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Notice given 16 October 2006

*588  Chair of the Economics Committee (Senator Brandis): To move—That the Economics Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 19 October 2006, from 3.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into petrol pricing in Australia.

*589  Senators Murray and Heffernan: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the fundamental human rights and protections contained in the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, and notes in that regard:

(i)  the release on 11 October 2006 of the UN Secretary-General’s ‘Study on violence against children’, which sheds light on the scale and impact of violence done to children across cultures, classes and ethnic origins,

(ii) that the report states that the majority of violence perpetrated on vulnerable children around the world is carried out by people who are part of their daily lives, and

(iii) that the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission urges the Government to consider the report’s recommendations to counter violence against children; and

(b) supports the Government investing heavily to protect children in Australia from violence, including by:

(i) investing in violence prevention programs that address immediate risk factors, such as lack of parent-child attachment, family breakdown, abuse of alcohol and/or drugs,

 

 (ii) developing economic and social policies that address in a substantial way significant economic and social circumstances such as poverty, income gaps and other forms of inequality that negatively affect children, and

(iii) placing the issue of child abuse and neglect front and centre in the Coalition of Australian Government’s processes.

*590  Senator Siewert: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that 15 October to 21 October 2006 is Anti-Poverty Week;

(b) acknowledges that the main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

(i) strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia, and

(ii) encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments;

(c) expresses concern about the unacceptably high levels of poverty in Australia and the growing gap between rich and poor;

(d) recognises that children growing up in poverty face poorer health, education, employment and life outcomes (the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling suggests that more than 10 per cent of Australian children can be said to be growing up in poverty);

(e) acknowledges that a disproportionate percentage of Indigenous Australians live in poverty and that studies show that nearly half of all Indigenous children live in families where incomes are below the Henderson poverty line;

(f) supports using Australia’s strong economy to improve the living standards and life chances of all Australians; and

(g) urges the use of poverty impact statements in government reporting and decision-making.

*591  Senator Siewert: To move—That the Senate—

(a) recognises the devastating impact of the continued drought on Australian communities;

(b) acknowledges the scientific consensus that climate change is impacting on Australia’s water resources; and

(c) calls for a national water summit to address Australia’s water crisis.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Torres Strait Regional Authority—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator McLucas, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2005—Social justice (Report no. 3/2005)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Kirk, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

 

 4  Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report on state revenue sharing relativities—2006 update

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Watson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Kirk, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

Australian Taxation Office—Government Co-contribution Scheme—Quarterly report for the period 1 October to 31 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 12 October 2006 ).

Indigenous Business Australia—Corporate plan 2006-2008

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Kirk, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Personal identifiers 017/05 to 019/05 and 020/06 to 048/06, dated 28 March 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 12 October 2006 ).

Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 017/05 to 019/05 and 020/06 to 048/06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 12 October 2006 ).

Australia-Indonesia Institute—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 12 October 2006 ).

10  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Personal identifiers 049/06 to 055/06, dated 9 May 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

11  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 049/06 to 055/06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

12  Australian Livestock Export Corporation Limited (Livecorp)—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

13  Australian Taxation Office—Government Co-contribution Scheme—Quarterly report for the period 1 January to 31 March 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

 

 14  Roads to Recovery Programme—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 12 October 2006 ).

15  Northern Territory Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 12 October 2006 ).

16  Australian National University—Report for 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Kirk, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

17  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Personal identifiers 056/06 to 066/06, dated 14 June 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 12 October 2006 ).

18  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 056/06 to 066/06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 12 October 2006 ).

19  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Report for the period 1 July 2004 to 23 March 2005 [Final]

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Eggleston, 7 September 2006 ).

20  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Personal identifiers 067/06 to 069/06, dated 15 August 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the report ( Senator Kirk, in continuation, 7 September 2006 ).

21  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 067/06 to 069/06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the report ( Senator Kirk, in continuation, 7 September 2006 ).

22  Housing Assistance Act 1996 —Report for 2004-05 on the operation of the 2003 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 September 2006 ).

23  Migration Act 1958 —Section 440A—Conduct of Refugee Review Tribunal reviews not completed within 90 days—Report for the period 1 March to 30 June 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 September 2006 ).

 

 24  Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—Protection visa processing taking more than 90 days—Report for the period 1 March to 30 June 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 September 2006 ).

25  Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—Implementation of the recommendations of the Palmer report of inquiry into the circumstances of the immigration detention of Cornelia Rau—12 month progress report, dated September 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Moore—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 12 September 2006 ).

26  Australian Law Reform Commission—Report no. 104—Fighting words: A review of sedition laws in Australia, July 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sterle—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Wortley, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

27  Indigenous education and training—National report to Parliament 2004

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 11 October 2006 ).

28  Medibank Private Limited—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 9 October 2006 ).

29  Medibank Private Limited—Statement of corporate intent 2007-2009

Consideration ( 9 October 2006 ).

