This Week at a Glance - 1 to 4 September 2008

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No. 48/2008

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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.


Senators will give their first speeches on the following dates:



Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills to be considered
The government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows

1 September 2008

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 3) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills

2 September 2008

  • Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Removal of the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements and National Governance Protocols Requirements and Other Matters) Bill 2008

3 September 2008

  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 4) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008

4 September 2008

  • AusLink (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2008
  • Aviation Legislation Amendment (2008 Measures No. 1) Bill 2008
  • Aviation Legislation Amendment (International Airline Licences and Carriers’ Liability Insurance) Bill 2008
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • Horse Disease Response Levy Bill 2008 and 2 related bills
  • Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Datum) Bill 2008
  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008




For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Reports due to be tabled this week

2 September 2008

  • Unit Pricing (Easy comparison of grocery prices) Bill 2008–Economics Committee

3 September 2008

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee–Waste management in Australia and the Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee–Lobbying code of conduct
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Implementation, operation and administration of the legislation underpinning Carbon Sink Forests

4 September 2008

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Climate change and the Australian agricultural sector
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Meat marketing

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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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