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No. 85/2005

Wednesday 30 November 2005 

The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.58pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Anti-Terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2005
  • Defence (Road Transport Legislation Exemption) Bill 2005
  • Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2005

The following bill was considered

  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005– second reading debate continued

No bills were passed

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given by Senator Ludwig to disallow item 2 [Division 1.4E––Sponsorship: trade skills training (incorporating Subdivisions 1.4E.1 to 1.4E.4)] of Schedule 7 of the Migration Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 9), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 240 and made under the Migration Act 1958 [The item will be deemed to be disallowed if the notice is not agreed to or withdrawn within 15 sitting days after 30 November 2005–ie by 29 March 2006]

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


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

  • ASIO’s questioning and detention powers: Review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of Division 3 of Part III in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979–ASIO, ASIS and DSD Joint Committee
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– Alert Digest No. 14 of 2005 and 13th and 14 threports of 2005 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]
  • Selection of Bills Committee– Report No. 14 of 2005 [report adopted] [contains recommendations to refer bills to legislation committees]

Motion agreed to

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by Senators Kemp and Lundy about Australian football and Commonwealth support

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Motion debated

The Senate debated a motion moved by Senator Milne about Australian ratification of the Kyoto protocol [debated as a matter of public importance–link to first speaker]

Notices of motion

For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

The Acting Deputy President tabled the final report to the Senate by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on tobacco issues [The report was tabled in response to the order of the Senate of 27 June 2002 on the motion of Senator Allison . The Senate took note of the document.]

Notice of motion given

Senator Sherry gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Treasurer to table all correspondence from 1 January 2003 until 1 December 2005 between the Department of the Treasury and the Treasurer, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Prime Minister, and the Attorney-General and the Treasurer, in relation to the nomination and appointment of Mr Robert Gerard to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia–no later than 2.30pm on 2 December 2005


The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General– Audit report no. 18 of 2005-06–Performance audit–Customs compliance assurance strategy for international cargo: Australian Customs Service
  • Clerk’s documents [disallowable instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Government documents [ and considered]
  • 3 petitions were received

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Matters of public interest debate [ first speaker ]
  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [ first question]
  • The Leader of the Nationals in the Senate made a statement relating to an article in the Daily Telegraph of 30 November 2005 concerning the abortion pill RU486
  • Adjournment debate [ first speaker ]

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