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Notice given 26 February 2007

Senator Murray: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 14 August 2007:

(a) a review of Commonwealth statutory exemptions provided to religious or other organisations, or individual members thereof, on the grounds of religion, belief or conscience;

(b) whether such Commonwealth statutory exemptions should be maintained, withdrawn or restricted, including in specific instances where they are abused or are made no longer appropriate by the conduct of individuals or organisations conflicting with the justification being provided for the exemption;

(c) whether any religious organisation, as a result of its beliefs, prevents an adequate and productive education of minors or young persons, including at the tertiary level, contrary to the public interest;

(d) whether statutory or administrative changes in respect of Commonwealth law or practice are necessary; and

(e) any other relevant matters.

Senator Bartlett: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 9 May 2007:

All aspects of the Federal Government’s 10 point National Plan for Water Security, including:

(a) whether it will return sufficient water to the Murray-Darling Basin to meet the environmental needs of the Murray-Darling Basin catchment; and

(b) what mechanisms are in place to ensure farmers and the environment obtain maximum value from the funds expended.

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Finance and Public Administration—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure.

On 2 March 2007

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Murray-Darling Basin Amendment Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

 

On 14 March 2007

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the AusCheck Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Aged Care Amendment (Security and Protection) Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

AusCheck Bill 2006— ( Minister for Community Services, Senator Scullion )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Scullion, 26 February 2007 ).

On 15 March 2007

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Finance and Public Administration—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 20 March 2007

General Business—Notice of Motion