bill 2005 [The bill will now be assented to]

With amendments

  • Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005–74 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Notices of motion given to introduce bills

  • Defence Legislation Amendment (Aid to Civilian Authorities) Bill 2005–Notice of motion given by the Minister for Defence
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Cooperative Fisheries Arrangements and Other Matters) Bill 2005–Notice of motion given by the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
  • Jurisdiction of Courts (Family Law) Bill 2005–Notice of motion given by the Minister for Justice and Customs
  • Jurisdiction of the Federal Magistrates Court Legislation Amendment Bill 2005–Notice of motion given by the Minister for Justice and Customs

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation  

Delegated legislation

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

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Detention centre contracts: Review of audit report no. 1, 2005-2006, Management of the detention centre contracts: Part B–Migration Joint Committee
  • Government advertising and accountability–Finance and Public Administration References Committee
  • Privileges Committee–124 th report–Person referred to in the Senate ( Professor David Peetz) [Response as recommended by the committee was incorporated in Hansard ]

Private meeting

The Senate agreed that the following private meeting may be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–7 December 2005

Notices of motion given

To establish a committee

To refer matters to committees

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation–Role and performance–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee –to report by 20 June 2006
  • Fiscal and regulatory barriers to the deployment of competitive manufacturing technologies in Australia and related matters–Economics References Committee –to report by 30 October 2006
  • Funding and resources available to meet the objectives of Australia’s national parks, other conservation reserves and marine protected areas and related matters–Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee –to report by 30 November 2006
  • Petitions tabled in the Senate on 6 December 2005 relating to the management and prevention of gynaecological cancers and sexually transmitted infections–Community Affairs References Committee –to report by the last sitting day in March 2006
  • Viability of a contract labour scheme between Australia and countries in the Pacific region and related matters–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee –to report by 17 August 2006

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the internet

A statement of compliance for the Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs portfolio was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies required to be tabled twice yearly; Senate order agreed to]


The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General– Audit report no. 20 of 2005-06–Performance audit–Regulation of private health insurance by the Private Health Insurance Administration Council
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Government documents
  • 2 petitions were received

Also in the Senate yesterday

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