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No. 55/2006

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

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

The Senate met from 12.30pm until 8.30pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2006 [Passed by the House of Representatives on 4 September 2006]

The following bill was debated

  • Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006–Second reading debate continued [ first speaker ]

Notice of motion

To introduce a bill on the next sitting day

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2006–Notice given by the Minister for the Arts and Sport

Delegated legislation

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

Motions to disallow

The Senate did not agree to a motion to disapprove Clause 2.2 of Determination 2006/11: Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Public Office and Members of Parliament, made pursuant to the Remuneration Act 1973 [ first speaker]

The Senate commenced debate on a motion to disallow Schedules 1 and 3 to the Parliamentary Entitlements Amendment Regulations 2006 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2006 No. 211 and made under the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 [ first speaker]

A notice of motion to disallow Schedule 1 of the same regulations was withdrawn.

See Documents for details of instruments [Clerk’s documents] tabled


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline

  • Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee– examination of annual reports tabled by 30 April 2006–to report by 7 September 2006

To refer a matter to a committee

  • Workforce challenges in the Australian transport sector – Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee –to report by the last sitting day in June 2007


The Senate appointed Senator Crossin to replace Senator Lundy on the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee for its inquiry into Australia ’s indigenous visual arts and craft sector.

Other debates and motions

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by Senator Watson about Tasmanian forestry issues.

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

See also Journals entry no. 22.

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion given

Senator Ray gave a notice of motion requiring documents held by Telstra Corporation relating to shareholder attitude surveys to be tabled no later than Thursday 19 October 2006.

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the internet

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


The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday


The Senate Daily Summary is available on the Internet at

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate, on the Internet at

Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the ‘Dynamic Red’ (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available on the Internet at

Contact details

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