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Notice given 8 October 2003

632  Senator Harradine: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is not directly accountable to the Australian people, yet determines many important policies that affect all Australians;

(b) reaffirms the primacy of Australian parliaments over consultative and coordinating bodies like COAG and rejects any attempts to impose COAG’s will on Australian parliaments; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government and the state and territory governments through COAG to provide greater transparency and accountability to the Australian people by:

(i) amending freedom of information legislation to cover COAG,

(ii) establishing a detailed and dedicated COAG website,

(iii) providing on the website transcripts of all meetings,

(iv) providing on the website agendas and notices of meetings, and

(v) providing on the website copies of papers considered at meetings.

On 26 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 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 27 November 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders 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.

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on poverty and financial hardship.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on draft Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2003.

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.

General Business—Notices of Motion