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| Senate Daily Summary
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.16 pm
Bills and related documents
The following bill was introduced
- Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill 2011 [passed by the House of Representatives on 5 July 2011]
The following bills were debated
- Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011
Carbon Credits (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011
Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011
–second reading agreed to [first speaker ] and committee of the whole commenced–12 Government and 2 Australian Greens amendments to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011 agreed to–2 Senator Xenophon amendments to be determined [further amendments remain to be considered]
The following bill was exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings] and passed
- Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2011 [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill]
Scheduled public committee hearings
- Community Affairs References Committee–Disability and ageing: Lifelong planning for a better future [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
- Scrutiny of Bills Committee–Alert Digest No. 7 of 2011 and 7th report of 2011 [contain assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds] [a motion to take note of the reports was agreed to]
Government responses tabled
- Agricultural and Related Industries Select Committee–The incidence and severity of bushfires across Australia
- Schedule of government responses outstanding to parliamentary committee reports–tabled by the President of the Senate on 9 February 2011
- An examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test–Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 30 November 2011 [terms of reference]
- Drafts of Business Names Registration Bill 2011 and 2 related bills–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 15 August 2011
- Review of the Professional Services Review Scheme–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 22 September 2011 [terms of reference]
The Senate did not agree to a motion to refer the Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010 to the Treaties Joint Committee.
Notices of motion
To extend reporting deadlines
- Senators’ Interests Committee–Draft code of conduct for senators–to report by 28 November 2011
To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting
- Australia’s Food Processing Sector Select Committee–7 July 2011–private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1)
- Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee–7 July 2011 from 4.45 pm–Biosecurity and quarantine arrangements–public hearing
The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.
See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)
- Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled
Order for the production of documents
Senator Birmingham gave a notice of motion to require documents relating to Australia Network tenders to be tabled–no later than noon on 18 July 2011.
Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Matters of public interest debate–first speaker
Adjournment debate–first speaker
- Australian involvement in the conduct of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)
- Land clearing at James Price Point–moved by Senators Siewert and Ludlam
Matter of public importance discussed
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) gave a notice of motion to establish dates for new senators to make their first speeches.
Temporary chairs of committees
A warrant was tabled revoking the nomination of Senator Kroger as a temporary chair of committees.
Notices of motion
Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals.
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