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Notice given 27 November 2006

*630  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the undersigned Members of the European Parliament recently returned from a fact finding mission to Israel and Palestine, shocked and appalled by what they saw and experienced in Gaza, saying:

i. Due to economic sanctions, almost all public institutions have shut down. The hospitals are overcrowded and receive neither money nor sufficient medicine. The public employees have not been paid for months. The doctors told us that some deadly injuries are not caused by traditional weapons but most likely by new experimental chemical weapons. More amputations than ever are necessary. They have not had the time to examine the dead bodies yet as they are busy dealing with the wounds of those who have survived.

ii. The closure of Rafah and Karni crossing for people and goods has turned Gaza into an open air prison. Recently, Gaza has seen horrible carnage.

iii. We call upon Israel to stop the violation of human rights and repeated breaches of the Geneva Convention.

iv. We call for a complete ceasefire by Israel, an immediate withdrawal of troops from Gaza and an end to the military incursion in the West Bank.

v. We strongly object to the description by Israel of those it has killed as “terrorists”.

 

 vi. We call and insist that the EU [European Union] should review the association agreement and consider imposition of sanctions on Israel unless it ceases the killing of civilians and the violation of human rights, thus complying with article 2 of the association agreement.

vii. We urge Hamas and Fatah and all the democratic Palestinian forces, even under these circumstances, not to stop their efforts to form a Unity Government as already agreed on the document of national reconciliation which recognizes the 1967 borders of the state of Palestine and Israel and to take every possible measure to halt the firing of Qassam rockets.

viii. We call upon the EU to open dialogue with all the Palestinian national institutions and to put pressure on the Israeli government to release the tax revenues confiscated from the Palestinian government.

ix. We ask the UN and the quartet to send international forces to protect the Palestinian and Israeli civilian populations, while calling for an international conference with all the parties involved reaching a comprehensive and just peace for the area.

MEP Luisa Morgantini (Italy), GUE/NGL

MEP Vincenzo Aita (Italy), GUE/NGL

MEP Allesandro Battilocchio (Italy), N.I.

MEP John Bowis (UK), EPP-ED

MEP Chris Davies (UK), ALDE

MEP Jill Evans (UK), GREEN/EFA

MEP Hélène Flautre (France), GREEN/EFA

MEP Gyula Hegyi (Hungary), PES

MEP Miguel Portas (Portugal), GUE/NGL

MEP Karin Resetarits (Austria), ALDE

MEP Alyn Smith (UK), GREEN/EFA

MP Norman Paech (Germany), Die Linke; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) to visit Palestine and Israel in the near future and to consider backing the requests of the European Parliamentary delegation in an effort to bring peace to the region.

*631  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) in 2000, Germany introduced a solar scheme requiring electricity companies to buy back electricity generated from household panels connected to the grid at premium price rather than at the normal wholesale electricity rate,

(ii) the German scheme has meant approximately 400 000 households have now installed solar panels,

(iii) the German scheme has lead to a boom in the photovoltaic (PV) industry with revenues expected to be $25 billion in 2006, increasing to $100 billion by 2010,

(iv) Germany’s success with the scheme has led to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Canada introducing almost identical schemes,

 

 (v) in 2004, Germany passed a new law that guaranteed people who built solar parks a minimum price for each kilowatt of electricity that was two to three times the market price, for example, a German pig farmer struggling with drought took advantage of the scheme and covered his 200 acre farm with 10 050 solar panels, which at full capacity could supply power to all 7 000 residents of the local village resulting in the farmer making more than $600 000 a year from the sale of this electricity, and

(vi) California has developed the ‘Million Solar Roofs’ plan that will provide 3 000 megawatts of additional solar generation by 2018 using a combination of regulatory and market mechanisms;

(b) notes that an Australia-wide feed-in tariff could increase the number of PV units in Australia from 10 000 to 150 000 by 2010; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to work with state governments to introduce a solar scheme similar to that in Germany.

*632  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Californian Republican Governor, Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger, has signed the Californian Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006,

(ii) the Act aims to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent, to 1990 levels, by 2020 and by 2050 will reduce emission to 80 per cent below 1990 levels, and

(iii) the Act requires the Californian Air Resources Board (CARB) to:

• Establish a statewide greenhouse gas emissions cap for 2020, based on 1990 emissions by January 1, 2008.

