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Government Business

Orders of the Day

Migration Legislation Amendment (Identification and Authentication) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Patterson )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 7 October 2003 ).

*2  Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Compliance and Deterrence Measures and Other Matters) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Defence, Senator Hill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2003 ).

Trade Practices Amendment (Personal Injuries and Death) Bill 2003

Consideration in committee of the whole of message no. 468 from the House of Representatives ( 3 December 2003 ).

Fisheries Legislation Amendment (High Seas Fishing Activities and Other Matters) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 November 2003 ).

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 ).

Workplace Relations Amendment (Compliance with Court and Tribunal Orders) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Patterson )

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

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

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

Workplace Relations Amendment (Improved Remedies for Unprotected Action) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

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

*9  Australian Crime Commission Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Defence, Senator Hill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2003 ).

10  Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare and Private Health Insurance) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 17 June 2003 ).

11  Age Discrimination Bill 2003

Age Discrimination (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2003

In committee ( 3 December 2003 ).

12  Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment Bill 2003

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Agents Integrity Measures) Bill 2003— ( Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Kemp )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 8 October 2003 ).

13  Energy Grants (Cleaner Fuels) Scheme Bill 2003

Energy Grants (Cleaner Fuels) Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 September 2003 ).

*14  Norfolk Island Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Defence, Senator Hill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2003 ).

*15  Australian Federal Police and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Defence, Senator Hill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2003 ).

16  Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Moore, 19 August 2003 ).

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

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

18  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 ).

19  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 ).

20  Social Security Amendment (Further Simplification) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 27 November 2003 ).

21  Taxation Laws Amendment (Superannuation Contributions Splitting) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 September 2003 ).

22  Family and Community Services (Closure of Student Financial Supplement Scheme) Bill 2003

Student Assistance Amendment Bill 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—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 abolition of the Student Financial Supplement Scheme be opposed until such time as the Commonwealth moves to improve student financial support measures to meet the need this scheme currently addresses and that the Commonwealth move to improve current financial support measures in the following ways:

(a) that the Commonwealth Government replace Youth Allowance and Austudy with one simple payment that incorporates the following measures:

(i) the age of independence be reduced to 18,

(ii) the eligibility criteria should not be based upon previous personal earnings,

(iii) the personal income threshold (currently set at $236 per fortnight, without affecting benefit payments) should be increased to a more realistic figure,

(iv) the parental income test cut-off threshold should be increased to allow greater access to higher education,

(v) that same sex couples be recognised as de facto relationships for the purposes of income support measures including student income support,

(vi) all postgraduate awards be redefined as ‘approved courses’ for the purposes of rent assistance,

(vii) as a minimum, students be provided with benefits consistent with the Henderson poverty line, and

(viii) that these benefits be indexed to the Consumer Price Index, with reference to the Henderson poverty line; and

further, that Abstudy be maintained as a separate scheme, and that within this payment structure:

(b) all supplementary benefits, allowances and payments available under the Abstudy scheme be maintained;

(c) all payment structures be endorsed and approved by Indigenous community organisations;

(d) any future rationalisation of the Abstudy allowances only occur after sustained and authentic dialogue with Indigenous communities across Australia; and

(e) the changes made to Abstudy in the 1997-98 Commonwealth Budget should be reversed”—( Minister for Family and Community Services (Senator Patterson), in continuation, 26 November 2003 ).

23  Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Family Law) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell )

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

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

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

25  Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002 [No. 2]— ( Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator Minchin )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 2 December 2003 ).

26  Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 7) 2003

Consideration in committee of the whole of message no. 428 from the House of Representatives ( 15 October 2003 ).

27  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 ).

28  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 ).

29  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, Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Boswell), 15 May 2003 ).

30  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 ).