Despite some wonderful words of wisdom from the Australian Democrats and the Australian Greens, and despite the complete mismatch between the legislation and the very first recommendations of the “Little Children are Sacred” report, the Australian Senate passed the Howard government’s package of national emergency legislation, Friday 17 August, 2007 approximately between 12:20pm and 12:30pm.The ALP Opposition voted with the Howard Coalition Government.
No. 1–Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007
Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007
Bills passed without amendments Senate divided on the third reading of the bills (Ayes 56; Noes 6)
Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008
Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008
Bills passed without amendments (Democrats supported these Bills).