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No. 66/2005

Thursday 6 October 2005

The Senate met from 9.30am until 7.43pm

Procedural changes

The Senate debated and agreed to recommendations of the Procedure Committee contained in its first report of 2005. The recommendations related to the storage of Senate documents and unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings.

For full text of bills and other associated documents

No bills were introduced in the Senate

The following bill was passed
With an amendment

  • Acts Interpretation Amendment (Legislative Instruments) Bill 2005–1 Government amendment agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill as amended]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

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

Motion to disallow regulations defeated
The Senate agreed not to disallow the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Export of Live-stock to Saudi Arabia) Order 2005 [F2005L01580], made under section 17 of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997

Notice of motion withdrawn
A notice of motion to disallow the Maritime Transport Security Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 115 and made under the Maritime Transport Security Act 2003 was withdrawn

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

For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports

Report tabled

  • Regional Partnerships and Sustainable Regions programs–Finance and Public Administration References Committee

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

Reporting date extended

  • Administration of the Migration Act–Legal and Constitutional References Committee–to report by 1 December 2005

Motions defeated
The Senate did not agree to refer the following matters to committees:

  • Arrest and deportation of American citizen, Mr Scott Parkin–Legal and Constitutional References Committee–moved by Senator Brown
  • Overtime and shift allowances–Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee–moved by Senator Fielding [amended by Senator Siewert]

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to motions about:

  • Compulsory voting for elections–moved by Senator Carr [debated as a matter of urgency–link to first speaker]
  • 2005 Nobel Prize winners Professor Barry J Marshall and Dr J Robin Warren–moved by Senators Eggleston and Webber

Motion debated

The Senate debated a motion moved by Senator Carr about the Australian electoral system [link to first speaker]

Motions defeated

The Senate did not agree to motions about:

Notices of motion
For other notices of motion not mentioned elsewhere


The following documents were tabled:

No government documents were tabled

Also in the Senate yesterday

  • Questions without notice and debate on issues arising in Question Time [first question]
  • Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed [first speaker]
  • Adjournment debate [first speaker]


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