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Orders of the Senate

Contents

 

 
 
 

Amendments to standing orders

1  Prayer and acknowledgement of country—Amendment to standing order 50

That standing order 50 (Prayer) be amended as follows:

Omit the standing order, and substitute the following:

50  Prayer and acknowledgement of country

The President, on taking the chair each day, shall read the following prayer:

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy special blessing upon this Parliament, and that Thou wouldst be pleased to direct and prosper the work of Thy servants to the advancement of Thy glory, and to the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The President shall then make an acknowledgement of country in the following terms:

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples who are the traditional custodians of the Canberra area and pay respect to the elders, past and present, of all Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

( Agreed to 26 October 2010 .)

 

Committees

2  Amendment of committee names; Allocation of departments

(1)  That standing order 25(1) be amended as follows:

Omit: ‘Environment, Communications and the Arts’

Substitute: ‘Environment and Communications’.

Omit: ‘Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport’

Substitute: ‘Rural Affairs and Transport’.

(2) That departments and agencies be allocated to legislative and general purpose standing committees as follows:

Community Affairs

Families, Housi ng, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Health and Ageing

Human Services

Economics

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Resources and Energy

Tourism

Treasury

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, including School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

Environment and Communications

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Econ omy

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Finance and Public Administration

Finance and Deregulation

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet, including Regional Australia, Regional Development a nd Local Government

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Defence, including Veterans’ Affairs

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Attorney-General

Immigration and Citizenship

Rural Affairs and Transport

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Infrastructure and Transport.

( Agreed to 29 September 2010 .)

*3  Economics Legislation Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 28 October 2010, from 3 pm.

( Agreed to 27 October 2010 .)

 

 4  Privileges—Standing Committee—Adoption of 94th report recommendation

That the Senate authorise the President, if required, to engage counsel as amicus curiae if either the action for defamation against Mr David Armstrong or a similar action against Mr William O’Chee is set down for trial.

( Agreed to 4 September 2000 .)

Estimates

5  2010-11 supplementary Budget estimates—Hearings

(1) That the 2010-11 supplementary Budget estimates hearings be scheduled as follows:

Monday, 18 October and Tuesday, 19 October 2010 ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesd ay, 20 October and Thursday, 21 October 2010 ( 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 and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Group B:

C ommunity Affairs

Economics

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Rural Affairs and Transport.

( Agreed to 29 September 2010 .)

6  Community Affairs—Standing Committee—Estimates hearings—Consideration of Indigenous matters

That the Senate endorse the recommendation contained in paragraph 1.10 of the Community Affairs Committee report on the 2008-09 Budget estimates that:

Future estimates hearing programs include a separate time to conduct an estimates hearing on Indigenous matters that would include all the portfolios with budget expenditure or responsibility for Indigenous issues.

( Agreed to 26 August 2008 .)

7  Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee—Estimates hearings—Consideration of Fair Work Australia

That—

(a) when the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee meets to consider additional estimates in 2010:

(i) the committee further examine Fair Work Australia, and

(ii) the President of Fair Work Australia appear before the committee to answer questions; and

 

 (b) on each subsequent occasion on which the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee meets to consider estimates in relation to Fair Work Australia, the President of Fair Work Australia appear before the committee to answer questions.

( Agreed to 28 October 2009 .)

Meeting of Senate

8  Meeting of Senate

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2010 be as follows:

Spring sittings (2010):

Tuesday, 28 September to Thursday, 30 September 2010

Spring sittings (2) (2010):

Monday, 25 October to Thursday, 28 October

Monday, 15 November to Thursday, 18 November

Monday, 22 November to Thursday, 25 November.

( Agreed to 29 September 2010 .)

Orders for production of documents

9  Taxation—Henry Tax Review—Superannuation—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Henry Tax Review made a number of recommendations in relation to superannuation,

(ii) those recommendations were not adopted by either the Rudd or Gillard Governments which pursued proposals criticised in the context of the Henry Tax Review,

(iii) the Government so far has not released any of the Treasury modelling or other relevant information and advice about the impact of those Henry Tax Review recommendations, and

(iv) release of that information is in the public interest to enable a fully informed community discussion about the best way forward for superannuation;

(b) calls on the Government to honour its stated commitment to openness and transparency and release all the information it holds about the Henry Tax Review recommendations on superannuation forthwith; and

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 30 September 2010:

(i) any modelling, assessments or advice generated on superannuation-related issues for the purposes of the Henry Tax Review before it finalised its report and recommendations,

(ii) any Treasury modelling, assessments and advice to the Government about the impact of the Henry Tax Review’s recommendations on superannuation, and

 

 (iii) any other information held by the Government about the superannuation-related recommendations in the Henry Tax Review.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 29 September 2010; document tabled 30 September 2010 .)

