Wednesday 14 September 2006

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No. 62/2006

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 6.51pm

The Senate has now completed the Spring sittings and will commence its next sittings on 9 October 2006

Legislation

For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2006 [new Senate bill]
  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006 [new Senate bill]
  • Crimes Amendment (Bail and Sentencing) Bill 2006 [new Senate bill]
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (2006 Measures No. 1) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 September 2006]
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (2006 Measures No. 2) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 September 2006]
  • Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Trans-Tasman Banking Supervision) Bill 2006 [new Senate bill]
  • National Cattle Disease Eradication Account Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 September 2006]
  • Social Security (Helping Pensioners Hit by the Skills Shortage) Bill 2006 [private senator’s bill]

The following bill was debated

  • Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2006–Second reading debate continued [private senator’s bill] [ first speaker ]

The following bills were passed

  • Crimes Act Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill (No. 1) 2006– 8 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Medical Specialists) Bill 2005 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • National Health Amendment (Immunisation) Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Superannuation Safety and Other Measures) Bill 2005– 2 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Message from the House of Representatives

A message from the House was reported, agreeing to the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Maritime Security Guards and Other Measures) Bill 2005 [2006] without amendment. The bill will now be assented to.

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

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

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Estimates

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled as follows:

  • Community Affairs Committee –Budget estimates 2006-07
  • Economics Committee–Budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2005-06 and 2006-07
  • Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee–Budget estimates 2006-07
  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee–Budget estimates 2006-07
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee–Budget estimates 2006-07
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Additional and budget estimates 2005-06 and 2006-07


Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Bill 2005–Interim report–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee [Final reporting date extended to 9 October 2006]

Other reports

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to authorise the Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee to hold meetings while the Senate is sitting at various times.

New inquiries

The Senate referred to the Community Affairs Committee the question of legislative responses to the Lockhart review of the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002. The reporting date for the inquiry is 27 October 2006.

  • Senator Stott Despoja tabled an exposure draft of the Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) and Related Research Amendment Bill 2006

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 10 of the Selection of Bills Committee, which recommended the following references:

Community Affairs Committee

  • Aged Care Amendment (Residential Care) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 9 October 2006
  • Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 10 October 2006

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 6 October 2006
  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 6 October 2006
  • Communications Legislation Amendment (Enforcement Powers) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 6 October 2006
  • Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 6 October 2006
  • Background paper by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts on new services on digital spectrum–for inquiry and report by 6 October 2006


Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

  • Customs Amendment (2007 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2006 and a related bill–for inquiry and report by 9 October 2006
  • Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 10 October 2006

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

  • Corporations Amendment (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations) Bill 2006 and a related bill–for inquiry and report by 9 October 2006
  • Crimes Amendment (Bail and Sentencing) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 16 October 2006
  • Privacy Legislation Amendment (Emergencies and Disasters) Bill 2006–for inquiry and report by 12 October 2006

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee memberships.

Other debates and motions

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by Senator Stephens about the death of Mr Hakim Taniwal.

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Senator Bob Brown sought to move a motion about the right die with dignity. There was an objection to his request. The senator moved a procedural motion seeking to bring about debate on the matter, but this was not agreed to by the Senate. [ 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

Statements of compliance for 2 agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]


Departmental and agency contracts published on the internet

A statement of compliance for the Australian Research Council was tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents

The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [ first question]
  • Committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed
  • Adjournment debate [ first speaker ]

 

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