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This Week at a Glance - 22 to 25 September 2008

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No. 58/2008

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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

22 September 2008

  • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2008

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and 3 related bills

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008

23 September 2008

  • Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2008 and a related bill

  • Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

24 September 2008

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2008

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2008

  • First Home Saver Accounts (Further Provisions) Amendment Bill 2008 and a related bill

25 September 2008

  • AusLink (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2008

  • Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2008

  • Safe Work Australia Bill 2008 and a related bill




For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Report on legislation due to be tabled this week

24 September 2008

  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2]–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Other reports due to be tabled this week

23 September 2008

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Implementation, operation and administration of the legislation underpinning Carbon Sink Forests

25 September 2008

  • Community Affairs Committee–Mental health services in Australia–Final report


Other business

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow to be considered

A notice given by the Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee to disallow the Film Certification Advisory Board Rules 2008, which establish the Film Certification Advisory Board and specify procedures governing the Board’s operation is listed for consideration on 23 September 2008


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