Tuesday, 2 September 2008

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No. 50/2008

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 6.51pm


Senators Furner and Cash gave their first speeches.


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet < www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm >

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 1 September 2008]

The following bill was debated

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Removal of the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements and National Governance Protocols Requirements and Other Matters) Bill 2008–committee of the whole commenced

The following bill was passed

  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment Bill 2008 [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion

To introduce a private senators’ bill

  • Flags (Protection of Australian Flags) Amendment Bill 2008–notice given by Senator Barnett


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission [A motion to take note of the report was debated and agreed to]
  • Public Works Joint Committee–6th report of 2008–Referrals tabled March and June 2008

New inquiry

  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2]–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 24 September 2008

Private meeting

The Senate authorised the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee to hold a private meeting while the Senate is sitting on 2 September 2008.

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline:

  • The implementation, operation and administration of the legislation underpinning Carbon Sink Forests–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–to report by 23 September 2008

To refer matters to a committee:

  • Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2008 and related maters–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee–to report by 26 November 2008–the motion was subsequently withdrawn


Delegated legislation

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

Notices of motion to disallow given

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances gave a notice of motion to disallow the Student Assistance (Public Interest Certificate Guidelines) Determination 2008.

Notices of motion withdrawn

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances withdrew notices to disallow the following delegated legislation:

Orders for the production of documents

Notices of motion given

The following notices of motion were given requiring Ministers to table documents:

  • Documents relating to emissions-intensive companies –no later than 4.00pm on 4 September 2008–notice given by Senator Milne
  • Report of the Strategic Review of Climate Change Programs–no later than 4.00pm on 4 September 2008–notice given by Senator Milne

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ( Senator Carr ) tabled a ministerial statement about intercountry adoption. [A motion to take note of the statement was agreed to]

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Motion agreed to

Motion negatived

Motion debated

Notices of motion

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

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