Senate Daily Summary - 7 February 2013

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No. 04/2013

Thursday, 7 February 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.29 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered


The following bills were introduced

  • Customs Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 6 February 2013]
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 6 February 2013]
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 6 February 2013]
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 6 February 2013]
  • Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 6 February 2013]
    [Minister’s second reading speeches ]
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Caring for People on Newstart) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill] [senator’s second reading speech]

The following bills were debated

  • Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Bill 2012–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Making Marine Parks Accountable) Bill 2012–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2012 [2013]–2 President’s amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider this bill] Public Service Amendment Bill 2012 [The bill will now be assented to]
    [first speaker in second reading debate on bills]
  • Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012 [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a bill

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Message from the House of Representatives reported

  • Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012–agreeing to the bill without amendment [The bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings 
Committee reports

Estimates


Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled.

Report tabled

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission [report]

Documents tabled

  • Particulars of proposed additional expenditure for 2012-13 [The Senate referred the particulars to committees, for consideration at estimates hearings next week] and portfolio additional estimates statements
  • Response by the Department of Parliamentary Services to the report of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–The performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Ministerial correspondence relating to the scrutiny of delegated legislation for the period July to December 2012
  • Work of Committees–1 January to 31 December 2012; and half-year statistics: 1 July to 31 December 2012

Government responses tabled

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–
  • Review of the re-listing of Ansar al-Islam, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
  • Review of the re-listing of Hizballah’s External Security Organisation
  • Review of the re-listing of five terrorist organisations

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 1 of 2013 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and referred the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013 to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to report by 12 March 2013.

Other references

Variation of terms of reference of an existing inquiry

The Senate agreed to an expansion to the terms of terms of reference for the inquiry of the Community Affairs References Committee into sterilization of people with disabilities.

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate


The Senate authorised the following meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Economics References Committee–7 February 2013 from 3.30 pm–private meeting
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–7 February 2013 from 1.00 pm–private meeting
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–7 February 2013 from 1.10 pm–private meeting

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Exposure draft and explanatory notes of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012–to 21 February 2013
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–
  • Aviation accident investigation–to report by 27 March 2013
  • Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test–to report by 15 May 2013

Notice of motion to hold a meeting when the Senate is sitting

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–25 February 2013 from 4.00 pm–public meeting–An aviation accident investigation

Membership

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

A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising of changes to the membership of joint committees.

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

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Attorney-General to table documents relating to increases in court filing fees–no later than the next day of sitting.

Motion defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to table submissions provided to Infrastructure Australia by the Western Australian Government relating to public transport projects.
Document tabled

Advice concerning the release of data about revenue collected from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 6 February 2013].

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency grants


Letters of advice for the Department of Health and Ageing and the Organ and Tissue Authority 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]

Ministerial statements tabled


The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins) tabled ministerial statements about–

  • Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, together with the Prime Minister’s report of 2013 [a motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to – first speaker]
  • International Day Of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to]

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor‑General’s reports were discussed.

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker
Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Motion debated

Notices of motion

Notices of motion
given today are available in the Senate Journals.

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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