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SELECTION OF BILLS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REPORT NO. 9 OF 2004

The Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator Ferris) tabled the following report:

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 9 OF 2004

 1. The committee met on Tuesday, 22 June 2004.

 2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

  (a) the provisions of the Anti-terrorism Bill (No. 2) 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 5 August 2004;

  (b) the provisions of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Investment Program Amendment (Post-2005 scheme) Bill 2004 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Post-2005 Arrangements) Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 12 August 2004; and

  (c) the following bills not be referred to committees:

    Corporate Law Economic Reform Program (Audit Reform and Corporate Disclosure) Bill 2003

    Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

    Australian Energy Market Bill 2004

    Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Energy Market) Bill 2004.

 The committee recommends accordingly.

 3. The committee considered a proposal to refer the Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2004 to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, but was unable to reach agreement on whether the bill should be referred.

 4. At the request of Senator Mackay, the committee considered a proposal to refer the Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Bill 2003 to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee for further consideration, but was unable to reach agreement on whether the bill should be referred.

 5. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to the next meeting:

Bill deferred from meeting of 10 February 2004

   Racial and Religious Hatred Bill 2003 [No. 2].

Bill deferred from meeting of 23 March 2004

   Resale Royalty Bill 2004.


Bill deferred from meeting of 30 March 2004

   Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004.

Bill deferred from meeting of 15 June 2004

   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Bill 2004.

Bill deferred from meeting of 22 June 2004

   Renewable Energy Amendment (Increased MRET) Bill 2004.

 Jeannie Ferris

 Chair

 23 June 2004.

Senator Ferris moved—That the report be adopted.

Senator George Campbell moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "and, in respect of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Bill 2003, the bill be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 September 2004".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,29


Senators—
BishopCrossin (Teller)LudwigRay
BrownEvansLundySherry
BucklandFaulknerMarshallStephens
Campbell, GeorgeForshawMcLucasWebber
CarrHarradineMooreWong
CollinsHoggMurphy
ConroyHutchinsNettle
CookKirkO'Brien

NOES, 40


Senators—
AbetzColbeckJohnstonPatterson
AllisonCoonanKempPayne
BarnettEggleston (Teller)KnowlesRidgeway
BartlettEllisonLeesSantoro
BoswellFergusonLightfootScullion
BrandisFerrisMacdonald, IanStott Despoja
CalvertFifieldMasonTchen
Campbell, IanGreigMcGauranTroeth
ChapmanHeffernanMinchinVanstone
CherryHumphriesMurrayWatson

Question negatived.

Senator Greig moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "and, in respect of the Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2004, the bill be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, in accordance with the proposal to the Selection of Bills Committee, for inquiry and report by 7 October 2004".

Debate ensued.


The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads (Senator Ian Campbell) moved the following amendment to Senator Greig's proposed amendment:

 Omit "7 October 2004", substitute "5 August 2004".

Debate ensued.

Question—That Senator Ian Campbell's amendment to Senator Greig's proposed amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzCoonanKempPayne
BarnettEggleston (Teller)KnowlesSantoro
BoswellEllisonLightfootScullion
BrandisFergusonMacdonald, IanTchen
CalvertFerrisMasonTroeth
Campbell, IanFifieldMcGauranVanstone
ChapmanHarradineMinchinWatson
ColbeckJohnstonPatterson

NOES, 33


Senators—
AllisonCookLudwigRay
BartlettCrossin (Teller)LundyRidgeway
BishopEvansMarshallStephens
BrownForshawMcLucasStott Despoja
BucklandGreigMooreWebber
Campbell, GeorgeHoggMurphyWong
CarrHutchinsMurray
CherryKirkNettle
ConroyLeesO'Brien

Question negatived.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.