10  Taxation—Mining tax—Revenue estimates—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government continues to hide key assumptions it has used to estimate revenue from its original as well as its revised mining tax proposals,

(ii) since the last sitting of the Senate, the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy repeatedly sought information from the Government about changes it made to those assumptions between the 2010-11 Budget and the announcement of the new proposed mining tax arrangements on 2 July 2010,

(iii) the committee specifically sought information about changes to commodity price, production volume, exchange rate assumptions and any other variables relevant to its mining tax revenue estimates,

(iv) the information sought by the committee is published by the Western Australian State Government in its budget papers as a matter of course,

(v) the Government did not allow the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury (Dr Henry) to provide that information even when he appeared before the committee for a second time on 13 July 2010,

(vi) the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) to this day has not responded to Senator Cormann’s letter, dated 12 July 2010, asking for this information to be released,

(vii) the Treasurer (Mr Swan) has since conceded that:

( a ) under the revised assumptions, the original Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) proposal would have raised approximately $24 billion over the forward estimates rather than the $12 billion revenue estimate contained in the Budget,

( b ) a massive $6 billion out of the $10.5 billion revised mining tax revenue estimate was based on changes to government assumptions, and

( c ) under the original assumptions, the Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) or expanded Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) would only have raised $4 billion over the forward estimates, and

(viii) the release of all relevant government assumptions is necessary to enable proper scrutiny of the Government’s mining tax proposal and that, as such, release of that information is in the public interest;

(b) calls on the Government to honour its stated commitment to openness and transparency and release all the information it holds about mining tax revenue estimates forthwith; and

 

 (c) orders that there be laid on the table by 5 pm on Thursday, 30 September 2010 all the Government’s assumptions used to estimate:

(i) the revenue from the RSPT as contained in the 2010-11 Budget, including but not limited to, the assumptions on commodity prices, production volumes and exchange rates, and

(ii) the revenue from and overall fiscal impact of the MRRT/expanded PRRT arrangement announced on 2 July 2010, including all changes to assumptions used for the 2010-11 Budget.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 30 September 2010; document tabled 30 September 2010 .)

11  Taxation—Mining tax—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government conducted negotiations about its revised mining tax with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata in secret before entering into an agreement about this new mining tax proposal with those three companies only,

(ii) approximately 99 per cent of the mining industry was excluded from those secret mining tax negotiations, and

(iii) in its haste to reach a new deal quickly, the Government gave those three companies an unfair competitive advantage, including by:

( a ) allowing them to directly influence the ultimate design of the new tax while excluding their competitors,

( b ) using data provided by those three companies on commodity prices, production volumes and other key assumptions, and

( c ) giving them preferential access to inside information about Government assumptions and thought processes around the new tax;

(b) considers that:

(i) information made available by the Government to those three companies should be made available to everyone,

(ii) any data provided by those three companies for use in any Treasury modelling of the revised mining tax proposals should be publicly released, and

(iii) all parts of any agreement between the Government and those three companies about the revised mining tax arrangements, including any schedules and other attachments, should be publicly available; and

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by 5 pm on Thursday, 30 September 2010:

(i) any information held by the Government related to the negotiations and agreement about the new mining tax proposal announced on 2 July 2010, including but not limited to, briefing notes, e-mails, data provided to the Government by BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata and any other information generated in the context of the negotiations about the new mining tax proposal, and

 

 (ii) a copy of the signed heads-of-agreement on the new mining tax proposal between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 30 September 2010 .)

12  Taxation—Mining tax—Government estimates—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the executive director of the Revenue Group in the Department of the Treasury (Mr David Parker) told the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy on 5 July 2010 that the department:

( a ) had assessed where the $10.5 billion estimated revenue from the revised mining tax was expected to come from ‘by commodity’, and

( b ) had not assessed where that revenue would come from on a state-by-state basis, but that ‘it would not be a difficult piece of analysis to do’,

(ii) despite repeated requests since, the Government has refused to provide that information,

(iii) this information is required to properly assess and scrutinise the impact of the proposed mining tax on the economy, jobs and on individual states and territories and individual sectors of the resources industry,

