Monday, 4 December 2006

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No. 90/2006

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.28pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 29 November 2006]

The following bill was debated

Notices of motion

To introduce a bill

  • Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006–Notice given by Senators Allison, Bob Brown , Bishop and Bartlett and [private senators’ bill]

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings]

  • Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2006
  • Royal Commissions Amendment (Records) Bill 2006

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment (Antarctic Seals and Other Measures) Bill 2006–Agreeing to the bill without amendment [This bill will now be assented to]

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert 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


The Economics Committee tabled additional information relating to supplementary hearings on the budget estimates 2006-07.

Reports tabled

  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Review of security and counter terrorism legislation. This report was debated [first speaker]
  • Migration Joint Committee– Australia -New Zealand committee exchange program–Report of the parliamentary delegation, 27 to 31 August 2006
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–409th report–Developments in aviation security since the committee’s June 2004 report no. 400
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– 12th report of 2006– Entry, search and seizure provisions in Commonwealth legislation

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to extend the reporting deadline of the Finance and Public Administration Committee for its inquiry into the transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure to 8 February 2007.

Other debates and motions

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

Document tabled

  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission–Report to the Australian Senate on anti-competitive and other practices by health funds and providers in relation to private health insurance for the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 [The report was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 25 March 1999 on the motion of Senator Harradine and amended on 18 September 2002]


The following documents were tabled:

  • Australian parliamentary delegation–Inter-Parliamentary Union–115th Assembly, Geneva, 16 to 19 October 2006 and a visit to Portugal, 20 to 25 October 2006–Report
  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled, including Governor-General’s Proclamations]
  • 2 petitions

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Senator Evans informed the Senate that he and Senator Conroy had been re-elected to the positions of Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, respectively.
  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [first question]
  • The President made a statement relating to unparliamentary language and a matter raised by Senator Bob Brown on 1 December 2006.
  • Adjournment debate [first speaker]

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