• Adopt mandatory reporting rules for significant sources of greenhouse gases by January 1, 2009.

• Adopt a plan by January 1, 2009 indicating how emission reductions will be achieved from significant greenhouse gas sources via regulations, market mechanisms and other actions.

• Adopt regulations by January 1, 2011 to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas [emissions] including provisions for using both market mechanisms and alternative compliance mechanisms.

• Convene an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and an Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee to advise CARB.

• Ensure public notice and opportunity for comment for all CARB actions; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to follow California’s lead and legislate to set greenhouse gas reduction targets, introduce caps on emissions and introduce market and regulatory mechanisms to achieve reductions.

*633  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the global carbon market is worth almost $40 billion a year,

 

 (ii) the World Bank reports that the global carbon trading market was worth approximately $28 billion in the first 9 months of 2006, compared with $13 billion in 2005,

(iii) the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) market was valued at $2.9 billion for the first three quarters of 2006, and

(iv) the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Executive Secretary, Mr Yvo de Boer, recently said the Kyoto CDMs could generate annual investment of $133 billion in ‘green investment flow to developing countries’;

(b) recognises that joining the Kyoto Protocol now could give Australian business the chance to get early mover advantages in the booming global carbon trading market; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol now, and work within the framework to encourage the United States of America to also ratify the Protocol.

Notice of motion altered on 27 November 2006 pursuant to standing order 77.

*634  Senators Johnston and Adams: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth legislative framework applying to the Australian wheat industry, and for related purposes. Wheat Marketing Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 .

*635  Senator Siewert: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the peak council of the community services and welfare sector, is celebrating 50 years of representing that sector and advancing the interests of disadvantaged Australians, and

(ii) ACOSS was established in 1956, with the aim of reducing poverty and inequality by developing and promoting socially, economically and environmentally responsible public policy and action by government, community and business while supporting non-government organisations which provide assistance to vulnerable Australians; and

(b) congratulates ACOSS on 50 years of outstanding community service.

*636  Senator Watson: To move—That the order of the Senate of 9 October 2006, authorising the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, be varied as follows:

Paragraph (b), omit “Thursday, 30 November 2006, from 10 am to 1 pm”, substitute “Thursday, 7 December 2006, from 10 am to 1.30 pm”.

*637  Senator Siewert: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, no later than 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 29 November 2006, the report on the review of matters of national environmental significance made under section 28A of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 25 November was White Ribbon Day, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,

 

 (ii) White Ribbon Day marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a world-wide event encouraging action to end violence against women, which ends on International Human Rights Day on 10 December,

(iii) 2006, which is the 16th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, celebrates activists who have made the campaign a success and honours women human rights defenders who have suffered intimidation and violence for their activism,

(iv) it is estimated that more than 1 million women have experienced violence in a relationship and that for more than two-thirds of women victims of violence, their children had witnessed the violence, and

(v) the White Ribbon Day campaign receives no government funding; and

(b) calls on the Government to fund the 2007 White Ribbon Day campaign, as a demonstration of its commitment to preventing violence against women.

*640  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Mental Health Services, be appointed to inquire into, monitor and report by 30 June 2008 on ongoing efforts towards improving mental health services in Australia.

(2) That the committee have the power to consider and use for its purposes the transcripts of evidence and records of the Select Committee on Mental Health appointed on 8 March 2005.

(3) That the committee have the power to send for and examine persons and documents, call for and receive submissions, and convene public hearings, roundtables and symposia on developments in mental health including new and changing issues in policy.

(4) That the committee may report from time to time its proceedings and evidence and any recommendations, and shall make regular reports of the progress of the proceedings of the committee.

(5) That the committee shall have reference to the reports of the Select Committee on Mental Health A national approach to mental health - from crisis to community , the National Action Plan on Mental Health agreed to at the July 2006 meeting of the Council of Australian Governments, and the National Mental Health Strategy and associated plans.

(6) That the committee consist of 7 senators, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

(7) That the chair of the committee be elected by the committee from the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(8) In the absence of agreement on the selection of a chair, duly notified to the President, the allocation of the chair be determined by the Senate.

(9) That the deputy chair of the committee be elected by and from the members of the committee immediately after the election of the chair.

