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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  ASIO, ASIS and DSD—Joint Statutory Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on the following days:

(a) Thursday, 20 March 2003, from 11 am to noon; and

(b) Thursday, 27 March 2003, from 11 am to noon,

in relation to its inquiry on the review of agency security arrangements.

( Agreed to 19 March 2003 .)

3  Estimates hearings

(1) That estimates hearings by legislation committees for the year 2003 be scheduled as follows:

2002-03 additional estimates:

Monday, 10 February and Tuesday, 11 February and, if required, Friday, 14 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 12 February and Thursday, 13 February and, if required, Friday, 14 February ( Group B ).

2003-04 Budget estimates:

Monday, 26 May to Thursday, 29 May and, if required, Friday, 30 May ( Group A )

Monday, 2 June to Thursday, 5 June and, if required, Friday, 6 June ( 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, 19 March 2003 in respect of the 2002-03 additional estimates, and

Thursday, 19 June 2003 in respect of the 2003-04 Budget estimates .

( Agreed to 11 December 2002 .)

4  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during sittings of the Senate.

( Agreed to 12 November 2002 .)

5  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate on Monday, 16 June 2003, from 7 pm, and on Monday, 23 June 2003, from 7 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry on off-setting arrangements between the Veterans’ Entitlements Act and the Military Compensation Scheme.

( Agreed to 25 March 2003 .)

6  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 27 March 2003, from 4 pm till 9 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea and other Pacific island countries.

( Agreed to 25 March 2003 .)

7  Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund—Joint Statutory Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 27 March 2003, from 7.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the effectiveness of the National Native Title Tribunal.

( Agreed to 25 March 2003 .)

8  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 .)

Legislation

9  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 .)

10  Senate consideration—Variation

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (7) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Energy Grants (Credits) Scheme Bill 2003

Energy Grants (Credits) Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003

Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Oncology and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Industry, Tourism and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

National Blood Authority Bill 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 7) 2002

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002

( Agreed to 25 March 2003 .)

Meeting of Senate

11  Meeting of Senate

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2003 shall be as follows:

Summer sittings:

Tuesday, 4 February to Thursday, 6 February

Autumn sittings:

Monday, 3 March to Thursday, 6 March

Tuesday, 18 March to Thursday, 20 March

Monday, 24 March to Thursday, 27 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 13 May to Thursday, 15 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 16 June to Thursday, 19 June

Monday, 23 June to Thursday, 26 June

Spring sittings:

Monday, 11 August to Thursday, 14 August

Monday, 18 August to Thursday, 21 August

Monday, 8 September to Thursday, 11 September

Monday, 15 September to Thursday, 18 September

Tuesday, 7 October to Thursday, 9 October

Monday, 13 October to Thursday, 16 October

Monday, 27 October to Thursday, 30 October

Monday, 3 November and Tuesday, 4 November

Monday, 24 November to Thursday, 27 November

Monday, 1 December to Thursday, 4 December.

( Agreed to 12 November 2002 .)

*12  Hours of meeting and routine of business—Variation

(1) That, on Wednesday, 26 March 2003:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, and 7.30 to 11.10 pm;

(b) the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only; and

(c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10.30 pm.

(2) That, on Thursday, 27 March 2003:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

(b) the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only;

(c) divisions may take place after 6 pm; and

(d) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall not be proposed till after the Senate has finally considered the bills listed below, or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier:

Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002

Copyright Amendment (Parallel Importation) Bill 2002

Energy Grants (Credits) Scheme Bill 2003

Energy Grants (Credits) Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002 - consideration of message in committee of the whole

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 7) 2002

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Inspector-General of Taxation Bill 2002 - consideration of message in committee of the whole

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2002-2003

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2002-2003

Dairy Industry Service Reform Bill 2003

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment (Dairy) Bill 2003

Health Insurance Amendment (Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Oncology and Other Measures) Bill 2002

Industry, Tourism and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Corporations Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2002

Corporations (Review Fees) Bill 2002

National Blood Authority Bill 2002

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002

Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2002 [2003]

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002.

( Agreed to 26 March 2003 .)

13  Adjournment debate on Tuesdays—Temporary order

(1) On the question for the adjournment of the Senate on Tuesday, a senator who has spoken once subject to the time limit of 10 minutes may speak again for not more than 10 minutes if no other senator who has not already spoken once wishes to speak, provided that a senator may by leave speak for not more than 20 minutes on one occasion.

