Monday, 23 June 2008

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No. 40/2008

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.10pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Australian Energy Market Amendment (Minor Amendments) Bill 2008 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2008]
  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2] [private senators' bill]

The following bills were debated

  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009
    second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Commonwealth Securities and Investment Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Reserve Bank Amendment (Enhanced Independence) Bill 2008 1 Australian Democrat and 2 Opposition amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Employment Entry Payment) Bill 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Report tabled

  • Economics Committee Australia's space science and industry sector Interim report [A motion to take note of the report was debated and agreed to first speaker]

Government response tabled

A government response to the report of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee on workplace agreements was tabled.

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Mental health services in Australia Community Affairs Committee to report by 25 September 2008
  • Rights of the Terminally Ill (Euthanasia Laws Repeal) Bill 2008 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to report by 25 June 2008

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline:

  • Australia's involvement in peacekeeping operations Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to report by 31 July 2008

To refer matters to committees:


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]

Notice of motion to disallow given

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley) gave a notice of motion to the Torres Strait Regional Authority Section 142S Declaration 2008.

Notices of intention to withdraw notices

Notices of intention to withdraw notices to disallow 5 instruments were given.

Orders for the production of documents Document tabled

The Special Minister of State (Senator Faulkner) tabled a statement relating to sports and recreation facilities [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 17 June 2008 on the motion of Senator Bernardi]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General Audit report no. 42 of 2007-08
  • Parliamentary Zone proposal and documentation relating to the construction of a childcare centre within Parliament House. A notice of motion was given to extend the approval. [A motion to take note of the documents was agreed to]
  • A petition

Ministerial statements tabled

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) tabled ministerial statements about:

  • Australian participation in OECD Working Group on Bribery
  • Commonwealth chief nursing and midwifery and other health reforms
  • East Timor

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Adjournment debate first speaker

Motions agreed to

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to the rules for questions and a matter raised by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) during question time on 19 June 2008.

Notices of motion

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


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