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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
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Senator ELLISON (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) (9:31 AM) —I move:

(1)   That estimates hearings by legislation committees for the year 2005 be scheduled as follows:

   2004-05 additional estimates:

   Monday, 14 February and Tuesday, 15 February and, if required, Friday, 18 February (Group A)

   Wednesday, 16 February and Thursday, 17 February and, if required, Friday, 18 February (Group B)

   2005-06 Budget estimates:

   Monday, 23 May to Thursday, 26 May and, if required, Friday, 27 May (Group A)

   Monday, 30 May to Thursday, 2 June and, if required, Friday, 3 June (Group B)

   Monday, 31 October and Tuesday, 1 November (supplementary hearings—Group A)

   Wednesday, 2 November and Thursday, 3 November (supplementary hearings—Group B).

(2)   That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments to committees agreed to by the Senate.

(3)   That committees meet in the following groups:

   Group A:

   Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

   Finance and Public Administration

   Legal and Constitutional

   Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

   Group B:

   Community Affairs

   Economics

   Employment, Workplace Relations and Education

   Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

(4)   That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

   Tuesday, 15 March 2005 in respect of the 2004-05 additional estimates; and

   Monday, 20 June 2005 in respect of the 2005-06 Budget estimates.