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SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA BILL 2008E SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA (CONSEQUENTIAL AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) E BILL 2008

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans)—That these bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bills.

In the committee

SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA BILL 2008—

Bill, taken as a whole by leave, debated.

On the motion of Senator Abetz the following amendment was debated and agreed to:

 Page 5 (after line 6), after clause 5, insert:

  

5A Objects

   The objects of the establishment of Safe Work Australia are, through a partnership of governments, employers and employees, to lead and coordinate national efforts to:

 (a) prevent workplace death, injury and disease; and

 (b) harmonise occupational health and safety laws and associated regulations and codes of practice; and

 (c) improve national worker's compensation arrangements.

Senator Xenophon moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Clause 10, page 9 (lines 10 to 13), omit paragraphs (1)(d) and (e), substitute:

 (d) 3 members nominated by the Australian Council of Trade Unions;

 (e) 3 members nominated by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

 Clause 15, page 11 (line 16) to page 12 (line 1), omit subclauses (2) to (5), substitute:

  (2) The Minister can only make the appointment if the person has been nominated for the appointment by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

 Clause 16, page 12 (lines 8 to 21), omit subclauses (2) to (5), substitute:

  (2) The Minister can only make the appointment if the person has been nominated for the appointment by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.


The committee divided—

AYES,38


Senators—
AbetzCashHumphriesPayne
Adams (Teller)CormannJohnstonRonaldson
BarnettEgglestonJoyceRyan
BernardiFergusonKrogerScullion
BirminghamFieldingLudlamSiewert
BoswellFierravanti-WellsMasonTrood
BoyceFifieldMcGauranWilliams
BrandisFisherMinchinXenophon
Brown, BobHanson-YoungNash
BushbyHeffernanParry

NOES, 26


Senators—
ArbibConroyHurleyPolley
BilykCrossinHutchinsPratt
BishopFarrellLudwigSherry
Brown, CarolFaulknerLundyStephens
CameronFeeneyMarshallWortley
CarrForshawMcEwen (Teller)
CollinsFurnerMcLucas

Question agreed to.

On the motion of Senator Siewert the following amendment was debated and agreed to:

 Clause 26, page 16 (lines 18 and 19), omit "Division 4 allows the Ministerial Council to direct Safe Work Australia to amend either of the final plans.".

Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided in respect of clause 28, subclauses (2) to (5) and (8); clause 30, subclauses (2) to (5) and (8); and Part 4, Division 4.

Clause 28, subclauses (2) to (5) and (8); clause 30, subclauses (2) to (5) and (8); and Part 4, Division 4 debated.

Question—That clause 28, subclauses (2) to (5) and (8); clause 30, subclauses (2) to (5) and (8); and Part 4, Division 4 stand as printed—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,26


Senators—
ArbibConroyHurleyPolley
BilykCrossinHutchinsPratt
BishopFarrellLudwigSherry
Brown, CarolFaulknerLundyStephens
CameronFeeneyMarshallWortley
CarrForshawMcEwen (Teller)
CollinsFurnerMcLucas

NOES, 38



Senators—
AbetzCormannJohnstonPayne
AdamsEgglestonJoyceRonaldson
BarnettFergusonKrogerRyan
BernardiFieldingLudlamScullion
BirminghamFierravanti-WellsMacdonaldSiewert
BoyceFifieldMasonTrood
Brown, BobFisherMcGauranWilliams
BushbyHanson-YoungMinchinXenophon
CashHeffernanNash
ColbeckHumphriesParry (Teller)

Subclauses and Division negatived.

Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided in respect of clause 38, subclause (2) and clause 42, subclause (2).

Clause 38, subclause (2) and clause 42, subclause (2) debated.

Question—That clause 38, subclause (2) and clause 42, subclause (2) stand as printed—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,27


Senators—
ArbibConroyFurnerMcLucas
BilykCrossinHurleyPolley
BishopEvansHutchinsPratt
Brown, CarolFarrell (Teller)LudwigSherry
CameronFaulknerLundyStephens
CarrFeeneyMarshallWortley
CollinsForshawMcEwen

NOES, 39


Senators—
AbetzCormannHumphriesParry (Teller)
AdamsEgglestonJohnstonPayne
BarnettEllisonJoyceRonaldson
BernardiFergusonKrogerRyan
BirminghamFieldingLudlamScullion
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMacdonaldSiewert
Brown, BobFifieldMasonTrood
BushbyFisherMcGauranWilliams
CashHanson-YoungMinchinXenophon
ColbeckHeffernanNash

Subclauses negatived.

At 9.50 pm: The President resumed the chair and the Chair of Committees (Senator Ferguson) reported progress.