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Committees

1  Allocation of departments

Departments and agencies are allocated to the legislative and general purpose standing committees as follows:

Community Affairs

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Health and Ageing

Economics

Treasury

Industry, Tourism and Resources

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education

Employment and Workplace Relations

Education, Science and Training

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Environment and Heritage

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Finance and Public Administration

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Finance and Administration

Human Services

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Defence (including Veterans’ Affairs)

Legal and Constitutional

Attorney-General

Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Transport and Regional Services

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

( Agreed to 9 February 2006 .)

 

 *2  Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 29 March 2006, from 5 pm to 7.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into corporate responsibility.

( Agreed to 28 March 2006 .)

3  Estimates—Answers to questions

That answers be provided by 31 January 2005 to:

(a) estimates questions on notice lodged with legislation committees in the course of the estimates hearings in May and June 2004; and

(b) estimates questions on notice lodged with legislation committees by 2 December 2004.

( Agreed to 18 November 2004 .)

4  Estimates hearings—2005-06 additional estimates

(1) That estimates hearings by legislation committees be scheduled as follows:

2005-06 additional estimates:

Monday, 13 February and Tuesday, 14 February and, if required, Friday, 17 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 15 February and Thursday, 16 February and, if required, Friday, 17 February ( Group B ).

(2) That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments to committees agreed to by the Senate.

(3) That committees meet in the following groups:

Group A:

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

(4) That the committees report to the Senate on 28 March 2006 in respect of the 2005-06 additional estimates.

( Agreed to 9 February 2006 .)

5  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate.

( Agreed to 6 December 2004 .)

 

 6  Privileges—Standing Committee—Adoption of 94th report recommendation

That the Senate authorise the President, if required, to engage counsel as amicus curiae if either the action for defamation against Mr David Armstrong or a similar action against Mr William O’Chee is set down for trial.

( Agreed to 4 September 2000 .)

*7  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 29 March 2006, from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the administration by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of the citrus canker outbreak.

( Agreed to 28 March 2006 .)

8  Unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings

That the following order operate as a sessional order:

(1) The Senate confirms that any disclosure of evidence or documents submitted to a committee, of documents prepared by a committee, or of deliberations of a committee, without the approval of the committee or of the Senate, may be treated by the Senate as a contempt.

(2) The Senate reaffirms its resolution of 20 June 1996, relating to procedures to be followed by committees in cases of unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings.

(3) The Senate provides the following guidelines to be observed by committees in applying that resolution, and declares that the Senate will observe the guidelines in determining whether to refer a matter to the Committee of Privileges:

1. Unless there are particular circumstances involving actual or potential substantial interference with the work of a committee or of the Senate, the following kinds of unauthorised disclosure should not be raised as matters of privilege:

(a) disclosure of a committee report in the time between the substantial conclusion of the committee's deliberations on the report and its presentation to the Senate;

(b) disclosure of other documents prepared by a committee and not published by the committee, where the committee would have published them, or could appropriately have published them, in any event, or where they contain only research or publicly-available material, or where their disclosure is otherwise inconsequential;

(c) disclosure of documents and evidence submitted to a committee and not published by the committee, where the committee would have published them, or could appropriately have published them, in any event;

(d) disclosure of private deliberations of a committee where the freedom of the committee to deliberate is unlikely to be significantly affected.

2. The following kinds of unauthorised disclosure are those for which the contempt jurisdiction of the Senate should primarily be reserved, and which should therefore be raised as matters of privilege:

 

 (a) disclosure of documents or evidence submitted to a committee where the committee has deliberately decided to treat the documents or evidence as in camera material, for the protection of witnesses or others, or because disclosure would otherwise be harmful to the public interest;

(b) disclosure of documents prepared by a committee where that involves disclosure of material of the kind specified in paragraph (a);

(c) disclosure of private deliberations of a committee where that involves disclosure of that kind of material, or significantly impedes the committee's freedom to deliberate.

3. An unauthorised disclosure not falling into the categories in guidelines 1 and 2 should not be raised as a matter of privilege unless it involves actual or potential substantial interference with the work of a committee or of the Senate.

4. When considering any unauthorised disclosure of material in the possession of a committee, the committee should consider whether there was any substantive reason for not publishing that material.

(4) Before deciding to raise a matter of privilege involving possible unauthorised disclosure of committee proceedings, any committee may seek the guidance of the Committee of Privileges as to whether a matter should be pursued. If the committee decides that such a matter should be raised, it must consult with the Committee of Privileges before taking the matter further.

(5) When applying this resolution a committee shall have regard to the matters set out in paragraphs 3.43 to 3.59 of the 122nd Report of the Committee of Privileges, June 2005.

