Senate Daily Summary - 16 May 2013

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No. 23/2013

Thursday, 16 May 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 9.22 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were passed

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill] [senator’s second reading speech]
  • Court Security Bill 2013
    Court Security (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013
    [Minister’s second reading speeches] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]
  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (New Mandate and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 May 2013]
  • Interactive Gambling Amendment (Virtual Credits) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [private senator’s bill] [senator’s second reading speech]
  • Marriage Act Amendment (Recognition of Foreign Marriages for Same‑Sex Couples) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill] [senator’s second reading speech]
  • Military Justice (Interim Measures) Amendment Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 May 2013]
  • National Measurement Amendment Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Disaster Recovery Allowance) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Countering Tax Avoidance and Multinational Profit Shifting) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 May 2013]
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Military Compensation Review and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [passed by the House of Representatives on 15 May 2013]

The following bills were introduced, debated and passed

  • Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Inbound Cargo Security Enhancement) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Customs and AusCheck Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 and 12 related bills [Minister’s second reading speech] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures No. 2) Bill 2013 [Minister’s second reading speech] [This bill will now be assented to]

The following bills were exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings – 14 to 16 May 2013]

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 and 12 related bills

The following bill was debated

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Dividend) Bill 2013 [first speaker in second reading debate] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2013 [first speaker in second reading debate] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Foreign Affairs Portfolio Miscellaneous Measures Bill 2013 [first speaker in second reading debate] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 – 3 Government amendments agreed to [first speaker in second reading debate] [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Not-for-profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill 2013 [first speaker in second reading debate] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Reform of Self Managed Superannuation Funds Supervisory Levy Arrangements) Bill 2013 [first speaker in second reading debate] [This bill will now be assented to]

Motions agreed to

Suspension of standing order 110 – To enable the third reading of a bill proposing an alteration to the constitution to proceed without the requirement for a roll call

The Senate agreed to motions to vary the routine of business for 16 May 2013 to enable the Government’s legislative program to be considered [Journals entries nos 2 and 60 refers]

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Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Estimates

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled.

Reports tabled

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 5 of 2013 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Australian Jobs Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 17 June 2013
  • Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2013–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by 17 June 2013
  • Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Base Premium) Bill 2013–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 17 June 2013
  • Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill 2013–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–to report by 3 June 2013

Other references

Committee documents tabled

  • Delegated legislation monitor no. 5 of 2013–Regulations and Ordinances Committee
  • The feasibility of a prohibition on charging fees for an unlisted number service–Correction–Environment and Communications References Committee

Government responses tabled

  • Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Report on annual reports no. 1 of 2012
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–
    • Crimes Amendment (Fairness for Minors) Bill 2011
    • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Detention of Indonesian minors in Australia
  • Treaties Joint Committee–131st report–Treaties tabled on 21 August, 11 and 18 September 2012

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to the membership of committees.

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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]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 35 of 2012-13
  • Response to Senate resolution about National Close the Gap Day–from the Minister for Indigenous Health (Mr Snowdon) [resolution agreed to on 21 March 2013]

 

Orders for the production of documents

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

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Other business

Questions without notice–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

  • Egg industry–Labelling laws–moved by Senator Rhiannon
  • Western Australia–Point Peron–moved by Senator Ludlam

Motion debated

  • Sports betting law reform–moved by Senator Di Natale [first speaker]

Question on notice–Failure to provide answer

Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence (Senator Bob Carr) why answers had not been provided to questions on notice relating to estimates hearings. Senator Bob Carr provided an explanation.

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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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