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Notice given 6 February 2007

*682  Chair of the Finance and Public Administration Committee (Senator Mason): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration Committee on the transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure be extended to 1 March 2007.

*683  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) and Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the fifty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place from 26 February to 9 March 2007, with a theme of ‘The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child’;

(b) acknowledges the vital role of the Commission in bringing the concerns of women and girls to the attention of the world community and in promoting women’s rights;

(c) stresses that it is important for world democracy that women should take a full and equal part in political, social, economic and cultural life;

 

 (d) condemns the continuing grave violations of the human rights of women and girls throughout the world;

(e) expresses grave concern over continued restrictions on women’s access to education and health care, employment outside the home, freedom of movement and freedom from intimidation, harassment and violence in many countries;

(f) notes that women in many parts of the world still lack the capacity and support to speak out against violence and discrimination;

(g) emphasises that violence and discrimination against women and girls is a public issue and societal responsibility and that the education and development of men and boys is inextricably linked to advancing the rights and well-being of women and girls;

(h) encourages the Government to expand its support and funding for international organisations and programs providing high-quality education for girls, nutrition for early growth and development, sexual and reproductive health services, and safe spaces, legal structures and advocacy for girls;

(i) urges the Government to support organisations and programs that engage men in tackling discrimination and violence against women and girls, including changing harmful traditions and practices; and

(j) calls for Government leadership to end gender-based violence and eliminate discrimination against women and girls in Australia.

*684  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General (Senator Ellison), no later than the end of question time on 8 February 2007, any legal advice the Australian Government has received regarding the legality of the United States of America’s Military Commissions Act (2006).

*685  Senator Murray: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the Canadian Government has delivered on its commitment to make government more accountable through the Federal Accountability Act, which received Royal Assent on 12 December 2006,

(ii) that through this Act and the associated Action Plan, specific measures will be introduced to help strengthen accountability and increase transparency and oversight in government operations, and

(iii) that the Canadian Government is now committed to:

( a ) reforming the financing of political parties, which includes the banning of all corporate and union donations and reducing the amount an individual can donate to $1 000 per year,

( b ) banning secret donations by closing loopholes that allow for the use of trust funds for political purposes,

( c ) ensuring truth in budgeting through a Parliamentary Budget Authority,

( d ) providing real protection for whistleblowers through the creation of an independent Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal,

 

 ( e ) strengthening the power of the Auditor General and the role of the Ethics Commissioner, and

( f ) prohibiting ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public servants from lobbying government for 5 years after leaving office; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to report to the Senate within 12 months on whether similar legislative measures are required to enhance our Australian democracy.

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

(a) notes 2 February 2007 was World Wetlands Day;

(b) understands that this date marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran on 2 February 1971;

(c) notes, with concern, that the Australia state of the environment 2006 report found that as many as 231 nationally important wetlands are under pressure across Australia, and that of our 64 Ramsar wetlands, 22 have changed in ecological character or have the potential to change;

(d) notes that a recent report by the Inland Rivers Network on wetlands in crisis found that ‘changes in river flows have resulted in the loss of 90% of floodplain wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin’;

(e) recognises that the ongoing degradation of wetlands, particularly those listed as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, is a cause of national concern;

(f) expresses concern that the continuing drought and the longer term impacts of climate change could cause further degradation of wetlands; and

(g) calls on the Government to prioritise returning water flows to the degraded wetlands of the Murray-Darling system.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the World Wind Association has reported that the global installed capacity of wind energy at the end of December 2006 was 73 904 MW,

(ii) based on the accelerated wind development in 2006, the World Wind Energy Association has increased its prediction for 2010 and now expects 160 000 MW to be installed by the end of 2010,

(iii) the wind industry worldwide between 1997 and 2006 experienced a tenfold increase in installed capacity worldwide,

(iv) the currently installed wind power capacity generates more than 1 per cent of global electricity consumption,

(v) Germany has the highest proportion of installed capacity, where 5 per cent of electricity consumption is from wind, while Denmark’s is as high as 20 per cent, and

(vi) this compares to wind energy in Australia in 2006 representing only 0.5 per cent of Australia’s electricity consumption; and

(b) calls on the Government to increase and extend the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target to support wind energy and other renewable technologies in order to meet with world minimum practice and to strive to world best practice.

 

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

(a) welcomes the adoption in December 2006 by the United Nations of the Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities; and

(b) asks the Government to show leadership at home and to the international community by being one of the first countries to be a signatory to the Convention when this is possible after 30 March 2007.

