Tuesday 17 October 2006

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No. 70/2006

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 8.30pm
For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered
The following bills were introduced

  • Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 17 October 2006]
  • Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 October 2006]

The following bills were exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings]

  • Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Amendment Bill 2006
  • Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment Bill 2006

The following bills were passed

  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2006 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Privacy Legislation Amendment (Emergencies and Disasters) Bill 2006– 2 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notice of motion
To introduce a bill
A notice of motion was given by Senator Ludwig to introduce the Crimes Amendment (Victim Impact Statements) Bill 2006 [private senator’s bill]

Delegated legislation
See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)
See Documents for details of instruments [Clerk’s documents] tabled
For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

The Economics Committee tabled additional information arising from the 2004-05 budget estimates

Public meeting
The Senate authorised the Economics Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate is sitting on 19 October 2006 from 3.30pm for the committee’s inquiry into petrol pricing in Australia.

Notices of motion given
To extend reporting deadlines:

  • A notice was given to extend various reporting deadlines of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting:

  • Several notices were given to authorise various committees to meet during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate appointed Senator Bernardi to replace Senator Mason as a member of the Finance and Public Administration Committee for the period 23 October to 22 December 2006.
Other debates and motions
The Senate did not agree to motions about:

The Senate discussed issues relating to Australians living in poverty, raised by Senators Evans, Bartlett and Siewert as a matter of public importance [first speaker]

Notices of motion
For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents
Notice of motion given
Senator Nettle gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Attorney-General to table lists providing details of passengers purported to have boarded the vessel known as SIEV X –no later than 11am on 19 October 2006.
The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [first question]
  • The President made a statement about a matter raised after question time on 12 October 2006 by Senator Troeth
  • Adjournment debate [first speaker]

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