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SELECTION OF BILLS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REPORT NO. 16 OF 2008

The Acting Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator McEwen) tabled the following report:

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 16 OF 2008

 1. The committee met in private session on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 at 10.30 am.

 2. The committee resolved to recommend—That—

  (a) the Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry and report by 10 March 2009; and

  (b) the provisions of the Tax Agent Services Bill 2008 be referred immediately to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 12 February 2009.

 3. The committee resolved to recommend—That the following bills not be referred to committees:

   Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2008

   Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax—Minor Amendments) Bill 2008.

 The committee recommends accordingly.

 4. The committee considered a proposal to refer the Guarantee Scheme for Large Deposits and Wholesale Funding Appropriation Bill 2008 to the Economics Committee, but was unable to reach agreement on whether the bill should be referred.

 Anne McEwen

 Acting Chair

 26 November 2008.

Senator McEwen moved—That the report be adopted.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "and, in respect of the Guarantee Scheme for Large Deposits and Wholesale Funding Appropriation Bill 2008, the provisions of the bill be referred to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 4 December 2008".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,7


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMilneXenophon
FieldingLudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 49


Senators—
AbetzCoonanJohnstonPratt
ArbibCormannKrogerRonaldson
BarnettCrossinLudwigRyan
BernardiEvansLundySherry
BilykFarrellMacdonaldStephens
BirminghamFeeneyMarshallSterle
BishopFergusonMcEwenTroeth
BoyceFifieldMcGauranTrood
Brown, CarolFisherMcLucasWilliams
BushbyForshawNashWortley
CameronFurnerParry (Teller)
CashHurleyPayne
ColbeckHutchinsPolley

Question negatived.

Main question put and passed.