Senate Daily Summary - 24 June 2013

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No. 31/2013

Monday, 24 June 2013

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The Senate met from 10 am until 11.36 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013
    Public Interest Disclosure (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 3) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 June 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Fairer Taxation of Excess Concessional Contributions) Bill 2013
    Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Charge) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 June 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

The following bill was introduced and passed

  • Superannuation Laws Amendment (MySuper Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013 [first speaker] - 8 Government and 6 Australian Greens amendments agreed to [This bill will now be considered by the House of Representatives]
  • Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will be submitted to the electors in a referendum]
  • Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 [first speaker] – 5 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Superannuation (Sustaining the Superannuation Contribution Concession) Imposition Bill 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Increased Concessional Contributions Cap and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion

To introduce bill

  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Leaders’ Debate Commission) Bill 2013–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Motion agreed to

A motion was agreed to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for the sitting week commencing 24 June 2013 to enable the consideration and passage of legislation

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Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012, Interactive Gambling Amendment (Virtual Credits) Bill 2013, Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012–Gambling Reform Joint Committee [report]
  • Australian Education Bill 2013 and a related bill–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee [report]
  • Citizen Initiated Referendum Bill 2013–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [report]
  • Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee [report]
  • Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee [report]
  • Superannuation Laws Amendment (MySuper Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Measures) Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee [report]

Other reports

  • 153rd and 154th reports–Privileges Committee [a motion was moved to take note of the 153rd report] [the 154th report was adopted]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–
    • Care of ADF personnel wounded and injured on operations [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
    • Trading lives: Modern day human trafficking [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Issues surrounding cyber-safety for Indigenous Australians–Cyber Safety Joint Select Committee [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Potential reforms of Australia’s national security legislation–Intelligence and Security Joint Committee [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Three broadcasting reform proposals–Broadcasting Legislation Joint Select Committee [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]

Committee documents tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 and related bills–Additional information
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Auditor‑General’s reports on Tasmanian forestry grants programs–Addendum [a motion was moved to take note of the document]

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee to meet during the sitting of Senate–24 June 2013–private meeting

Motion - formality denied

Amendment to standing order 18–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Notices of motion

To refer matter to a committee

Uranium mining industry–to report by 30 June 2014–notice given by Senator Ludlam

To extend a reporting deadline

Extreme weather events–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 10 July 2013

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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]

Notices of motion to disallow management plans

  • Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve Management Plan [homepage]
    North Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan [homepage]
    North–west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan [homepage]
    South–east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan [homepage]
    South–west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan [homepage]
    Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan [homepage],
    made under section 370 of the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999–notices given by Senator Colbeck

Notices of motion to disallow regulations

  • Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013, made under subregulations 5(1), 5.55(1) and 215(3), and regulation 210A of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, subregulation 11.068(1) of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, section 4 and subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, and paragraph 28BA(1)(b) and subsection 98(4A) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • All items in Schedule 1, except for item 12, to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 1), and made under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Orders for the production of documents

Motion negatived

Transport–Coal trains–Order for the production of documents–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Notice of motion

Senator Rhiannon gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Attorney-General to table a report, and the government’s response, into the review of the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Act 2010–no later than 27 June 2013

Documents tabled

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Science and Research (Senator Farrell) tabled a ministerial statement and documents relating to the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce

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Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Death of former minister and member

The Deputy President informed the Senate of the death, on 19 June 2013, of the Honourable William Michael Hodgman, AM, QC, a former minister and member for Denison, Tasmania from 1975 to 1987. A motion of condolence moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Conroy) was carried [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Primary industries–Small-scale food producers–moved Senator Rhiannon

Health–Central Australia–Renal health services–moved by Senator Siewert

Motion - formality denied

Amendment to standing order 18–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Statement by the President

The President (Senator Hogg) made a statement relating to ParlView

Question on notice–Failure to provide answer

Senator Whish-Wilson asked the Minister for Finance and Deregulation (Senator Wong) why an answer had not been provided to a question on notice relating to procurement guidelines for government uniforms. Senator Bob Carr provided an explanation.

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

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