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Government Business

Orders of the Day

*1  Native Title Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 30 September 2010 ).

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 29 September 2010 ).

Service and Execution of Process Amendment (Interstate Fine Enforcement) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 29 September 2010 ).

National Measurement Amendment Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 29 September 2010 ).

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Amendment Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 29 September 2010 ).

Governor-General’s Opening Speech

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Pratt—That the following address-in-reply be agreed to:

To Her Excellency the Governor-General

may it please your excellency—

We, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign and to thank Your Excellency for the speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament.

And on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) —That the following words be added to the address-in-reply:

“, but the Senate:

(a) regrets that the Gillard Government has already broken its promises to the Australian people by, among other things:

(i) announcing a carbon tax, contrary to the Prime Minister’s express assurances both during the election campaign and immediately afterward that there would be no carbon tax,

(ii) instead of seeking a consensus on measures to deal with climate change, instituting a committee, the conclusions of which are predetermined,

(iii) failing to announce any measures to deal with the influx of asylum seekers arriving by sea,

(iv) failing to provide for a dedicated Minister for Education,

(v) failing to provide for a dedicated Minister for Disability Services,

 

 (vi) failing to clarify its position on the private health insurance rebate,

(vii) failing to announce economically responsible measures to deal with housing affordability, and

(viii) announcing to the Australian people that the Government would not be bound by the promises it made to voters during the election campaign; and

(b) further notes that the Government has outlined no credible plan to:

(i) bring the budget into surplus,

(ii) cut waste,

(iii) pay off the debt,

(iv) stop the boats, and

(v) stop new taxes, such as the mining tax” ( Senator Fifield, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).