30  ASC Pty Ltd—Statement of corporate intent 2006-2009

Consideration ( 9 October 2006 ).

31  Western Australian Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2003-04

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

32   Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 —Live-stock mortalities for exports by sea—Report for the period 1 January to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

33  Surveillance Devices Act 2004 —Commonwealth Ombudsman’s report on inspection of surveillance device records for the period 1 January to 30 June 2006—Australian Crime Commission

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

34  Australian War Memorial—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

35  National Residue Survey—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

36  Australian Electoral Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

37  Australian Bureau of Statistics—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

 

 38  Gene Technology Regulator—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

39  Crimes Act 1914 —Authorisations for the acquisition and use of assumed identities—Report for 2005-06—Australian Crime Commission

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

40  Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal—Report for 2005-06 [Final report]

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

41  Reserve Bank of Australia—Equity and diversity—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

42  Payments System Board—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

43  Final Budget Outcome 2005-06—Report by the Treasurer (Mr Costello) and the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin), September 2006

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

44  Australian Strategic Policy Institute Limited—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

45  National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)—Report for 2005-06 on the operation of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

46  CrimTrac Agency—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

47  National Health and Medical Research Council—Review of the implementation of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s strategic plan 2003-2006, June 2006

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

48  Customs Act 1901 —Conduct of customs officers [Managed deliveries]—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

49  Health Services Australia Ltd (HSA Group)—Statement of corporate intent 2006-2009

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

50  Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority—Report for 2005-06, incorporating the report of the Australian Sports Drug Agency for the period 1 July 2005 to 13 March 2006

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

51  Australian Film, Television and Radio School—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 10 October 2006 ).

 

 52  Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 —Report for 2005-06 on consultants engaged under section 4 of the Act

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ray, in continuation, 11 October 2006 ).

Orders of the Day

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

( This bill may be considered together with the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004] during the second reading debate, order of 13 October 2005 .)

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflicts) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Bartlett and Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bishop, in continuation, 10 February 2005 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

( This bill may be considered together with the Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004] during the second reading debate, order of 13 October 2005 .)

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Financial Management and Accountability (Anti-Restrictive Software Practices) Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

10  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

 

 11  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

12  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

13  National Animal Welfare Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

14  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

15  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

16  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

17  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

18  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

19  Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

20  Sexuality and Gender Identity Discrimination Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bernardi, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

21  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill ) —( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

22  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

23  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

24  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

 

 25  Communications—Telstra

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has failed to ensure that telecommunications service standards are up to scratch in rural and regional Australia,

(ii) the chief of the Government’s telecommunications inquiry, Mr Dick Estens, has said that telecommunications services in the bush remain a ‘shemozzle’, and

(iii) selling Telstra will cost the budget $255 million over the next 4 years; and

(b) calls on the Government to keep Telstra in majority public ownership to ensure reliable telecommunications services for all Australians ( Senator Heffernan, in continuation, 18 November 2004 ).

26  Criminal Code Amendment (Workplace Death and Serious Injury) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 30 November 2004 ).

27  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

In committee ( committee to consider the bill as reported by the committee of the whole on 15 May 2003 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 1 December 2004 ).

28  Senate Voters’ Choice (Preference Allocation) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 9 December 2004 ).

29  Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Marshall )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 9 December 2004 ).

31  Economy

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate—

(a) notes the deterioration in the economy including the record current account deficit of 7.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), record net foreign debt of $422 billion, the negative household savings ratio and among the lowest GDP growth rates of the advanced economies; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to acknowledge that there are severe economic imbalances in the economy that threaten to push interest rates still higher,

(ii) to implement policies that will lift the productive potential of the economy,

(iii) to invest in skills development to ease skill shortages which are now at 20 year highs, and

(iv) to support infrastructure investment to ease capacity constraints and inflation pressures and promote exports ( Senator Lundy, in continuation, 10 March 2005 ).

32  Spyware Bill 2005—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 May 2005 ).

 

 33  Family and Community Services—Welfare reform

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Wong—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s cuts to the incomes of the most vulnerable families in Australia, its introduction of a parents’ dole and a disability dole, and its failure to effectively tackle the need for real welfare reform ( 12 May 2005 ).

34  Migration Amendment (Act of Compassion) Bill 2005

Migration Amendment (Mandatory Detention) Bill 2005—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Nettle and the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 16 June 2005 ).

35  National Animal Welfare Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 June 2005 ).

36  Taxation Laws Amendment (Scholarships) Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 21 June 2005 ).

37  Transparent Advertising and Notification of Pregnancy Counselling Services Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 23 June 2005 ).

38  Truth in Food Labelling Bill 2003 [2005]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp), in continuation, 15 September 2005 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 August 2005 ).

39  Employment—Skills shortages—Training policies

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate notes that:

(a) the Howard Government’s training policies since 1996 have contributed to Australia’s current skills shortages in the traditional trades; and

(b) the Government’s inaction in addressing this national skills crisis is hurting Australian businesses, families, young people and the economy ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

40  Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Ministerial responsibility

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate expresses its deep concern that the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Vanstone) has failed to take responsibility for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs despite the ongoing revelations and rising financial and human cost of the portfolio mismanagement ( 18 August 2005 ).

