This Week at a Glance - 1 to 4 December 2008

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No. 84/2008

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.



Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills to be considered

The government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows:

1 December 2008
2 December 2008
3 December 2008
4 December 2008




For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Report presented out of sitting to be tabled on 1 December 2008

  • Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2008–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee

Reports on legislation due to be tabled this week

1 December 2008
  • A Bill for an Act about the Building Australia Fund, the Education Investment Fund and the Health and Hospitals Fund, and for other purposes and a related bill, together with a bill to establish the COAG Reform Fund, and for other purposes–Economics Committee
2 December 2008
  • Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008–Community Affairs Committee
4 December 2008
  • Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2008–Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee

Other reports due to be tabled this week

1 December 2008
  • Economics Committee–Joint marketing arrangements on the North West Shelf project
2 December 2008
  • Agricultural and Related Industries Select Committee–Pricing and supply arrangements in the Australian and global fertiliser market
3 December 2008
  • Economics Committee–Definition of unconscionable conduct for the purposes of Part IVA of the Trade Practices Act 1974
  • Economics Committee–Matters relating to the gas explosion at Varanus Island, Western Australia
4 December 2008
  • Community Affairs Committee–Government expenditure on Indigenous affairs and social services in the Northern Territory
  • Economics Committee–Disclosure regimes for charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee–Academic freedom in school and higher education
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Climate change and the Australian agricultural sector–Final report


Other business

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)
Motions to disallow to be considered

1 December 2008
4 December 2008


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