Monday, 7 September 2009

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No. 60/2009

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 10.30pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet <>

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • ACIS Administration Amendment Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 August 2009]
  • Automotive Transformation Scheme Bill 2009 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 August 2009]
  • National Consumer Credit Protection Bill 2009 and 2 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 August 2009]
  • Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Prohibition of Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2009 [private senator's bill]

The following bill was debated

  • Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 [No. 2] second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment Bill 2009
  • Safe Work Australia Bill 2008 [No. 2]
  • Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2009
    Veterans' Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform) Bill 2009

[These bills will now be assented to]

Message from the House of Representatives

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2009 agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate [The bill will now be assented to]

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Termination Payments) Bill 2009 Economics Legislation Committee
  • National Consumer Credit Protection Bill 2009 and 2 related bills Economics Legislation Committee
  • National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2009 Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009 Economics Legislation Committee

Other report

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Rural and regional access to secondary and tertiary education opportunities Interim report [reporting date for the final report extended to 29 October 2009]

Documents tabled

  • Finance and Public Administration Committee Residential and community aged care in Australia Additional information
  • Migration Joint Committee Immigration detention in Australia: Facilities, services and transparency Correction to dissenting report by Senator Hanson-Young

Public meeting

The Senate authorised the Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee to hold a public meeting while the Senate was sitting on 7 September 2009 from 4.00pm for the committee's inquiry into the Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2009.

Notices of motion given

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Parliamentary Superannuation Amendment (Removal of Excessive Super) Bill 2009 to report by 17 September 2009
  • Finance and Public Administration References Committee Relationship between the Central Land Council and Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation Pty Ltd to report by 26 November 2009

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee
    • 9 September 2009 from 11.15am to 1.30pm Role of the Auditor-General in monitoring compliance with the Guidelines on Campaign Advertising'
    • 16 September 2009 from 11.15am to 1.30pm Review of the Auditor-General Act 1997

To refer a matter to a committee


The Senate agreed to discharge Senator Humphries from and appoint Senator Scullion to the National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee.


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]

Notice of motion withdrawn

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances withdrew a notice of motion to disallow the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 1) [homepage].

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

The Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong) tabled the report of the National Preventative Health Taskforce Australia: The healthiest country by 2020 National preventative health strategy the roadmap for action [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 19 August 2009 on the motion of Senators Cormann and Barnett]

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

Letters of advice for various agencies 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 various agencies were tabled [see Journals entries nos 19 and 28] [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General Audit report no. 2 of 2009-10
  • Government documents
  • Responses to Senate resolutions about:
    • Death of Ms Natalya Estemirova from the Ambassador of the Russian Federation (His Excellency Alexander Blokhin) [resolution agreed to 18 August 2009]
    • Federal Court of Australia registry services in Australia from the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia (the Honourable Michael Black, AC) [resolution agreed to 12 August 2009] [a motion to take note of the response was debated and agreed to first speaker]
  • 2 petitions

Ministerial statements tabled

The Assistant Treasurer (Senator Sherry) tabled ministerial statements on:

  • Commonwealth response to the interim report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to]
  • The Montara oil spill incident and response

Other business

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

Motion negatived

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) about parliamentary consideration of Australian Defence Force personnel in Afghanistan.

Motion debated

The Senate discussed issues relating to the Building the Education Revolution program, raised by Senator Parry as a matter of public importance. [first speaker]

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to a matter of privilege raised by Senator Milne about evidence given before the Climate Policy Select Committee and the Fuel and Energy Select Committee [a motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to first speaker].

Notices of motion

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


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