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Notice given 28 March 2006

*405  Senator Kirk: To move—That the Joint Standing Committee on Migration be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate.

*407  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that Thursday, 30 March 2006 is Palestinian Land Day, and

(ii) the statement by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr Tony Blair, to the Australian Parliament on 27 March 2006 that ‘once the Israeli election has taken place, we must redouble our efforts to find a way to the only solution that works—a secure state of Israel and a viable, independent Palestinian state’; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) support the formation of a ‘viable, independent Palestinian state’, and

(ii) encourage Israel to reach a comprehensive peace agreement with Palestine based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 242.

*408  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the provision of Temporary Protection Visas by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs to the West Papuan asylum seekers who arrived in Australia in January 2006, and

(ii) the need for an end to the ongoing human rights abuses in West Papua;

(b) recognises:

(i) that a commitment to the formal process of special autonomy for the province of Papua, that began in 2001, is integral to the peaceful solution of the conflict in Papua,

(ii) the partitioning of Papua into the provinces of West Irian Jaya and Papua is unconstitutional and in contravention of article 76 of the special autonomy law 2001, and that there is no legal basis for the province of West Irian Jaya, and

(iii) that the partitioning of Papua has been strongly rejected by the Papuan population, the churches, civil society and the parliament; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to support and encourage President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to continue to push forward his reform agenda for Papua as he has done in Aceh, and implement special autonomy for Papua.

 

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Northern Territory Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 2 March 2006 ).

Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Forshaw, in continuation, 2 March 2006 ).

Department of Defence—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 9 February 2006 ).

Migration Agents Registration Authority—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

Australia-China Council—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for the Promotion and Protection of Investments, done at Canberra on 16 June 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

Aboriginal Land Commissioner—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc.—Native Title Unit—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

10  North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

11  Torres Strait Regional Authority—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

 

 12  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into a complaint by Mr Zacharias Manongga Consul for the Northern Territory, Consul of the Republic of Indonesia that the human rights of Indonesian fishers detained on vessels in Darwin Harbour were breached by the Commonwealth of Australia (HREOC report no. 31)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

13  Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC)—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Marshall, 9 February 2006 ).

14  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Amendments, done at Nairobi, Kenya on 25 November 2005, to Appendices I and II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, done at Bonn on 23 June 1979

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

15  Australian Taxation Office—Government Co-contribution Scheme—Quarterly report for the period 1 July to 30 September 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

16  Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 and Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 —Legislation Review Committee—Report on the review of the Acts, December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 February 2006 ).

17  Natural Heritage Trust—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Milne—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Siewert, 9 February 2006 ).

18  Centrelink and the Data-Matching Agency—Data-matching program—Report on progress 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 9 February 2006 ).

19  National Native Title Tribunal—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 9 February 2006 ).

20  National Rural Advisory Council—Report for 2001-02, including a report on the Rural Adjustment Scheme

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 9 February 2006 ).

21  National Rural Advisory Council—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 9 February 2006 ).

 

 22  Private Health Insurance Administration Council—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 9 February 2006 ).

23  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Personal identifiers 003/05 to 013/05 and 015/05, 7 February 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

24  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 003/05, 4 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

25  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 004/05, 21 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

26  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 005/05, 4 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

27  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 006/05, 21 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

28  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 007/05, 21 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

29  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman Personal identifier 008/05, 21 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

30  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 009/05, 25 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

 

 31  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 010/05, 25 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

32  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 011/05, 4 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

33  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 012/05, 4 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

34  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 013/05, 25 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

35  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 015/05, 4 November 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

36  National Environment Protection Council and NEPC Service Corporation—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

37  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2005—Social justice (Report no. 3/2005)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

38  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2005—Native Title (Report no. 4/2005)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

39  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Final report of the national inquiry into employment and disability—WORKability II: Solutions - People with disability in the open workplace, December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

40  Indigenous Land Corporation—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

 

 41  Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

42  Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

43  Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation)—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

44  Customs Act 1901 —Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958—Permissions granted under regulation 7 for the period 1 July to 31 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 28 February 2006 ).

45  Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report on state revenue sharing relativities—2006 update

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Watson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 1 March 2006 ).

46  Australian Political Exchange Council—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 1 March 2006 ).

47  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 014/05, 1 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 1 March 2006 ).

48  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifier 016/05, 1 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 1 March 2006 ).

49  Foreign Investment Review Board—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 27 March 2006 ).

50  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Digital Television Regulatory Framework—Reports on reviews, February 2006

Consideration ( 27 March 2006 ).

*51  Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—Protection visa processing taking more than 90 days—Report for the period 1 July to 31 October 2005

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

 

 *52  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2003-04—Corrigendum

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*53  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2004-05—Corrigendum

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*54  Australian Taxation Office—Government Co-contribution Scheme—Quarterly report for the period 1 October to 31 December 2005

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*55  Australian Government Actuary—Costs of the Australian Government’s Run-Off Cover Scheme for medical indemnity insurers—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

* 56   Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 —Live-stock mortalities for exports by sea—Report for the period 1 July to 31 December 2005

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*57  Queensland Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2003-04

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*58  National Occupational Health and Safety Commission—Report for the period 1 July to 31 December 2005 [Final]

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*59  Indigenous Business Australia—Corporate plan 2006-2008

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*60  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Telstra’s compliance with price control arrangements—Report for 2004-05

Consideration (28 March 2006).

