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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 15 September 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the ACIS Administration Amendment Bill 2003 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (ACIS) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

51  Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 6 March 2003 ).

On 16 September 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on progress towards national reconciliation.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on an examination of the Government’s foreign and trade policy strategy.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on the role of libraries as providers of public information in the online environment.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on environmental performance at the Ranger, Jabiluka, Beverley and Honeymoon uranium operations.

On 18 September 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

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

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Age Discrimination Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 3 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Regulations and Ordinances—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Legislative Instruments Bill 2003 and the Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003.

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—Orders of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

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

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on forestry plantations.

On 13 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Workplace Relations Amendment (Compliance with Court and Tribunal Orders) Bill 2003 and the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Orders of the Day

Workplace Relations Amendment (Compliance with Court and Tribunal Orders) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson )

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

*2  Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Alston )

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

On 14 October 2003

General Business—Notice of Motion