(2) This order shall cease to have effect at the conclusion of the last sitting day in 2003.

( Agreed to 19 November 2002 upon adoption of recommendations in the Procedure Committee’s second report of 2002 .)

Orders for production of documents

14  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 .)

15  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 .)

16  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 .)

17  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 .)

18  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 .)

19  Animal Welfare—Cattle—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, 21 August 2002, the following documents:

(a) the Livestock Officer’s report on the voyage of the Maysora , a Jordanian flagged vessel, travelling from Australia on 28 February 2001 carrying live cattle; and

(b) the Master’s reports from the same voyage.

( Agreed to 20 August 2002 .)

20  Superannuation Working Group—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table, on the next day of sitting, the report presented to the Government by the Superannuation Working Group on 28 March 2002.

( Agreed to 28 August 2002 .)

21  Health—Assessment reports by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Order for production of documents—Variation

That the order of the Senate of 25 March 1999, relating to an order for the production of periodic reports by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on private health insurance, be amended as follows:

Omit “6 months, commencing with the 6 months ending on 31 December 1999”, substitute “12 months ending on or after 30 June 2003”.

( Agreed to 18 September 2002 .)

22  Transport—Ethanol—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers on Monday, 21 October 2002:

(a) all documents relating to the meeting between the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Mr Truss) and the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum on 21 August 2002, including but not limited to:

(i) papers prepared for the meeting by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, and/or Mr Truss’ office,

(ii) any agenda or attendance papers,

(iii) any notes made by departmental officers and/or ministerial advisers at the meeting, including but not limited to hand-written notes, and

(iv) any papers that document the outcome of the meeting, including but not limited to file notes prepared by departmental officers and/or ministerial advisers;

(b) all records of communications between:

Ÿ  Mr JT Honan, Chairman of Manildra and/or other Manildra managers and staff, and

Ÿ  the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Trade, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Assistant Treasurer, and/or departmental officers and ministerial advisers,

concerning the Government’s consideration of an ethanol excise and production subsidy, including but not limited to correspondence, telephone records and file notes;

(c) all records of any meetings between:

Ÿ  Mr JT Honan, Chairman of Manildra and/or other Manildra managers and staff, and

Ÿ  the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Trade, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Assistant Treasurer, and/or departmental officers and ministerial advisers,

concerning the Government’s consideration of an ethanol excise and production subsidy, including but not limited to hand-written file notes;

(d) all records of communications between:

Ÿ  Mr Bob Gordon, Executive Director of the Australian Biofuels Association and/or other Australian Biofuels Association staff, and

Ÿ  the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Trade, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Assistant Treasurer, and/or departmental officers and ministerial advisers,

concerning the Government’s consideration of an ethanol excise and production subsidy, including but not limited to correspondence, telephone records and file notes;

(e) all records of any meetings between:

Ÿ  Mr Bob Gordon, Executive Director of the Australian Biofuels Association and/or other Australian Biofuels Association staff, and

Ÿ  the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Trade, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Assistant Treasurer, and/or departmental officers and ministerial advisers,

concerning the Government’s consideration of an ethanol excise and production subsidy, including but not limited to hand-written file notes; and

(f) all analysis by the Treasury, the Department of Finance, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry concerning the projected budgetary impact of the decision to impose excise on ethanol and grant a 12-month ethanol production subsidy.

( Agreed to 16 October 2002 .)

23  Environment—Queensland—Nathan Dam—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 2 pm on 19 November 2002:

(a) all documents from 2002 relating to any approaches made by Sudaw Developments Ltd (or its agents) to the Government seeking funding or other support for the Nathan Dam on the Fitzroy River in Queensland;

(b) any documents or comments provided to Environment Australia in response to the referral, Ref. No. 2002/770—Sudaw Developments Ltd—Water management and use—Dawson River—QLD—Nathan Dam, central Queensland;

(c) any report or document prepared by Environment Australia in response to referral 2002/770; and

(d) the report, Literature review and scoping study of the potential downstream impacts of the proposed Nathan Dam on the Dawson River, Fitzroy River and offshore environments , prepared by the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research.

( Agreed to 11 November 2002 .)

