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Orders of the Senate

Committees

1  Allocation of departments

Departments and agencies are allocated to the legislative and general purpose standing committees as follows:

Community Affairs

Family and Community Services

Health and Ageing

Economics

Treasury

Industry, Tourism and Resources

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education

Employment and Workplace Relations

Education, Science and Training

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Environment and Heritage

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Finance and Public Administration

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Finance and Administration

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Defence (including Veterans’ Affairs)

Legal and Constitutional

Attorney-General

Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Transport and Regional Services

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

( 1 May 1996, amended 2 September 1997, 21 October 1997, 11 November 1998, 8 February 2001 and 13 February 2002 .)

2  Estimates hearings

(1) That estimates hearings by legislation committees for the year 2002 be scheduled as follows:

2001-02 additional estimates:

Monday, 18 February and Tuesday, 19 February and, if required, Friday, 22 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 20 February and Thursday, 21 February and, if required, Friday, 22 February ( Group B )

2002-03 budget estimates:

Monday, 27 May to Thursday, 30 May and, if required, Friday, 31 May ( Group A )

Monday, 3 June to Thursday, 6 June and, if required, Friday, 7 June ( Group B )

Wednesday, 20 November, and, if required, Friday, 22 November ( supplementary hearings-Group A )

Thursday, 21 November and, if required, Friday, 22 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:

Wednesday, 13 March 2002 in respect of the 2001-02 additional estimates, and

Wednesday, 19 June 2002 in respect of the 2002-03 budget estimates.

( Agreed to 13 February 2002 .)

3  Privileges—Standing Committee—Adoption of 94th report recommendation

That the Senate authorise the President, if required, to engage counsel as amicus curiae if either the action for defamation against Mr David Armstrong or a similar action against Mr William O’Chee is set down for trial.

( Agreed to 4 September 2000 .)

*4  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate today, from 4.15 pm to 10 pm, and on Tuesday, 20 August 2002, from 4.30 pm to 8 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Australian meat industry and export quotas.

( Agreed to 19 August 2002 .)

Legislation

5  Senate consideration—Variation

(1) That a bill shall not be considered in committee of the whole, unless, prior to the resolution of the question for the second reading, any senator has:

(a) circulated in the Senate a proposed amendment or request for amendment of the bill; or

(b) required in debate or by notification to the chair that the bill be considered in committee of the whole.

(2) That this order operate as a sessional order.

( Agreed to 20 June 2002 .)

Meeting of Senate

6  Meeting of Senate

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2002 be as follows:

Summer sittings:

Tuesday, 12 February to Thursday, 14 February

Autumn sittings:

Monday, 11 March to Thursday, 14 March

Tuesday, 19 March to Thursday, 21 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 14 May to Thursday, 16 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 17 June to Thursday, 20 June

Monday, 24 June to Thursday, 27 June

Spring sittings:

Monday, 19 August to Thursday, 22 August

Monday, 26 August to Thursday, 29 August

Monday, 16 September to Thursday, 19 September

Monday, 23 September to Thursday, 26 September

Monday, 14 October to Thursday, 17 October

Monday, 21 October to Thursday, 24 October

Monday, 11 November to Thursday, 14 November

Monday, 18 November to Tuesday, 19 November

Monday, 2 December to Thursday, 5 December

Monday, 9 December to Thursday, 12 December.

( Agreed to 13 February 2002 .)

Orders for production of documents

7  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Australian grocery retailers—Order for production of documents

(1) That there be laid on the table, as soon as practicable after 30 June 2001, a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the prices paid to suppliers by Australian grocery retailers for the goods that they re-sell, and whether retailers and wholesalers of a similar scale, as customers of suppliers, are offered goods on like terms and conditions, and including:

(a) an assessment, based on a sampling of key suppliers and major retailers of:

(i) the extent of any price differences,

(ii) the impact of any such price differences on competition in the relevant markets, and

(iii) whether there is public benefit in the existence of price differences;

(b) subject to paragraph (2)(b), identification of any conduct found by the commission in the course of preparing the report that is likely to be in breach of the Trade Practices Act 1974 , together with an account of action taken or proposed to be taken by the commission in respect of such conduct; and

(c) an outline of the circumstances in which, in the commission’s view, differences in prices paid to suppliers by the various industry participants would amount to a breach of the anti-competitive conduct provisions of the Act.

(2) That, in carrying out the requirements of paragraph (1), the commission:

(a) is to take ‘prices’ to include all aspects of the terms and conditions of dealings between retailers or wholesalers and their suppliers, including the total funding support given by suppliers to the major retailers and wholesalers; and

(b) may withhold genuinely commercially sensitive information from the report provided that the withholding of such information does not prevent the commission from giving the Senate a clear account of the matters mentioned in paragraph (1).

( Agreed to 8 February 2001 .)

8  Mining—Christmas Island—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 25 June 2002, the following documents:

(a) the current mine lease or leases on Christmas Island held by Phosphate Resource Ltd (PRL), including all conditions;

(b) the Environment Management Plan for the lease or leases;

(c) any Environment Australia (EA) documents relating to compliance, oversight and enforcement of the lease or leases and conditions;

(d) all materials relating to breaches of conditions, including claims, investigations and actions;

(e) any audits of PRL’s rehabilitation program;

(f) any new mining proposals for Christmas Island;

(g) a current tenure map of all blocks that have been mined;

(h) any documents relating to the transfer of any lots to or from PRL;

(i) any documents relating to the current mine rehabilitation budget for EA on Christmas Island;

(j) any documents relating to the current status of rehabilitation on lease block 138;

(k) any documents relating to the payment or non-payment of power bills by PRL;

(l) any documents relating to alternative locations for the proposed detention centre on Christmas Island;

(m) any documents containing responses of EA to the detention centre proposal; and

(n) current funds held for purposes of mine rehabilitation on Christmas Island.

