Thursday 10 February 2005

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No. 4/2005

The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.02pm

[The Senate will meet again on 7 March 2005. Senate legislation committees will meet next week to examine additional estimates.]

Additional estimates 2004-05

For Budget Papers, Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements and related papers click here

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs tabled the particulars of proposed additional expenditure for 2004-05 [the amounts contained in the appropriation bills]. The Senate agreed to a motion moved by the Minister to refer the particulars, the final budget outcome 2003-04 and the Issues from the Advance to the Finance Minister to legislation committees for examination and report. [This motion initiates the additional estimates hearings process.] Portfolio additional estimates statements for the Department of the Senate and portfolio and executive departments were also tabled [and see Committees, Estimates]


For full text of bills and other associated documents click here

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • AusLink (National Land Transport) Bill 2004
  • AusLink (National Land Transport—Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2004

The following bill was considered

  • Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflicts) Bill 2003 [2004]–second reading debate continued

The following bills were passed

Without amendments

  • Australian Sports Commission Amendment Bill 2004 [2005] [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Adjustment of Certain FTB Child Rates) Bill 2004 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill 2004 [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Private Health Insurance Incentives Amendment Bill 2004 [This bill will now be assented to]

See the Committees section for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

For a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes) click here

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


For scheduled public committee hearings click here

For committee reports click here


Additional estimates hearings 2005

The Senate agreed to a schedule of estimates hearings by legislation committees and to reporting dates for the 2004-05 additional estimates and the 2005-06 Budget estimates

Additional information tabled

  • Budget estimates 2004-05–Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Reports tabled

  • Australian Accounting Standards tabled in compliance with the Corporations Act 2001 on 30 August and 16 November 2004–Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee
  • National Health Amendment (Prostheses) Bill 2004–Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Government response to committee report tabled

  • Superannuation Select Committee–Superannuation and standards of living in retirement: The adequacy of the tax arrangements for superannuation and related policy


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

New inquiry

The Senate agreed to the following new inquiry:

  • Cancer treatment–delivery of services and options for treatment, and related matters–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 23 June 2005

Notice of motion given

To refer matters to a committee

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere click here


The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 26 of 2004-05Performance audit–Measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of e-government
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • A petition was received

No government documents were tabled

Also in the Senate yesterday

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