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DAYS AND HOURS OF MEETING AND ROUTINE OF BUSINESS—ESTIMATES HEARINGS—VARIATION—FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION—STANDING COMMITTEE—COMMUNITY AFFAIRS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCES—LEAVE TO MEET DURING SITTING—CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans), by leave, moved—That—

 (1) The additional estimates hearings of standing committees scheduled for the week beginning 9 February 2009 not take place.

 (2) The Senate meet from Monday, 9 February to Thursday, 12 February 2009.

 (3) The Senate not meet from Monday, 23 February to Thursday, 26 February 2009.

 (4) The 2008-09 additional estimates hearings by standing committees be scheduled as follows:

   Monday, 23 February and Tuesday, 24 February 2009, and, if required, Friday, 27 February 2009 (Group A)

   Wednesday, 25 February and Thursday, 26 February 2009, and, if required, Friday, 27 February 2009 (Group B).

  (5) (a) The provisions of the following bills (the bills) be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry and report by 10 February 2009:

    Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009

    Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009

    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009

    Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009

    Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009

    Tax Bonus for Working Australians (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009;

  (b) the provisions of the Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009 relating to the social housing program be referred to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 10 February 2009; and


  (c) the Community Affairs Committee may not meet to consider the bill at the same time as the Finance and Public Administration Committee is meeting to consider that bill and related bills.

 (6) Notwithstanding the reference of the provisions of the bills, the Senate may consider the bills to the conclusion of the second reading stage, but shall not further consider the bills until the reports of the Finance and Public Administration Committee and the Community Affairs Committee on the bills have been tabled.

 (6A) On Tuesday, 10 February 2009:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 7 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.40 pm;

  (b) the routine of business after 7.30 pm shall be consideration of the bills (second reading speeches);

  (c) from 7.30 pm, any question in respect of which a division is called for, and any questions consequent on the outcome of that division, shall stand postponed until the next day of sitting at a time fixed by the Senate; and

  (d) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 11 pm.

 (8) The Finance and Public Administration Committee shall take evidence from government departments and agencies, including (but not limited to):

  (a) Treasury;

  (b) Centrelink;

  (c) Education, Employment and Workplace Relations;

  (d) Environment, Heritage and the Arts; and

  (e) Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

 (9) The Finance and Public Administration Committee shall meet on Monday, 9 February 2009 after 4 pm to take further evidence in relation to the bills from non-government organisations, community groups and other interested parties as determined by the committee.

 (10) The presentation of the reports of both committees on the bills occur by 7.31 pm on Tuesday, 10 February 2009.

 (11) On Thursday, 12 February 2009, the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment, and the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall not be proposed until the Senate has finally considered the bills listed in paragraph (5).

 (12) If the Senate has not finally determined the bills by midnight on Thursday, 12 February 2009, the President or the chairman shall immediately put the question on any amendment or motion already proposed from the chair, and shall then propose any other question requisite to dispose of the bills.

Question put and passed.