(iv) furthermore, the Rudd and Gillard Governments made a commitment that funding from the mining tax related ‘infrastructure fund’ would be allocated to individual states and territories based on the level of mining tax revenue raised in those jurisdictions, and

(v) as such, information about where the revenue is expected to come from on a state-by-state and territory basis is necessary to properly scrutinise whether, and ensure that, individual jurisdictions would receive a fair share of funding from that fund; and

(b) orders that there be laid on the table by 5 pm on Thursday, 30 September 2010:

(i) government estimates of where the $12 billion in revenue from the Resource Super Profits Tax was expected to come from by commodity and by state and territory, and

(ii) government estimates of where the $10.5 billion in revenue from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax/expanded Petroleum Resource Rent Tax is expected to come from by commodity and by state and territory.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 30 September 2010 .)

 

 13  Taxation—Mining tax—Revenue estimates—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has refused to provide information requested by the Senate about key assumptions it has used to estimate revenue from its original as well as its revised mining tax proposals,

(ii) specifically, the Government has refused to provide information about changes to commodity price, production volume and exchange rate assumptions and any other variables relevant to its mining tax revenue estimates,

(iii) in its response to the relevant order of the Senate, the Government justified its refusal to provide the information on the basis that, ‘commodity price forecasts underpinning the terms of trade forecasts are based in part on information provided by companies that is commercial in confidence. Disclosure of these individual commodity price forecast may therefore prejudice negotiations between private companies’,

(iv) the information sought by the Senate is published by the Western Australian State Government in its budget papers as a matter of course, and

(v) information published by the Western Australian Government includes its commodity price assumptions developed after relevant information about commodity price expectations is obtained from relevant mining companies, which includes at least some of the companies involved in the mining tax negotiations with the Federal Government;

(b) based on the Government’s response does not accept that there are any legitimate public interest grounds for the Government to refuse to provide the requested information;

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 28 October 2010:

(i) all the Government assumptions used to estimate the revenue from the Resource Super Profits Tax as contained in the 2010-11 budget, including, but not limited to, the assumptions on commodity prices, production volumes and exchange rates, and

(ii) all the Government assumptions used to estimate the revenue from and overall fiscal impact of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax/expanded Petroleum Resource Rent Tax arrangement announced on 2 July 2010, including all changes to assumptions used for the 2010-11 budget;

(d) notes the agreements between the Government and other parties and independents to refer disputes about public interest disclosures to the Information Commissioner, who will arbitrate on the release of documents; and

 

 (e) orders that, if the Government does not produce the information required by this order within the specified timeframe, there be laid on the table by 15 November 2010, a report on the matter by the Information Commissioner, including a review of the adequacy of the grounds specified by the Government for its refusal to produce the information and, if applicable, his arbitration on the release of the information.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 26 October 2010 .)

14  Taxation—Mining tax—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has refused to provide any of the information requested by the Senate about its negotiations with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata on the revised mining tax proposal,

(ii) in relation to some of the information only, the Government justified its refusal in its response to the relevant Senate order on the basis that, ‘Data and other material provided to the Treasury as part of negotiations around the MRRT are considered to be commercial in confidence’,

(iii) no justification was provided by the Government as to why release of any of the other information was not in the public interest, and

(iv) specifically, no reason was provided by the Government as to why the release of the signed heads-of-agreement between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata would not be in the public interest;

(b) considers release of all the information requested on the negotiations between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata about the revised mining tax proposal to be in the public interest;

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 28 October 2010:

(i) any information held by the Government related to the negotiations and agreement about the new mining tax proposal announced on 2 July 2010, including, but not limited to, briefing notes, emails, data provided to the Government by BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata and any other information generated in the context of the negotiations about the new mining tax proposal, and

(ii) a copy of the signed heads-of-agreement on the new mining tax proposal between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata;

(d) notes the agreements between the Government and other parties and independents to refer disputes about public interest disclosures to the Information Commissioner, who will arbitrate on the release of documents; and

(e) orders that, if the Government does not produce the information required by this order within the specified timeframe, there be laid on the table by 15 November 2010, a report on the matter by the Information Commissioner, including a review of the adequacy of the grounds specified by the Government for its refusal to produce the information and, if applicable, his arbitration on the release of the information.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 26 October 2010 .)

