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Notice given 26 June 2002

Chair of the Standing Committee of Senators’ Interests (Senator Denman): To move—That the following amendments to the resolutions relating to senators’ interests and declaration of gifts to the Senate and the Parliament be agreed to:

Resolution 1—Registration of senators’ interests

Paragraph (1), omit—

“Within 14 sitting days after the adoption of this resolution by the Senate and 28 days of making and subscribing an oath or affirmation of allegiance as a senator”,

substitute—

“Within:

(a) 28 days after the first meeting of the Senate after 1 July first occurring after a general election; and

(b) 28 days after the first meeting of the Senate after a simultaneous dissolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and

(c) 28 days after making and subscribing an oath or affirmation of allegiance as a senator for a Territory or appointed or chosen to fill a vacancy in the Senate”.

Resolution 3—Registrable interests

Paragraph (i), omit “$5,000”, substitute “$10,000”.

Paragraphs (k), (l) and (m), omit “$500” wherever occurring, substitute “$1,000”; omit “$200” wherever occurring, substitute “$500”.

Resolution 4—Register and Registrar of Senators’ Interests

Paragraph (3), omit “the commencement of each Parliament”, substitute “receipt of statement of registrable interests in accordance with resolution 1(1)”.

[Consequential on amendment to paragraph 1(1)]

Resolution 5—Declaration of interest in debate and other proceedings

To be omitted.

Resolution relating to declaration of gifts to the Senate and the Parliament

Paragraph (1)(a), omit “practical”, substitute “practicable”.

Sub-paragraph (ba), omit “$500”, substitute “$1,000”; omit “$200” substitute “$500”.

Sub-paragraph (d), line 2, omit “is to”, substitute “may”.

After sub-paragraph (h), insert—

(i) When a senator who is using or displaying a gift ceases to be a senator, the senator may retain the gift:

(i) if its value does not exceed the stated valuation limits of $1,000 for a gift received from an official government source, or $500 from a private person or non-government body; or

(ii) if the senator elects to pay the difference between the stated valuation limit and the value of the gift, as obtained from an accredited valuer selected from the list issued by the Committee for Taxation Incentives for the Arts. The Department of the Senate will be responsible for any costs incurred in obtaining the valuation.

(j) If the senator does not retain the gift in accordance with paragraph (i), the senator must return the gift to the registrar, who shall:

(i) dispose of it in accordance with instructions from the Committee of Senators’ Interests, as set out in paragraph 1(d) of this resolution; or

(ii) arrange its donation to a nominated non-profit organisation or charity, at the discretion of the senator who has returned the gift and the Committee of Senators’ Interests.

(k) Any senator subject to paragraph (j) must formally acknowledge relinquishment of the senator’s claim to ownership of any surrendered gifts.

On 18 September 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on poverty and financial hardship.

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service.

On 7 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2] and the Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Orders of the Day

36  Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

37  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

On 8 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 .

On 28 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on labour market skills requirements.

On 3 November 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 4 November 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the performance of government agencies in the assessment and dissemination of security threats in South East Asia in the period 11 September 2001 to 12 October 2002.

On 25 November 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 27 November 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on issues involved in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services in the Doha Development Round.

On 2 December 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

ASIO, ASIS and DSD—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on intelligence information received by Australia’s intelligence services in relation to weapons of mass destruction.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian telecommunications network.

On 3 December 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on children in institutional care.

On 4 December 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on whether the Trade Practices Act 1974 adequately protects small business.

By the last sitting day in 2003 (4 December 2003)

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on rural water resource usage.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the import risk assessment on New Zealand apples.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J .

On 3 March 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on the capacity of current legal aid and access to justice arrangements to meet the community need for legal assistance.

By the last sitting day in June 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the structure and distributive effects of the Australian taxation system.