Thursday, 19 June 2008

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No. 38/2008

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 9.18pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2007-2008
    Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2007-2008
    [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2008]
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009
    [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2008]
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Control of Power Station Emissions) Bill 2008 [private senator's bill]
  • Evidence Amendment Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 18 June 2008]
  • Poker Machine Harm Minimisation Bill 2008 [private senator's bill]

The following bills were passed

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2007-2008
    Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2007-2008
  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco Content) Bill 2008
  • Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Bill 2008 and a related bill
  • Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2008
  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008
  • Farm Household Support Amendment (Additional Drought Assistance Measures) Bill 2008
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment (New Governance Arrangements for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Other Matters) Bill 2008
  • Health Care (Appropriation) Amendment Bill 2008
  • Health Insurance Amendment (90 Day Pay Doctor Cheque Scheme) Bill 2008
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (2008 Budget Measures) Bill 2008
  • Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (2008 Budget Measures) Bill 2008
  • Law Officers Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • Quarantine Amendment (National Health Security) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Election Commitments No. 1) Bill 2008 and 2 related bills
  • Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (2007 Election Commitments) Bill 2008

[These bills will now be assented to]

  • Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008 and a related bill 9 Liberal Party amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

The following private senators' bill was restored to the Notice Paper

  • Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising Bill) 2006 [2008]

Variation to days and hours of meeting

The Senate agreed to various changes to the days and hours of meeting. [See Journals entries 4 and 53]


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry of the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee into the sexualisation of children in the media to 25 June 2008.

Notices of motion given

To alter reporting deadlines:

  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008 Electoral Matters Joint Committee to report by 10 November 2008
  • Mental health services in Australia Community Affairs Committee to report by 25 September 2008


The Senate appointed Senator Stott Despoja as a member of the Economics Committee to replace Senator Murray for the committee's inquiry into Australia 's space science and industry sector.


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]

Regulations disallowed

The Senate agreed to a motion to disallow a determination which amends and repeals the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007. [first speaker]

Order for the production of documents

Statement by Minister

The Special Minister of State (Senator Faulkner) made a statement relating to the order of the Senate [agreed to on 15 May 2008 ] requiring the tabling of documents concerning defence procurement projects, and tabled a letter from the Minister for Defence to the President of the Senate.

Documents tabled

Ministerial statement tabled

The Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (Senator Stephens) tabled a ministerial statement: The Northern Territory response: One Year on. The Senate debated a motion (moved by Senator Bartlett) to take note of the statement.

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Notices of motion

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


Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet the Department of the Senate's online statistical collection.


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