Thursday 11 August 2005

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No. 48/2005

The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.59pm


Full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2005 Measures No. 4) Bill 2005
  • Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Protection of Submarine Cables and Other Measures) Bill 2005

The following bills were considered

  • Skilling Australia’s Workforce Bill 2005 and Skilling Australia’s Workforce (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2005–second reading debate continued [together with debate on a second reading amendment moved by the Australian Greens expressing a view about the bill’s policy]

The following bill was restored to the Notice Paper

  • Truth in Food Labelling Bill 2003 [Private senator’s bill. Consideration of the bill may be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament.]

The following bills were passed

Without amendments

  • Arts Legislation Amendment (Maritime Museum and Film, Television and Radio School) Bill 2005  [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Protection of Submarine Cables and Other Measures) Bill 2005 [The bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

Complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Motion to disallow regulations debated

The Senate resumed debate on a motion by Senator Bartlett to disallow the Migration Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 6) as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 171 and made under the Migration Act 1958. The debate will continue on a future sitting day. [The regulations will be deemed to be disallowed if the notice is not agreed to or withdrawn within 15 sitting days after 9 August 2005–ie. by 5 October 2005]

Notice of intention given to withdraw a notice

A notice of intention was given by the Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances to withdraw a notice to disallow the HIH Royal Commission (Transfer of Records) Regulations 2005, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 11 and made under the HIH Royal Commission (Transfer of Records) Act 2003

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


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Report tabled

  • Trafficking of women for sexual servitude–Supplementary report–Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee

Government responses to committee reports tabled

  • Annual reports referred to legislation committees–Report No. 1 of 2005–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
  • Norfolk Island: Review of the annual reports of the Department of Transport and Regional Services and the Department of the Environment and Heritage–National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee

New inquiry

  • Proposals relating to the unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings as contained in the 122nd report of the Committee of Privileges, its appendices and associated documents [Paragraph 3.60 of the 122nd report of the Committee of Privileges recommended the reference to the Procedure Committee. The Senate agreed to adopt the recommendation.]–Procedure Committee–no reporting date specified


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Motions debated

The Senate debated motions about:

Notices of motion

Other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 5 of 2005-06–Performance audit–A financial management framework to support managers in the Department of Health and Ageing
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • 3 petitions were received

No government documents were tabled

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice were answered
  • The President made a statement about unparliamentary conduct and made a ruling about the conduct. The Senate agreed to take note of the statement. Senator Allison moved a motion that the President’s ruling be dissented from. The Senate will debate the motion on the next sitting day.
  • Senators Adams (Lib, WA), Polley (ALP, Tas.) and Siewert (AG, WA) made their first speeches [Senators Joyce, Sterle and Trood will make their first speeches on 16 August 2005]
  • Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed
  • Adjournment debate [link to first speaker]

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