Monday 16 October 2006

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No. 69/2006

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.26pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 12 October 2006]
  • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Bill 2006 and 2 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 11 October 2006]
  • Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Amendment Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 12 October 2006]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2006 Measures No. 4) Bill 2006 [passed by the House of Representatives on 9 October 2006]

The following bill was debated

  • Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2006 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2006–second reading debate continued [first speaker] [The Opposition moved a second reading amendment to the bill expressing a view about the bill’s policy]

The following bill was passed

  • Aged Care Amendment (Residential Care) Bill 2006– 2 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notice of motion given

A notice was given by the Minister for Justice and Customs to exempt the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Amendment Bill 2006 and the Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment Bill 2006 bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings]

Message from the House of Representatives

A message from the House was reported agreeing to the Trade Marks Amendment Bill 2006 without amendment. This bill will now be assented to.

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion proposed by Senator Murray to disapprove determinations that aggregate the charter and communications allowances of members of Parliament representing electorates covering 10,000km 2 or more. [first speaker]

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Crimes Amendment (Bail and Sentencing) Bill 2006–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Other reports

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to authorise the Economics Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate is sitting on 19 October 2006 from 3.30pm .

Other debates and motions

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Also in the Senate yesterday

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