( Agreed to 19 June 2002 .)

9  Superannuation system—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table, on the last sitting day of the winter sittings 2002, the revised costings document, including the correct phasing-in arrangements, of the Australian Labor Party’s plan for a fairer superannuation system, prepared by Phil Gallagher (Manager, Retirement and Income Modelling Unit, Treasury) which was sent to the Treasurer’s office in the week beginning 20 May 2002 and identified in Mr Gallagher’s evidence before the Economics Legislation Committee on 4 June 2002.

( Agreed to 24 June 2002 .)

10  Finance—Retirement and Income Modelling—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, on the last sitting day of the 2002 winter sittings, the modelling, including information on projected spending for payments to individuals, education, health and aged care spending, prepared for the draft Intergenerational Report in early 2002 before budget changes were factored in, prepared by the Retirement and Income Modelling Unit, Treasury and identified in Treasury’s evidence before the Economics Legislation Committee on 6 June 2002.

( Agreed to 25 June 2002 .)

11  Environment—Lucas Heights reactor—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table, no later than the end of question time on Wednesday, 26 June 2002, the study commissioned by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, on behalf of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, of the preliminary evaluation of the construction site for the replacement research reactor at Lucas Heights, carried out by the New Zealand company, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, which included geological mapping of the excavation of the construction site and has revealed a geological anomaly or ‘fault’ at the site.

( Agreed to 25 June 2002 .)

12  Health—Tobacco—Order for production of document

That the Senate—

(a) notes the report tabled in the Senate on 6 May 2002 from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the performance of its functions under the Trade Practices Act 1974 (the Act) with regard to tobacco and related matters, as required by the order of the Senate of 24 September 2001;

(b) notes that the Senate may require the ACCC to provide it with information in accordance with section 29 of the Act;

(c) requires the ACCC to report, as soon as possible, on the following issues:

(i) whether Australian tobacco companies have engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in their use of the terms ‘mild’ and ‘light’, and

(ii) whether there has been any misleading, deceptive or unconscionable conduct in breach of the Act by British American Tobacco and/or Clayton Utz with regard to document destruction for the purpose of withholding information relevant to possible litigation;

(d) requests the ACCC to engage in consultation with interested parties and stakeholders over the perceived inadequacies in its response to the order of the Senate of 24 September 2001 and requires the ACCC to report on those consultations as soon as possible;

(e) notes that once the Senate has had the opportunity to consider the ACCC’s further reports on the use of the terms ‘mild’ and ‘light’, whether there has been misleading, deceptive or unconscionable conduct in relation to document destruction, and the ACCC’s consultations, it will consider whether a further report should be sought from the ACCC in response to the order of the Senate of 24 September 2001;

(f) calls on the Commonwealth Government to pursue the possibility of a Commonwealth/state public liability action against tobacco companies to recover healthcare costs to the Commonwealth and the states caused by the use of tobacco; and

(g) calls on the Commonwealth to address the issue of who should have access to the more than $200 million collected in respect of tobacco tax and licence fees by tobacco wholesalers but not passed on to Government (see Roxborough v. Rothmans ) by introducing legislation to retrospectively recover that amount for the Commonwealth and/or to establish a fund on behalf of Australian consumers and taxpayers, and in either case for the moneys to be used for the purpose of anti-smoking and other public health issues .

( Agreed to 27 June 2002 .)

Orders for production of documents still current from previous parliaments

 

Date of order

Subject

Addressed to

25.10.1995

Administrative decision-making—Effect of international instruments

Minister representing the Attorney-General

13.05.1 998

Waterfront reform

Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Development (Senator Alston);

Minister representing the Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business (Senator Alston); and

Minister representing the Prime Minister ( Senator Hill)

07.03.2000

Environment—Queensland—Tree clearing

Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Hill)

03.04.2000

Aged care—Riverside Nursing Home

Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care

27.06.2000

Tax reform—Petrol pricing

Assi stant Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

09.11.2000

Environment—Tasmania

Minister representing the Minister for Sport and Tourism (Senator Minchin)

04.12.2000

Taxation—Opinion polls

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill)

05.03.2001

Taxation

Ministe r representing the Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

23.05.2001

HIH Insurance

Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

24.05.2001

Workplace relations

Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business

09.08.2001

F oreign Affairs—Japanese fishing boats

Minister representing the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade

21.08.2001

Transport—Black Spot Project

Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

23.08.2001

Environment—Great Barrier Re ef—Water quality control

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill)

19.09.2001

Transport—Ansett Australia

Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

20.09.2001

Transport—Ansett Australia

Minister representing the Pr ime Minister

Senate Chamber

13  Dress code—Media representatives and advisers

That the Senate does not require media representatives in the Senate gallery, or senators’ advisers, to wear coats.

( Agreed to 20 March 2002 .)

14  Chamber photographs

That photographs of any senator may be taken by the media in the chamber whenever that senator has the call.

( Agreed to 21 March 2002 .)