Tuesday, 16 September 2008

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No. 55/2008

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 7.54pm


Senators Ryan and Ludlam gave their first speeches.


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet < www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm >

Bills considered

The following bill was passed

  • Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
  • a second reading amendment moved by Senator Xenophon referring a matter to the Economics Committee was agreed to
  • 8 items negatived and 1 amendment moved by Senator Xenophon agreed to

[The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2008–notice given by the Special Minister of State ( Senator Faulkner )
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2008–notice given by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy ( Senator Conroy )
  • Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 [No. 2]–notice given by Senator Ludlam [private senator’s bill]
  • Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2008–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Bob Brown ) [private senator’s bill]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Report tabled

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008–Economics Committee

New inquiry

The Senate agreed to refer certain health regulations, the subject of a disallowance motion by Senator Barnett , to the Finance and Public Administration Committee to report by 13 November 2008.

Public meetings

The Senate authorised the Economics Committee to hold the following public meetings while the Senate is sitting in relation to its inquiry into Australia ’s mandatory Last Resort Home Warranty Insurance scheme :

  • Wednesday, 17 September 2008, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday, 23 September 2008, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Wednesday, 24 September 2008, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Notice of motion given

A notice of motion was given to authorise the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to hold a meeting while the Senate is sitting on 18 September 2008 from 4.00pm for the committee’s inquiry into the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2].


The Senate agreed to the following appointments to committees:

  • Economics Committee–Senator Xenophon
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee–Senator Hanson -Young
  • Library Committee–Senator Fielding
  • Parliamentary Library Joint Committee–Senator Fielding


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]

Proposed rescission of disallowance

The Senate did not agree to rescind its resolution of 19 June 2008 disallowing a determination which amends and repeals the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007. [ first speaker]

Notice of intention to withdraw notices

Senator Barnett gave notice of his intention to withdraw a notice to disallow regulations repealing the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2006 and making the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) 2007.

Orders for the production of documents–Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts portfolio was 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] Documents tabled

Ministerial statements tabled

The Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law ( Senator Sherry ) tabled ministerial statements about :

  • The vast potential of Australia ’s geothermal resources
  • Progress on housing affordability programs

 Other business

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

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples –moved by Senator Siewert Motion debated

The Senate discussed issues relating to education, raised by Senator Mason as a matter of public importance. [ first speaker]

Notices of motion

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


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