Thursday, 10 September 2009

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No. 63/2009

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 6.36pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Access to Justice (Civil Litigation Reforms) Amendment Bill 2009
  • Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Termination Payments) Bill 2009
  • National Health Security Amendment Bill 2009
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety Levies) Amendment Bill 2009

[passed by the House of Representatives on 9 September 2009]

The following bills were passed

  • Military Justice (Interim Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2009 and a related bill [The House of Representatives will now consider these bills]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 4) Bill 2009 [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to enable bills to be considered together

  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety Levies) Amendment Bill 2009 and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment Bill 2009–notice given by the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig)

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2009 Measures No. 2) Bill 2009–agreeing to the amendment made by the Senate [The bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Estimates questions on notice–Failure to provide answers

Senator Barnett asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans) why answers had not been provided to questions placed on notice during the consideration of the 2009-10 Budget estimates by the Economics Legislation Committee. Senator Evans provided an explanation [a motion to take note of the explanation was agreed to].

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2009–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee

Other report

  • Treaties Joint Committee–104th report–Treaties tabled on 20 August 2009 [a motion to take note of the report was debated and agreed to]

Government responses tabled

  • Migration Joint Committee–Temporary visas…permanent benefits: Ensuring the effectiveness, fairness and integrity of the temporary business visa program
  • Publications Joint Committee–Printing standards for documents presented to Parliament
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee–Administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and related matters

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

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

  • Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—Criminal History) Bill 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 29 October 2009
  • Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Laws) Bill 2009–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 26 November 2009
  • Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2009–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 16 October 2009

Other references

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Hearing health in Australia–to report by the last sitting day in February 2010
  • Community Affairs References Committee–Suicide in Australia–to report by the last sitting day in April 2010
  • Economics References Committee–Australian dairy industry–to report by 28 February 2010
  • Privileges Committee–Possible contempt in relation to a witness to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee’s inquiry into access to justice

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate was sitting on 10 September 2009 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm for the committee’s inquiry into the fee rebate for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service export certification functions.

Notices of motion given

To extend a reporting deadline

  • Economics References Committee–Unlimited deposit and wholesale funding guarantees–to report by 17 September 2009

To refer matters to a committee

  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Matters relating to the Torres Strait region–to report by 26 February 2010


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]

Regulations disallowed

The Senate agreed to a motion to disallow the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 24 and made under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 [first speaker].

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion given

Senator Milne gave a notice of motion to require maps of Australian forest cover since 1990 to be tabled by 4.00pm on 16 September 2009.

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

Letters of advice for the Immigration and Citizenship and Treasury portfolios were tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolios were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Australian Parliamentary Delegation–Report–Canada and Mexico–18 April to 1 May 2009
  • President of the Senate–Report–Official visit to Chile–14 to 17 April 2009

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong) tabled a ministerial statement on an inquiry into a framework for referenda in Australia [a statement was made in relation to the document].

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions negatived

Motion debated

Notices of motion

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


Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection.


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