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Notice given 20 August 2003

*1  Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Quarantine Act 1908 , and for related purposes. Quarantine Amendment (Health) Bill 2003 .

*2  Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell): To move—That the provisions of paragraphs (5), (6) and (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Quarantine Amendment (Health) Bill 2003, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

Orders of the Day

Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Australian Heritage Council Bill 2002

Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002

In committee—Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002 ( 20 August 2003 ).

Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston)—That this bill be now read a second time.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Nettle —At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate:

(a) condemns the Government for:

(i) under-funding the university system in Australia for the past 7 years and as a result:

( a ) leaving students and parents to pay one of the highest proportions of fees for their education in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

( b ) discouraging older and poorer students for seeking a place at university,

( c ) allowing completion rates of Aboriginal students to suffer through lack of appropriate financial and structural support,

( d ) presiding over a haemorrhaging of talent from Australian universities to overseas research and teaching positions due to lack of opportunity and suitable remuneration at home, and

( e ) undermining staff moral and effectiveness as a consequence of massively increased workloads, and reduced administrative support; and

(ii) attacking the freedom of academics and general staff to be represented by their union; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) repeal the $4 a week average income tax cuts announced in the budget in order to reinvest that money in the public higher education system enabling the abolition of student fees, both upfront and the higher education contribution scheme; and

(ii) invest the currently promised $1.4 billion, together with savings made from a restoration of fair company tax rates, in the sector to achieve:

( a ) the financing of real indexation for core funding that reflects the actual cost of providing higher education services, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the sector into the future,

( b ) increasing the core funding of universities by 20 per cent per equivalent full-time student unit to reflect the need for infrastructure and staffing investment to meet current and future demand, and

( c ) a guarantee that students accessing tertiary education receive adequate financial support from the Federal Government to cover their living costs so they can focus on their eduction”—( adjourned, Minister for Defence (Senator Hill), 20 August 2003 )

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Pregnancy and Work) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 13 May 2003 ).

Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Reform) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 March 2003 ).

Migration Amendment (Duration of Detention) Bill 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 11 August 2003 ).

National Transport Commission Bill 2003

National Transport Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 14 August 2003 ).

Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Termination) Bill 2002

Consideration in committee of the whole of message no. 362 from the House of Representatives ( 14 August 2003 ).

*9  Workplace Relations Amendment (Transmission of Business) Bill 2002

Consideration in committee of the whole of message no. 368 from the House of Representatives ( 20 August 2003 ).

10  Australian Protective Service Amendment Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 2003 ).

11  Trade Practices Amendment (Personal Injuries and Death) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 June 2003 ).

*12  Family Law Amendment Bill 2003— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Alston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 20 August 2003 ).

13  New Business Tax System (Taxation of Financial Arrangements) Bill (No. 1) 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 24 June 2003 ).

14  Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 11 August 2003 ).

15  Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002— ( Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2002 ).

16  Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Family Law) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 15 May 2003 ).

17  Migration Legislation Amendment (Sponsorship Measures) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 25 June 2003 ).

18  Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 6 March 2003 ).

19  Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

20  Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Senator Coonan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Minister for Justice and Customs (Senator Ellison), 16 June 2003 ).

21  Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002— ( Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Ellison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 5 February 2003 ).

22  Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Further Simplification of International Payments) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 13 March 2002 ).

23  Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2003

Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Alston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Moore, 23 June 2003 ).

24  Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002

Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp)—That these bills be now read a second time.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Sherry in respect of the Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002 —At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate is of the opinion that the bill should be withdrawn and redrafted to:

(a) ensure that the proposed surcharge tax reduction to high-income earners, the splitting of superannuation contributions and the closure of the public sector funds do not proceed; and

(b) provide for a fairer contributions tax cut that will boost retirement incomes for all superannuation fund members to assist in preparing the nation for the ageing population”.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Cherry in respect of the Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002 —At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate notes that analysis provided to the Select Committee on Superannuation shows that extending the co-contribution to workers on average earnings would have a significant positive effect on national savings, and that this could be funded by better targeting of the Government’s superannuation measures”—( adjourned, Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), 18 November 2002 ).

25  Budget statement and documents 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin)—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( adjourned, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services (Senator Boswell), 15 May 2003 ).

26  Budget statement and documents 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin)—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( adjourned, Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), 16 May 2002 ).