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The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 2—

 (1) That estimates hearings by standing committees for 2009 be scheduled as follows:

  2008-09 additional estimates:

  Monday, 9 February and Tuesday, 10 February 2009, and, if required, Friday, 13 February 2009 (Group A)
Wednesday, 11 February and Thursday, 12 February 2009, and, if required, Friday, 13 February 2009 (Group B).

  2009-10 Budget estimates:

  Monday, 25 May to Thursday, 28 May 2009, and, if required, Friday, 29 May 2009 (Group A)

  Monday, 1 June to Thursday, 4 June 2009, and, if required, Friday, 5 June 2009 (Group B)

  Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October 2009 (supplementary hearings—Group A)
Wednesday, 21 October and Thursday, 22 October 2009 (supplementary hearings—Group B).

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

 (3) That committees meet in the following groups:

  Group A:

  Environment, Communications and the Arts
Finance and Public Administration
Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

  Group B:

  Community Affairs
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

 (4) That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

  (a) Tuesday, 17 March 2009 in respect of the 2008-09 additional estimates; and

  (b) Tuesday, 23 June 2009 in respect of the 2009-10 Budget estimates.

Question put and passed.