Wednesday, 8 November 2006

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No. 81/2006

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.40pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

  • Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Bill 2006–Second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bill was passed

  • Crimes Amendment (Bail and Sentencing) Bill 2006– 2 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

Senator Bartlett gave notices of motion to introduce the following private senator’s bills:

  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Duration of Detention) Bill 2006
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Human Rights) Bill 2006

To exempt a bill from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings]

  • Maritime Legislation Amendment (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Bill 2006–notice given by the Minister for Justice and Customs

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

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)

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation were tabled as follows:

Other reports were tabled as follows:

  • Privileges Committee–129th report–Person referred to in the Senate–Dr Clive Hamilton [The Senate adopted the report and Dr Hamilton ’s response was incorporated in Hansard]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– Alert Digest No. 13 of 2006 and 10th report of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Documents tabled

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–Cybercrime; the trafficking of women for sexual servitude–Additional information

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 13 of the Selection of Bills Committee, which recommended the following references:

  • Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2006–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee–to report by 30 November 2006
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Bill 2006 and a related bill–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee–to report by 28 November 2006

Other references

The Senate referred matters relating to the changing nature of Australia ’s involvement in peacekeeping operations to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee for report by 17 August 2007.

Proposed reference

The Senate debated but did not agree to a proposal to refer matters relating to the adequacy of Australia’s aviation safety regime to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee.

Other debates and motions

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

The Senate discussed issues relating to inflation and productivity, raised by Senator Sherry as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

Also in the Senate yesterday

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