This week at a glance: 16-19 June 2008

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No. 34/2008

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day's proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.


A series of speeches will be made during the fortnight, recognising the contribution of those senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2008.


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills to be considered

The government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows

16 June 2008

  • First Home Saver Accounts Bill 2008 and 2 related bills
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2008
  • Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008 and a related bill

17 June 2008

  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 2) Bill 2008

18 June 2008

  • Dental Benefits Bill 2008 and a related bill
  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (2008 Budget Measures) Bill 2008

19 June 2008

  • 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
  • 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
  • Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment 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
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Employment Entry Payment) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2008 Measures No. 1) Bill 2008
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Election Commitments No. 1) Bill 2008 and 2 related bills
  • Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (2007 Election Commitments) Bill 2008



For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Reports presented out of sitting to be tabled on 16 June 2008

Reports on legislation

  • Reserve Bank Amendment (Enhanced Independence) Bill 2008 Economics Committee Interim report and final report
  • National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target Bill 2007 [2008] and Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment (Renewable Power Percentage) Bill 2008 Economics Committee

Other reports

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice Interim report
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee 4th report of 2008 and Alert Digest No. 4 of 2008

Reports due to be tabled this week

16 June 2008

  • Housing Affordability in Australia Select Committee
  • Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

18 June 2008

  • Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008] Community Affairs Committee

19 June 2008

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice

Proposed references

16 June 2008

Other business

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow to be considered

A notice given by Senator Watson to disallow an order providing conditional relief from managed investment scheme registration, financial product disclosure and AFS licensing provisions under the Corporations Act 2001 for the operation of collective investment schemes authorised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore is listed for consideration on 17 June 2008.


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