Tuesday, 17 March 2009

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No. 22/2009

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 11.29pm

New Senator

Senator Back gave his first speech.


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

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2008-2009
  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2009

[passed by the House of Representatives on 16 March 2009]

The following bill was debated

  • Fair Work Bill 2008 Committee of the whole commenced 2 Opposition (1 as amended by Family First) and 38 Government amendments agreed to and 2 clauses negatived. 3 Australian Greens amendments to be determined

The following bills were agreed to subject to requests

  • Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009
    Excise Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009
    [See Journals entry no. 24, 16 March 2009 for previous consideration of the bills]

Notices of motion

To introduce a bill

  • Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 notice given by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans)

To enable bills to be taken together

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2008-2009
    Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2008-2009
    notice given by the Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig)



For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports


The following reports relating to estimates hearings were tabled:

Reports tabled

  • Electoral Matters Joint Committee 2007 federal election electronic voting trials Inquiry into the conduct of the 2007 election and matters related thereto Interim report [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Annual reports referred to committees Report no. 1 of 2009

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer matters relating to foreign investments in Australia to the Economics Committee.

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the following meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 19 March 2009 In camera hearing from 5.00pm Economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee 19 March 2009 from 10.00am Human rights mechanisms and the Asia-Pacific
  • Treaties Joint Committee 17 March 2009 from 8.00pm Private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1)

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Community Affairs Committee Implementation of recommendations of committee reports on child migration and Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children to report by 25 June 2009
  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Water Amendment (Saving the Goulburn and Murray Rivers) Bill 2008 to report by 7 May 2009

Notices of motion given

To establish a continuing order

  • Order of continuing effect relating to the requests for information or documents from a Commonwealth department or agency notice given by Senator Cormann

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Economics Committee 18 and 19 March 2009 from 6.30pm Exposure draft of the legislation to implement the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

To refer a matter to a committee


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.


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, including Governor-General's Proclamations]

Orders for the production of documents

Statement by Minister

The Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (Senator Stephens) made a statement about the order of the Senate [agreed to on 11 March 2009] requiring the tabling of documents concerning information relating to the Department of the Treasury modelling, Australia's Low Pollution Future: The economics of climate change mitigation no later than noon on 13 March 2009. The Minister indicated that the documents would not be provided. Senator Cormann and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) made statements in response.

Order with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio and the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time first question

Adjournment debate first speaker

Motion agreed to

Motions negatived

Motion debated

The Senate discussed matters relating to the Queensland economy, raised by Senator Brandis as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Proposed extra days of meeting for 2009

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) to enable the Senate to sit from 6 to 9 April 2009.

Death of Australian soldier

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) made a statement relating to the death of an Australian soldier on combat operations in Afghanistan. Party leaders and Senator Xenophon made statements in response [first speaker].

Notices of motion

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


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