(10) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

(11) That the quorum of the committee be 3 members.

 

 (12) Where the votes on any question before the committee are equally divided, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, shall have a casting vote.

(13) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(14) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(15) That the quorum of a subcommittee be 2 members.

(16) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(17) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

*642  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) Australia’s obligation under the World Heritage Convention to protect the World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island that provides nesting habitat for nearly 4 million seabirds, and provides Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversation-listed ‘Critical Habitat’ for two nationally threatened albatross species, the wandering and grey-headed albatross,

(ii) that the feral rabbit population on Macquarie Island has exploded since the late 1990s from 10 000 to more than 100 000 as a result of reduced effectiveness of myxomatosis, eradication of feral cats and climate change resulting in increasing rabbit breeding success, and

(iii) that recent landslips have wiped out hundreds of king penguins and that the grey-headed albatross faces immediate risk of extinction in Australia due to the destruction by rabbits of the birds’ only known Australian breeding site on Macquarie Island; and

(b) calls on the Government to take immediate action to fund and implement the eradication plan for rabbits and rodents costed at $15 million so work can start immediately to ensure on-ground baiting can start in winter 2008.

*643  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the draft report of the Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy Review Taskforce appointed by the Prime Minister (Mr Howard); and

(b) calls on the Government to reject:

(i) any proposals for the deployment of nuclear power in Australia,

(ii) the construction of nuclear reactors on or offshore around Australia,

(iii) the construction of nuclear waste dumps in Australia, and

(iv) any proposal for the development of nuclear enrichment facilities in Australia.

 

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

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 Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

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 ( adjourned, Senator Marshall, 9 November 2006 ).

Australia-Indonesia Institute—Report for 2004-05

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

Housing Assistance Act 1996 —Report for 2004-05 on the operation of the 2003 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement

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

Indigenous education and training—National report to Parliament 2004

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

Medibank Private Limited—Report for 2005-06

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

Western Australian Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Webber, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

Australian Electoral Commission—Report for 2005-06

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

CrimTrac Agency—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Ian Macdonald, 9 November 2006 ).

10  Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 —Report for 2005-06 on consultants engaged under section 4 of the Act

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

11  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator McLucas, 9 November 2006 ).

12  Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Carol Brown, 19 October 2006 ).

 

 13  National Water Commission—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Carol Brown, 19 October 2006 ).

14  Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Hurley—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Carol Brown, 19 October 2006 ).

15  Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Ian Macdonald, 19 October 2006 ).

16  Commissioner for Complaints [Aged care]—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Carol Brown, 19 October 2006 ).

17  Australian Security Intelligence Organisation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Carol Brown, 19 October 2006 ).

18  Telstra Corporation Limited—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

19  National Museum of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

20  National Archives of Australia and National Archives of Australia Advisory Council—Reports for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

21  Australia Council—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

22  Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

23  National Competition Council—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

24  Commissioner of Taxation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carol Brown—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Carol Brown, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

25  Commissioner of Taxation—Report for 2005-06—Correction

Consideration ( 19 October 2006 ).

 

 26  Bureau of Meteorology—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Watson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

27  Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

28  Director of National Parks—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

29  National Transport Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

30  Department of Health and Ageing—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

31  Airservices Australia—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

32  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

33  Australian Customs Service—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

34  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

35  Medicare Australia—Report for 2005-06, incorporating report and financial statements of the Health Insurance Commission for the period 1 July to 30 September 2005

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

36  Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

37  Australian Maritime Safety Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

38  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

39  Financial Reporting Council, Australian Accounting Standards Board and Auditing and Assurance Standards Board—Reports for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

40  Australian Institute of Marine Science—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

 

 41  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

42  Australian Hearing Services (Australian Hearing)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

43  Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources—Report for 2005-06—Corrections

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

44  Private Health Insurance Administration Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

45  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

46  Comcare—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

47  Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

48  Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

49  Remuneration Tribunal—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

50  Australian Fair Pay Commission—Report for the period 14 December 2005 to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

51  Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat—Report for the period 14 December 2005 to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 6 November 2006 ).