( Agreed to 6 October 2005 upon adoption of a recommendation of the Procedure Committee in its first report of 2005 .)

Meeting of Senate

9  Meeting of Senate

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2006 be as follows:

Autumn sittings:

Tuesday, 7 February to Thursday, 9 February

Monday, 27 February to Thursday, 2 March

Autumn sittings (2):

Monday, 27 March to Thursday, 30 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 9 May to Thursday, 11 May

Winter sittings:

Tuesday, 13 June to Thursday, 15 June

Monday, 19 June to Thursday, 22 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 8 August to Thursday, 10 August

Monday, 14 August to Thursday, 17 August

Monday, 4 September to Thursday, 7 September

Monday, 11 September to Thursday, 14 September

 

   Spring sittings (2):

Monday, 9 October to Thursday, 12 October

Monday, 16 October to Thursday, 19 October

Monday, 6 November to Thursday, 9 November

Monday, 27 November to Thursday, 30 November

Monday, 4 December to Thursday, 7 December.

( Agreed to 8 December 2005 .)

10  Adjournment debate on Tuesdays—Temporary order

That the following order operate as a temporary order until the conclusion of the 2006 sittings:

On the question for the adjournment of the Senate on Tuesday, a senator who has spoken once subject to the time limit of 10 minutes may speak again for not more than 10 minutes if no other senator who has not already spoken once wishes to speak, provided that a senator may by leave speak for not more than 20 minutes on one occasion.

( Agreed to 7 February 2006 .)

11  Divisions on Thursday—Temporary order

That the following order operate as a temporary order until 30 June 2006:

If a division is called for on Thursday after 4.30 pm, the matter before the Senate shall be adjourned until the next day of sitting at a time fixed by the Senate.

( Agreed to 27 February 2006 .)

Orders for production of documents

12  Trade—Free trade agreement—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 7 December 2004, the final letters and any attachments and annexures exchanged between the governments of Australia and the United States of America (US) to finalise the free trade agreement between Australia and the US.

( Motion of Senator Nettle agreed to 2 December 2004 .)

13  Foreign Affairs—Gallipoli—Road works—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, no later than Thursday, 12 May 2005, all briefings to the Minister and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, on the matter of road works at Gallipoli over the past 4 years, and all internal minutes and file notes, including records of meetings between the Office of Australian War Graves and officials of the Government of Turkey on the same subject.

( Motion of Senator Bishop agreed to 11 May 2005 .)

 

 14  Family and Community Services—Housing Assistance agreements—Order for production of documents

(1) That the Senate:

(a) notes that the Housing Assistance (Form of Agreement) Determination 2003 in Schedule 1, subsections 4(33) to 4(36) requires states to report on expenditure and progress towards their respective bilateral agreements to the Commonwealth within 6 months after the end of each grant year;

(b) orders that there be laid on the table, no later than 3.30 pm on 12 May 2005, all reports provided by the states and territories to the Commonwealth under those provisions for the financial year 2003-04; and

(c) orders that all reports provided by the states and territories to the Commonwealth under those provisions be tabled in the Senate within 5 sittings days, or one calendar month, after receipt (whichever is the later), and that the Senate be notified in writing by the Minister for Family and Community Services within 5 sitting days of the expiration of the 6 months if reports have not been provided within the required 6 months.

(2) That this order is of continuing effect.

( Motion of Senator Bartlett agreed to 12 May 2005 .)

15  Environment—Tasmania—Proposed pulp mill—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, no later than 3.30 pm on 16 June 2005, all correspondence from January 2002 to the present between the Minister, his staff and department and Gunns Pty Ltd relating to the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania.

( Motion of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) agreed to 12 May 2005 .)

16  Environment—Tasmania—Proposed pulp mill—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, no later than 3.30 pm on 22 June 2005, all correspondence from January 2002 to the present between the Prime Minister, his staff and department and Gunns Pty Ltd relating to the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania.

( Motion of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) agreed to 14 June 2005 .)

17  Law and Justice—Airport security—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Justice and Customs, no later than 5 pm on Monday, 20 June 2005, copies of all reports prepared by the Australian Customs Service since 1 January 2004 which refer to issues of airport security, including the report completed in September 2004, referred to on page 1 of The Australian on 31 May 2005 (‘Airport staff “smuggling drugs”’), other than material specifically relating to current ongoing investigations.

( Motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) agreed to 20 June 2005 .)

 

 18  Taxation—Deductible gift recipient status—Environment groups—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, no later than 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 22 June 2005, all correspondence between the Minister and the Assistant Treasurer, the Australian Taxation Office, or the Institute of Public Affairs in 2004 and 2005 relating to the issue of deductible gift recipient status of environment groups.

