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No. 86/2005

Thursday 1 December 2005

The Senate met from 9.30am until 11.38pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Bill 2005
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Amendment Bill 2005
  • Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work) Bill 2005

The following bill was considered

  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005––second reading agreed to and committee of the whole commenced–28 Government amendments agreed to [The Senate agreed that the bill was “urgent”. The Senate also agreed to allot times when stages for the consideration of the bill would be completed. The Senate will consider the bill on Friday 2 December 2005 , with the final stage allotted by 6.00pm .]

No bills were passed

The following message from the House of Representatives was reported

  • Migration and Ombudsman Legislation Amendment Bill 2005–The message reported that the House of Representatives agreed to the bill without amendment [The bill will now be assented to]

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

Report tabled

  • Norfolk Island financial sustainability: The challenge–Sink or swim–National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee

Government responses to committee reports tabled

  • Australian Accounting Standards tabled in compliance with the Corporations Act 2001 on 30 August and 16 November 2004–Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee
  • Expanding Australia’s trade and investment relations with the Gulf States–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee
  • Planning for retirement–Superannuation Select Committee
  • Review of skilled labour migration programs 2004–Migration Joint Committee


The Senate agreed that Senator Hurley be appointed as a participating member of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation and References Committees.

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General– Audit report no. 19 of 2005-06–Performance audit–Managing for quarantine effectiveness—Follow-up: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Biosecurity Australia
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

No petitions were received

No government documents were tabled

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [ first question]
  • Senator Bob Brown informed the Senate of his appointment as Leader of the Australian Greens
  • Adjournment debate [ first speaker ]

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