Senate Daily Summary - 3 March 2014

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No. 7/2014

Monday, 3 March 2014

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The Senate met from 10 am until 10.27 pm

 

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment (Dairy Produce) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 26 February 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 24 February 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

The following bill was debated and defeated

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013–second reading debate continued [first speaker]; 1 Opposition second reading amendment was agreed to [expressing views about the policy of the bill]–defeated at the second reading

The following bills were debated

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and 8 related bills–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]–Australian Greens second reading amendment to be determined

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On 14 November 2013 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 6 March 2014 the Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2013 is scheduled for debate

Notice of motion to introduce a bill

Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Siewert

 

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Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Reports presented out of sitting

Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit Select Committee [interim report]

Community Affairs References Committee–Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD) [second interim report]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Public interest immunity claim [interim report]

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–

Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji [Fourth interim report]

Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapples from Malaysia [Fifth interim report]

Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand [Fourth interim report]

Document tabled

Electoral Matters Joint Committee–Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013 [a motion to take note of the document was agreed to]

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

Community Affairs References Committee–Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia–to report by 19 March 2014

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013–to report by 18 March 2014

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–A public interest immunity claim–to report by 6 March 2014

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–

  • Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji–to report by 31 March 2014
  • Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapples from Malaysia–to report by 31 March 2014
  • Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand–to report by 31 March 2014

Notices of motion

Privileges Committee–152nd report–Endorse the conclusion, and adopt the recommendation contained, in the report–notice given by the Chair of the Privileges Committee (Senator Collins)

To authorise the publication of unpublished documents provided to the former Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee by Fair Work Australia–notice given by Senator Fierravanti-Wells

To extend reporting deadline

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013–to report by 28 May 2014

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Electoral Matters Joint Committee–5, 19 and 26 March 2014 from 9.40 am–public meetings

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–4 March 2014–public meeting

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–5 March 2014–private meeting

National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee-6, 20 and 27 March 2014–private meetings

To refer matters to committees

Environment and Communications References Committee–Use of environmental offsets in federal environmental approvals in Australia–to report by 16 June 2014–notice given by Senator Waters

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–

 Financial performance of Qantas–to report by 26 June 2014–notice given by Senator Xenophon

 Government support for Qantas–to report by 18 March 2014–notice given by Senator Rhiannon

Membership

A message was received from the House of Representatives notifying changes in the membership of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership

 

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Documents

Delegated legislation
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]

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

A document relating to funding for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 13 February 2014]

A document relating to Government assistance to SPC Ardmona [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 12 February 2014]

A document relating to lifeboats for the purpose of border protection operations [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 12 February 2014]

Documents relating to Operation Sovereign Borders [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 13 February 2014]

Documents relating to the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 13 February 2014]

Notices of motion

The following notices of motion were given requiring Ministers to table documents:

The Assistant Minister for Health to table correspondence from Mr Furnival to the Minister pertaining to potential conflicts of interest for ministerial staff–no later than 12.45 pm on 5 March 2014

The Minister for Finance to table documents received from the National Commission of Audit–no later than noon on 17 March 2014–notice given by Senator Di Natale

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Letters of advice for various portfolios were tabled [Lists of appointments made and existing vacancies are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

Letters of advice for various portfolios were tabled [Journals entries 32 and 47 refers] [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency grants

Letters of advice for various portfolios were tabled [Journals entries 34 and 48 refers] [Lists of all grants approved are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

Auditor-General–Audit report no. 20 of 2013-14

Business of the Senate: 1 January to 31 December 2013

Government documents

Orders from the Court of Disputed Returns – Disposing of election petitions in respect of the election of senators for the state of Western Australia

Original certificate of the choice by the Queensland Parliament of Senator O’Sullivan

Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation to the 22nd annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum held in Mexico from 12 to 16 January 2014, and in Mexico City from 16 to 19 January 2014 [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Responses to Senate resolutions about–

Cambodia–from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia (His Excellency Mr Sounry) [resolution agreed to on 13 February 2014] [a motion to take note of the response was agreed to]

Great Barrier Reef coastline–from the Minister for the Environment (Mr Hunt) [resolution agreed to on 12 February 2014] [a motion to take note of the response was agreed to]

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area–from the Minister for the Environment (Mr Hunt) [resolution agreed to on 12 February 2014]

 

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Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Question on notice–Failure to provide answer

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) why an answer had not been provided to a question on notice relating to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Senator Fifield indicated that an answer would be provided. A motion moved by Senator Ludlam to take note of the explanation was debated and agreed to [first speaker]

Matter of public importance discussed

Administration–Abbott Government–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Health–Central Australia–Renal services–moved by Senator Siewert [statements were made]

Law and justice–Underage and forced marriages–moved by Senators Cash, Moore, Waters and Kroger

Motion negatived

Law and justice–Mr Edward Snowden–Proposed order for the production of documents–moved by Senator Ludlam [statements were made]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

 

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Statistics

Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection.

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Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available at www.aph.gov.au/senate

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