 

 15  Taxation—Mining tax—Government estimates—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has ignored a request by the Senate for information about where the $10.5 billion in estimated revenue from the mining tax over the 2010-11 forward estimates is expected to come from, by commodity and on a state and territory basis, and

(ii) in what appears to be a consolidated response to three separate orders of the Senate for the production of documents the Government did not provide any of the information requested in the relevant order, nor did the Government provide any explanation as to why release of this information would not be in the public interest;

(b) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 28 October 2010:

(i) the Government estimates of where the $12 billion in revenue from the Resource Super Profits Tax was expected to come from, by commodity and by state and territory, and

(ii) the Government estimates of where the $10.5 billion in revenue from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax/expanded Petroleum Resource Rent Tax is expected to come from, by commodity and by state and territory;

(c) notes the agreements between the Government and other parties and independents to refer disputes about public interest disclosures to the Information Commissioner, who will arbitrate on the release of documents; and

(d) orders that, if the Government does not produce the information required by this order within the specified timeframe, there be laid on the table by 15 November 2010, a report on the matter by the Information Commissioner, including a review of the adequacy of the grounds specified by the Government for its refusal to produce the information and, if applicable, his arbitration on the release of the information.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 26 October 2010 .)

Orders for production of documents still current from previous parliaments

Date of order/mover

Subject

Addre ssed to

Action

1 5.05.08

Senator Minchin

Defence—Procurement projects

Minister representing the Minister for Defence

Document tabled 19.06.08

17.06.08

Senator Bernardi

Sport—Sports and recreation facilities—Grants

 

Document tabled 23.06.08

27.08.08

Senat ors Bernardi, Birmingham, Ferguson, Fisher and Minchin

Environment—Coorong and Lower Lakes

 

Statements by leave made 27.08.08 and 01.09.08

04.02.09

Chair of the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy (Senator Cormann)

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme—Treasu ry modelling

Minister representing the Treasurer

Statements by leave made 05.02.09 and 11.02.09; document tabled 11.08.09

04.02.09

Senator Minchin

Communications—National Broadband Network

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

 

1 1.03.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Private health insurance—Reforms

Minister Representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Documents tabled 16.03.09 and 12.05.09

11.03.09

Chair of the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy (Senator Cormann)

Carbon Pollution Re duction Scheme—Treasury modelling

 

Statement by leave made 17.03.09; document tabled 11.08.09

13.05.09

Senator Minchin

Communications—National Broadband Network

Note : paragraph (3) of the order lapsed at end of 42nd Parliament.

 

Documents tabled 26.10.09

18.06.09

Senator Fifield

Employment—Employment Services Contract 2009-12

Minister for Employment Participation

Documents tabled 22.06.09 and 11.08.09

25.06.09

Senator Xenophon

Economics—Productivity Commission—Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

 

Documents tabled 11.08.09

18.08.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Chemotherapy treatment—Budget cuts

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Statement by leave made 19.08.09; documents tabled 26.10.09

19.08.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Aged care providers—G eneral Purpose Accounts

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Documents tabled 20.08.09 and 26 .10.09

27.10.09

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project

Minister for Climate Change and Water

 

27.10.09

Senator Xenophon

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme—Frontier Economics report

Minister representing the Treasurer

Document tabled 16.11.09

29.10.09

Senator Siewert

Environment—Montara oil spill

Minister representing the Minister for the Env ironment, Heritage and the Arts

Documents tabled 16.11.09

17.11.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Aged care providers—General Purpose Accounts

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Document tabled 18.11.09

17.11.09

Senator Cormann

Parliament—Health Insurance Amendment (Revival of Table Items) Bill 2009—Legal advice

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Documents tabled 18.11.09

17.11.09

Senator Milne

Environment—Geoscience Australia—Carbon dioxide storage sites

 

Document tabled 18.11.09

18 .11.09

Senator Fisher

Workplace Relations—Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009—Bilateral intergovernmental agreements

Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Documents tabled 19.11.09, 02.02.1 0, 04.02.10 and 11.05.10

23.11.09

Senator Cormann

Parliament—Health Insurance Amendment (Revival of Table Items) Bill 2009—Legal advice

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Document tabled 24.11.09

25.11.09

Senator Milne

Environment—G eoscience Australia—Carbon dioxide storage sites

 

Document tabled 26.11.09

26.11.09

Senators Cormann and Barnett

Health—National Preventative Health Taskforce report

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Document tabled 02.02.10

02.02. 10

Senator Fierravanti-Wells

Immigration—Asylum seekers— Oceanic Viking

Minister representing the Prime Minister

Documents tabled 03.02.10

03.02.10

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)

Foreign Affairs—Solomon Islands—Landholder agreements

Mi nister representing the Minister for Trade

Documents tabled 22.02.10

03.02.10

Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce)