52  Aboriginal Hostels Limited—Report for the period 26 June 2005 to 24 June 2006

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

53  Australian Federal Police—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

54  Health Services Australia Group (HSA Group)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

55  Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

56  Military Superannuation and Benefits Board of Trustees—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

 

 57  Telstra Instalment Receipt Trustee Limited—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

58  Australian Institute of Family Studies—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

59  National Library of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

60  Employment Advocate—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

61  Australian Building and Construction Commissioner—Report for the period 1 October 2005 to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

62  Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Australian Industrial Registry—Reports for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

63  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

64  Murray-Darling Basin Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

65  Department of Defence—Reports for 2005-06

Volume 1—Department of Defence

Volume 2—Defence Material Organisation

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

66  Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

67  Australian Institute of Criminology and Criminology Research Council—Reports for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

68  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

69  Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

70  Centrelink—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

71  Department of Human Services—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

72  Productivity Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

 

 73  Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2005-06, including financial statements for the Aboriginal Benefit Account and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund Account

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

74  Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

75  Department of Education, Science and Training—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

76  Family Law Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

77  Royal Australian Mint—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

78  National Native Title Tribunal—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

79  Australian Government Solicitor—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

80  Federal Court of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

81  Financial Reporting Council—Report for 2005-06 on auditor independence

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

82  Takeovers Panel—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

83  Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

84  Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

85  Australian Office of Financial Management—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

86  Private Health Insurance Ombudsman—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

87  Australian Securities and Investments Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

88  Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

89  Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

 

 90  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

91  Professional Services Review [Medical and pharmaceutical services]—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

92  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Telecommunications report for 2005-06—Telstra’s compliance with price control arrangements

Consideration (7 November 2006).

93  Public Lending Right Committee—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

94  Australian Film Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

95  Australian Prudential Regulation Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

96  Privacy Commissioner—Report for 2005-06 on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

97  Social Security Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

98  NetAlert Limited—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

99  National Gallery of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

100  Airservices Australia—Equity and diversity program—Progress report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

101  Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report—Review of the financial capacity of Norfolk Island 2006

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

102  Australian Landcare Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

103  Royal Australian Air Force Veterans’ Residences Trust Fund—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

104  Army and Air Force Canteen Service Board of Management (trading as Frontline Defence Services)—Report for 2005-06, including a report on its equal employment opportunity management plan

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

 

 105  Office of Workplace Services—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

106  Department of Finance and Administration—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

107  Wet Tropics Management Authority—Report for 2005-06, together with a State of the Wet Tropics report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

108  Services Trust Funds—Reports for 2005-06 of the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, the Australian Military Forces Relief Trust Fund and the Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Trust Fund

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

109  Federal Magistrates Court—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

110  Family Court of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

111  Civil Aviation Safety Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

112  Teaching Australia: Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited—Report for the period 30 November 2005 to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

113  Future Fund Management Agency and Board of Guardians—Report for the period 3 April to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

114  National Rural Advisory Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

115  Grains Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

116  Australian Law Reform Commission—Report for 2005-06 (Report no. 105)

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

117  Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

118  Aboriginal Land Commissioner—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

119  Anindilyakwa Land Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

120  Central Land Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

121  Indigenous Land Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

 

 122  Northern Land Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

123  Tiwi Land Council—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

124  Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

125  Central Queensland Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

126  Goldfields Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

127  Gurang Land Council (Aboriginal Corporation)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

128  Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

129  North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

130  Yamatji Marlpa Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

131  Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation (Land and Water Australia)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

132  Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

133  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

134  Sugar Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

135  Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

136  Dairy Adjustment Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

137  Defence Housing Authority—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

 

 138  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

139  Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

140  Cotton Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 7 November 2006 ).

141  Australian Industry Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Webber, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

142  Telstra Corporation Limited—Equal employment opportunity program—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Webber, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

143  Australian Fisheries Management Authority—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Webber, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

144  Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Webber, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

145  Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post)—Equal employment opportunity program—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Webber, in continuation, 8 November 2006 ).

*146  Inquiry into certain Australian companies in relation to the UN Oil-for-Food Programme—Report by Commissioner the Honourable TRH Cole, AO, RFD, QC, November 2006

Volume 1—Summary, recommendations and background

Volume 2—Negotiations and sales, July 1999 to December 2000

Volume 3—Sales, allegations and inquiries, January 2001 to December 2005

Volume 4—Findings

Volume 5—Appendices

Adjourned debate on the motion of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Evans)—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 27 November 2006 ).

