Wednesday 14 June 2006

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No. 36/2006

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.35pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Fuel Tax Bill 2006
  • Fuel Tax (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2006
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2006

The following bill was considered

  • Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006–second reading debate continued

The following bill was passed without amendment

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Tax Reduction and Improved Depreciation Arrangements) Bill 2006 [This bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion given to introduce a bill

  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006 –Notice of motion given by Senator Bartlett [Private senator’s bill]

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

For a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Notices of motion given

Notices of motion were given to disallow the following delegated legislation [The regulations will be deemed to be disallowed if the notices are not agreed to or withdrawn within 15 sitting days after 14 June 2006 –ie by 4 September 2006]:

  • Airworthiness Directive Part 39 – 105 – AD/750XL/6: Centre Console Wiring Loom, made under subregulation 39(1) of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998–notice given by Senator Scullion
  • Civil Aviation Order 82.1 Amendment Order (No. 2) 2006, made under paragraph 28BA(1)(b) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988–notice given by Senator Scullion
  • Instrument made by the Governor-General on 13 June 2006 under sub section 35(2) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988, disallowing the Civil Unions Act 2006 (ACT)–notice given by Senators Ludwig, Nettle and Stott Despoja
  • Instrument No. CASA 49/06, made under subregulations 42ZC(6) and 308(1) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988–notice given by Senator Scullion

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Proposed construction of housing for Defence at Fairview Rise, Ipswich, Queensland–10 th report of 2006–Public Works Joint Committee
  • Proposed HMAS Cairns redevelopment, Cairns, Queensland–9 th report of 2006–Public Works Joint Committee
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– PDF 463KB of 2006 and PDF 111KB of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]
  • Selection of Bills Committee– Report No. 5 of 2006 [report adopted] [contains recommendations to refer bills to legislation committees]

Public meeting

The Senate agreed that the following public meeting may be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–19 June 2006 from 5.45pm–Amphetamines and other synthetic drugs

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Pacific region seasonal contract labour–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee–to report by 18 October 2006
  • Water policy initiatives–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 30 November 2006

To hold public meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee–16 June 2006 from 9am–Australia’s national parks
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–19 June 2006 from 4.30pm–Implementation of recommendations on Australia’s military justice system
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Defence sub-committee–16 June 2006 from 9.30am to 11.15am–Defence annual report 2004-05
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Trade sub-committee–16 June 2006 from 11.45am to 4pm–Review of the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–16 June 2006 from 9.30am to 3.30pm–Certain taxation matters
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–22 June 2006 from 10am to noon–Financial reporting and equipment acquisition at the Department of Defence and Defence Materiel Organisation
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–23 June 2006 from 10am to 4pm–Auditor-General’s reports

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Questions on notice–failure to provide answers

Senator Allison asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage for an explanation of answers not being provided to questions on notice nos 1708 and 1709 relating to the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The minister did not provide an explanation but indicated that answers would be provided.

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

  • Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum–14 th annual meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15 to 20 January 2006 and visit to Papua New Guinea, 21 to 25 January 2006–Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation
  • Auditor-General– Audit report no. 46 of 2005-06–Performance audit–Commonwealth State Housing Agreement follow-up audit: Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Government documents [and considered]
  • 4 petitions were received

Also in the Senate yesterday

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