 

 41  36th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, APIA, Samoa, 11 to 15 July 2005 and ancillary meetings—Report by Deputy President Senator John Hogg and Deputy Speaker the Honourable Ian Causley MP, dated August 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ferguson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 6 September 2005 ).

42  Parliament—Senate—Processes and procedures

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate condemns the Government’s arrogant abuse of its Senate majority in subverting the Senate’s processes and procedures ( Minister for Ageing (Senator Santoro), in continuation, 8 September 2005 ).

43  Enhancements to the Australian Defence Force military justice system, 5 October 2005—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bishop—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Hogg, in continuation, 5 October 2005 ).

44  Australian electoral system

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate opposes attempts by the Government to restrict the franchise and reduce the transparency of the Australian electoral system ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz), in continuation, 6 October 2005 ).

45  Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill 2001 [2005]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 9 November 2005 ).

46  Law and Justice—Australia’s border security

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate notes the incompetence of the Howard Government in its failure to protect Australia’s border security, quarantine and environmental integrity and its fishery resource in northern Australia and northern Australian waters ( Senator Ronaldson, in continuation, 10 November 2005 ).

48  Community Affairs References Committee—Children in institutional care—States and territories—Response—Letters to the President of the Senate, responding to the resolutions of the Senate of 29 December 2005, from the—

Minister for Family and Community Services (Northern Territory) (Ms Lawrie), dated 9 January 2006

Premier of Queensland (Mr Beattie), dated 22 December 2005

Premier of Victoria (Mr Bracks), dated 23 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Murray—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 7 February 2006 ).

49  Administration—Government accountability

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate notes that:

(a) over a decade in office the Howard Government has established a new low for government integrity and accountability; and

(b) the Howard Government’s record is littered with scandals involving rorts, waste and incompetence ( 2 March 2006 ).

 

 50  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 30 March 2006 ).

51  Family and Community Services—Child care

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Lundy—That the Senate condemns the Howard Government for ignoring in the Budget the urgent needs of parents struggling with the cost, availability and quality of child care, noting:

(a) the incompetence of the Howard Government in allocating $60 million for child care places that will never be delivered given that there are already 100 000 unallocated places due mainly to the shortage of child care professionals;

(b) the failure to bring forward the 30 per cent rebate on out-of-pocket child care expenses despite criticism of the rebate from the Government’s own backbench and the fact that child care fees are rising far in excess of other goods and services; and

(c) that parents who cannot find child care, cannot work, adding to the skills shortage ( Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp), in continuation, 11 May 2006 ).

52  Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 15 June 2006 ).

53  Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 15 June 2006 ).

54  Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Access to Detention Centres) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 June 2006 ).

55  Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin), in continuation, 14 September 2006 ).

56  Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas Repeal) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

57  Privacy (Extension to Political Acts and Practices) Amendment Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

 

 58  Australian Defence Force commitment to southern Iraq—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

59  Australian Defence Force commitment to Afghanistan—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 August 2006 ).

60  Family and Community Services—Housing affordability

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government for its failure to address the widely acknowledge affordability crisis in Australia’s rental and home ownership markets; and

(b) calls on the Howard Government to show leadership on this critical issue by working with state, territory and local governments, industry, business and the not-for-profit sector to develop a national housing strategy.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Bartlett —Omit paragraph (a), substitute:

“(a) condemns the Howard Government and the state and territory Labor governments for their failure to address the widely acknowledged affordability crisis in Australia’s rental and home ownership markets; and” ( Senator Sherry, in continuation, 10 August 2006 ).

61  Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 August 2006 ).

62  Migration Legislation Amendment (Return to Procedural Fairness) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 17 August 2006 ).

63  Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 7 September 2006 ).

64  Health—Medibank Private

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government is divided over the sale of Medibank Private,

(ii) the public is concerned about the consequences of the sale of Medibank Private and its impact on the affordability of private health insurance, and

(iii) despite government promises to keep private health insurance premiums low, they have risen by almost 40 per cent since 2001; and

(b) calls on the Government to abandon plans to sell-off Medibank Private.

 

And on the amendment moved by Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) —At the end of paragraph (b), add “, unless the Government is prepared to produce a white paper that substantiates and supports its proposal, to engage in a genuine period of public consultation, and to be able to confirm it has widespread public support for its sale” ( 7 September 2006 ).

65  Migration Legislation Amendment (Complementary Protection Visas) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 13 September 2006 ).

66  Social Security (Helping Pensioners Hit by the Skills Shortage) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Evans )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator George Campbell, in continuation, 14 September 2006 ).

67  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2003 [2006]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Bartlett and McLucas )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 10 October 2006 ).

68  Migration Legislation Amendment (Enabling Permanent Protection) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

69  Skills for the future—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Wong, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).