Taxation—Australia’s Future Tax System Review Panel

Minister representing the Treasurer

Statement by leave made 04.02.10

2 3.02.10

Senator Cormann

Education—Education Services for Overseas Students Assurance Fund

 

Documents tabled 24.02.10 and 11.05.10

25.02.10

Senator Ludlam

Environment—Commonwealth radioactive waste dump

Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

Documents tabled 11.03.10 and 15.03.10

11.03.10

Senator Ludlam

Communications—National Broadband Network Implementation Study

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Statement by leave made 17.03.10; document tabled 11.05.10

17.03.10

Senators Cormann and Birmingham

Economics—Home insulation program

   

17.03.10

Senator Minchin

Communications—National Broadband Network Implementation Study

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

 

11.05.09

Senator Fierrav anti-Wells

Health—Therapeutic groups

 

Documents tabled 12.05.10 , 16.06.10 and 17.06.10

12.05.10

Chair of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee (Senator Cash)

Education—Primary schools

Minister representing the Treasurer

Do cument tabled 13.05.10

12.05.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Green Loans program

Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water

Document tabled 13. 05.10

12.05.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Home Insulation Program

Minister representing the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Documents tabled 15.06.10

12.05.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Home Insulation Program

Minister representing the Prime Minister

Documents tabled 15.06.10

12.05.10

Senator Ludlam

Foreign Affai rs—Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas Project

Minister representing the Minister for Trade

Document tabled 16.06.10

12.05.10

Senator Siewert

Environment—Mako shark and porbeagle shark

Minister representing the Minister for Environment Protection, Heri tage and the Arts

Document tabled 13.05.10

13.05.10

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz)

Taxation—Australia’s Future Tax System —Government’s response

Minister representing the Treasurer

Documents tabled 15.06.10

16.06.10

Senator Milne

F inance—Fossil fuel subsidies

   

22.06.10

Senator Ludlam

Environment—Packaging and beverage container waste management

Minister representing the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Document tabled 24.06.10

22.06.10

Senator Ronaldson

Administration—Advertising campaign —Exemption from guidelines

Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary

Document tabled 23.06.10

22.06.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Energy Efficiency task force —Report

Minister representing the Prime Minister

Doc ument tabled 23.06.10

Parliament

16  Meeting of Parliament—‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony

That the Senate is of the view that the declaration of the opening of Parliament should be preceded by an Indigenous ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony.

( Agreed to 23 June 2010 .)

Question time

17  Modified rules for question time—Temporary order

That the following modified rules for question time operate as a temporary order, in conjunction with standing orders 72 and 73, from the beginning of 2010 for the remainder of the 42nd Parliament and for the first two sitting weeks of the next Parliament:

(a) primary questions shall be limited to one minute and answers to them to two minutes;

(b) two supplementary questions shall be allowed to each questioner, each supplementary question shall be limited to thirty seconds and the answers to them to one minute each; and

(c) answers shall be directly relevant to each question.

( Agreed to 25 November 2009 .)

Senate

18  Appropriations—Ordinary annual services of the Government

That, in accordance with the recommendation made in the 50th Report of the Appropriations and Staffing Committee, the Senate resolves:

(1) To reaffirm its constitutional right to amend proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys for expenditure on all matters not involving the ordinary annual services of the Government.

(2) That appropriations for expenditure on:

(a) the construction of public works and buildings;

(b) the acquisition of sites and buildings;

(c) items of plant and equipment which are clearly definable as capital expenditure (but not including the acquisition of computers or the fitting out of buildings);

 

 (d) grants to the states under section 96 of the Constitution;

(e) new policies not previously authorised by special legislation;

(f) items regarded as equity injections and loans; and

(g) existing asset replacement (which is to be regarded as depreciation),

are not appropriations for the ordinary annual services of the Government and that proposed laws for the appropriation of revenue or moneys for expenditure on the said matters shall be presented to the Senate in a separate appropriation bill subject to amendment by the Senate.

(3) That, in respect of payments to international organisations:

(a) the initial payment in effect represents a new policy decision and therefore should be in Appropriation Bill (No. 2); and

(b) subsequent payments represent a continuing government activity of supporting the international organisation and therefore represent an ordinary annual service and should be in Appropriation Bill (No. 1).

(4) That all appropriation items for continuing activities for which appropriations have been made in the past be regarded as part of ordinary annual services.

( Agreed to 22 June 2010 .)