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

(a) recalls that:

(i) 7 February is the 40th anniversary of the Tasmanian 1967 Black Tuesday bushfires, one of the worst disasters to have occurred in Australian history,

(ii) the Black Tuesday fires tragically killed 62 people, injured approximately 900 more, directly affected 35 000 people and left 7 000 homeless,

(iii) the Black Tuesday fires were the first in Australia to devastate suburbs of a capital city and caused extensive property loss, destroying approximately 1 300 homes in and around Hobart,

(iv) the worst of the fires was the Hobart fire, which burnt suburbs of Hobart killing 52 people, and

(v) the Black Tuesday fires caused extensive damage to agricultural property and livestock;

(b) remembers the victims and their families and extends to all who suffered, profound sympathy and deepest condolences; and

(c) also remembers the toll that the fires took on the Tasmanian community and expresses gratitude for the magnificent efforts of the volunteers who risked their own lives to help others.

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

(a) notes that on 2 February 2007 the world’s foremost authority on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released a review of the state of climate change science, including the important conclusions that:

(i) most of the global warming over the past 50 years is very likely (at least 90 per cent chance) to be due to human activity, and

(ii) the ‘likely range’ of temperature increases by 2100 for the range of modelled business-as-usual scenarios extends from 1.1°C to 6.4°C with ‘best estimates’ ranging from 1.8°C to 4°C;

(b) recognises that a global temperature increase of above 2°C would pose an unacceptably high risk of dangerous climate change impacts; and

(c) calls on the Government to introduce a policy framework that is underpinned by a commitment to contribute fairly to global efforts to constrain temperature rise to 2°C or less.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Australian citizen, Mr David Hicks has been detained for 1 889 days,

(ii) retrospective charges against Mr Hicks have been proposed by United States of America prosecutors, and

 

 (iii) further reports of mistreatment of Mr Hicks, including punishment for meeting with Australian officials; and

(b) calls on the Government to return Mr Hicks to face justice in Australia.

Notice of motion altered on 6 February 2007 pursuant to standing order 77.

*692  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the following bill be introduced: Australian Territories Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2007 .

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 the 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  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 29 November 2006 ).

148  Administrative Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 29 November 2006 ).

149  Indigenous Business Australia—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 29 November 2006 ).

150  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 074/06 to 081/06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 29 November 2006 ).

151  Issues from the Advance to the Finance Minister as a final charge for the year ended 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 30 November 2006 ).

152  Australian Electoral Commission—2006 redistribution of Queensland into electoral divisions—Report, together with maps and compact disc

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 December 2006 ).

153  Australian Electoral Commission—2006 redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions—Report, together with maps and compact disc

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 December 2006 ).

154  Australian Public Service Commission—State of the service—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Watson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Watson, in continuation, 6 December 2006 ).

155  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Personal identifiers 082/06 to 104/06, dated 4 December 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 December 2006 ).

156  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 082/06 to 104/06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 December 2006 ).

157  Australian Crime Commission—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 5 December 2006 ).

 

 158  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 —Australian State of the Environment Committee—Report—Australia state of the environment 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 6 December 2006 ).

159  Parliamentarians’ travel paid by the Department of Finance and Administration—1 January to 30 June 2006, dated December 2006

Consideration ( 7 December 2006 ).

160  Former parliamentarians’ travel paid by the Department of Finance and Administration—1 January to 30 June 2006, dated December 2006

Consideration ( 7 December 2006 ).

161  Parliamentarians’ overseas study travel reports—1 January to 30 June, dated December 2006

Consideration ( 7 December 2006 ).

162  Expenditure on travel by former Governors-General paid by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—1 January to 30 June 2006

Consideration ( 7 December 2006 ).

163  Department of Defence—Special purpose flights—Schedule for the period January to June 2006

Consideration ( 8 December 2006 ).

*164  Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

*165  Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc.—Native Title Unit—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

*166  Productivity Commission—Report no. 38—Waste management, 20 October 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

*167  Department of the Treasury—Tax expenditures statement 2006, December 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

*168  Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 —National Health and Medical Research Council—NHMRC Licensing Committee—Report for the period 1 April to 30 September 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

 

 *169  Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003 —Quarterly report on the Government co-contribution scheme for the period 1 July to 30 September 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

*170  Migration Agents Registration Authority—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

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 ( 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 ( 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 acknowledged 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 ).

76  Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol Ratification) Bill 2006 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Carr )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 30 November 2006 ).

77  Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Fair Process) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

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

78  Climate Change Action Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Milne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Milne, in continuation, 30 November 2006 ).

80  Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja, Troeth, Nettle and Carol Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 7 December 2006 ).

81  Removal of Recognition of US Military Commissions (David Hicks) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Nettle and Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 7 December 2006 ).