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Business of the Senate

Notices of Motion

Notice given 3 December 2008

Senator Barnett: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2009:

Australia’s judicial system and the role of judges, with particular reference to:

(a) the procedure for appointment and method of termination;

(b) the term of appointment, including the desirability of a compulsory retirement age, and the merit of full-time, part-time or other arrangements;

(c) appropriate qualifications;

(d) jurisdictional issues;

(e) the cost of delivering justice;

(f) the timeliness of judicial decisions;

(g) the judicial complaints handling system;

(h) the interface between the federal and state judicial system; and

(i) other matters relating and incidental thereto.

Notice given 3 February 2009

Senator Milne: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 29 May 2009:

Australia’s climate change response, with particular reference to:

(a) the adequacy or otherwise of the Government’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 5 per cent by 2020 and 60 per cent by 2050 below 2000 levels in avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate, defined as a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees;

(b) whether or not, if the global community pursues a 550 ppm target until 2020, there is any prospect of achieving a 450 ppm target, i.e. is an ‘overshoot’ emission trajectory realistic and what are the risks involved;

(c) whether or not, if the global community pursues a 550 ppm target, the Government’s greenhouse emission reduction targets of 5 per cent by 2020 and 60 per cent by 2050 below 2000 levels constitutes a fair and proportionate contribution to the global abatement task;

(d) what emission targets would be consistent with achieving a 300 ppm, 350 ppm and a 400 ppm atmospheric concentration target, equitably shared between industrial and developing nations, and between industrialised nations; and

(e) the debate into global negotiations to date on per capita emission targets and whether or not the Government’s arguments on per capita emissions are consistent with globally understood principles of equity underpinning burden sharing arrangements.

 

Notice given 4 February 2009

*3  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin) and Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move—That—

(1) The additional estimates hearings of standing committees scheduled for the week beginning 9 February 2009 not take place.

(2) The Senate meet from Monday, 9 February to Thursday, 12 February 2009.

(3) The Senate not meet from Monday, 23 February to Thursday, 26 February 2009.

(4) That the 2008-09 additional estimates hearings by standing committees be scheduled as follows:

Monday, 23 February and Tuesday, 24 February 2009, and, if required, Friday, 27 February 2009 ( Group A )

Wednesday, 25 February and Thursday, 26 February 2009, and, if required, Friday, 27 February 2009 ( Group B ).

(5) The provisions of the following bills (the bills) be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry and report by 10 February 2009:

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009

Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009

Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009

Tax Bonus for Working Australians (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009.

(6) Notwithstanding the reference of the provisions of the bills, the Senate may consider the bills to the conclusion of the second reading stage, but shall not further consider the bills until the report of the Finance and Public Administration Committee on the bills has been tabled.

(7) On Thursday, 5 February 2009:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 7 pm;

(b) consideration of general business, and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

(c) the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm till 7 pm shall be consideration of the bills (second reading speeches);

(d) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

(e) at 7 pm the Senate shall adjourn without any question being put.

(8) The Finance and Public Administration Committee shall meet from 7 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, 5 February 2009, and from 9 am on Friday, 6 February 2009 to take evidence from government departments and agencies, including (but not limited to):

(a) Treasury;

(b) Centrelink;

(c) Education, Employment and Workplace Relations;

(d) Environment, Heritage and the Arts; and

(e) Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

 

 (9) The Finance and Public Administration Committee shall meet on Monday, 9 February 2009 to take further evidence in relation to the bills from non-government organisations, community groups and other interested parties as determined by the committee, and may meet during the sitting of the Senate for that purpose.

(10) The presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration Committee on the bills be an order of the day for 12.31 pm on Tuesday, 10 February 2009.

(11) On Thursday, 12 February 2009, the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment, and the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall not be proposed until the Senate has finally considered the bills listed in paragraph (5).