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No. 71/2005

Thursday 13 October 2005

The Senate met from 9.30am until 8.38pm

For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  1. Customs Tariff Amendment (Commonwealth Games) Bill 2005
  2. Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications and Other Measures) Bill 2005

The following bills were passed
Without amendments or requests

  1. Consular Privileges and Immunities Amendment Bill 2005 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  2. Copyright Amendment (Film Directors’ Rights) Bill 2005 [This bill will now be assented to]
  3. Customs Tariff Amendment (Commonwealth Games) Bill 2005 [This bill will now be assented to]
  4. Migration and Ombudsman Legislation Amendment Bill 2005 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notice of motion given to introduce a bill

  1. Privacy (Equality of Application) Amendment Bill 2005–Notice of motion given by Senator Stott Despoja [Private senator’s bill]

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

Additional information tabled

  1. Budget estimates 2005-06–Four legislation committees [see Journals entries nos 19 and 39]

Reports tabled

  1. Consenting adults deficits and household debt: Links between Australia’s current account deficit, the demand for imported goods and household debt–Economics References Committee
  2. Matters relating to the Gallipoli Peninsula–Finance and Public Administration References Committee
  3. Operation of the wine-making industry–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee
  4. Publications Committee–7th report [report adopted]
  5. Student Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2005–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Government response to report tabled

  1. Corporate insolvency laws: A stocktake–Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

Reporting dates extended

  1. Report on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2005–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 9 November 2005
  2. Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2005, Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2005 and National Health Amendment (Budget Measures–Pharmaceutical Benefits Safety Net) Bill 2005–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 7 November 2005

Motion to refer a bill to be determined
The Senate agreed to defer to vote until after prayers on the next sitting day [7 November 2005] on a motion to refer the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee [for inquiry and report by 8 November 2005]

Motions defeated
To extend a reporting deadline
The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Marshall to extend the reporting deadline of the inquiry into industrial agreements by the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee [to report by 31 October 2005]


To refer a matter to a committee
The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Marshall to refer the industrial agreement-making system, and related matters, to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee

Notice of motion given
To refer a matter to a committee

  1. Australia’s response to the earthquake catastrophe in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 10 December 2005

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

  1. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi–moved by Senators Stott Despoja, Nettle and Humphries
  2. Earthquakes–Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan–moved by Senator Bob Brown

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

  1. United Nations–moved by Senator Milne
  2. Visual impairment–moved by Senator Allison
  3. Weedbuster Week–moved by Senator Milne
  4. Xue-Jun Wang–moved by Senator Brown

Motion debated

The Senate debated a motion moved by Senator Siewert about poverty in Australia [debated as a matter of public importance–link to first speaker]

Notices of motion
For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

  1. Auditor-General–Audit report no. 12 of 2005-06–Performance audit–Review of the evaluation methods and continuous improvement processes for Australia’s national counter-terrorism coordination arrangements
  2. Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  3. A petition was received

No government documents were tabled


Also in the Senate yesterday

  1. Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [first question]
  2. Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed
  3. Adjournment debate [first speaker]


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