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AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET BILL 2004E TRADE PRACTICES AMENDMENT (AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET) BILL 2004E HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 2004E FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (SUGAR REFORM) BILL 2004

Messages from the House of Representatives were reported transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following bills:

 Message no. 623, dated 22 June 2004—A Bill for an Act relating to the regulation of energy markets, and for related purposes.

 Message no. 622, dated 22 June 2004—A Bill for an Act to provide for the Australian Energy Regulator, and for related purposes.

 Message no. 624, dated 23 June 2004—A Bill for an Act to amend higher education legislation, and for related purposes.

 Message no. 625, dated 23 June 2004—A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security and veterans' entitlements, and for related purposes.

The Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz) moved—That these bills may proceed without formalities, may be taken together and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bills read a first time.

Senator Abetz moved—That these bills be now read a second time.

Consideration of legislation: Pursuant to order, the debate was adjourned and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the first day in the next period of sittings.


Senator Abetz moved—That the Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004 and the Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Sugar Reform) Bill 2004 be listed on the Notice Paper as separate orders of the day.

Question put and passed.