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CRIMES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (SLAVERY, SLAVERY-LIKE CONDITIONS AND PEOPLE TRAFFICKING) BILL 2012E ILLEGAL LOGGING PROHIBITION BILL 2012E PUBLIC SERVICE AMENDMENT BILL 2012E VETERANS' AFFAIRS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2012

Messages from the House of Representatives were reported transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following bills:

 Message no. 486, dated 22 August 2012—A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to slavery, slavery-like conditions and people trafficking, and for other purposes.

 Message no. 485, dated 21 August 2012—A Bill for an Act to combat illegal logging, and for related purposes.

 Message no. 487, dated 22 August 2012—A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Service Act 1999, and for related purposes.

 Message no. 488, dated 22 August 2012—A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans' affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation, and for other purposes.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research (Senator Evans) moved—That these bills may proceed without formalities, may be taken together and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bills read a first time.

Senator Evans moved—That these bills be now read a second time.

Explanatory memoranda: Senator Evans tabled revised explanatory memoranda [2] relating to the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2012 and the Public Service Amendment Bill 2012.

On the motion of Senator Evans the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.

Consideration of legislation: Senator Evans moved—That the bills be listed on the Notice Paper as separate orders of the day.

Question put and passed.