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THIRTY SIX BILLS—DECLARATION OF URGENCY—ALLOTMENT OF TIME

Declaration of urgency: The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Ian Campbell) declared the following bills to be urgent bills:

 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 [1999]

 Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1998 [1999]

 A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Bill 1998 and 26 related bills

 A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Bill 1999 and 3 related bills

 A New Tax System (Closely Held Trusts) Bill 1999 and 2 related bills,

and moved—That these bills be considered urgent bills.

Statement by leave: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner), by leave, made a statement relating to the declaration of urgency.

Question—That these bills be considered urgent bills—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 42


Senators—
AbetzCraneLeesPayne
AllisonEgglestonLightfootReid
AlstonEllisonMacdonald, IanStott Despoja
BartlettFergusonMacdonald, SandySynon
BoswellFerrisMacGibbonTierney
BourneGibsonMcGauranTroeth
BrownhillHeffernanMinchinVanstone
Calvert (Teller)HerronMurrayWatson
Campbell, IanHillNewmanWoodley
ChapmanKempParer
CoonanKnowlesPatterson

NOES, 28


Senators—
BishopCookForshawMurphy
BolkusCooneyGibbsO'Brien (Teller)
BrownCrossinHoggRay
Campbell, GeorgeCrowleyLundyReynolds
CarrDenmanMackaySchacht
CollinsEvansMargettsSherry
ConroyFaulknerMcKiernanWest

Question agreed to.


Allotment of time: Senator Ian Campbell moved—That the time allotted for consideration of the bills be as follows:

 (1) Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 [1999] and Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1998 [1999]—

(a) committee of the whole, as follows:

 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 [1999]

 chapters 2 to 4, dealing with assessment1 hour, or until 11.30 am on Wednesday, 23 June 1999, whichever occurs first clauses 38 to 42 and amendments dealing with forestry operations1hours, or until 1.30 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999, whichever occurs first chapter 5, dealing with biodiversity

commencing immediately after the previous item, until 2 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999; and recommencing at 3.30 pm until 4.30 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999 remainder of billcommencing immediately after the previous item, until 5 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999 Environmental Reform (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1998 [1999]until 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999

(b) remaining stages, both billsuntil 6 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999.

(2) A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Bill 1998 and 26 related bills—

(a) committee of the whole, as follows:

  A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Bill 1998

commencing immediately after conclusion of consideration of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998 [1999] and a related bill, until 7.20 pm on Wednesday, 23 June 1999; and

on Thursday, 24 June 1999, recommencing immediately after Prayers until 2 pm, and from 3.30 pm until 6.30 pm; and
on Friday, 25 June 1999, commencing immediately after Prayers until 11 am

  A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Bill 1998commencing immediately after conclusion of consideration of A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Bill 1998, until 1.30 pm on Friday, 25 June 1999

  A New Tax System (Compensation Measures Legislation Amendment) Bill 1998commencing immediately after conclusion of consideration of A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Bill 1998, until 3.30 pm on Friday, 25 June 1999

  A New Tax System (Bonuses for Older Australians) Bill 1998commencing immediately after Prayers, on Monday, 28 June 1999, until 1.30 pm

  A New Tax System (Personal Income Tax Cuts) Bill 1998commencing at 3.30 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999, until 4.15 pm

  remaining bills in packageuntil 4.45 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999

(b) remaining stagesuntil 5.15 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999.

(3) A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Bill 1999 and 3 related bills—

(a) 

()second reading

commencing no later than 7.30 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999, until 8.30 pm(b) ()remaining stages

until 9.15 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999.

(4) A New Tax System (Closely Held Trusts) Bill 1999 and 2 related bills—

(a) 

()second readingcommencing immediately after conclusion of consideration of A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Bill 1999 and 3 related bills, until 11 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999(b) ()remaining stagesuntil 11.45 pm on Monday, 28 June 1999.


(5) Consideration of any messages from the House of Representatives in relation to any of the billsupon a message from the House of Representatives being reported in respect of any of the bills and on any subsequent proceedings—15 minutes each message or group of messages reported.

Debate ensued.

Senator Ray moved the following amendment:

 Paragraph 2(a), omit "3.30 pm until 6.30 pm", substitute "3.30 pm until 10.30 pm".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 26


Senators—
BishopCrowleyLundyRay
BolkusDenmanMackayReynolds
BrownEvansMargettsSchacht
CarrFaulknerMcKiernanSherry
ConroyForshawMurphyWest
CooneyGibbsO'Brien
CrossinHoggQuirke (Teller)

NOES, 40


Senators—
AbetzCraneLeesPatterson
AllisonEgglestonLightfootPayne
BartlettFergusonMacdonald, IanReid
BoswellFerrisMacdonald, SandyStott Despoja
BourneGibsonMacGibbonSynon
BrownhillHeffernanMcGauranTambling
CalvertHerronMinchinTierney
Campbell, IanHillMurrayTroeth
ChapmanKempO'Chee (Teller)Watson
CoonanKnowlesParerWoodley

Question negatived.

Main question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 40


Senators—
AbetzCraneLeesPatterson
AllisonEgglestonLightfootPayne
BartlettFergusonMacdonald, IanReid
BoswellFerrisMacdonald, SandyStott Despoja
BourneGibsonMacGibbonSynon
BrownhillHeffernanMcGauranTambling
CalvertHerronMinchinTierney
Campbell, IanHillMurrayTroeth
ChapmanKempO'Chee (Teller)Watson
CoonanKnowlesParerWoodley

NOES, 26


Senators—
BishopCrowleyLundyRay
BolkusDenmanMackayReynolds
BrownEvansMargettsSchacht
CarrFaulknerMcKiernanSherry
ConroyForshawMurphyWest
CooneyGibbsO'Brien
CrossinHoggQuirke (Teller)

Question agreed to.