*147  Official visit to the United States of America, 8 to 16 June 2006—Report on the visit by the Minister for Ageing (Senator Santoro), dated 29 October 2006

Consideration ( 27 November 2006 ).

*148  Statutory review of the Gene Technology Act 2000 and the Gene Technology Agreement—State, territory and Australian governments’ response

Consideration ( 27 November 2006 ).

 

 *149  Veterans’ Review Board—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 27 November 2006 ).

*150  Australian Communications and Media Authority—Communication—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 27 November 2006 ).

*151  Australian Sports Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 27 November 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 ).

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 )— ( Senators Bartlett and 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 ).

 

 9  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—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bernardi, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

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

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 ).

35  National Animal Welfare Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 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 ).

 

 50  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 30 March 2006 ).

51  Family and Community Services—Child care

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Lundy—That the Senate condemns the Howard Government for ignoring in the Budget the urgent needs of parents struggling with the cost, availability and quality of child care, noting:

(a) the incompetence of the Howard Government in allocating $60 million for child care places that will never be delivered given that there are already 100 000 unallocated places due mainly to the shortage of child care professionals;

(b) the failure to bring forward the 30 per cent rebate on out-of-pocket child care expenses despite criticism of the rebate from the Government’s own backbench and the fact that child care fees are rising far in excess of other goods and services; and

(c) that parents who cannot find child care, cannot work, adding to the skills shortage ( Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp), in continuation, 11 May 2006 ).

52  Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 15 June 2006 ).

53  Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 15 June 2006 ).

54  Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Access to Detention Centres) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 June 2006 ).

55  Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin), in continuation, 14 September 2006 ).

56  Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas Repeal) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

57  Privacy (Extension to Political Acts and Practices) Amendment Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

 

 58  Australian Defence Force commitment to southern Iraq—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

59  Australian Defence Force commitment to Afghanistan—Ministerial statement

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

60  Family and Community Services—Housing affordability

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

(a) condemns the Howard Government for its failure to address the widely acknowledge affordability crisis in Australia’s rental and home ownership markets; and

(b) calls on the Howard Government to show leadership on this critical issue by working with state, territory and local governments, industry, business and the not-for-profit sector to develop a national housing strategy.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Bartlett —Omit paragraph (a), substitute:

“(a) condemns the Howard Government and the state and territory Labor governments for their failure to address the widely acknowledged affordability crisis in Australia’s rental and home ownership markets; and” ( Senator Sherry, in continuation, 10 August 2006 ).

61  Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 August 2006 ).

62  Migration Legislation Amendment (Return to Procedural Fairness) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 17 August 2006 ).

63  Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 7 September 2006 ).

64  Health—Medibank Private

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government is divided over the sale of Medibank Private,

(ii) the public is concerned about the consequences of the sale of Medibank Private and its impact on the affordability of private health insurance, and

(iii) despite government promises to keep private health insurance premiums low, they have risen by almost 40 per cent since 2001; and

 

 (b) calls on the Government to abandon plans to sell-off Medibank Private.

And on the amendment moved by Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) —At the end of paragraph (b), add “, unless the Government is prepared to produce a white paper that substantiates and supports its proposal, to engage in a genuine period of public consultation, and to be able to confirm it has widespread public support for its sale” ( 7 September 2006 ).

65  Migration Legislation Amendment (Complementary Protection Visas) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 13 September 2006 ).

66  Social Security (Helping Pensioners Hit by the Skills Shortage) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Evans )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator George Campbell, in continuation, 14 September 2006 ).

67  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2003 [2006]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Bartlett and McLucas )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 10 October 2006 ).

68  Migration Legislation Amendment (Enabling Permanent Protection) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

69  Skills for the future—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Wong, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

70  Crimes Amendment (Victim Impact Statements) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fifield, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

71  Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Review) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

73  Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Human Rights) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

74  Migration Legislation Amendment (Duration of Detention) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

 

 75  Economy—Inflation and interest rates

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate notes:

(a) that the interest rate rise on 8 November 2006 is the eighth consecutive increase since May 2002 and the fourth since the 2004 election;

(b) that the headline inflation rate increased to 3.9 per cent for the year ending September 2006;

(c) that national and personal debt levels are increasing; and

(d) the lowering of productivity and trending down in manufacturing and services export ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).