24  Trade—General Agreement on Trade in Service—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers on Monday, 18 November 2002:

(a) all requests received by the Australian Government for increased access to Australian services markets by other nations, lodged under negotiations, under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS);

(b) any documents analysing the likely impact of any requests made of Australia in negotiations under GATS; and

(c) any requests lodged by Australia of other countries under negotiations on GATS.

( Agreed to 14 November 2002 .)

25  Environment—Oceans policy—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table at the end of taking note of answers to questions without notice on Tuesday, 19 November 2002, the ‘Review of the Implementation of Oceans Policy: Final report’ by TFG International, dated 25 October 2002.

( Agreed to 18 November 2002 .)

26  Superannuation—Insurance and Superannuation Commission—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, in accordance with their respective ministerial responsibilities, by the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Minchin) and the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan), by 2 December 2002, the following documents:

(a) the Treasury files, as described in paragraph 10.1.4 of the report to Messrs Corrs Chambers Westgarth from John Palmer, FCA, entitled ‘Review of the role played by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in the collapse of the HIH Group of Companies’ and provided as a witness statement to the HIH Royal Commission;

(b) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of FAI Insurance Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation;

(c) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Fire and All Risks Insurance Company Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation;

(d) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Car Owners’ Mutual Insurance Company Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation; and

(e) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Australian and International Insurance Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation.

( Agreed to 19 November 2002 .)

27  Trade—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Patterson) and the Minister representing the Minister for Trade (Senator Hill), no later than 4 pm on 4 December 2002, all documents relating to the possible inclusion of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme as an item for discussion in negotiations for an Australia-United States free trade agreement, including but not limited to correspondence between the Australian and United States governments, recommendations to the Australian government and/or any Commonwealth government minister, and any Australian government response to those recommendations.

( Agreed to 3 December 2002 .)

28  Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—Ministerial responsibility—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all documents relating to the inquiries undertaken by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet into the possible conflict of interest between the ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan) and the commercial activities of Endispute Pty Ltd (including, but not limited to, a copy of the report of those inquiries furnished to the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and referred to by him during question time in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, 3 December 2002).

( Agreed to 10 December 2002 .)

29  Environment—Tasmania—Logging—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, no later than noon on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all documents relating to the answers to question on notice no. 404 (Senate Hansard , 14 October 2002, p. 5089).

( Agreed to 11 December 2002 .)

30  Science and Technology—Genetically-modified food—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and representing the Prime Minister (Senator Hill), no later than 4 pm on 4 February 2003:

All communications in the period June 2001 to the present between:

(a) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Prime Minister’s office and Food Standards Australia New Zealand;

(b) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Prime Minister’s office and the National Farmers Federation;

(c) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Prime Minister’s office and the Department of Health and Ageing; and

(d) the Prime Minister’s office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

relating to genetically-modified food in the context of the current free trade agreement negotiations with the United States and of the labelling of genetically modified and genetically engineered food, including communications to or from organisations formed or created under the auspices of any of the above agencies, officers of departments.

( Agreed to 12 December 2002 .)

31  Environment—National Radioactive Waste Repository—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 6 February 2003, the submission or submissions made by the Department of Defence to the Environment Impact Assessment for a National Radioactive Waste Repository in South Australia.

( Agreed to 5 February 2003 .)

32  Environment—National Radioactive Waste Repository—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on Monday, 3 March 2003, all documents relating to the records and communications between the Department of Defence and the Department of Education, Science and Training concerning the Government’s consideration of a National Radioactive Waste Repository in South Australia.

( Agreed to 5 February 2003 .)

33  Environment—National Radioactive Waste Repository—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 6 March 2003, the written advice provided by the Department of Defence to the Department of Education, Science and Training concerning the defence-related issues in connection with the National Radioactive Waste Repository in South Australia

( Agreed to 5 March 2003 .)

34  Immigration—Illegal migration—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, 26 March 2003, the Memorandum of Understanding signed on or around 12 March 2003 between the Australian Government and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which includes measures to combat illegal migration.

( Agreed to 25 March 2003 .)

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

13.05.1998

Waterfront reform

Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Develo pment (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 Environmen t 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

Assistant 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

Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

23.05.2001

HIH Insurance

Minister representin g the Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

24.05.2001

Workplace relations

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

09.08.2001

Foreign Affairs—Japanese fishing boats

Minister representing the Ministers for Foreign Affa irs and Trade

21.08.2001

Transport—Black Spot Project

Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

23.08.2001

Environment—Great Barrier Reef—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 Prime Minister