Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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No. 77/2008

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.28pm.


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Customs Amendment (Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2008 and a related bill [passed by the House of Representatives on 12 November 2008]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Education Refund) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 11 November 2008]
  • Transport Security Amendment (2008 Measures No. 1) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 11 November 2008]

The following bill was debated

  • Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Bill 2008–second reading agreed to and committee of the whole commenced–1 Government amendment agreed to and 1 Part negatived [further amendments and requests remain to be considered]

The following bills were defeated by a majority vote

  • National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008 and a related bill–defeated at the second reading [first speaker]

The following bill was agreed to with requests

  • Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—Superannuation) Bill 2008–3 Government and 1 Opposition amendments agreed to and 2 Government requests for amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments requested by the Senate]

Messages from the House of Representatives

  • Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008–agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Greenhouse Gas Storage) Bill 2008–agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Safe Work Australia Bill 2008–insisting on disagreeing to the amendments made and insisted on by the Senate [The Senate will reconsider the amendments disagreed to by the House on a future sitting day]



For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports


The Senate agreed to a motion establishing dates for estimates hearings for 2009.

Reports tabled

  • Economics Committee–Lost in Space? Setting a new direction for Australia’s space science and industry sector [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Procedure Committee–Third report of 2008–Restructuring question time
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–Alert Digest No. 12 of 2008 and 12th report of 2008 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Community Affairs Committee to hold a private meeting while the Senate is sitting on 12 November 2008.

Notices of motion given

To establish committees:

To extend a reporting deadline:

  • Natural resource management and conservation challenges–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 12 March 2009

To refer a matter to a committee:

  • Exposure draft of the Personal Property Securities Bill 2008–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 24 February 2009

To vary resolutions of appointment of certain select committees:


The Senate discharged Senator Fierravanti-Wells from and appointed Senator Fifield to the Fuel and Energy Select Committee.



Delegated legislation

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

  • Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Documents tabled

Ministerial statement tabled

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator McLucas) tabled a ministerial statement about global food security.


Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Matters of public interest debate–first speaker
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Days of meeting

The Senate agreed to a motion establishing the days of meeting for 2009.

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals.


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