( Motion of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) agreed to 21 June 2005 .)

Orders for production of documents still current from previous parliaments

 

Date of order

Subject

Addressed to

25.10.1995

Administrative decision -making—Effect of international instruments

Minister representing the Attorney-General

13.05.1998

Waterfront reform

Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Development (Senator Alston);

Minister representing the Minister for Workplac e Relations and Small Business (Senator Alston); and

Minister representing the Prime Minister (Senator Hill)

07.03.2000

Environment—Queensland—Tree clearing

Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Hill)

03.04.2000

Aged care—Riverside Nursing H ome

Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care

27.06.2000

Tax reform—Petrol pricing

Assistant Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

09.11.2000

Environment—Tasmania

Minister representing the Minister for Sport and Tourism (Senator Minchin)

04.12.2000

Taxation—O pinion polls

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill)

05.03.2001

Taxation

Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

23.05.2001

HIH Insurance

Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Kemp)

24.05.2001

Workplace relations

Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business

09.08.2001

Foreign Affairs—Japanese fishing boats

Minister representing the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade

21.08.2001

Transport—Black Spot Project

Minister represe nting the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

23.08.2001

Environment—Great Barrier Reef—Water quality control

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill)

19.09.2001

Transport—Ansett Australia

Minister representing the Minister for Tran sport and Regional Services

20.09.2001

Transport—Ansett Australia

Minister representing the Prime Minister

19.06.2002

Mining—Christmas Island

 

24.06.2002

Superannuation system

 

25.06.2002

Finance—Retirement and income modelling

 

20.08.2002

Animal Welfare—Cattle

 

28.08.2002

Superannuation Working Group

 

11.11.2002

Environment—Queensland—Nathan Dam

 

14.11.2002

Trade—General Agreement on Trade in Services

Minister representing the Minister for Trade

18.11.2002

Environment—Oceans policy

 

19.11.2002

Superannuation—Insurance and Superannuation Commission

Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Minchin) and the Minister for Revenue and Assist ant Treasurer (Senator Coonan)

10.12.2002

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

 

11.12.2002

Environment—Tasmania—Logging

Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

12.12.2002

Science and Technology—Genetically-modified food

Minister repres enting the Minister for Foreign Affairs and representing the Prime Minister (Senator Hill)

05.02.2003

Environment—National Radioactive Waste Repository

 

05.02.2003

Environment—National Radioactive Waste Repository

 

05.03.2003

Environment—National Radioa ctive Waste Repository

 

25.03.2003

Immigration—Illegal migration

 

14.05.2003

Environment—Radioactive waste—National store

Minister representing the Minister for Science

14.05.2003

Industry—Basslink

 

19.06.2003

Energy Grants (Credits) Scheme—Draft regul ations

 

17.09.2003

Animal Welfare—Live sheep export

The Government

08.10.2003

Health—National Drug Research Strategy

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

13.10.2003

Immigration—Management of detention centres

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

13.10.003

Finance—Calculation of the IBNR levy

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

14.10.2003

Animal Welfare—Live sheep export

 

16.10.2003

Environment—Sepon Mine

Minister representing the Minister for T rade (Senator Hill)

28.10.2003

Science and Technology—Assisted reproductive technology

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill)

28.10.2003

Education—Higher education—Regional impact statement

Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

25.11.2003

Finance—Deposit bonds

 

01.12.2003

Taxation—First home owners, ‘bracket creep’ and Intergeneration Report

Minister representing the Treasurer

03.12.2003

Health—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

 

03.12.2003

Environment—Sepon mine

 

10.02.2003

Science and Technology—Assisted reproductive technology

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill)

24.03.2004

Superannuation—Departing temporary residents

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

24.03.2004

Australian Fe deral Police Commissioner—Statement

Leader of the Government in the Senate

01.04.2004

Immigration—Ministerial discretion

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

21.06.2004

Indigenous Australians—Lands Acquisition Amendment Regul ations 2004 (No. 2)

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

22.06.2004

Defence—Iraq—Human rights abuses

Minister for Defence

23.06.2004

Science and Technology—Synthetic aperture radar

Minister representing the Minister for Indus try, Tourism and Resources

23.06.2004

Defence—Office of National Assessments report

Leader of the Government in the Senate

24.06.2004

Environment—Videophone facilities

 

04.08.2004

Defence—Missile defence program

Minister for Defence

05.08.2004

Environm ent—Bushfire mitigation and management

Minister representing the Prime Minister

10.08.2004

Environment—Repulse Bay

Minister for the Environment and Heritage

11.08.2004

Environment—Nuclear waste storage

Minister for Finance and Administration