Wednesday 21 June 2006

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No. 42/2006

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The Senate met from 9.30am until 8.01pm


For full text of bills and other associated documents

The following bills were introduced in the Senate

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2006-2007
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2006-2007
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2005-2006
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2005-2006
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2006-2007
  • Crimes Act Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill (No. 1) 2006
  • Customs Legislation Amendment (Modernising Import Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2006
  • Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Bill 2006
  • Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006
  • Public Works Committee Amendment Bill 2006
  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2006
  • Trade Marks Amendment Bill 2006

The following bills were considered

  • Do Not Call Register Bill 2006–second reading agreed to [details of the bill will be considered in committee of the whole on a future sitting day]
  • Do Not Call Register (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006–second reading agreed to [details of the bill will be considered in committee of the whole on a future sitting day]

The following bill was passed without amendment

  • Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [The bill will now be assented to]

The following messages from the House of Representatives were reported

  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Subscription Television Drama and Community Broadcasting Licences) Bill 2006–The message reported that the House of Representatives agreed to the bill without amendment [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Excise Laws Amendment (Fuel Tax Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2006–The message reported that the House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate [The bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion given

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

  • Law Enforcement (AFP Professional Standards and Related Measures) Bill 2006
  • Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Bill 2006
  • Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Delegated legislation

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

  • Corporate responsibility: Managing risk and creating value–Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee
  • Persons referred to in the Senate (Certain persons on behalf of the Exclusive Brethren)–Committee of Privileges–127 th report [Response as recommended by the committee was incorporated in Hansard]
  • Proposed fit-out of new leased premises for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission at 120 Collins Street, Melbourne–11 th report of 2006–Public Works Joint Committee
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee– PDF 135KB of 2006 and PDF 6279KB of 2006 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Document tabled

  • Senators’ Interests Committee–Register of senators’ interests incorporating statements of registrable interests and notifications of alterations of interests of senators lodged between 6 December 2005 and 19 June 2006


The Senate agreed to appoint Senator Wortley as a participating member of the Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees and the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation and References Committees

Motion debated

The Senate debated a motion moved by Senator Evans to refer the proposals to alter the structure of the Senate committee system to the Procedure Committee–to report by 17 August 2006 . The Minister for Justice and Customs moved an amendment to change the reporting date to 10 August 2006 .

Notices of motion given

To refer matters to committees

  • Indigenous visual arts industry and related matters– Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee–no reporting date
  • Proposed security treaty or pact with Indonesia and related matters–Treaties Joint Standing Committee–to report by 15 August 2006

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Notices of motion

For notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

  • Auditor-General– Audit report no. 47 of 2005-06 –Performance audit–Funding for communities and community organisations: Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Australian parliamentary delegation–European Institutions and Norway , 22 April to 6 May 2006–Report
  • Clerk’s documents [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]
  • Government documents
  • Register of senior executive officers’ interests, June 2006–Department of the Senate
  • A petition was received

Also in the Senate yesterday

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