Wednesday 9 August 2006

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No. 46/2006

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 8.08pm

The following bill was introduced in the Senate

  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2006

The following bill was considered

  • Aboriginal Land Rights ( Northern Territory ) Amendment Bill 2006–Second reading debate continued

The following bill was passed without amendment

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Amendment Bill 2005 [2006] [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

The following message from the House of Representatives was reported

  • Do Not Call Register Bill 2006–The message reported that the House had agreed to the amendment made by the Senate

Notices of motion given

To introduce a bill

  • Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment (Antarctic Seals and Other Measures) Bill 2006–Notice of motion given by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

To divide a bill into two separate bills

  • Aboriginal Land Rights ( Northern Territory ) Amendment Bill 2006–Notice of motion given by Senators Evans, Bartlett and Siewert

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

Notices of motion withdrawn

Notices of motion to disallow certain instruments were withdrawn

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports


Additional information tabled

  • Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee–Additional and Budget estimates 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06

Reports tabled

  • Aboriginal Land Rights ( Northern Territory ) Amendment Bill 2006–Community Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Crimes Act Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill (No. 1) 2006–Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee
  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Modernising Import Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee
  • Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Documents tabled

  • Beyond petrol sniffing: Renewing hope for Indigenous communities–Community Affairs References Committee–Additional information
  • Provisions of the Fuel Tax Bill 2006 and the Fuel Tax (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2006–Economics Legislation Committee–Erratum
  • Public Service Bill 1997 and a related bill, and Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1998–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Additional information
  • Review of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002–Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–Further volumes of the Hansard record of proceedings
  • Work of Committees–1 January to 30 June 2006


The Senate agreed to discharge Senator Stott Despoja from the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Notice of motion given to extend a reporting deadline

  • Provisions of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2006– Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 16 August 2006

Motion defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Carr about the environmental assessment process for a proposed wind farm at Bald Hills, Victoria [debated as an urgency motion–link to first speaker]

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 Health and Ageing portfolios 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 reports nos 49 to 50 of 2005-06 [presented since the last sitting of the Senate]
  • Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference–Perth, 2 to 7 July 2006–Report
  • Business of the Senate–1 January to 30 June 2006 [a digest of all business considered by the Senate in the first half of 2006]
  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled, including Governor-General’s Proclamations]
  • Government documents [ and considered]
  • Government documents presented since the last sitting of the Senate
  • Questions on notice summary–16 November 2004 to 30 June 2006
  • 6 petitions were received

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on matters arising in Question Time [first question]
  • The President informed the Senate of the death, on 17 July 2006, of the Honourable Dr Reginald John David Turnbull, a senator for Tasmania from 1962 to 1974. The Senate agreed to a condolence motion moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
  • The President made a statement about the term of service of Senator Robert Ray
  • Adjournment debate [ first speaker ]


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