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DAYS AND HOURS OF MEETING AND ROUTINE OF BUSINESS—ESTIMATES HEARINGS—VARIATION—FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION—STANDING COMMITTEE—COMMUNITY AFFAIRS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCES—LEAVE TO MEET DURING SITTING—CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION

Leave was granted, on the application of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans), for government business notice of motion no. 2 to be moved immediately, for that motion to be debated together with business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 and government business notices of motion nos 1 and 3, and for those motions to be moved and the questions on those motions to be put in that order at the conclusion of the debate.

Government business notice of motion no. 2—

That, on Thursday, 5 February 2009:

 (a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and 7 pm to adjournment;

 (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 12.45 pm till not later than 2 pm, and from not later than 4.30 pm, shall be government business only;

 (d) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm;

 (e) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed after the Senate has finally considered the bills listed below, including any messages from the House of Representatives:

   Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009


   Tax Bonus for Working Australians (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

   Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009

   Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009; and

 (f) if the Senate is sitting at midnight, the sitting of the Senate be suspended till 9 am on Friday, 6 February 2009. (Hours of meeting and routine of business—Variation)

Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—

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). (Hours of meeting and routine of business—Estimates hearings—Variation—Finance and Public Administration Committee—Reference—Leave to meet during sitting)

Government business notice of motion no. 1—

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

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

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

 Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009

 Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009

 Tax Bonus for Working Australians (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

 Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009. (Consideration of legislation)

Government business notice of motion no. 3—

That the orders of the Senate agreed to on 12 November 2008 relating to days of meeting of the Senate for 2009, and estimates hearings dates, be varied as follows:

 (a) meeting of Senate for 2009 (as part of the Autumn sittings), omit "Monday, 23 February to Thursday, 26 February", substitute "Monday, 9 February to Thursday, 12 February"; and

 (b) 2008-09 additional estimates

  omit:

   "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)",

  substitute:

   "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)". (Days of meeting—Estimates hearings—Variation)

Senator Evans moved government business notice of motion no. 2 accordingly.

Debate ensued.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,28


Senators—
ArbibConroyHoggO'Brien
BilykCrossinHurleyPolley
BishopFarrell (Teller)LudwigPratt
Brown, CarolFaulknerLundySherry
CameronFeeneyMarshallStephens
CarrForshawMcLucasSterle
CollinsFurnerMooreWortley

NOES, 40


Senators—
AbetzCoonanHumphriesNash
BarnettCormannJohnstonParry
BernardiEgglestonJoycePayne
BirminghamFergusonKrogerRonaldson
BoyceFieldingLudlamRyan
BrandisFierravanti-WellsMacdonaldScullion
Brown, BobFifieldMasonTroeth
BushbyFisherMcGauranTrood
CashHanson-YoungMilneWilliams (Teller)
ColbeckHeffernanMinchinXenophon

Question negatived.

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding), by leave and also on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin), the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) and Senator Xenophon, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 in an amended form—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.

 (5A) The provisions of the Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009 also be referred to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 10 February 2009.


 (5B) The Community Affairs Committee may not meet to consider the Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009 at the same time as the Finance and Public Administration Committee is meeting to consider the bills.

 (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 reports of the committees on the bills be orders 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).

 (12) If the Senate has not finally determined the bills by midnight on Thursday, 12 February 2009, the President or the chairman shall immediately put the question on any amendment or motion already proposed from the chair, and shall then propose any other question requisite to dispose of the bills.

Question put and passed.

Government business notices of motion nos 1 and 3 were not proceeded with.