*61  Surveillance Devices Act 2004 —Report for the period 15 December 2004 to 30 June 2005 on the operation of the Act

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*62  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for Cooperation in Scientific Research and Technological Development, done at Jakarta on 11 July 2005

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*63  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand in relation to mutual recognition of securities offerings (Melbourne, 22 February 2006)

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

 

 *64  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Exchange of Letters constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand to Amend Article 3 of the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) of 28 March 1983

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*65  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*66  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Protocol of 2003 to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992, done at London on 16 May 2003

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*67  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement for Establishment of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, done at Rome on 1 April 2004

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*68  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement Establishing the Pacific Islands Forum, done at Port Moresby on 27 October 2005

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

*69  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Amendments to Annexes VIII and IX of the Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 1992 (Geneva, 29 October 2004)

Consideration ( 28 March 2006 ).

Orders of the Day

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

 

 4  Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

( This bill may be considered together with the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004] during the second reading debate, order of 13 October 2005 .)

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflicts) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bishop, in continuation, 10 February 2005 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

( This bill may be considered together with the Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004] during the second reading debate, order of 13 October 2005 .)

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Financial Management and Accountability (Anti-Restrictive Software Practices) Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

10  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

11  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

12  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

13  National Animal Welfare Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

14  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

15  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

 

 16  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

17  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

18  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

19  Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

20  Sexuality and Gender Identity Discrimination Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

21  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

22  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

23  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

24  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

25  Communications—Telstra

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has failed to ensure that telecommunications service standards are up to scratch in rural and regional Australia,

(ii) the chief of the Government’s telecommunications inquiry, Mr Dick Estens, has said that telecommunications services in the bush remain a ‘shemozzle’, and

(iii) selling Telstra will cost the budget $255 million over the next 4 years; and

(b) calls on the Government to keep Telstra in majority public ownership to ensure reliable telecommunications services for all Australians ( Senator Heffernan, in continuation, 18 November 2004 ).

26  Criminal Code Amendment (Workplace Death and Serious Injury) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 30 November 2004 ).

 

 27  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

In committee ( committee to consider the bill as reported by the committee of the whole on 15 May 2003 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 1 December 2004 ).

28  Senate Voters’ Choice (Preference Allocation) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 9 December 2004 ).

29  Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Marshall )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 9 December 2004 ).

31  Economy

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate—

(a) notes the deterioration in the economy including the record current account deficit of 7.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), record net foreign debt of $422 billion, the negative household savings ratio and among the lowest GDP growth rates of the advanced economies; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to acknowledge that there are severe economic imbalances in the economy that threaten to push interest rates still higher,

(ii) to implement policies that will lift the productive potential of the economy,

(iii) to invest in skills development to ease skill shortages which are now at 20 year highs, and

(iv) to support infrastructure investment to ease capacity constraints and inflation pressures and promote exports ( Senator Lundy, in continuation, 10 March 2005 ).

32  Spyware Bill 2005—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 May 2005 ).

33  Family and Community Services—Welfare reform

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Wong—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s cuts to the incomes of the most vulnerable families in Australia, its introduction of a parents’ dole and a disability dole, and its failure to effectively tackle the need for real welfare reform ( 12 May 2005 ).

34  Migration Amendment (Act of Compassion) Bill 2005

Migration Amendment (Mandatory Detention) Bill 2005—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Nettle and the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 16 June 2005 ).

36  Taxation Laws Amendment (Scholarships) Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 21 June 2005 ).

 

 37  Transparent Advertising and Notification of Pregnancy Counselling Services Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 23 June 2005 ).

38  Truth in Food Labelling Bill 2003 [2005]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp), in continuation, 15 September 2005 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 August 2005 ).

39  Employment—Skills shortages—Training policies

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate notes that:

(a) the Howard Government’s training policies since 1996 have contributed to Australia’s current skills shortages in the traditional trades; and

(b) the Government’s inaction in addressing this national skills crisis is hurting Australian businesses, families, young people and the economy ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

40  Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Ministerial responsibility

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate expresses its deep concern that the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Vanstone) has failed to take responsibility for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs despite the ongoing revelations and rising financial and human cost of the portfolio mismanagement ( 18 August 2005 ).

41  36th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, APIA, Samoa, 11 to 15 July 2005 and ancillary meetings—Report by Deputy President Senator John Hogg and Deputy Speaker the Honourable Ian Causley MP, dated August 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ferguson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 6 September 2005 ).

42  Parliament—Senate—Processes and procedures

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate condemns the Government’s arrogant abuse of its Senate majority in subverting the Senate’s processes and procedures ( Minister for Ageing (Senator Santoro), in continuation, 8 September 2005 ).

43  Enhancements to the Australian Defence Force military justice system, 5 October 2005—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bishop—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Hogg, in continuation, 5 October 2005 ).

44  Australian electoral system

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate opposes attempts by the Government to restrict the franchise and reduce the transparency of the Australian electoral system ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz), in continuation, 6 October 2005 ).

 

 45  Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill 2001 [2005]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 9 November 2005 ).

46  Law and Justice—Australia’s border security

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate notes the incompetence of the Howard Government in its failure to protect Australia’s border security, quarantine and environmental integrity and its fishery resource in northern Australia and northern Australian waters ( Senator Ronaldson, in continuation, 10 November 2005 ).

48  Community Affairs References Committee—Children in institutional care—States and territories—Response—Letters to the President of the Senate, responding to the resolutions of the Senate of 29 December 2005, from the—

Minister for Family and Community Services (Northern Territory) (Ms Lawrie), dated 9 January 2006

Premier of Queensland (Mr Beattie), dated 22 December 2005

Premier of Victoria (Mr Bracks), dated 23 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Murray—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 7 February 2006 ).

49  Administration—Government accountability

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate notes that:

(a) over a decade in office the Howard Government has established a new low for government integrity and accountability; and

(b) the Howard Government’s record is littered with scandals involving rorts, waste and incompetence ( 2 March 2006 ).